by the sportsguy
Kemptville motored into Ottawa to meet with the Junior Senators for their final exhibition games to record a comeback victory of 7 to 4.
Ottawa drew first blood as Massimo Gentile, with assist from Hebert and Guemon, top beat Conor Blackwood at 1:22. Beauchemin with Hebert to find Massimo Gentile in the slot for his second goal at 4:16 to give Ottawa a two goal lead. Kemptville countered when they were down a man as Lammi pulled his magic to spring Ty Whyte free to drive it by Rorke Applebee for a SHG to break his SO attempt at 11:53. Another undisciplined play put Kemptville down a man and Zac Losier PPG assisted from Papineau and Winsor at 14:08 to end the first. Kemptville was outshot by 12 to 8 with each having 3 PP.
Winsor with Leblanc to setup Antoine Gauthier at 1:16 to place the Junior Senators on the board for a 4 to 1 lead. Kemptville put their game together as they countered with four consecutive markers. Thomas transitioned with Borgia up the wall to Emile Trottier to find the back of the net at 5:55. Both squads replaced their backstops with Jacob Biron for the 73’s and Connor Shibley for Jr. Senators at 9:59 Whyte combined with Devon Savignac to rifle it home past replacement stopper Connor Shibley at 12:44. Matthew O’ Doherty launched a missile between the pipes after Fennel pinched the line at 13:52. Palmer on the attack with O’Doherty reversed to Matthew Yakubowskion the point to pull the trigger at 18:17 for Kemptville to secure a 5 to 4 comeback to close the second. Kemptville outgunned again by 12 to 11 and 4 PK’s without the service of one of their veteran “D’s”.
The last twenty miler was the Ty Whyte show as he sniped two more markers to celebrate a hat trick and 4 point match. The first came as Houle held the line off the wall to Savignac, to Ty Whyte in the rocking chair top shelf at 4:20. Kemptville with a man advantage as Lammi on his bicycle back to Houle on point and Ty Whyte PPG buried the garbage for his hat trick at 19:04 to give them a 7 – 4 win. Kemptville posted 9 SOG to Ottawa 8 with each one PPG on Jr. Senators five attempts to 73’s four.
Coach Shawn summed it up: “We started with some undisciplined plays that put us behind, but were able to regroup with a great job of establishing the actions that will give us a successful year”. “A good learning experience for our real first game as a team and anticipate Friday to enhance the building process”.
After the beat down that Ottawa experienced on Wednesday night in front of their home fans that they would ice their heavyweights as they were seeking revenge and they managed to sustain a 4 – 2 win.
The first opened with end to end action with both clubs having equal opportunities to strike first, only to close it out scoreless. Kemptville outgunned Ottawa by 11 to 9 without any PP.
Kemptville’s Haughian launched a rocket through the crowd and Carter Vollett drove hard to the blue paint to find the rebound and beat Connor Shibley at 1::59. Ottawa tied it when James Taylor assisted from Braxton Ross slid it by Conor Blackwood at 2:49. Thomas caught the tape of Chase Lammi flying up the wall to pull the trigger at 11:10 for the tie breaker. Kemptville replaced their starting stopper at 9:03. Junior Senators knotted it up again as Andrew Uturo, with helpers from Leblanc and Ross, to slip it past a sprawling Jacob Biron at 16:03 to shutdown the second. Ottawa outshot Kemptville by 15 to 12 with one PP for each side.
The last twenty was a see-saw battle with Ottawa relieving the tie when Emile Villiard from Hebert found the back of the net at 15:35. Kemptville pulled their goalie for extra attacker at 18:24 and Ottawa dumps in ENG, assisted by Uturo for Emile Villiard second of the night at 19:52. Junior Senators managed 12 SOG to 10 with one PP for each team.
This will wrap up the exhibition schedule for the 73’s with the season opener in Nepean to meet the Raiders on Wednesday, September 21 at 7:30 pm.
The next home game will be Friday, September 23 at 7:30 pm when Navan Grads are in town.
Hockey with edge…see you around the wall.