Kings host military appreciation night, defeat Kanata Lasers
Sean Chase/Daily Observer The Pembroke Lumber Kings hosted an appreciation night for our Canadian Armed Forces and members of the Defence Team last Friday. In the puckdrop ceremony were (left to right) Kings captain Andrew Meininger, Mayor Mike LeMay, 4th Canadian Division Support Group (4CDSG) formation sergeant major Chief Warrant Officer Tom Verner, 4CDSG commander Col. Louis Lapointe, 2 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group (2CMBG) commander, Col. Michael Wright, Kanata Lasers captain Liam Markhauser and 2CMBG brigade sergeant major Chief Warrant Officer Shawn Mercer.
Honouring our troops Friday night, the Pembroke Lumber Kings put on a show taking down the Kanata Lasers 6-3 and edging two points closer to securing a playoff destination.
Matthew Barnaby was once more the MVP putting up two goals and an assist, while Noah Rowland contributed a goal and an assist. Kings goalie turned away 30 shots on goal. The win gave Pembroke a crucial two points as they hope to clinch a Central Canada Hockey League (CCHL) playoff berth and overtake Kanata for the fifth spot in league standings.
Before the game began, a special puck drop at centre ice saw the captains of both squads joined by a delegation that included Mayor Mike LeMay, Garrison Petawawa commander Col. Louis Lapointe and 2 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group Commander Col. Michael Wright. More than 500 personnel from the garrison and their families were invited to the game. Throughout the evening, Juno the Bear, the Canadian Army Mascot visited with kids while the Kings Courtyard hosted several interactive hockey skills and games. The Petawawa Canadian Military Wives Choir also sang the national anthem and entertained with a first intermission performance.
The arena was unusually loud for a Friday night and that atmosphere translated into support from the crowd for the Kings who are chasing for a more favourable spot in the post-season.
“It’s important down the stretch to get these two points,” said Barnaby. “If we can keep climbing and aim towards the fifth or sixth place it will help us a lot down the stretch in the play-offs.”
Noah Maika got the Kings on the board with a breakaway at the blue line. Kanata goalie Logan Bateman moved from the net to challenge the centreman who shot the puck past the glove side to score his sixth goal of the season. Assists went to Noah Rowland and Jake Brien.
Rowland then opened the second period with an unassisted marker. Then with Kings captain Andrew Meininger in the penalty box for roughing, Kanata scored its first of the night with a power play goal from Kiryll Ulanov, assisted by Bennett Stockdale and Mackenzie White. Connor Warnholtz then responded with a shorthanded goal for the Kings. But then Kanata’s Chad Merrell drew the Lasers to within one goal, assisted by Tanner Schroeder.
Early in the third period, Casey Rhodes drove to the net screening Bateman and allowing Barnaby to score his first. Assists went to Jarrad Vroman and Michael Douglas. Liam Markhauser then added another goal for Kanata. Jacob Kamps then scored to pad the lead, aided by Chris Grose and Barnaby. Barnaby then added the insurance goal, assisted by Peter Falivena.
Three Star Selection: Matthew Barnaby, Pembroke (Star #1), Noah Rowland, Pembroke (Star #2),
Kiryll Ulanov, Kanata (Star #3).