Lumber Kings edged 3-2 by Rockland Nationals

By Celina Ip


The Lumber Kings’ was shortlived as they were handed a 3-2 defeated by the Rockland Nationals Sunday night.


Soon after their lucky 2-1 overtime win Friday night, fate turned on the Lumber Kings Sunday night as they were defeated 3-2 during overtime by the Nationals.

The Nationals opened up the first period with William Collins firing home an unassisted goal within the first eight minutes.

Thereafter, the penalty box saw more action than the scoreboard as the both teams began displaying more tension and aggression as they fervently battled it out on ice in an effort to take the lead.

While both teams were continually penalized and thrown into the penalty box, neither could capitalize on their powerplays as the Lumber Kings missed out on their one opportunity and the Nationals fell short on four chances.

It wasn’t until the three-minute mark of the second period that the Lumber Kings’ Brendan Browne tied up the score and launched his team onto the scoreboard (assisted by Peter Falivena and Matthew Barnaby).

With the scoreboard tied 1-1 heading into the third and final period, both teams remained equally matched as they met one another goal for goal and were tight on each others’ heels. Nationals’ Trevor Coykendall broke the tie at the five-minute mark (with assists from Connor Beatty and Raphael Gosselin) but two minutes later the Lumber Kings swiftly responded with their own goal from Casey Rhodes (assisted by Malcolm Arseneau and Connor Warnholtz).

Falling into a 2-2 tie by the end of the third period, the game headed into overtime during which both teams fervently battled it out on ice in an effort to be crowned the champions.

Despite the Lumber Kings’ best efforts, by 2:45 the Nationals’ Raphael Gosselin gained possession of the puck to bump his team up to a solid 3-2 lead which remained the final score by game’s end.

Three stars: The first star was Nationals’ Raphael Gosselin, followed by Lumber Kings’ Jake Smith and the third star was Nationals’ William Collins.

Out-of-Town Scoreboard: In other Sunday night action, the Cornwall Colts defeated the Nepean Raiders 5-2. 

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