Lumber Kings fall 4-2 to Carleton Place
The Pembroke Lumber Kings dropped their second game of the weekend as they lost 4-2 to the Carleton Place Canadians in front of 1,100 people at the PMC Sunday afternoon.
Although they were better in the second and third periods, coach and general manager Scott Mohns felt they came out flat.
“We had a bit more jump as they game went on but it was not enough to warrant us winning the game,” he said. “There were flashes of good, positive play, but we didn't sustain enough pressure.”
He credited the Canadians for winning the battles and said if the Kings are going to be successful they have to stay on the puck and want to win the battles.
Pembroke did get on the board first when Jordan Boucher-Gould took the lead pass from goalie Darren Smith, got behind the defence and went upstairs on Canadians' goalie Brendan ONeill.
With Brock Edwards in the box for slashing, the Kings were having trouble controlling the puck in their own zone when Luke Kasteel got the puck and passed to Luke Martin who let the shot go for the short-handed marker.
In the second, the teams exchanged goals again and went to the dressing room tied 2-2. Former Lumber King and Pembroke native Lucas Gonu pulled the Canadians ahead when his shot was deflected into the top corner over Smith's glove. Evan Peterson and Christian Weidauer assisted.
Late in the period, Stephen Hrehoriak went hard to the net and beat ONeill with the assists to Ben Dalpe and Jordan Larson.
Less than five minutes into the third, Peterson netted the eventual game winner when he picked up his own rebound and put the backhand over Smith. Gonu and Garrett Moore assisted.
Martin added some insurance with his second of the night, an empty netter with 31 seconds to go in the game. Stephen Baylis picked up the lone assist.
The Kings are off until Friday night when they travel to Brockville for the first half of a home-and-home series against the Braves. Friday's game is a 7:30 p.m. start. The teams take to the PMC ice Sunday night for a 7 p.m. start.
Black and blue report: Defenceman Mike is expected to return to action Friday night when the Kings travel to Brockville. He has been out since Jan. 10 with a hip injury.
Three stars: The Molson three stars of the game were Carleton Place's Evan Peterson and Lucas Gonu first and second respectively and Pembroke's Stephen Hrehoriak was third. The Travelodge fourth star for hard work and dedication was Pembroke's Brendan McGuire.
Our of town scoreboard: In other Central Canada Hockey League action Sunday afternoon, Nepean hammered Cumberland 8-3 and Brockville edged Kemptville 4-3.
Tina Peplinskie is a Daily Observer multimedia journalist