A pair of convincing wins saw the Elmira Sugar Kings pick up where they left off when a five-game winning streak was snapped the previous weekend.
The Kings followed a 4-0 win over the Bandits in Brantford on October 3 with an inhospitable 11-1 margin of victory October 6 when the Brampton Bombers were in Elmira.
The October 3 match was the first of season against Brantford. A slow start to the game saw the opening period provide no scoring, though the visitors had some power play opportunities on which they failed to capitalize, ultimately going 1-8 with the advantage. Nonetheless, there was some energy on display as the Kings outshot the Bandits 16-4.
“We had all kinds of opportunities to score, our guys got to learn how to take advantage of their opportunities when they come. That’s a habit we’re working on and we’re getting there,” said coach Rob Collins of the lack of scoring at the beginning of the game.
The middle stanza continued with the slow pace but saw a lot of aggression from both teams. Elmira captain Mason McMahon drew first blood, potting a goal at 18:48 with assists from Kurtis Goodwin and Hunter Dubecki. That sent Elmira to the room up 1-0 after 40 minutes.
The Kings skated into the third period with confidence as K.Goodwin scored the second goal for the team at 3:38. Three minutes later it was 3-0 for the visitors courtesy of a power play marker from McMahon (Dubecki, Jeremey Goodwin) at 6:50. Carter Lennon (J. Goodwin, Jakson Kirk) rounded out the scoring, making it 4-0 at 13:45. That’s where things would stand at the buzzer, the Kings outshooting the Bandits 35-17 en route to the victory.
It was a strong effort from a team that was playing without the services of Harrison Toms, who was serving the first half of a two-game suspension, said Collins.
“We kept the puck out of our end a lot, which is a testament to the dedication they put on themselves for what they were trying to achieve that night, so it was a very good effort.”
Sunday was no different as the Kings welcomed the Brampton Bombers to the WMC, where two weeks ago the Kings posted a 5-1 victory. The arena was packed and the energy was high as the crowd was prepared for a good game, which is exactly what the home crowd got, with the Kings scoring early and often.
A strong start of the opening period saw the first goal of the night at 1:06 by Dubecki (McMahon, K. Goodwin) but things didn’t stop there. The Kings carried on the momentum and just over a minute later Owen O’Donnell scored his first Junior B goal, with assists from Brett Allen and J. Goodwin, to make it 2-0.
The crowd had no time to settle down from the excitement as the Kings soon skated back down ice to get their third goal in the first five minutes of the opening stanza off the stick of Brody Waters (J. Goodwin, Payton McIsaac). Waters scored again at 8:56, assisted by Kirk and J. Goodwin, to make it 4-0.
But the Kings weren’t done with the period, going up 5-0 on a goal by K. Goodwin (McIsaac, Dubecki) at the 13-minute mark.
“It’s kind of a one-off scoring that many goals but at the same time it was good, we always have a good mood in the team when things are going well,” said Collins of the team’s big win.
Things didn’t slow down in the second period, as just 41 seconds in the Sugar Kings got their sixth goal thanks to Niki Molson, with assists from J. Goodwin and Anthony Azzano. The Kings stayed focused and had good control of the puck for majority of the time which resulted in a goal from Kirk at 2:34, making the score 7-0.
There was no easing off the throttle, however, as the home team potted another goal at 3:35 off the stick of K. Goodwin (Dubecki), followed by another some 20 seconds later, an unassisted tally by Azzano.
It was 9-0 before the visiting Bombers finally got on the board, scoring the game’s only power-play marker with less than two minutes remaining in the frame.
The Kings continued to bring it in the third. At 4:06, William Black of Mount Forest potted his first goal in the Junior B league for the Sugar Kings. Molson would round out the scoring, making it 11-1 at 11:34 thanks to assists from Cooper Way and Keaton McLaughlin.
What the final stanza may have lacked in scoring compared to the first two, it made up for in traffic to the penalty box. Brampton’s frustration boiled over, with majors doled out for head contact, fighting and inciting an opponent. The special teams were busy, but the Kings went 0-6, while Brampton was 1-9. Shots were 36-16 for the home team.
This weekend sees the Kings (7-2) in a home-and-home series against the Warriors (5-4-1-1). The teams are in Stratford Friday night (7:30 p.m.) before returning to Elmira Sunday for a 7 p.m. start.