After get­ting to .500 with a win last week, Kings fall to Lis­towel

Coach sees the need for more dis­ci­pline, as penal­ties prove costly in loss to first-place Cy­clones

The Woolwich Observer - - SPORTS - ALI WIL­SON

THE ELMIRA SUGAR KINGS had to set­tle for a split of their last two, tak­ing a win on the road in Brant­ford Oc­to­ber 5 be­fore drop­ping a home game to the vis­it­ing Lis­towel Cy­clones on Sun­day.

Last week’s trip to Brant­ford proved to be a wild ride that saw Elmira go up 3-0, then trail 4-3 be­fore romp­ing back with five unan­swered goals for an 8-4 vic­tory over the 99ers.

Elmira‘s Tyler Beau­par­lant scored the first goal just 39 sec­onds in, as­sisted by Keanan Stewart and Tyler McBay.

The visitors fol­lowed with an­other pair in cour­tesy of Zack Cameron (Jeff Jor­dan, Ethan Wise­man) and Ma­son McMa­hon, who scored an unas­sisted, short­handed goal at 7:38.

How­ever, Brant­ford wasn’t in the mood for a blowout at home.

The team replied with two of their own in the first – one a scored penalty shot – and opened up the sec­ond with an­other quick goal, fol­lowed by an­other on the power play.

It was all Elmira from that point, how­ever, as Jor­dan scored on the power play (Skin­ner, Cameron) at 12:55 to tie up the game once again. Elmira then pulled back into the lead with a power play goal from Wise­man (Stewart, Ty Biles) at 15:49 and an­other from Wise­man (Har­ri­son Toms, Skin­ner) to end the sec­ond with less than a minute to play.

Beau­par­lant opened up scor­ing in the third with help from Jor­dan and Biles at 11:14, with Cameron notch­ing an­other less than 30 sec­onds later to wrap up scor­ing for the game. In the Elmira net, Tyler Maz­zo­cato held the fort for the re­main­der of the match to se­cure the Kings’ fifth win of the sea­son.

Wise­man, Cameron and Jor­dan all posted a three­p­oint night, earn­ing them the game’s three stars.

“The of­fense is com­ing. We’re see­ing re­sults from the of­fen­sive side of the puck,” said head coach Trent Brown. “We opened up the scor­ing, I be­lieve it was 3-0, and then they got four straight and then we scored the re­main­der of the goals after that which is great that we are hav­ing that sec­ond gear to be able to put it into and score when we need to, but we shouldn’t have to rely on that or go down in a game like that where we score the first cou­ple of goals.”

The sec­ond game of the week­end saw the Kings play at home Sun­day night against first-place Lis­towel.

The Cy­clones scored the first goal at the end of the opening frame. Skin­ner’s equal­izer early in the sec­ond – short­handed and unas­sised – was as close as Elmira would get, how­ever.

Lis­towel scored three times in the pe­riod to ex­tend the lead 4-1.

Elmira’s Biles got the team within two on a goal as­sisted by Niki Mol­son and Matt Mur­ray in the third, but the Kings couldn’t gain any trac­tion, giv­ing up two more to Lis­towel to see the game end 6-2.

“Un­for­tu­nately we lacked dis­ci­pline on Sun­day. Dis­ci­pline in the sys­tems, emo­tional dis­ci­pline and dis­ci­pline ob­vi­ously to stay out of the penalty box. We were in the box for

... on we Sun­dayin had the six sec­on­dand mi­nor they pe­riod penaltieshad, I think, a to­tal of some­where around 20 shots in the sec­ond pe­riod,” he said. “It doesn’t mat­ter who we are play­ing, if we are in the box that much.”

Al­though he let six through, Maz­zo­cato took on 50 shots that evening, the ma­jor­ity com­ing in the sec­ond pe­riod when the Kings were out­shot 24-7.

“Maz is step­ping up his game,” said Brown. “He has come into it a bit more as the sea­son goes along. In a game like that where we are short handed he is putting in a lot of work. We can help him out a bit more in front of him but I thought he played well for us on Sun­day.”

Cur­rently sit­ting with a 5-6 record, the Kings have seen only one win on home ice.

“I think it’s just kind of how the cards have fallen. It’s dis­ap­point­ing that we only have the one win at home. You should be full of pride when you’re play­ing at home. It should be some­thing that you look for­ward to, that you want to be good at home for your own fans, for your own or­ga­ni­za­tion,” he said. “It is rather dis­ap­point­ing that we are where we are right now for that rea­son – we are a small com­mu­nity or­ga­ni­za­tion and we want to put on a good show for our fans. We want to have the men­tal­ity out there that they are going to be in for a bat­tle when they come for Elmira, and right now it’s look­ing like the op­po­site, un­for­tu­nately.” The Kings head to Guelph Saturday evening and back home for a re­match Sun­day af­ter­noon against the Hur­ri­canes. “They have come in and beat us a few times. Now we play them back-to­back, so Saturday night in Guelph and Sun­day af­ter­noon in Elmira, our guys will be up and they will be ready for it, for sure,” said Brown. Sun­day’s game at the WMC is a 2 p.m. matinee.

[STEVE KANNON / THE OB­SERVER]

Elmira net­min­der Tyler Maz­zo­cato keeps on eye on Lis­towel’s Bryce Mc­Fad­den dur­ing game ac­tion Sun­day night at the WMC. The Kings lost 6-2.

[STEVE KANNON / THE OB­SERVER]

Elmira’s Ryan Taka­matsu looks for a de­flec­tion in front of Lis­towel goal­tender Max Wright dur­ing the opening stages of Sun­day’s game.

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