Kings U-18s down Smiths Falls Bears in overtime thriller
Members of the Pembroke Lumber Kings AAA U18 (from left) Kiefer Levasseur, Jared Campitelli and Noah Miaka celebrate Campitelli's overtime winner against the Smiths Falls Bears Saturday night in Cornwall. The Kings won 7-6, earning their first win in seven games.
CORNWALL – The Pembroke Lumber Kings U-18 team won an exciting contest Saturday, outlasting Smiths Falls and winning 7-6 in overtime.
The game was part of a AAA showcase in Cornwall featuring eight different games throughout the day.
Jared Campitelli was the overtime hero as he scored an unassisted marker just 44 seconds into extra time. This is the first win for the U18 team in seven games so far this season.
Pembroke got out to a quick lead as Lawson Leclaire and Nick Cuddy, on the power play, scored at 1:10 and 2:03 of the first to give the Kings a 2-0 lead. Assisting on the goals were Jesse Dick, Kiefer Levasseur, Andre Simard and Noah Maika.
The Bears got within a goal at 9:33 thanks to a goal from Hayden Mongeon, but Pembroke responded four minutes later with a power-play goal from Simard to put the Kings up 3-1 after the first period.
Two minutes into the second, Cuddy, Leclaire and Maika connected to pull the Kings ahead 4-1, but Smiths Falls responded with Griffin Patterson’s power-play goal and Michael Hogan’s unassisted marker to make it 4-3 Pembroke after two periods.
Cuddy completed the hat trick early in the third period to restore Pembroke’s two-goal lead, but Jacob Servage and Ryan Richardson, on the power play, pulled the Bears even, before Jesse Dick gave the Kings a 6-5 lead. Richardson scored his second of the night with less than two minutes to go to tie things up and force overtime.
Several players enjoyed multi-point efforts – Cuddy with the hat trick, Simard with a goal and an assist, Leclaire and Dick with a goal and two assists each and Maika with four assists.
Miikah Keeshig played 26:30 in the Kings’s net, allowing three goals on three shots. Darian McTavish finished off the game, getting the win after making 38 saves on 41 shots he faced. Smiths Falls’s Brody Bernard made 28 saves on 35 shots he faced.
In other games Saturday, Cornwall edged Gloucester 4-3 in overtime, Brockville beat Kanata 6-4, CIHA Voyageurs Green blanked Ottawa 2-0, OHA U17 needed overtime to get past Kemptvile 3-2, Carleton Place shut out Hawkesbury 3-0, Cumberland beat OHA U18 3-2 in a shootout and CIHA Voyageurs White edged Nepean 4-3.