Tough weekend for W. Kings
Whitewater Kings’ special teams flounder against Ottawa West
COBDEN – The Whitewater Kings struggled over the Remembrance Day weekend dropping two back-to-back games.
On Saturday night, the Kings fell to the Ottawa West Golden Knights 6-3. Forward Andre Simard jumped in to assist on two goals in the losing effort, while Darian McTavish took the loss making 29 of 34 saves. Both teams failed to capitalize on the power play, with Ottawa going 0-7, while Whitewater did not score on four opportunities with the man advantage.
Early in the first period, both squads put up a stingy defence clogging up the neutral zone anytime a breakout appeared in the making. However, Matteas Derraugh got Whitewater on the board at 12:48 when he carried the puck into the Golden Knights zone and ripped a wrist shot just inside the blue line. The puck sailed over the right shoulder of Ottawa netminder Cameron Iob, who could not get a piece of it. Iob made 18 of 21 saves to pick up the win. Simard and Michael Karas picked up the assists.
Ottawa responded a few minutes later. Justin Turner and Cameron Scrivens expertly worked the puck around the boards before handing it off to Luke Mulvihill, who fired down low on McTavish from the point beating him left glove side to tie the game.
In the second period, Ottawa banged in two unanswered goals to take a 3-1 lead. First, Matt Turnbull scored, assisted by Conor Witherspoon and George Young, before Scrivens added another goal two minutes later. Ottawa was on the power play when Jared Weber scored a short-handed goal for the Kings, aided by Simard.
In the third period, Ottawa regained a two-goal lead with a goal from Justin Jamer, assisted by Tyren Boots. The Kings were deterred with Conrad Cybulski answering with a goal 28 seconds later, assisted by Dylan Kuehl and Quinn Vanhoof. Turner added another goal for Ottawa, while Scrivens buried the empty netter to ensure the victory.
On Sunday, the Casselman Vikings outlasted the Kings 5-3 during a road game for Whitewater at the Brisson Complex. Jacob McIntyre, Gage Tremblay and Bailey McIntyre scored for the Kings with Brayden Stewart, Jacob McIntyre and Chad Cherry assisting. Samuel Labre, Carter Malette, Sebastien Plante, Brady Cloutier and Ethan Wensink scored for Casselman. Kevin Proulx took the loss for the Kings making 27 saves on 32 shots. Zachary Paputsakis handed Casselman the win making 23 saves on 30 shots.
The Whitewater Kings next see action on Friday, Nov. 17 when they visit the Renfrew Timberwolves at the Mat-te-way Centre. Their next home game is Saturday, Nov. 18 when they hosted the Richmond Royals. SChase@postmedia.com
Whitewater's Matteas Derraugh (#3 right) steals the puck from Ottawa's Conor Witherspoon (#25 left) during first period action in Cobden Saturday night. The Ottawa West Golden Knights defeated the Whitewater Kings 6-3.