Kanata Lasers double the Pembroke Lumber Kings 4-2 in CCHL action in Kanata Thursday night

By Anthony Dixon, The Daily Observer

KANATA – On the road Thursday night in Kanata, the Pembroke Lumber Kings were looking to rebound from a defeat on home ice Sunday night, but it wasn’t meant to be.

Once the game clock counted down to a trio of zeroes, Kanata had earned its third straight victory, doubling Pembroke by a score of 4-2.

Early on in the game at the Kanata Recreation Complex, Pembroke was on track, emerging from the first period still knotted at 0-0 and suffering only a minor deficit in shots to the Lasers 11-9.

In fact it was Pembroke that drew first blood in the contest, scoring just before the halfway point of the second off a nice rush. The Kings got the puck out of their own end and were moving up ice. Salim Mahi-Beaudry shuttled the puck to Justin Felhaber who carried it in over the Kanata blue-line and parked right at the top of the near circle before wristing a shot on net that was deflected by Mason Vaughan behind Kanata netminder Anand Oberoi.

Giving up a goal right before the end of a period often proves deflating to the team scored upon. Well, with 54 seconds left in period number two, the Kings did just that. Liam Markhauser of the Lasers was credited with beating Pembroke goalie Jake Smith and the teams headed for the dressing room tied at 1-1.

Kanata came off the bench for the third looking strong, scoring twice before the period was even three minutes old. Declan Hilton and Troy MacTavish, with a supreme solo effort, did the damage.

Mahi-Beaudry gave the Kings some life halfway through the period, beating Oberoi to pull Pembroke to within one. Patrick Kyte and Matthew Barnaby assisted.

However, Luca Nocita sealed the deal for Kanata, scoring on an empty Pembroke net in the game’s last minute to give the home team the 4-2 win.

In the Pembroke net, Smith turned aside 30 of the 33 shots he faced while in the Kanata goal, Oberoi stopped 21 of 23 Pembroke shots.

Pembroke was assessed six penalties and Kanata four, but neither team managed a power-play goal.

Three stars: 1st star Troy MacTavish (Kanata), 2nd star Salim Mahi-Beaudry (Pembroke), and 3rd star Liam Markhauser (Kanata).

Out of town scoreboard: In other CCHL action Thursday night, the league’s defending champs, the Carleton Place Canadians, went on the road and beat the Cornwall Colts 6-5 in overtime.

No rest for the weary: The Kings were back at it Friday night in Cumberland against the Grads but a score was not available by press time. Pembroke is back on home ice at the PMC on Sunday night to face the Brockville Braves. The puck drops at 7 p.m.

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