Lumber Kings fall in OT to Nationals
Sean Chase/Daily Observer Pembroke's Matthew Barnaby (#9 right) is shadowed by Rockland defenceman Michael Keating (#23 left) as he carries the puck into the Nationals' zone during first period action Sunday night at the PMC.
The Rockland Nationals edged out the Pembroke Lumber Kings who narrowly lost in overtime Sunday at the Pembroke Memorial Centre.
Matthew Barnaby scored the hat trick, while Michael Douglas picked up three assists but it wasn't enough as the Nationals put away the Kings 57 seconds into the extra period with a shot from Trevor Coykendall. Jacob Kamps scored once and recorded two assists. Kings goalie Alex Horwski, who kept his squad in the game with some big stops, took the loss making 28 saves on 33 shots.
Both teams played a strong defensive game early on, however, penalties once more plagued the Kings who allowed three power play goals by the Nationals. The Kings, who have been much improved from last season with special teams, gained only one marker with the man advantage.
Rockland opened up the scoring on the power play at the 12:30 mark when the Nationals cycled the puck allowing Coykendall to fire through traffic. Jordan Power and Mathieu Blanchette assisted. Barnaby, who leads all Kings in scoring with 32 points, responded by ripping a one-time shot down low on Rockland goalie Sean Storr. Douglas and Kamps assisted.
Pembroke then took their only lead of the game when they took to the ice with the man advantage after Jake Jurgeneit was called for kneeing. With Storr screened, Kamps fired a shot from 20 metres out. The puck rang off the crossbar and appeared to the Rockland players that it stayed out, however, the referee called for Kamps, who picked up his seventh goal of the season. Barnaby and Douglas assisted.
In the second period, Rockland took charge after the Kings fell into penalty trouble. Blanchette raced into the zone, lost his footing and slid into the Kings' net knocking it off its moorings. However, referees determined the puck went in first tying the game 2-2. Power and Benjamin Pruneau assisted.
Then Antoine Leblanc exploited a mad scramble in front of the Kings' goal to score, aided by Coykendall and Blanchette. Late in the period, Kamps collided with the Rockland net on the rush taking down Storr, who was taken back to the dressing room by a trainer. He was replaced by Zach Roy. Both Rockland goalies combined to make 43 saves on 47 shots.
Rockland padded their tally early in the third period with a marker from Louis Chabot, assisted by Pruneau and Cole Lavoie. Pembroke stormed back late with Barnaby adding his 14th and 15th goals of the season, assisted by Kamps, Douglas, Brendan Browne and Noah Rowland.
Three Star Selection: Mathieu Blanchette, Rockland (Star #1), Matthew Barnaby, Pembroke (Star #2), Trevor Coykendall, Rockland (Star #3).