Lumber Kings hang on to beat Jr. Sens 2-1 0
The Pembroke Lumber Kings's special teams came through in a big way on Sunday night as they held off the division-leading Ottawa Junior Senators for a 2-1 win, their first in four games.
Coming off a rough stretch that saw them win just one game of their previous seven, the Kings more or less coasted through the first period, with neither team playing particularly exciting hockey.
The first period ended still scoreless, and with the Kings facing the first 3:41 of the second short-handed after Emilio Audi took slashing and unsportsmanlike conduct penalties at 19:41 of the first.
The penalty box blues kept going for the Kings in the second, with goalie Darren Smith assessed a delay of game penalty, putting his team at a two-man disadvantage for more than two minutes.
Pembroke managed to escape the 5-3 situation unscathed, and with only a few seconds left on the second Audi penalty, Ben Dalpe fed Liam Biard a great pass up the boards to the right of Ottawa netminder Charlie Millen, and Biard made the most of it, giving the Kings a 1-0 lead at 3:36.
At the other end of the period, the Jr. Sens were caught with too many men on the ice at 18:03, and it took just over a minute for the Kings to capitalize on their fourth power play of the game, with defenseman Philippe Drouin scoring his first goal, assisted by Ben Dalpe and Keegan Harper, to extend their lead to 2-0.
Drouin's goal would become even more vital when the Junior Sens finally reached the scoreboard when a shot by defenseman Joe Shecter beat Smith at 7:43 of the third.
Despite a few chances on both sides, including a couple of goalpost saves, the final score would remain unchanged, with Drouin's goal proving to be a game-winner.
With the win, the Lumber Kings sit in fourth place in the Yzerman division, four points back from the still-first-place Jr. Sens, and one point behind the Kanata Stallions.
The Kings hit the road this week, stopping to play Cumberland on Tuesday, Oct. 16 and then in Cornwall on Thursday before heading straight back home for a two-game stint at the PMC, hosting Cornwall on Friday and then Kanata on Sunday.
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