Whitewater Kings fall 7-3 to Athens Aeros
Athens Aeros' Theo Todd reaches his stick towards the loose puck as Whitewater Kings' Jacob McIntyre swiftly pursues from behind.
COBDEN – Despite putting up a strong and steady fight, the Whitewater Kings were defeated 7-3 by the Athens Aeros during Thursday night’s home game.
The CCHL2 action took place at the Cobden Astrolabe Arena where more than a hundred Kings fans took over the bleachers to cheer on their local team.
“I am really pleased with the crowd that’s here tonight and the support from the community has been great,” said Dale McTavish, Whitewater Kings owner.
While the Aeros were first on the scoreboard with Shawn Patterson netting a goal at the five-minute mark, it was only 30-seconds later that the local favourites took advantage of a power play opportunity with Peter White tying up the score 1-1 (assisted by Jacob McIntyre, Reid Barber).
With both teams aggressively chasing after the puck and working to break the tie and gain the upperhand, it was the Aeros who prevailed as Cooper Kingston and Jordan Dodge netted two consecutive goals in the final three minutes of the game, closing out the first period with a 3-1 lead for the Aeros.
Moving into the second period, little action was seen until the final two minutes when Aeros’ Theo Todd sunk an unassisted goal to bump his team up to a 4-1 lead.
The third and final period continued to see the Aeros powering past their opponents as Jacob Servage sunk his team’s fifth goal of the night, assisted by Matt Berry.
At the 14-minute mark, the home team fans were fully jolted awake when Kings’ Dylan Kuehl netted a goal (assisted by Quinn Vanhoof) which was swiftly followed up by a second goal from teammate Peter White (assisted by Reid Barber, Jacob McIntyre).
Unfortunately, the excitement was short-lived as the Aeros held a strong 5-3 lead, with only five minutes remaining in the game.
As the clock ticked by, the Aeros continued to reign on the ice up until the final few moments, with Cooper Kingston sinking an unassisted short-handed goal and teammate Shawn Patterson firing the final shot into the Kings’ empty net, solidifying the Aeros’ 7-3 victory.
Despite the loss, McTavish expressed pride in the young team who demonstrated tremendous effort and determination and who will continue to improve over the course of the year.
“It's a young team that will get better as the year goes on,” said McTavish. “They’re a hardworking young team and the effort has been really great. There's going to be some tough games for them, being a young team, but with the continued effort and improvement, I think they’ll do really well.”