Pembroke Lumber Kings come from behind to beat Brockville Braves 3-2 in CCHL action
BROCKVILLE – The Pembroke Lumber Kings scored three unanswered goals in the second half of the game on the way to a 3-2 win over the Braves in Brockville Wednesday night.
This was the fourth meeting between the two teams in the past month, including two games this week alone. The win gave the Kings two critical points as they try to move up into sixth place in the Central Canada Hockey League standings in the final week of the regular season. Pembroke is two points behind Cornwall and both have two games remaining.
Malcolm Arseneau scored the winner, his 14th goal of the season, with seven and a half minutes to go in the third period. Picking up the assists were Brendan Browne and Connor Warnholtz.
Pembroke found itself down early in the first as Nicholas Hawkins scored his 11th of the season just 1:19 into the game. Picking up the assists were Simon Kerr and Michael Locatelli.
Kerr got one of his own, his seventh of the season, 7:20 into the second with Andre Simard and Noah Rowland in the box for cross checking and roughing respectively, giving the Braves the two-man advantage. Assisting on the power-play goal were Philippe Gilmour and Jordi Jefferson.
Just past the midway mark of the second period, Browne's 22nd of the year got the Kings on the board with the Brockville's James Walker off for hooking. Setting up the power-play marker were Matthew Barnaby and Michael Douglas.
Douglas scored his third of the season 6:27 into the third period to pull Pembroke even. Browne and Warnholtz assisted on the power-play goal.
Tempers boiled over near the end of the second period as Barnaby and Theo Citrullo dropped the gloves and received five-minute fighting majors and game misconducts.
Jake Smith got the win in the Pembroke net stopping 43 of 45 shots he faced. At the other end of the ice, Nick Wiencek took the loss making 32 saves on 35 shots directed at his net. The Kings were 2-for-3 on the power play while Brockville was 1-for-4 with the man advantage.
Pembroke rounds out the regular season with two home games this weekend. On Friday night the Kings host Kemptville for a 7:30 p.m. game and Sunday night the Rockland Nationals are in town for a 7 p.m. in the final game of the regular season.
Three stars: The three stars of the game were Pembroke's Brendan Browne and Jake Smith first and third respectively and Brockville's Nicholas Hawkins was named the game's second star.
Out of town scoreboard: In other CCHL action Wednesday night, Hawkesbury beat Ottawa 4-1.