PLK defeats Hawks, pays homage
Stephen Uhler/Pembroke Daily Observer/Postmedia Network The Pembroke Lumber Kings and the Hawkesbury Hawks come together in a unity circle prior to the start of Sunday afternoon's game in memory of Alex Paquette, who died Saturday of injuries sustained in a car crash early Friday. A player with the Renfrew Timberwolves, he was a Lumber King draft pick. His teammate Brandon Hanniman also died in the crash.
The Pembroke Lumber Kings got some payback Sunday afternoon, as they hosted Hawkesbury.
After suffering an 8-0 pounding at the hands of the Hawks Oct. 13, the Kings defeated them 5-3 in a satisfying win where the Central Canada Hockey League Tier 1 team remained in control of much of the game.
The afternoon started on a somber note, as Pembroke and Hawkesbury players gathered together at centre ice to form a circle of unity prior to the opening faceoff in memory of former Lumber King draft pick Alex Paquette. The 18-year old succumbed Saturday to the injuries he received as a result of an automobile crash early Friday on Calabogie Road, which also claimed the life of his Renfrew Timberwolves teammate Brandon Hanniman, 18.
The Whitewater Kings also honoured the two players with a unity circle Saturday night, joining the Casselman Vikings before the start of their home game in Cobden's Astrolabe Arena.
Two other 18-year-olds who were in the car, also members of the CCHL Tier 2 team, remain in hospital with serious injuries.
Hawkesbury got on the board early, with Alec Beaudin-Tougas scoring two-and-a-half minutes from the opening faceoff, with Matt Gasuik earning the assist.
Thirty seconds later, Lumber King Mason Emoff tied things up with Matthew Barnaby and Brendan Browne backing the play.
In the last third of the period, Jacob Kamps made it 2-1 for the Kings with a power-play goal, with Browne chalking up his second assist of the game.
The Hawks' Colin Stevens tied things up 2-2 with a power-play goal in the first two minutes of the second period, with Gasuik receiving his second assist of the afternoon.
Less than a minute-and-a-half later, the Kings scored a pair of power-play goals five seconds apart to place them in control of the rest of the game.
The Hawks were two men short due to a high sticking call against Maxim Fortin, followed by a hooking minor for John Kuhl. Barnaby scored shortly after the second penalty was called, making it 3-2, which was quickly followed by a goal by Matthew Walilko to double the Kings' lead 4-2.
Earning assists were Michael Douglas and Kamps for the first goal, and Noah Rowland and Jarrad Vroman for the second.
That led to Hawkesbury's starting goalie Chris Cuglietta being pulled from the net, after stopping only five out of nine shots. Matthew Petizian took over from him.
Five minutes after the change in goal, the Kings made it 5-2 after Browne found the back of the net, with Emoff assisting.
Early in the third period, Hawkesbury narrowed the score to 5-3 with a goal by Fletcher Anderson, backed by Stevens, but the comeback never got going beyond that, even with Petizian being pulled from net for the extra attacker in the final minutes of play.
Pembroke netminder Jake Smith blocked 31 of 34 shots on goal, and the Kings' power play unit was in fine form, scoring three times out of four. The Hawks on the other hand couldn't produce at all, scoring only once out of the eight times they were on the power play.
Lumber Kings Browne and Barnaby received the first and second game stars respectively, while Stevens of the Hawks was named the third star.
The Lumber Kings next play Friday, Nov. 3 when they will pay a visit to Smiths Falls to tangle with the Bears at the Smiths Falls Memorial Centre. Game time is 7:30 p.m.
Pembroke's next home game is 7 p.m Sunday, Nov. 5 at the Pembroke Memorial Centre, when they host the Brockville Braves. There will be a Remembrance Day ceremony held by Branch 72 of the Royal Canadian Legion prior to the opening faceoff.