Smiths Falls Bears claim 9-man shootout win over Kemptville 73’s
Smiths Falls Bears Marc Shannon wins this draw against the Kemptville 73’s Friday at home, as the Bears took a 4-3 shootout win in CCHL action. They’re just three back of eighth place. – Laurie Weir/Metroland
Kemptville’s Liam Hunter winds up for a shot as the were in Smiths Falls on Feb. 9 for a CCHL showdown with the Bears. The home team earned this one, 4-3 in a shootout. – Laurie Weir/Metroland
The Bears celebrate Mitchell Larabie’s goal in the third period as they held on for a 4-3 shootout win Friday, Feb. 9 over the Kemptville 73’s in CCHL action. – Laurie Weir/Metroland
The Smiths Falls Bears celebrate Mitchell Larabie’s goal in the third period as they held on for a 4-3 shootout win Friday, Feb. 9, against the Kemptville 73’s in CCHL action. – Laurie Weir/Metroland
Smiths Falls Bears goalie, Bradley Dobson, had some unwanted Kemptville company in nets on Friday, Feb. 9 as they hosted the 73’s in CCHL action. Dobson earned the win in a shootout, 4-3. – Laurie Weir/Metroland
Smiths Falls Scott Gervais flips the puck around a crashing Jacob Thousand of the Kemptville 73s at home Friday, Feb. 9 as they went on to win this one in a shootout, 4-3, in CCHL action. – Laurie Weir/Metroland
Kemptville’s Joel Frazee keeps the puck away from Smiths Falls Scott Gervais in third period CCHL action Friday, Feb. 9. Kemptville’s Thomas Daskas keeps his eyes on the play. – Laurie Weir/Metroland
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Kemptville’s Thomas Daskas skates around the Bears net during Friday, Feb. 9 CCHL action in Smiths Falls. The Bears won this game in a shootout, 4-3. – Laurie Weir/Metroland
Bears Matthieu Franche and Hayden Hart have words during a stoppage of play in the third period Friday, Feb. 9 in Smiths Falls. The Bears hosted the Kemptville 73’s and earned a 4-3 shootout win in CCHL action. – Laurie Weir/Metroland
Kemptville’s Hunter Fraser recovers from a check by Smiths Falls Matthieu France in third period CCHL action Friday, Feb. 9. Smiths Falls had the 4-3 win – this one coming after a nine-man shootout. – Laurie Weir/Metroland
It was a shootout victory for the Smiths Falls Jr. A Bears Friday, Feb. 9 over the Kemptville 73’s but it took nine players to do it.
The first two snipers from each team were able to score, but for the next six players, the goalies were unbeatable.
As Kemptville’s captain Liam Hunter, was unable to get past Bears Bradley Dobson on the team’s ninth shot, it was up to Ryan Richardson to sink the winner, and he did just that as the Bears claimed the 4-3 victory. Mitchell Larabie and Alex DiCarlo had Smiths Falls other shootout goals.
On the Kemptville side, it was Nicholas Domitrovic and Joel Frazee with the shootout goals.
During regulation, it was a no-score first period, before Richardson set the pace in the second period. He had his first goal of the season, assisted by Adam Church and Marc Shannon at the 2:32 mark.
It was Ashton Fry with Kemptville’s tying shot, assisted by Jacob Thousand at the 13:59 mark.
Into the third period, Larabie scored the go-ahead marker at 9:21. He was unassisted.
Kemptville then shot back with two goals to take the lead. Thousand tied it up, assisted by Frazee and Fry. Then it was Garrett Meyer with the go-ahead goal at the 17-minute mark. He was helped out by Ben MacDonald and Thousand.
At 17:57, Shannon tied the game at three-all, as he was helped out by Richardson and Kris Lalonde as the game went into overtime.
A scoreless overtime period resulted in the exciting shootout finish and the 4-3 win for Smiths Falls.
Game stars were Richardson (first) for Smiths Falls; Thousand (second) for Kemptville, and Larabie (third) for Smiths Falls. There were just 226 fans in the stands for this snowy Friday evening game. Dobson picked up the win in nets with 25 saves, while Nick Bond was hit with the loss, saving 28 of 31 shots.
Smiths Falls is now just three points off the pace of the number eight playoff spot, which is being tied down by two teams sitting at 50 points each: Pembroke and Rockland. The Bears are in Brockville Sunday evening for a 6 p.m. puck drop.