Smiths Falls Bears defeat Pembroke Lumber Kings in shootout
Lumber Kings' Andrew Meininger races with the puck around the net, as he's aggressively pursued by Smiths Falls Bears' Michael Larose.
In a tight and gritty Sunday night match, the Pembroke Lumber Kings ended up losing a near-win when the Smiths Falls Bears claimed a 6-5 shootout victory.
Launching the evening’s action, the Bears opened up the scoring, exploding for two quick goals in the first seven minutes of the game. Alex DiCarlo took advantage of a power play to net the first goal (assisted by Michael Larose and Mitchell Larabie), followed by teammate Ryan Gibson who bumped the Bears up to a 2-0 lead (assisted by Kyle Dowdall and Marc Shannon).
Into the second period, the Bears’ aggression became their downfall as they racked up four consecutive penalties, spending nearly half the period with someone in the penalty box. Consequently, the Lumber Kings’ capitalized on their man advantage with Mason Emoff and then Jake Brien tying up the score 2-2 with their successful power-play goals (assisted by Jake Brien, Matthew Barnaby, and Jacob Kamps).
Thereafter, the Lumber Kings looked to be in control, continuing their scoring streak with Matteas Derraugh and Jared Weber netting two more goals for their team (assisted by Noah Maika, Jake Brien, and Chris Grose).
With the Lumber Kings having doubled their adversaries 4-2 on the scoreboard, the Bears did manage to regain their footing in the final few minutes of the second period as Brian Bygrave fired a goal into the Pembroke net (assisted by Blake Kettyle and Kris Lalonde).
Heading into the final period, the Bears’ Michael Larose was able to tie up the score at the seven-minute mark (assisted by Mitchell Larabie), but it was only a minute later Kamps took back the one-point lead for his team (assisted by Matthew Barnaby and Jake Brien).
In the final few minutes of the third period, Brian Bygrave of the Bears and Scott Gervais handed the puck to Kris Lalonde who expertly launched the puck past Lumber Kings’ netminder Darian McTavish to seal a 5-5 tie.
Following a scoreless overtime period, the teams engaged in a shootout to break the tie and determine the victor. With the Bears’ Alex DiCarlo and Mitchell Larabie netting both of their shots and the Lumber Kings missing both of their chances, the Bears were named the winners with a final score of 6-5.
Three stars: The first star was Lumber King Jake Brien, followed by Smiths Falls’ Alex DiCarlo as the second star and the third star was Brian Bygrave of the Bears.
Smiths Falls goaltender Dobson Bradley made 31 saves on 36 attempts while Darian McTavish of the Kings made 32 stops on 37 shots.
On the power play, Smiths Falls was one for one while the Kings scored three goals on their six man-advantage opportunities.
The next game for the Lumber Kings is again at home in the friendly confines of the Pembroke Memorial Centre, on Friday, Feb. 23 with the opening faceoff schedule for 7:30 p.m. That game is against Kanata. Then on Sunday, Feb. 25, the Lumber Kings take on the Brockville Braves at the PMC with the puck drop at 3 p.m.