Lumber Kings score 2-1 OT win

By Celina Ip


The stars were aligned for the Lumber Kings as they claimed a 2-1 overtime victory over the Kemptville 73’s Friday night.


As it was the annual Star 96.7 night, the arena was nearly packed with hundreds of fans wanting to cheer on the Lumber Kings while also trying their luck at Star 96’s shoot-to-win for $9,670.

The night kicked off with Star 96 hosts Brian Burton and Carrie-Ann Tantalo performing a ceremonial puck drop at centre ice, along with the captains of both squads.

Following a scoreless first period, the second intermission welcomed three lucky Lumber Kings fans to join Burton and Tantalo on ice for the shoot-to-win.

After a valiant effort from Trevor Okum, John Crogie and Cathy Moreau, the three fans didn’t win the $9,670 but they each walked away with a consolation prize of $96,70.

Heading back into the game, the second period saw both teams rack up a load of penalties but neither was able to succeed on a powerplay.

It wasn’t until the eight-minute mark that the scoreboard finally came alive as Kemptville’s Ryan Pawlikowski netted the first goal of the game (assisted by Cole Dennison and Thomas Daskas).

With Kemptville leading 1-0, Lumber kings felt the pressure during the final period as they struggled to sink a shot.

It wasn’t until the last minute, as Lumber Kings’ hometown fans sat on the edge of their seats in white-knuckled anticipation, that Zachary Cross blasted a one-timer slap shot past Kemptville goaltender Nick Bond to tie the score at 19:43 of the final period.

The crowd erupted in wild cheers as Cross pumped his fist in the air and the scoreboard lit up 1-1.

With the game moving into overtime, the energy in the room remained high as the Lumber Kings’ confidently pushed forward with the support of their fans.

One minute into overtime, Lumber Kings’ Jarrad Vroman swooped up the puck and fired it home (with assists from Brendan Browne and Malcolm Arseneau) for a 2-1 victory.

Three stars: The first star was Lumber Kings’ Jarrad Vroman, followed by Kings’ Zachary Cross and the third star was Kemptville’s Nick Bond.

Out-of-Town Scoreboard: Carleton Place crushed the Navan Grads 12-2, Hawkesbury defeated Rockland 5-3, and Brockville edged Smiths Falls 3-2. 

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