Lumber Kings rise up 5-2 against Smiths Falls Bears
Smiths Falls Bears' Nicholas Prestia (left) sneaks up from behind Lumber Kings' Noah Rowland and crosses sticks with the Pembroke player in an attempt to regain the puck.
After being shutout 8-0 by the Hawkesbury Hawks on Oct. 13, the Lumber Kings made a comeback on Sunday night as they regained their power and defeated the Smiths Falls Bears 5-2.
While the Kings’ special teams failed to save them on Friday night, the latter game saw the Pembroke team skillfully support one another with assists and defensive duties around their net to prevent the Bears from succeeding with two of their three power play opportunities.
The action kicked off with Lumber Kings’ Zachary Cross lighting up the scoreboard with the first goal (assisted by Connor Warnholtz) less than one minute into the game.
Thereafter, the period slowed down until the final few minutes when Kings’ Matthew Barnaby netted his team’s second goal of the game (assisted by Jarrad Vroman and Brendan Browne) to bump them up to a 2-0 lead.
As Kings fans cheered on their hometown team at the PMC, the excitement was short-lived as the Bears struck back in the final two minutes of the game. Bears’ Blake Kettyle took advantage of a power play moment to net his team’s first goal (assisted by Brett Humberstone and Kris Lalonde). With the score 2-1 for the Kings, the Bears held onto their sudden momentum with Michael Larose sinking a goal (assisted by Matthieu Franche and Alex DiCarlo) to tie up the game 2-2.
Despite the Bears successful attacks in the first period, the Kings remained in power as they continued to display tremendous grit and determination with players seamlessly working together until the final moments of the game.
Two minutes into the second period, Matthew Walilko netted a goal (off assists from Noah Rowland and Zachary Cross) and by the end of that period James Buckley doubled his team’s score 4-2 (with assists from Matthew Barnaby and Brendan Browne).
In the third and final period, Kings’ Peter Falivena sunk the last goal of the game (assisted by Casey Rhodes and Matthew Walilko) to solidify his team’s 5-2 victory.
Three Star Selection: Matthew Walilko (Star #1, Kings), Zachary Cross (Star #2, Kings), Michael Larose (Star #3, Bears).
Out of town scoreboard: In other Central Canada Hockey League action on Friday night, the Nepean Raiders slayed the Kemptville 73’s 5-1, the Rockland Nationals edged the Cornwall Colts 4-3 and Carleton Place defeated the Navan Grads 5-3.