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Tough battles see Kings come out on top

Rob Kohli looks to make a pass during the Kings 9-2 pounding of the Brantford 99ers at the Dan Snyder Memorial Arena on Nov. 2. [Scott Barber / The Observer]
Coming from behind in both cases, Elmira edges Listowel 3-2 before shootout win over Brampton. The pair of wins boosted the Kings’ record to 13-3.[Elena Maystruk / The Observer]
Coming from behind in both cases, Elmira edges Listowel 3-2 before shootout win over Brampton. The pair of wins boosted the Kings’ record to 13-3. [Elena Maystruk / The Observer]
In a pair of tight games last weekend, Adam Campagnolo picked a good time to be clutch, scoring the game-winner in a 3-2 decision over the Listowel Cyclones on October 25, then potting one in the shootout to help cap a comeback against the Brampton Bombers Sunday night in Elmira.

The pair of wins boosted the Kings’ record to 13-3, good for second place of the Midwestern Conference of the Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League.

In the visit to Listowel, Elmira scored first before falling behind in the second, eventually coming back for the two points. Rob Kohli scored the first goal late in the opening frame at 16:38, with an assist from Jaden Goetz.

It was touch and go for a little while for the Kings, as the second period saw the Cyclones pot a pair of goals, at 0:06 and 8:40, to temporarily take a one-point lead. By the midway mark, however, the Kings evened things up when Mitch Wright (Brennon  Pearce, Campagnolo) buried one behind netminder Daniel Dekoning at 12:43, which would be all the scoring in the second frame.

The third, dominated on the shot counter yet again by the visitors, who finished the night up 48-35, was a chippy, penalty-filled affair. Despite all the action by the special teams, Campagnolo’s even-strength marker at 14:36 (assisted by Austin Fisher, Craig Johnson) was the only tally, providing for a 3-2 victory.

Back at home Sunday night, the Kings faced a more spirited opponent in the Bombers. Though retaining a spot near the bottom of the conference standings, Brampton proved a worthy foe for the boys in green, matching the Kings almost shot-for-shot in two periods (13-12 and 13-13 respectively) before slumping under pressure in the third round, allowing the Kings to tie the score. Extra time settled nothing, so it was off to the shootout, where the Kings beat Bryan Raymond with the first two shots, while Hayden Neuman stoned both of Brampton’s shooters.

The Bombers were first on the board at 6:06 of the first period, with a strong defensive game keeping the puck out of their zone. It wasn’t until late in the period that Elmira finally managed to reply with a goal at 19:24 by Cass Frey (Matt Harding, Johnson), but the celebration was short lived as Brampton found the back of the net with mere seconds to go at 19:56, sending the visitors back to the room up 2-1.

The second period saw a lot of back-and-forth, with Kings and Bombers giving as good as they got, yet the frame failed to yield a goal for either team.

It was more of the same until 9:07 of the third, when Brampton went up 3-1. That seemed to spark the Kings, as Wright responded just 12 seconds later to make it a one-goal game again, assisted Campagnolo and Pearce). The home boys evened it up at 15:03 courtesy of Zac Coulter (Rob Kohli, Adam Brubacher), setting the stage for the 4-3 SO win.

The Kings enjoy home-cooking this weekend, hosting the Brantford 99ers Saturday night and the Waterloo Siskins on Sunday. Game time at the Dan Snyder Arena is 7 p.m. in both cases.

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