Kings survive late Senators charge
Sean Chase/Daily Observer Lumber Kings defenceman Chris Grose (#25) battles Senators winger Silas Mattawashish (#16) for possession of the rebound after Pembroke netminder Jake Smith blocks a shot Sunday night at the PMC. The Kings extended their undefeated streak at home with a 4-3 shoot-out win.
The Kings blew a 3-0 lead but still escaped the Pembroke Memorial Centre with two points while preserving their undefeated streak on home ice.
Casey Rhodes was the shoot-out hero clinching a 4-3 win against the Ottawa Junior Senators, whom Pembroke is chasing for the second place in the Central Canada Hockey League and now sit only two points back. Newly acquired winger Matthew Allen scored his first goal in his second game as a Lumber King, while Pembroke goalie Jake Smith stood on his head to turn away 28 out of 31 shots.
During the shoot-out, Rhodes, who also picked up an assist, smoothly knocked the puck past Senators goalie Francis Boisvert, who had let one in from Matthew Barnaby minutes earlier. At the other end of the ice, only Pierre-Luc Veillette managed to beat Smith.
“I just saw an open and ripped it,” said Rhodes, who acknowledged his squad let the Senators off the mat after securing a 3-0 lead in the early going of the second period. “We need to work on staying out of the box. The penalties just killed us.”
Brendan Browne opened the scoring on the power play at 6:14 in the first period, assisted by Barnaby and Rhodes. Allen scored soon after unassisted on the forecheck when he had a breakaway in front of Boisvert and fired into the net. Allen, who comes to the Kings from the Des Moines Buccaneers, was playing on a line with Browne and Barnaby, a former classmate of his. Later he said he enjoyed the fan support and energy in the building while acknowledging the Kings let their opponents back into contention.
“Overall we played pretty well but we took too many penalties and they got back in the game,” said Allen.
Early in the second period, Mason Emoff notched his second goal of the season shooting down low on Boisvert's right glove side. The assists went to James Buckley and Shane Spencer. The Kings then ran into penalty trouble with captain Andrew Meininger going off for cross-checking and Jacob Kamps earning two minutes for butt ending. With the five-on-three power play in place, Senators coach Martin Dagenais rolled the dice pulling Boisvert to add the extra attacker and make it a six-on-three man advantage. The gamble worked as Devon Daniels quickly got Ottawa on the scoreboard, assisted by Griffin McGregor and Joe Alexander.
Once the power play expired, Elie Boulerice shot the puck through Smith's legs from his position five feet out to bring Ottawa to within one. Isaac Anderson and Craig McCabe picked up the helpers. In the third period, Silas Mattawashish tied the game propelling the puck over Smith's right shoulder. Anderson and Alderic Denis assisted.
The Senators led the shots on goal 31 to 19. Pembroke only scored once on seven power play opportunities, while Ottawa picked up one goal with three man advantages.
Three Star Selection: Casey Rhodes, 1st Star (Pembroke), Jake Smith, 2nd Star (Pembroke), Isaac Anderson, 3rd Star (Ottawa).