Lumber Kings drop another to Smiths Falls, 5-3

By Peter Lapinskie, The Daily Observer



The Pembroke Lumber Kings gave it a good effort but came up short Friday night, losing 5-3 to the Smiths Falls Bears.

The Bears controlled much of the first period but the teams were tied 1-1 after 20 minutes, largely due to the efforts of Andy Munroe in nets for the Kings. Smiths Falls held a 13-8 margin in shots in the first.

Karson McCartney scored early for the Bears, and Keegan Harper replied late for the Kings, both unassisted markers. Harper’s came on the power play.

The Bears came out charging again in the second, Chris Maniccia giving them a 2-1 lead 4:47 into the period on another unassisted goal. Four minutes later Mike Crocock would tie it for the Kings, assisted by Owen McDade and Sam Gleason. McDade then scored at 15:05 to lift the Kings into a 3-2 lead going into the dressing room after 40 minutes.

Munroe kept up his solid play in nets for Pembroke in the second as the Bears held a 15-11 margin in shots, 28-19 after two periods. The second period was much more intense, as eight minor penalties were handed out, four to each team.

Smiths Falls struck twice early in the third, Connor McLaren on a power play at 0:35 to tie it, Karson McCartney at 3:34 to put the Bears ahead 4-3.

The Kings put on a furious effort to tie it up late in the game, only to have Connor McLaren score his second goal of the night into the empty Pembroke net with three seconds left to clinch the 5-3 victory for the Bears.

Smiths Falls held a 14-12 margin in shots in the third period, 42-31 overall.

The three stars were all from Smiths Falls – McCartney first, McLaren second and Jimmy Howe third.

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