Kings post an­other pair of wins over the week­end

Elmira runs its record to 4-1 with vic­to­ries over Cam­bridge and Bramp­ton, and now sits in se­cond place

The Woolwich Observer - - SPORTS - VERON­ICA REINER

THE KINGS MADE IT four in a row, claim­ing wins in both of last week­end’s games, both on the road and at home. They tamed the Cam­bridge Red­hawks 7-2 on Sat­ur­day and ex­tin­guished the Bramp­ton Bombers 4-2 the fol­low­ing day.

Af­ter drop­ping the first game of the sea­son, the Kings are 4-1, good enough for se­cond place be­hind the Water­loo Siskins in the Greater On­tario Ju­nior Hockey League’s Midwestern Con­fer­ence.

The re­sults are very pleas­ing for Sugar Kings head coach Trent Brown.

“We’re on a bit of a streak here,” said Brown. “I think guys were re­ally work­ing away for the puck to give their line­mates some op­tions. We used each other very well this past week­end. We don’t want to get com­fort­able nec­es­sar­ily, but we want to get in the groove and I think that’s what we’re in right now.”

“I think we were pretty true to our game plan,” he added. “Sat­ur­day against Cam­bridge, we knew they were go­ing to be hun­gry af­ter we beat them 8-2 the game be­fore that. They came out and were putting pres­sure to us.”

In­deed, the Red­hawks drew first blood in the ini­tial game, scor­ing about half­way through the first pe­riod be­fore the Sugar Kings came back with twice the force. Their first goal was scored by Zack Cameron, as­sisted by Hunter Dubecki and Isaac Tay­lor, on a power play, with an­other one just ten sec­onds later by Ma­son McMa­hon (Brody Wa­ters, Damian Figueira).

The Red­hawks weren’t go­ing down with­out a fight, how­ever, evening the score 2-2 quickly af­ter the se­cond in­ter­mis­sion. Jere­mey Good­win (McMa­hon) man­aged to get an­other goal fol­lowed by Kur­tis Good­win (Dubecki, Tay­lor) on a power play, giv­ing the vis­i­tors a 4-2 lead by the end of the se­cond pe­riod.

Elmira kept up the mo­men­tum into the third pe­riod, with three more goals to wrap up the match with a 7-2 ad­van­tage, nearly a re­peat of the pre­vi­ous re­sult against the Red­hawks.

Scor­ing the fi­nal three goals were Jonah Bur­ley (Kur­tis Good­win), Cameron (Luke Is­rael, Wa­ters), and Wa­ters (Jack­son Kirk, Is­rael).

“We weath­ered the storm pretty well and we stayed true to our sys­tems and didn’t go all in­di­vid­u­al­is­tic,” said Brown. “We came out on top and had the re­sult we wanted on Sat­ur­day, for sure.”

The fol­low­ing day was a home matchup at the Woolwich Memo­rial Cen­tre against the Bramp­ton Bombers.

“Our start was a bit bet­ter on Sun­day,” Brown noted.

The Sugar Kings were first on the board this time, scor­ing half­way through the first pe­riod cour­tesy of McKenzie (Is­rael, Kirk). That was fol­lowed by an­other goal by McMa­hon (Bur­ley) al­most a minute later.

The se­cond pe­riod was more com­pet­i­tive, with the Bombers scor­ing a short­handed, unas­sisted goal by Troy An­drews at about the 11-minute mark. The Sugar Kings re­turned the favour with a goal by McMa­hon (Good­win, Wa­ters) and an­other by Figu­iera on a power play (Good­win, Tyson Hillier).

The fi­nal pe­riod was rel­a­tively un­event­ful, with one goal by the op­pos­ing team, with wrapped up the game with a fi­nal score of 4-2 for the Sugar Kings.

“Ev­ery­body seems to be buy­ing into the team cul­ture, the team dis­ci­pline and the di­rec­tion we want to go in and we had an­other great re­sult on Sun­day,” said Brown.

The Sugar Kings are look­ing to keep up their win­ning streak go­ing into the week­end. They will be up against the War­riors on the road in Strat­ford to­mor­row (Fri­day), fol­lowed by a home game against the Kitch­ener Dutch­men on Sun­day (7 p.m.).

[VERON­ICA REINER / THE OB­SERVER]

Elmira’s An­thony Az­zano is forced to act fast play­ing de­fence against the Bramp­ton Bombers on Sun­day night.

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