73’s need to overcome the slump

by the sportsguy

Well folks, a big day in North Grenville on Tuesday, January 10 as your Kemptville 73’s played host to the CJHL Winter Showcase. All twelve teams were on display utilizing both pads to exhibit exceptional exciting action for the fans, and NCCA, USPORTS, Major Junior representatives from 12:30 pm until the final contest at 8:00 pm to close out the day.

Smiths Falls Bears munched on the Ottawa Junior Senators as they held on to force a shootout final win of 4 – 3 for initial challenge. Cornwall Colts corralled the Pembroke Lumber Kings for a 3 zip win in the second scheduled game. OT win for the Renfrew Wolves as they educated the Navan Grads with 2 – 1 victory. Brockville Braves plummeted the Raiders of Nepean by 5 – 0 in front of their fans. Hawkesbury Hawks nestled the Rockland Nationals with a 4 – 1 win to wrap up the day of entertaining, exciting hockey.

Kemptville 73’s drew their nemesis Carleton Place Canadians in a rubber match as each club posting a win during previous encounters.

Kemptville notched the initial marker at 7:04 as Logue reversed to Fennell on the wall to locate Emile Trottier, laying in wait to rifle it past Joe Chambers. Aiden Cooper countered with helpers from Brady and Gourgon to put it behind Alex Musielak at 11:32 to knot it at one. Khaden Henry capitalized after Haughian and Brazier combined to find him in the slot for tiebreaker at 14:19.

Kemptville with a stingy penalty to open the second allowed Canadians Brandon Walker PPG assisted by Disipio with Colangelo to even the odds at :33. Another PP for Carleton Place gave them the lead as Matteo Disipio PPG from Walker with Colangelo at 3:43. Kemptville pedal to the metal when Bennett stretched one up to Trottier dancing up the wall onto the tape of Matthew O’Doherty in the lane to make it a tie game at 6:52. Lone effort from Tyler Melvyn at 18:15 would snipe in the game winner for the 73’s.

Last twenty miler was a fast and furious two hundred footer affair as Carleton Place pulled their stopper at 19:23 and Haughian from the trenches over to O’Doherty so Grady Logue ENG launched one downtown into a vacant space to finalize with a 5 – 3 win.

Carleton Place outshot Kemptville by 40 to 34 and 2/4 PP and their opponent with 0/2 PP.

On the road over to Brockville to face the Braves for a Friday evening excursion as they encountered another rubber match that proved to be too much as they fell 3 to zip. The first forty remained scoreless as both teams with opportunities to set the pace with the only marks on the sheet were for sin bin layovers.

Nathaniel Burelle with helpers from Laville and Carolon finally beat Alex Musielak at 5:41 to start the swing for the Braves. Jake Laville lone attack at 15:17 for Brockville insurance to add more salt to the wound to move Sami Molu into a SO and record the rubber match victory. Kemptville retired their stopper at 18:15 that Elliot stretched out to Nick Fraser ENG to plug the dike at 19:07 for 3 zip winner. Kemptville pounded 39 to 26 with 0/7 PP for both squads.

Up the highway to meet the Navan Grads for Sunday matinee that turned into a feature free for all, with the Blake Hall Show a second road loss of 7 to 6 as the boys waited too long to claw out.

First frame opened with end to end action as Navan on PP drew first blood when Blake Hall PPG assisted by Parsons and Chau to flip it over Jacob Biron at 5:10. Blake Hall sniped his second from McDougall and Donohoe at 10:43 for a two goal lead.

Kemptville came out stronger as Haughian combined with Khaden Henry to spoil Bradyn McIntosh SO at 2:44. Blake Hall recorded his hat-trick for the Grads after Donohoe found him in the weeds at 7:38. Henry with Trottier downtown to Hunter Brazier to pull the trigger for his 16th marker for the season at 12:40. Tio D’Addario with assists from Parsons and Crete to give the Grads a 4 – 2 cushion at 16:07. The magic of Brazier’s aggressive attack with Khaden Henry put the 73’s within one at 18:19.

Nicholas Bennett knotted it at four after receiving a transition from Thomas with Yakubowski at 13:00. Navan scored with an extra attacker, when Gabriel Crete PPG from Chau eliminated the tie at 15:13. Gabriel Crete counted his second after assists from Paone and D’Addario at 16:33 for a Navan go ahead goal. With Jacob Biron on the bench at 17:43 for the 73’s final push paid off at 18:00 when Haughian from the point up the wall to Henry, onto Grady Logue above the circle to move Kemptville behind by one. Kemptville pulled their stopper at 18:24 for another push when the Grads Owen Parsons ENG with helpers from Crete and D’Addario for the empty net game winner at 19:01. Then at 19:57 the tenacity from McDougall with Thomas back to Patrick Haughian on the line to make it a 7 to 6 contest for a Navan win.

Navan peppered Kemptville 50 to 34 with a 2/5 PP and the 73’s without results for 0/3.

Kemptville will be at home for four straight battles, starting with Nepean Raiders on Friday, January 20 for evening confrontation.

Hockey with EDGE…see you around the wall.