Pembroke Lumber Kings hang on to beat Nepean

By Anthony Dixon, The Daily Observer


NEPEAN - The Nepean Raiders came very close to digging themselves out from a three-goal deficit, but the Pembroke Lumber Kings hung on for a 3-2 victory Wednesday night at the Nepean Sportsplex.

Pembroke's Alex Gilmour had two goals and an assist to lead the Lumber Kings, including the team's third marker in the third period. Back in the first, Gilmour tallied an assist, teaming up with Patrick Kyte who put Pembroke up 1-0.

Gilmour scored the first of his two goals on the night, 8:34 into the second period to make the score 2-0 Pembroke. Derek Varrin assisted on the goal.

The final 20 minutes of the game saw tempers flare as Nepean's Blake Dalton and Pembroke's Derek Varrin exchange blows, each player receiving the obligatory fighting major penalty and a game misconduct. The scrap took place only 46 seconds into the final period.

Later in the period, Gilmour and Kyte reversed their first period magic, this time Gilmour scoring and Kyte tallying the assist.

The game's nasty tone continued with Pembroke's Wesley Ashley assessed a slashing penalty, Colton Keuhl a roughing penalty and for Nepean, PJ Heger a slashing call and Hunter Garlasco a checking to the head/neck penalty and a misconduct for head contact.

Pembroke looked set to cruise home, up 3-0, 7:20 into the final period but Nepean still had some life.

Kari Belec of the Raiders finally got his team on the board 13 minutes 29 seconds into the period. Three minutes later, the Raiders closed to within one when Samuel Meisenheimer beat Pembroke goalie Boyd Diclemente. However, the final minutes ticked away scoreless, Pembroke hanging on for the win.

Diclemente made 25 saves for the Lumber Kings on 27 shots while Nepean's goalie, Francis Marotte rejected 32 shots of the 35 he faced for the Raiders.

Neither team's power play tallied a goal on the night.

Pembroke has safely made the playoffs but are currently tied with Kemptville for spots seven and eight. Both teams have 69 points. Pembroke has three games remaining while Kemptville has four.

Pembroke next plays at home Friday night against high-flying Cumberland. Puck drop is 7:30 p.m.

Three stars: 1st star Alex Gilmour (Pem), 2nd star Kari Belec (Nep) and 3rd star Patrick Kyte (Pem).

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