5.3 C
Friday, April 3, 2020
Connecting Our Communities

Sugar Kings win three games, clinch first place

Elmira defeats Brantford twice, edges Listowel in busy weekend; wraps up regular season in Cambridge

In need of just one more win to clinch first place in the Midwestern Conference, the Elmira Sugar Kings claimed all three games over the weekend.

The Kings book-ended wins over the Brantford Bandits Saturday (6-3) and Monday (4-1) with a 2-1 OT victory versus Listowel on Sunday afternoon.

The winning streak began Saturday night in Brantford, where the last-place Bandits managed to make a game of it for a while, at any rate.

The visitors went up 2-0 in the first on goals from Luke Eurig (Cooper Way, Matt Tolton) and Brody Waters (Niki Molson, Robbie Nelson Jr.) less than five minutes in. But the Bandits battled back to tie it up before the period ended, one of the goals coming on a power play.

Waters’ second of the night put the Kings back in the lead at 12:30 of the middle stanza, assists coming from Jacob Black and Jeremey Goodwin. But four minutes later the teams were deadlocked again at 3-3, where the score would remain heading into the second intermission.

It was all Kings in the third, however. Brody Leblanc scored what would be the winner at 2:11, assisted by Mason McMahon and Owen O’Donnell. It was Leblanc again (Hunter Dubecki, McMahon) at 10:37 to make it 5-3. Waters completed his hat trick on a power play at 17:05 to round out the scoring. Final shots were 33-24 for the visitors.

The Sugar Kings’ busy weekend continued Saturday afternoon back in Elmira, where they faced the Listowel Cyclones in front of a crowd of 800 at the WMC. The match was the team’s annual charity game, this time in support of Kate’s Kause.

With the players wearing special sweaters that would be auctioned off after the game, Kate Meissner dropped the puck to get things going. Once the action started, the crowd was treated to a defensive struggle that would need overtime to decide it.

The only scoring in the first period came from Black, with assists going to Anthony Azzano and Goodwin. Shots were 8-2 in favour of the home team.

The Cylcones inverted the situation in the second, scoring the lone goal while enjoying a 9-3 shot advantage.

The third period solved nothing, the 1-1 score rolling into OT. But Waters (Dubecki) needed just 67 seconds to claim victory for the Kings, who’d end the night on the strong side of 21-16 shot differential.

The team had an easier time of it on holiday Monday when the Bandits travelled to Elmira for a matinee match. As with the previous day, the Kings scored the opening frame’s only goal – Eurig from Jakson Kirk and Nelson Jr. at 17:48 – but the home side followed that with the lone tally in the second, a power-play goal from McMahon (Dubecki, Molson) at 18:05.

Special teams remained busy in the third, with Tolton (Leblanc, Black) putting Elmira up 3-0 just 51 seconds after the teams returned to the ice. A little more than four minutes later, the Bandits finally got one, a power-play goal of their own. Any hope of a comeback was squashed when Keaton McLaughlin replied for the Kings at 8:47, assisted by Goodwin and Leblanc.

Play was dominated by the Kings, who outshot Brantford 20-7 in the third, and 35-16 overall.

Their playoff position decided, the Sugar Kings (36-8-0-5) play their final game of the Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League’s regular season Saturday night in Cambridge against the third-place Redhawks (31-13-1-4).

Damon MacLean
Damon MacLeanhttps://observerxtra.com
Damon MacLean is a recent graduate of the Loyalist College photography and journalism program.

To encourage thoughtful and respectful conversations, first and last names will appear with each submission to The Observer's online community. Pseudonyms are not permitted. By submitting a comment, you accept that The Observer has the right to reproduce and publish that comment in whole or in part, in any manner The Observer chooses. Please note that The Observer does not endorse the opinions expressed in comments. Comments on this story are moderated according to our submission guidelines. Comments are welcome while open. We reserve the right to close comments at any time.


Music in the time of coronavirus

An Elmira teen and his bandmates made an early release this week of their music in the form of a four-song EP called Care Package. The trio, who call...

In Print. Online. In Pictures. In Depth.

You obviously love community journalism. Thanks for visiting today. If you have a great local story, let us know.

Keeping the lights on at Elmira biogas plant

With much of the province shut down, demand for electricity has dropped, but it’s business as usual for the biogas plant in...

Officials and citizens alike have to work together, says Shantz

We are living in unprecedented times and our information and understandings about COVID-19 change hourly.  I know you have heard much through traditional media and social media, but I wanted to...

Music in the time of coronavirus

An Elmira teen and his bandmates made an early release this week of their music in the form of a four-song EP...

Local hockey player gets signed by American college

He has loved hockey since he was a young boy and always dreamt of playing professionally. Now Keanan Stewart is taking the next...

Widespread cancellations put an end to playoff runs of Sugar Kings, Applejacks

In the wake of major sports leagues suspending their seasons, fears of the coronavirus (COVID-19) have now reached local hockey teams.

Businesses scaling back, shuttering doors

Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, many businesses have changed the way they serve customers or shuttered their doors completely.
- Advertisement -