by Romano Di Franco
In a highly anticipated hockey matchup, the Nepean Raiders continued their three game road trip in a Sunday night game against the Pembroke Lumber Kings. Brady McEwen got the start for the Raiders after taking the week off. Meanwhile Kevin Jones was in net for the Lumber Kings.
The game began with both teams eager to make their mark on the ice. Nepean Raiders’ forward Nicolas Papineau opened the scoring just 1:59 into the game, assisted by Joshua Reid and William Dickson. But the Lumber Kings quickly responded with a power-play goal from Ryan Parent, with Cam Hicklin providing the assist. This happened six minutes after Papineau’s goal. Although the shots on net were 9-7 for the Pembroke Lumber Kings, the score was tied at one a piece after the first 20 minutes.
The second period saw the Lumber Kings seize control of the game. Cam Hicklin netted his own goal, unassisted, at the 10:25 mark. Ryan Parent struck again, this time on a power play, extending the lead to 3-1. Parent’s goal was set up by Vital Dinis and Easton Penna.
The Lumber Kings continued their offensive onslaught in the final period. Ryan McNally added another power-play goal, and Easton Penna scored an empty-net, short-handed goal. Kyle Cameron put the icing on the cake for Pembroke, making the final score 6-1.
Penalties and Physical Play:
The game featured numerous penalties, with both teams racking up significant penalty minutes. Nepean’s Nicolas Papineau received a 10-minute misconduct penalty for a check to the head, while a series of other minor infractions on both sides resulted in power-play opportunities and penalty kills.
Three Stars of the Game:
- Ryan Parent (Pembroke Lumber Kings): Parent was the standout player of the game, recording two goals and earning the first star of the night.
- Cam Hicklin (Pembroke Lumber Kings): Hicklin contributed with a goal and an assist, earning him the second star.
- Kevin Jones (Pembroke Lumber Kings): Goaltender Kevin Jones made 23 saves, earning the third star and playing a vital role in his team’s victory.
The victory for the Pembroke Lumber Kings showcased their skill and determination, cementing their status as a formidable force in the league. As for the Nepean Raiders, they’ll look to regroup and bounce back from this tough loss in the games to come.
Their next game will be held on Friday November 10th when they look to end the road trip on a positive note. They visit the Brockville Braves at the Brockville Memorial Centre.