Pembroke hosts U18 hockey showcase
On Feb. 17, at the PMC, the Pembroke U18 Lumber Kings hosted a winter showcase for the HEO Midget AAA league while also holding a food drive for the St. Joseph's Food Bank. In back row (from left) are Camden Moore (volunteer), Jerrett DeFazio (coach), Nolan Mozer, Jacob Giacobbi, Jesse Dick, Sean Tallon, Tyson Tomasini, Dylan Pudrycki, Brayden Schimmens, Connor Carroll, Colton Moore, Jacob Duhn. In middle row (from left) are Brayden Dellaire, Connor Peplinskie and John Enright. In front (from left) are Liam Doyle, Brady Egan, Liam Serviss and Nick Cuddy.
Let the hockey showcase begin.
On Feb. 17, at the Pembroke Memorial Centre (PMC), the Pembroke U18 Lumber Kings hosted a winter showcase for the Hockey Eastern Onario (HEO) Midget AAA hockey league.
The event welcomed a dozen U18 teams from across Eastern Ontario who converged for a full-day of hockey action.
At 11 a.m., the first game kicked off and saw the Rockland Nationals edge the Ottawa Senators 5-4. Up next, the Hawkesbury Hawks doubled the Navan Grads 4-2.
The third game saw the Cornwall Colts double the Nepean Raiders 4-2. Thereafter, the Kemptville 73s edged the Brockville Braves 3-2.
By 7p.m., the U18 Lumber Kings faced off against the Smiths Falls Bears but the Pembroke team was ultimately defeated 5-3. Pembroke’s goals were sunk by Brady Egan, Tyson Tomasini and Liam Serviss.
The final game, between the Carleton Place Canadians and Kanata Lasers, saw the Canadians come out on top 7-4.
“Our Lumber King U18 (Midget AAA) team came up short against Smith’s Falls. Our boys battled all game and you cannot fault the effort. Specialty teams were a factor in the loss,” said U18 Lumber Kings head coach Jerrett DeFazio
Along with engaging in a full day of on-ice challenges, the host team challenged all participants to donate canned and boxed food to their food drive for the St. Joseph’s Food Bank.
“We're very fortunate to play at this level and it's great to give back to the community we grew up in,” said Nick Cuddy of the U18 Lumber Kings.
Manning their food drive table from 9:15 a.m. until their 7 p.m. game, the U18 Lumber Kings collected 10 large boxes of non-perishable food items along with more than $200 in monetary donations.
“The players and volunteers worked hard and the entire HEO hockey family responded generously from all 12 teams,” said DeFazio. “We raised over $200 dollars and 10 large full boxes of food for St. Joseph’s Food Bank. It was a successful day for the Pembroke and area community.”