Week 16 Recap

Game Summary: Kemptville 73’s vs Pembroke Lumberkings

Date: Friday January 19th, 2024

Location: North Grenville Municipal Centre

Final Score: Kemptville 73’s 3, Pembroke Lumber Kings 2 (SO)

In an exhilarating showdown at the North Grenville Municipal Centre, the Kemptville 73’s showcased their resilience and skill, clinching a hard-earned victory in a thrilling shootout against the Pembroke Lumber Kings. From start to finish, Kemptville displayed determination and tactical prowess, ultimately emerging triumphant in front of their enthusiastic home crowd.

The Pembroke Lumber Kings initially seized control of the game, capitalizing on a power play opportunity in the first period. Parent’s precise shot, assisted by Barnard and Murray at 8:06, momentarily gave Pembroke the lead. Despite facing penalties, including high sticking and tripping infractions, Kemptville’s defense held firm, limiting Pembroke’s scoring opportunities and maintaining their composure.

As the game progressed into the second period, Kemptville intensified their offensive efforts while maintaining disciplined defensive play. Despite a physical game marked by penalties on both sides, including a misconduct for unsportsmanlike conduct against Pembroke’s Cameron, Kemptville remained steadfast, preventing Pembroke from extending their lead.

In the pivotal third period, Kemptville unleashed a relentless offensive onslaught, fueled by Sweetapple’s timely goal at 2:45, assisted by Bennett and Melvin. Energized by the equalizer, Kemptville continued to press forward, with Esposito’s goal at 16:05, assisted by Melvin and Rutley, swinging the momentum in their favor. Though Pembroke responded with a late goal from Murray at 19:54, assisted by Hicklin and Barnard, Kemptville’s resolve never wavered.

With neither team able to break the deadlock in overtime, the game was ultimately decided in a dramatic shootout. Kemptville’s nerves of steel shone through as Logue’s decisive shootout goal sealed the victory, igniting wild celebrations among players and fans alike.

Throughout the contest, Kemptville’s goaltender Easter stood tall between the pipes, turning aside 28 of 30 shots with remarkable poise and agility. Supported by a relentless team effort and a raucous home crowd, Kemptville’s triumph epitomized their unwavering determination and competitive spirit, solidifying their status as a force to be reckoned with in the league.



Game Summary: Kemptville 73’s @ Pembroke Lumberkings

Date: Sunday January 21st, 2024

Location: Pembroke Memorial Centre

Final Score: Kemptville 73’s 30 , Pembroke Lumber Kings 0

In a commanding performance at the Pembroke Memorial Centre, the Kemptville 73’s asserted their dominance with a resounding 3-0 victory over the Pembroke Lumber Kings. From the drop of the puck, Kemptville demonstrated their skill and determination, dictating the tempo of the game and showcasing their prowess in all facets of play.

The first period witnessed a defensive battle, with both teams vying for control but unable to find the back of the net. Despite some penalties, including hooking infractions on both sides and a cross-checking penalty against Pembroke’s Barnard, neither team managed to capitalize on the power play opportunities.

As the game progressed into the second period, Kemptville broke the deadlock with Sweetapple’s goal at 10:40, assisted by Esposito and Wandall. Energized by the early lead, Kemptville intensified their offensive pressure, extending their advantage with a power play goal from Melvin at 18:06, assisted by Trottier and Haughian. Despite facing penalties of their own, including roughing and holding infractions, Kemptville maintained their composure and capitalized on Pembroke’s defensive lapses.

In the pivotal third period, Kemptville continued to press their advantage, with Melvin netting his second goal of the game on the power play at 7:39, assisted by Bennett and Trottier. Pembroke struggled to contain Kemptville’s relentless attack, unable to mount a significant offensive threat as Kemptville’s defense held firm.

With goaltender Biron standing tall between the pipes, turning aside all 20 shots he faced, Kemptville’s victory was a testament to their collective effort and unwavering determination. Pembroke’s goaltender Jones faced a barrage of shots, making 16 saves, but ultimately couldn’t stem the tide of Kemptville’s relentless offensive onslaught.

As the final buzzer sounded, Kemptville celebrated a well-deserved victory, showcasing their depth and skill on both ends of the ice. With their decisive win, Kemptville sent a clear message to the league that they are a formidable contender, capable of competing at the highest level.

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