Kings rack up an­other four points with pair of wins

Af­ter dom­i­nat­ing first-place Water­loo Siskins, Elmira has trou­ble with Cam­bridge, but se­cures vic­tory

The Woolwich Observer - - SPORTS - FAISAL ALI

THE KINGS WERE ON top form last week­end as they skated to vic­tory in a pair of back-to-back home games, Satur­day and Sun­day.

Per­haps it was the home cook­ing that did the trick, or the sup­port of the fans cheer­ing them on, but the Kings took out the top team in the Mid­west­ern Con­fer­ence, the Water­loo Siskins, in a 6-3 rout Satur­day. Elmira fol­lowed up that vic­to­ri­ous per­for­mance the next evening with a nar­rower 2-1 vic­tory over the Cam­bridge Red­hawks.

The win on Satur­day was espe­cially wel­come for the Sugar Kings, who have strug­gled since the start of the sea­son to put points on the board against the top teams in the league, namely Kitch­ener and Strat­ford. Satur­day’s game was also the team’s first against Water­loo, and their first vic­tory this sea­son against a team higher than them in the stand­ings.

Right from the puck drop, the game against the Siskins be­longed squarely to the Kings. The Elmira team lost no time scor­ing, rack­ing up five goals in the first 25 min­utes be­fore Water­loo even had time to re­act.

Sugar King Luke Is­rael pot­ted the team’s first at 6:25, as­sisted by Brock McKen­zie and Jonah Bur­ley. It was the open­ing salvo, and fol­lowed less than a minute later by a se­cond from Brody Wa­ters (Jere­mey Good­win, Damian Figueira).

Kur­tis Good­win (An­thony Az­zano, Ty Biles) pro­duced a third point at the 14-minute mark, while Wa­ters (J. Good­win, Hunter Dubecki) came back for a fourth on the power play with 1:30 left to go.

By the first in­ter­mis­sion, Elmira was well ahead of the first-place team, their dom­i­na­tion car­ry­ing into the se­cond.

Five min­utes in, Dubecki (J. Good­win, Ma­son McMa­hon) made it 5-0 on a power play.

It wasn’t an easy coast to vic­tory, how­ever, as the Siskins fi­nally replied. Less than a minute af­ter Elmira got their fifth, Water­loo found the back of the net for their first.

The score was now 5-1, and while a shutout was out of the ques­tion, the Kings weren’t ready to roll over. Dubecki (Tyson Hillier, Har­ri­son Toms) picked up his se­cond at the 12-minute mark, putting the Kings at a 6-1 ad­van­tage un­til the end of the frame.

The third was where things started to get chal­leng­ing. The Siskins were on the of­fense, and five min­utes into the fi­nal stanza, they made it 6-2 with a power-play marker. They still had an­other four points to make it a close game, but found their mark only one last time, at 15:28.

The Siskins may have made it more re­spectable at 6-3, but time ran out be­fore they could make a go of it.

While the score­board showed an im­bal­ance, the other stats were more eq­ui­table. Each team had four power plays, for in­stance, with Elmira scor­ing twice to Water­loo’s once.

Af­ter Satur­day’s game, the Kings got a full 24 hours of rest and re­cu­per­a­tion be­fore they were on home ice for their se­cond matchup of the week­end – this time against the Cam­bridge Red­hawks. De­spite the stel­lar game the Kings had the day be­fore against Water­loo, the matchup against the six­th­place Cam­bridge proved to be a more sub­dued af­fair.

It was Cam­bridge that took the lead in this game, putting the first and only point of the first two frames at 15:28 on the power play.

The se­cond saw no scor­ing, much to the Kings’ cha­grin, but things turned around in the third when Bur­ley, aided by the Good­win broth­ers, Jere­mey and Kur­tis, made con­tact 50 sec­onds in.

With the game knot­ted at 1-1 and much of the pe­riod left to play, to say it was a race to the fin­ish-line would be an un­der­state­ment, as both teams fu­ri­ously fought for the game-de­cid­ing goal. It was a dis­ci­plined race, how­ever, with nei­ther side pick­ing up many penal­ties.

Ul­ti­mately, the fi­nal point of the match came at the 13-minute mark off the stick of McMa­hon (Dubecki, J. Good­win) on the power play. Now up 2-1, Elmira had only to hold on un­til the clock ran down to zero.

With four points un­der their belt, the Kings will be go­ing into this week­end’s games with a bit of mo­men­tum. On Fri­day, the Kings will be fac­ing the Bombers in Bramp­ton for their se­cond meet­ing this sea­son. Their pre­vi­ous meet­ing in Septem­ber saw the Kings make off with a 4-2 win.

The day af­ter, Satur­day, the Kings will re­turn­ing to Elmira for a re­match against the Siskins. This time, the Kings will be look­ing to prove their 6-3 win over the ri­val team was no fluke.

Game time in both cases is 7:30 p.m.

[FAISAL ALI / THE OB­SERVER]

Ma­son McMa­hon bat­tles the vis­it­ing Cam­bridge Red­hawks for the puck at a home game Oct. 27. It was a close af­fair, but Elmira ul­ti­mately squeaked by with a 2-1 vic­tory.

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