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THE BOYS OF WINTER ARE BACK

by the sportsguy

After a successful camp, your Kemptville 73’s are preparing for their pre-season schedule to establish the 2021 – 2022 roster. On Friday, the 73’s motored over into the Bears Den to face the Smith’s Falls Bears to open up the schedule. The first frame remained scoreless, with Kemptville having a PP that was unsuccessful to close out with the 73’s outshooting Bears 12 to 3.

Second stanza, Kemptville came on the attack to mount three goals. Benjamin Campeau on his own to put Kemptville on the board at 8:09. Lockhart to find Grant Eastwood to blast it home at 9:17 for a 73’s two goal lead. At 10:51 Kemptville pounced again when Cartwright sprung Lapier up the left side across to Brendan Lynch for their third marker. Kemptville replaced their starter stopper, Rylan Donovan, with Connor Blackwood at 10:51. Smiths Falls countered at 11:39, to break 73’s attempt for a shut-out. Kemptville outgunned Smiths Falls 16 to 4.

Final twenty remained scoreless, with both clubs having opportunities to put markers on the game sheet. Kemptville had three PP’s and one four minute infraction that they couldn’t capitalize on. Peppering the Bears with 44 to 10 SOG and winning the first exhibition game 3 to 1.

Navan Grads faced Kemptville 73’s first matinee home game on Sunday, September 12, for a very close loss of 4 to 2. Kemptville struck first at 5:15, when Matthew York on point to launch one. With a man advantage, Owen Parsons beat Tyler Laureault for PPG at 6:30 to even it up at one. Alec Lovisek broke the tie at 11:15 to give the Grads the lead. Navan is outshot by Kemptville 12 to 10.

Navan posted a SHG from Burke to give Alec Lovisek his second of the day for the insurance goal. Kemptville cut the lead by one at 4:18, as Johnny Howie slammed it between the pipes. Navan SOG 14 to Kemptville 13. Final scrimmage with end to end action without 73’s able to catch up and pulling Rylan Donovan for extra attacker. Navan counted with a EN at 19:41. Hogue caught Ryan Burke floating through the neutral zone to flip the rubber into open space for 4 to 2 Navan victory. Navan shoot 32 SOG to Kemptville 26.

Kemptville met Ottawa on their home ice on Tuesday, September 14, for an exciting contest that left the fans speechless, as the home team hung in to take a win in a shootout for 5 to 4 victory. Initial period opened with the Ottawa Jrs two quick markers to beat Tyler Laureault. Edward Moskowitz to draw first blood for the Jr’s at 7:51. Phillipe Jacques to give Ottawa a two goal advantage at 13:10. Ottawa peppered Kemptville 20 to 4 SOG.

Second stanza, Kemptville came on as Hunter Brazier to hammer it past William Desmaris at 6:54. Luke Richardson would follow the example of his team mate and buried it into the mesh at 15:23 to close out with a tie. Ottawa with 13 to 8 SOG.

Last twenty with the Jr’s man advantage, James Taylor PPG for the tie breaker at 6:34. Cartwright setup Brazier through the middle to Devon Savignac on the circle to drive it home for the lead at 9:25. Ottawa bounced back to go ahead again at 12:47. Kemptville answered with Grant Eastwood on the doorstep for a tie at 17:13 to force OT. Jr’s only outgunned 73’s by 11 to 10 SOG.

OT blanked, caused a setup for a SO to decide the results of the contest. Kemptville’s 4th shooter, Hunter Brazier, capped a 5 – 4 win. PP still not working for the 73’s and getting hammered by 47 SOG to 23 showed true grit to hang on for a favourable result.

Back to back challenge with Ottawa on Wednesday was a close contest, with the sin bin playing a huge part in the 4-2 loss. Kemptville rattled the mesh at 3:32 when Brady Logue blew through the opposition. Ottawa SOG 11-4 over Kemptville. Thomas Freel to even the score at :41, through Rylan Donovan to open the second. Matthew O’Doherty in the shooting lane to blast a rocket home at 12:51. 73’s outshot by 10 – 7.

Home twenty started when Ottawa for a tie at :20. Jr’s Julian Recine for a tie breaker at 5:08. Samuel Edwards at 14:32 for the insurance to give Ottawa a 4 – 2 win. Ottawa 14 SOG to Kemptville 8. 73’s PK was on cue, as they had to encounter 7 PP with one being 4 minute infraction.

Into Brockville for Saturday afternoon challenge at 2pm that would result in another SO. Evan Boucher put a marker on the sheet at 1:02 to open the first. Brockville counted another at 1:33. Owen Belisle at 3:05 to give the Braves a 3 goal lead. Finally, the 73’s PP came together, with Cartwright hooking up with Larkin over to Johnny Howie to slam it for a PPG at 10:02. Another man advantage for Kemptville’s Brock Kolicki PPG to put them within one. Kemptville SOG 15 to 12. Evan Beaudry showed his finesse when he hammered one home at :39 to even the score at two. Then a tie breaker with tic-tac-toe play to Hunter Brazier for his second point to put the 73’s ahead at 7:06. Brockville came back to even it up at 15:03. Brockville 9 SOG to Kemptville 6.

Final period with both clubs having scoring opportunities and Kemptville with a PP at 14:46 for tie breaker with Eastwood to Ty Whyte. Braves to be the spoilers to make it even at 5 to force OT at 16:31. Kemptville outgunned Brockville 11 to 6. Five minute OT elapsed without results to set up a SO, which unfortunately was won by Brockville to give them 6-5 victory