PLK downs Grads 5-4 in exciting game
It was a real barnburner at the Pembroke Memorial Centre Sunday night, slow to cook but set to explode late in the game.
The Pembroke Lumber Kings hosted the Navan Grads for their home game at the PMC, and managed to pull off a last minute 5-4 victory after a wild one on the rink, earning an important two points as the playoff race continues in the CCHL.
The Kings outshot the Grads 53-26, with the sharp goaltending of Navan's Joseph Giacobbo thwarting Pembroke by turning away 48 shots.
Darian McTavish, guarding Pembroke's net, stopped 22 shots overall.
Both team's power play units contributed little to the contest, with Navan managing one goal out of five power plays, while Pembroke only scored once in seven.
Following a scoreless first period, Pembroke got on the board four minutes into the second period with a shorthanded goal from Connor Warnholtz, with assists from Matthew Barnaby and Peter Falivena.
Four minutes later, Navan tied the game courtesy of a shorthanded goal from Coleton Cianci, assisted by Lucas Roy.
Pembroke retook the lead near the end of the period, thanks to a goal from Barnaby, with assists picked up by Warnholtz and Malcolm Arseneau.
All heck would break loose in the third period, with a total of six goals being exchanged between the teams.
First, Joe McGrath of Navan scored a minute into the period to tie things 2-2. Cianci and Jake Jurgeneit earned assists. Then, Pembroke made it 3-2 a minute and a half later, as Mason Emoff scored with the backing of Falivena and Arseneau.
A minute after that, it was tied 3-3, as McGrath scored on the power play, with the assistance of Cianci and Harry Sanders.
Alexandre Way put Navan in the lead at the 13:37 mark, with Jurgeneit assisting. There the Grads held things until, with barely a minute and a half left in regulation time, Barnaby scored his second goal of the game on the power play to make it 4-4. Warnholtz and Brendan Browne received assists on the play.
Then with less than a minute on the clock, Noah Rowland scored what would be the game winner, with Falivena earning the assist.
The Grads pulled Giacobbo from net for the extra attacker to try and force overtime, but the Lumber Kings were able to hold off the onslaught to preserve their win.
Pembroke next plays on the road Wednesday, playing the Nepean Raiders in a Valentine's Day classic. Game starts at 7:30 p.m. Next, the Lumber Kings head to Renfrew Saturday to play the Kanata Lasers at the Ma-te-way Centre, with the game starting at 7:30 p.m.
The Kings next home game is Sunday, Feb. 18, when the team hosts the Smiths Falls Bears at the PMC. The puck hits the ice at 7 p.m.