by the sportsguy
Kemptville 73’s walked away with three wins under their belt after their Labour Day Showcase. First game, against the Rockland Nationals, opened with Kemptville drawing first blood when the Taylor line with Dick to find Jacob Thousand in the slot at 11:11 slam it between the posts. 73’s SOG 10 to Nationals 9 with visits to the sin-bin by both clubs to end first frame.
Rockland tied in the second session when Drew Shields, unassisted, rifled it by Nick Bond at 8:31. Kemptville picked up the tie breaker at 9:29 with man advantage from Taylor to McLean so Jesse Dicks could drive it by Joseph Giacobbo for a PPG. Rockland on PP at 12:15 when Jean-Sylvain Boyer from Pryneau with Sullivan to even it up. Samson ahead to Domitrovic, back to Charlie Kiefer on the point to hammer it home for the tie breaker at 16:54. Kemptville out-gunned Rockland 16 to 9.
Final twenty: each squad capitalized with Rockland striking first, when William Collins from Vermaeten and Chabot at 8:59 for 3-3 tie. Kemptville with man advantage, Fry on point with Beaton to Jacob Thousand across the middle to pull the trigger for PPG at 12:28 and give 73’s 4-3 victory. 73’s 13 SOG to Nationals 10. 8 PP attempts with 2 results for Kemptville and 6 PP for Rockland 1 result.
Next challenge facing the boys were Navan Grads on Sunday, September 2. It was all one-sided, as the 73’s peppered 35 SOG for a 3-1 win. Kemptville first marker at 2:43 Taylor back to Patterson on the line and Ryan Pawlikowski dumped in the garbage. Grads evened it up at 16:16 when Alexandre Way stripped his opponent and pumped it home past Jarrett Fiske for Navan’s only score. Grads SOG 13 to 73’s 9.
Kemptville came out focussed for the second, as Ryan Pawlikowski for his second with helpers from Fry with Taylor at 5:02 for go ahead. Insurance picked up at 5:26 as Fry combined with Meyer back to Cameron McLean in the shooting lane to beat Seth Carter and wrap up a 3 to 1 victory. Kemptville hammered Navan 12 to 7.
Last period remained scoreless as both stoppers pulled out all the stops and became a defensive contest as 73’s slammed 14 frozen rubber discs to 5 from Grads. Six PP attempts for 73’s with no results as Grads had two without results. Another win for Kemptville to register 2 to zip numbers for the Showcase.
Final battle was with the Nepean Raiders on Monday evening, to end the weekend to post 3-0-0. Nepean notched first at 2:18, when Alexander Bourhas with helpers from Sloan and Binnie. Both clubs claimed 8 SOG.
Second staza belonged to the 73’s, as Beaton, Fry combination found Jacob Thousand in the slot to blast it by Olivier Pimpare-Charbonneau for a tied game at 1:05. Beaton with Dick to Joseph Samson to pull Kemptville ahead by one at 1:10. Joseph Samson, with helper from Beaton, picked up his second of the night at 2:07 to end the second. Kemptville out-gunned Nepean 19 to 10.
Jesse Dick lit up the light with helpers from Beaton with Samson in the third at 15:46 to put Kemptville ahead 4 to 1. Raiders bounced back at 16:59 when Alexander Bourhas recorded his second assisted from Horvath and Winn. Kemptville pounded Nepean 19 SOG to 10. 73’s with 9 PP attempts with out results? Kemptville closed out the show with a 4 – 2 win.
Home opener was a special affair, honouring the Humboldt Broncos with the presentation of a banner to be hung in the Kemptville 73’s barn. Hawksbury Hawks flew in to meet the Kemptville 73’s with both having 3-0-0 the tension would be high. Hawkesbury Hawks flying high with first ten minutes puck possession sent a message: this was a team on a mission. Hawks with man advantage Jeremie Lavalle PPG with helpers from Elia and Guillemette at 11:14. Kemptville on the PP with a give away to Duchesne across to Michael Marleau at 13:41 for SHG. Hawkesbury SOG 14 to Kemptville 73’s 5.
Anderson with Lavalee to Geoffrey Fizet to give the Hawks 3 to zip lead to open second at 1:39. Kemptville finally starting to get physical at 6:01, when Thousand back to Wood at point to slap the rubber to Ashton Fry into the mesh to launch a comeback. Beaton from behind net to Joseph Samson from half circle to beat Matthew Petizian at 10:34 to pull them within one. Down by a man Frazee combined with Kiefer to Jarrett Williams driving hard to the net at 14:01 for SHG and tie. Both teams registered 9 SOG.
Kemptville had several opportunities to break the tie in the final twenty, with goal post ringers and close shaves. Hawkesbury on two mistakes from Kemptville, when Grainger picked off clearing pass and directed it to Zachary Fournier at 13:05. Lavallee, with McGrath to Michael Marleau for his second goal of the contest at 18:21 for insurance. Hawkesbury out-gunned Kemptville 15 to 8. Kemptville PP with 3 attempts without results and Hawkesbury one result with 3 attempts. Kemptville handed Hawkesbury their 5-3 victory.
Kemptville 73’s will host the hungry Smiths Falls Bears for Sunday afternoon battle. Watch for the Kemptville 73’s season ticket launch.
Hockey with EDGE…excellent entertainment….support your 73’s. See you at the game.