The boys in green had a good weekend on the ice, coming away with four points after wins over Listowel and Brampton.
A new addition to the Sugar Kings team had a chance to show his stuff, as well, getting his first goal for Elmira Nov. 23 against the Cyclones. Steven Jakiela was acquired in a trade for defenceman Clayton Greer.
“That’s probably one of the toughest buildings to play in. We were real pleased with how we played. Hayden Neuman played net for us and he made saves when we needed him to. Our power play was very, very good Friday night,” said Sugar Kings head coach Dean DeSilva.The coach was proud of the tough 3-2 win against Listowel, where the Kings opened the scoring midway through the first frame when Craig Johnson and Jake Weidner set up Brady Campbell.
Listowel evened things up with a goal of their own at 17:34, but the second period would see Elmira start to dominate the game when Jake Weidner potted one at 11:12.
The two teams were jostling for goals with the Kings receiving nine of the 16 penalties awarded in the game, racking up a total of 24 minutes.
The visitors secured a two-goal lead 16 minutes into the third frame when Jakiela scored his first as a King. The 6’2”, 220-pound forward was acquired November 21 from the Kitchener Dutchmen.
Listowel would make it a one-goal final by potting a goal at 19:09, but it went into the books as a road win.
Back at home for Sunday’s game; the Kings were ready for the Brampton Bombers.
“They work very hard, we knew that coming in. We’d beaten them pretty good early in the year but they’ve improved a lot. They’re one of the more physical teams in our league we had to be prepared for that,” DeSilva said of the competition, which ended 3-1.
Frey made it rain hats and mitts as onlookers tossed donations onto the ice for Woolwich Community Services, signaling Elmira’s first goal of the night just 4:46 in.
The night’s win would depend on Mackenzie Blackwood’s goaltending, as he kept pucks out of the Kings’ net while both teams went on the offence in a back-and-forth attempt to score, with 36 shots for Elmira and 32 for Brampton.
Kings launched an attack first as the boys attempted three consecutive shots on net. Brampton got the puck out of their end and tried to score on a breakaway but were unsuccessful.
In the second it was Bomber Erik Angeli’s time to sweat as a constant onslaught on the goalie’s net earned the Kings a second goal at 5:13, this time off of Campbell’s stick.
Brampton brought the game to the Kings in their own attack, but Blackwood held his own again until Cass Frey turned the action back the other way, scoring glove-side on a breakaway at 15:21.
It was an emotional contest at times, as the team took penalties to the tune of 29 calls and 64 minutes, 50 of which the Kings spent in the bin.
“I think there was a few questionable calls. The penalties were not as obvious as some of the calls that were made. By no means do I think that a lot of those penalties were deserved,” DeSilva said.
The Kings’ defences would be tested in third, when the Bombers renewed their effort, allowing Josh Villaflor to score for his team four minutes into the frame, but that was as close as they’d get before the buzzer.
On Monday, forward Cass Frey was handed a one-game suspension for a check-from-behind penalty doled out in the game’s dying minutes.
In Caledonia Friday night to take on the conference-leading Corvairs, the Kings return home to face Guelph on Sunday night at the WMC. Game time is 7 p.m.