PLK loses 8-5 to Nepean

By Stephen Uhler, The Daily Observer

 Sunday was what one could call a mixed night for the Pembroke Lumber Kings.


First, it was learned the CCHL Tier 1 team has made the playoffs. This was followed by an 8-5 loss at home to the Nepean Raiders at the Pembroke Memorial Centre, at a time when every point still counts ti determine who you face in the first round.

The game itself was a wild one. The Lumber Kings found themselves down 4-0 in the first period, until Connor Warnholtz scored with less than two minutes remaining to break the shutout. Assisting him were Malcolm Arseneau and Brendan Browne.

Scoring for Nepean were Olivier Gauthier, shorthanded, Liam Stagg, James Buckley and Corey Tam. Stagg also picked up a pair of assists, with others going to Buckley, Ryan Horvath, Graham Denomme and Dakota Seaman.

Pembroke swapped Darian McTavish out of the net for Jake Smith, but that didn't prevent the Raiders from adding to the score early in the second period. Noah Rowe made it 5-1, with Horvath and Stagg picking up assists.

The third period ended the game with a furious exchange of goals – seven in total.

The Raiders made it 6-1 with Rowe scoring his second of the game, with assists going to Alexander Bourhas and Horvath. Then, Pembroke's Noah Maika responded to edge the score to 6-2, with Jarrad Vroman and Jared Weber earning assists,

Nepean's Silas Mattawashish scored a power play goal to push the score to 7-2, with Rowe and Bryson Michel backing his play. Some 50 seconds later, Jackson Norlock went in alone for the Kings to make it 7-3.

Michel made it 8-3 with a Nepean power play goal, with assists going to Mattawashish and Gauthier. The Kings responded as Peter White scored, with Weber and Casey Rhodes supporting him.

In the last minute of the period, Mason Emoff scored for the Lumber Kings on the power play to bring the score up to 8-5. White and Rhodes assisted.

The Nepean Raiders netminder Liam Souliere made 39 saves out of 44 shots. For Pembroke, McTavish and Smith stopped 13 shots apiece out of the 17 shots each sent their way.

Stagg of the Raiders was named the first game star, Lumber King White the second star and Rowe received the third star for the Raiders.

The Lumber Kings still have five games remaining in final week of season. They play in Brockville twice, first on Monday at 6:30 p.m., then Wednesday at 8 p.m.

On Friday, March 9 the Lumber Kings host Kemptville at the PMC, game time 7:30 p.m. Pembroke plays their last home game of the season Sunday, March 11 at 7 p.m., when they take on Rockland.

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