Nepean defeats Pembroke with just seconds to play in overtime
NEPEAN – In sports the difference between winning and losing is often very slight and in the case of the Pembroke Lumber Kings Wednesday night the difference was a short 17 seconds.
The Kings had come back, scoring two goals in the final five minutes of the game to force overtime, only to have Liam Staff of the Nepean Raiders bring the game to a sudden-death stop at 4:43 of the extra period. His game winner was unassisted and gave the Raiders a 4-3 win over the Kings.
Back in the first period, it was Nepean that opened the scoring with Antoine Belisle beating Pembroke’s netminder for the evening, Jake Smith.
The rest of the period and nearly 15 minutes of the second would elapse before the Kings got on the scoreboard. Jacob Kamps drew his team even with Andrew Meininger and Noah Rowland getting the helpers.
To open the third period, the Raiders exploded for two quick goals in the opening minute and thirty seconds. James Buckley put his team ahead 1:02 into the period, followed by Ryan Horvath extending the lead a mere 24 seconds later. Both goals were unassisted.
Pembroke then poured it on, peppering Nepean goaltender Liam Souliere with 18 shots over the final 20 minutes of regulation.
At 15:22, Pembroke’s Casey Rhodes beat Souliere to draw his team within one. Mason Emoff and Peter Falivena each tallied assists.
As time ran down past the one-minute to play warning, Brendan Browne, assisted by Kamps, tied the game back up for the Kings with 49 seconds to play.
Pembroke played a relatively disciplined game being assessed three penalties for six minutes while Nepean racked up eight infractions for 16 minutes. Neither team scored on the power play.
Between the Pembroke pipes, Smith made 31 saves on 35 shots while Souliere made 43 saves on 46 shots.
Liam Stagg of the Raiders was named the game’s first star, Jacob Kamps of the Kings the second star, and James Buckley of the Raiders the third star.
The Lumber Kings next head to Renfrew on 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.