Smith helps Lumber Kings dodge a bullet
Pembroke Lumber Kings' goalie Darren Smith
The Pembroke Lumber Kings found a way to win Thursday night’s contest at the Ed Lumley Arena in a shoot out, but the victory was mostly due to the goaltending heroics of Darren Smith who faced an astounding 67 shots.
At the other end of the ice, the Kings only managed to pepper Colts’ goaltender Jordan Piccolino with an anemic 21 shots.
And yet, it was Pembroke heading back home with the 6 – 5 win. Hockey can be a funny game.
Pembroke got on the scoreboard first, just under nine minutes in with Charlie Connell taking the feed from Owen McDade and beating Piccolino short side.
Piedro Antonelli responded for the Colts and the opening 20 minutes ended in a 1 – 1 tie.
The Kings owned the opening half of the second period, scoring three straight before things began to unravel. Brendan McGuire gave Pembroke the lead, with assists going to Patrice Wren and Jordan Boucher-Gould.
Carl Greco widened the margin with a hard wrist shot that Piccolino got a piece of, but the puck still managed to crawl over his shoulder and in. Emilio Audi and Derek Diaz tallied assists.
McDade added to Pembroke’s lead when Sam Gleason found him all alone in the slot.
Cornwall’s Anthony Sanniti would add one more for the Colts before the end of 40 minutes, but Pembroke was holding a comfortable 4 – 2 lead.
Despite the fact the Kings were winning, it hadn’t been a pretty effort up to the end of the second, and frankly the third period was just a disaster.
Outshot in the final 20 minutes 26-5, its no wonder Cornwall scored three straight goals to take the lead and look like they were cruising to victory. Tallying for the Colts were Michael Pontarelli, Jake Martin and Sammiti with his second on the night.
However, with 55 seconds left in the game, Keegan Harper of the Kings fired an easy shot at the Cornwall goal that found its way into the back of the net.
Oddly enough the game was tied and overtime loomed.
The extra five minutes settled nothing leading to the shoot out.
Pietro Antonelli was the only Colt to score while both Boucher-Gould and Ben Dalpe scored for the Kings giving Pembroke the 6-5 victory.
Both Pembroke and Cornwall were 0-5 on the power play.
Three stars: Darren Smith was awarded the game’s third star, Michael Pontarelli the second star and Anthony Sanniti the game’s first star.
Pembroke is back on the ice tonight in Smiths Falls to take on the Bear’s at 7:30 p.m.
The team returns home to the PMC Sunday afternoon for a 2 p.m. tilt with Carleton Place.
Anthony Dixon is The Daily Observer’s assistant news editor