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Kings take down Kemptville 73's 6-2

By Sean Chase, The Daily Observer

 

The Pembroke Lumber Kings confidently put away the Kemptville 73's with a 6-2 win Sunday night at the Pembroke Memorial Centre.

After their defeat at the hands of the Carleton Place Canadians on Friday, the Kings regained their footing recording five unanswered goals after allowing Kemptville to score first. Jacob Kamps led the offence with two goals, while netminder Jake Smith made 23 saves on 25 shots.

Kemptville struck early with Liam Hunter beating Smith at the 1:12 mark of the first period. Neal Samanski and captain Tyson Kirkby effortly protected the puck as the squad pushed into Pembroke's zone before Hunter ripped a quick shot through traffic.

However, the Kings kept their composure tieing the game 45 seconds later. Screened by his own defenceman, Kemptville netminder Nick Bond didn't have a chance as Peter Falivena propelled the puck through the goalie's legs. Casey Rhodes and Matthew Walilko picked up the assists.

Pembroke found itself fending off a penalty after defenceman Michael Douglas went off for two minutes for unsportsmanlike conduct. However, the Kings penetrated the zone with James Buckley working the puck along the boards before spotting an open Jared Weber who threw it under a sprawling Bond. This shorthanded marker was Weber's first goal of the season.

Pembroke then seized the momentum when handed their second power play of the night after Kemptville's Jacob Shankar was handed a slashing minor. On a mad scramble in front of the Kemptville net, Kamps found Bond open on his left glove side and one-timed the puck into the net. Matthew Barnaby and Brendan Browne assisted. Barnaby currently leads the team with 22 points.

In the second period, the Kings stayed on the offence cycling the puck in the neutral zone and preventing few scoring chances for Kemptville. Kamps picked up his second goal of the night on a breakaway, aided by Connor Warnholtz. Later, winger Andre Simard earned his first goal of the season with Weber picking up the helper.

Kemptville managed to get one more goal early in the third period when John Beaton scored on Smith, assisted by Ashton Fry and Liam Hunter. Barnaby capped the night for Pembroke with his 10th goal, assisted by Buckley and Douglas.

Pembroke led Kemptville in shots on goal 29-25. The Kings improved with their special teams successfully killing off five penalties, while recording one power play goal on three chances.

Three Star Selection: Jacob Kamps, Star #1 (Pembroke), Jared Weber, Star #2 (Pembroke), Liam Hunter, Star #2 (Kemptville).

SChase@postmedia.com