Carleton Place Canadians edge Pembroke Lumber Kings 3-2 0
The Carleton Place Canadians came from behind as they edged the Pembroke Lumber Kings 3-2 at the Pembroke Memorial Centre Sunday night.
The Canadians got out to a quick start as Brock Edwards got the visitors on the board less than two minutes into the game. Pembroke goalie Darren Smith stopped the initial shot from the top of the face-off circle, but Brock went to the net and scored on his own rebound. Kevin Dufour and Elias Ghantous assisted.
Despite the slow start coach and general manager Sheldon Keefe was please with how well they responded just a few shifts later as Stephen Hrehoriak pulled Pembroke even at 4:31 after taking the perfect feed from a streaking Ben Dalpe. The coach felt they along with their linemate Jordan Larson really took over to create the opportunity they were able to capitalize on to tie things up.
A minute and a half later, defenceman Mike Crocock ripped a shot from the point which went in off a Carleton Place player to give the Kings a 2-1 lead. Brian Hennessey picked up the lone assist.
After a scoreless second period, the Canadians added a pair of unanswered goals in the third. Dufour made it 2-2 when he fired a shot from the face-off circle which beat Smith five hole. Nic Erb scored the game winner with a quick shot from the slot at 14:56.
Despite the loss, Keefe was happy with how the Kings completed against a good Carleton Place team in two games this weekend. On Friday Pembroke doubled the Canadians 4-2 in the first game of the weekend home and home series.
“We're not happy with the result, but the effort was good,” Keefe said after the game. “To play 120 minutes against a very good team and out score them them 6-5 that is a positive sign for our young hockey team. We proved we can play with the best.”
Pembroke's continues to struggle on the power play as they had an identical 0 for 4 record with the man advantage in both games. They had more success on the penalty kill as they limited Carleton Place to just one goal in five power play chances Sunday night, despite being without the services of centres Patrice Wren and Tyler Gaudet, who are sidelined with knee and ankle injuries respectively. Both have started skating, but the coach is allowing them the time they need to recover properly.
The Kings have a pair of road games this week as they travel to Nepean Wednesday night and Smiths Falls Friday night. Both are 7:30 p.m. starts. The Kings next home game is Oct. 14 when they host the Ottawa Jr. Senators at the PMC. The puck drops at 7 p.m.
Three stars: The Molson three stars of the game were Carleton Place's Kevin Dufour and Michael Maciag first and third respectively, and Pembroke's Stephen Hrehoriak was second star. The Travelodge fourth star for hard work and dedication was Pembroke's Brian Hennessey.
Out of town scoreboard: In other Central Canada Hockey League action Sunday night, Gloucester needed overtime to get past Cumberland 5-4, Kemptville beat Brockville 5-2, Kanata doubled Cornwall 4-2 and Ottawa edged Hawkesbury 4-3 in a shootout.
Tina Peplinskie is a Daily Observer multimedia journalist