Canadians defeat Lumber Kings 5-1
Sean Chase/Daily Observer Canadians winger Travis Broughman (bottom centre) scores Carleton Place's fourth goal on Kings netminder Jake Smith during second period action Friday afternoon at the Pembroke Memorial Centre.
The Pembroke Lumber Kings could not contain the Carleton Place Canadians falling 5-1 to the Central Canada Hockey League leaders Friday afternoon.
The Kings allowed four unanswered goals by the Canadians before Jacob Kamps got Pembroke on the scoreboard in the middle of the second period. Jeremie Forget recorded the win for Carleton Place turning away 24 of 25 shots.
“Against a team like this you have to play every minute and every shift and we didn't do that,” acknowledged head coach Dale McTavish noting the team paid for lapsing 10 minutes into the second period.
Carleton Place badly outshot Pembroke with 46 shots on goal. The Kings only managed 25. Geoff Kitt and Connor Hill led the Canadians offence with a goal and assist each. Special teams were fairly productive with both squads scoring a powerplay marker each.
Peyton Francis opened up the scoring at the 13 minute mark of the first period, assisted by Tim Theocharidis and Brett Thorne. The Canadians then opened up the second period with a flurry of offence when Kitt collected a rebound and shot down low on Kings netminder Jake Smith during the powerplay. Hill and Joshua Gagne picked up the assists. Justin Cmunt and Travis Broughman grew the lead to 4-0. Assisting were Kitt, Samuel Knoblauch, Sam Allison and Joey Warywota.
Pembroke did finally break through Carleton Place's defensive wall towards the end of the second period. Effectively cycling in the Canadians zone, Jackson Norlock corralled the puck in the corner before firing it over to an open Kamps, who shot it past Forget. Michael Douglas also assisted. Hill, assisted by Jack Clark, put the game away for the Canadians scoring in the third period.
Both teams broke down in discipline with a total of 86 penalty minutes for the game. As the minutes ticked down, Matthew Barnaby engaged Clark in a skirmish, while Zachary Cross took on Aiden Girduckis. The final penalties nullified a five-on-three power play opportunity for the Kings.
This rare morning/afternoon game hosted hundreds of students from Pembroke-area schools. McTavish said the annual School Day Game is something the club looks forward to each year.
“The kids love it and our players love playing in it,” said McTavish. “It's really a fun game to be in. It's great for the kids to enjoy a day at the rink and hopefully we will get some future fans down the road.”
Pembroke faces Carleton Place once more on Sunday. In acknowledgement of the Purple Ribbon Campaign bringing awareness to Child Abuse Prevention, fans are asked to dress in purple for the game.
Three Star Selection: Geoff Kitt, Star #1 (Carleton Place), Connor Hill, Star #2 (Carleton Place), Jacob Kamps, Star #3 (Pembroke).