Two shootout wins in two games have given the Smiths Falls Jr. A Bears four points in CCHL action to remain at the top of the Robinson Division; they’re now tied for second place overall with the Cornwall Colts. The Bears are five back of the Navan Grads, who sit atop of the league standings with 60 points.
The Bears earned a 5-4 shootout victory Friday at home against the Pembroke Lumber Kings, and a 1-0 shootout win in Cornwall on Thursday against the Colts.
SMITHS FALLS 5, PEMBROKE 4
There were some 720 frenzied fans Friday in the Bears’ Den – many of them young hockey players dressed in their Bears’ jerseys to enjoy Carnival Night. Fans dressed in black and yellow gained free entry to the game, and many took advantage of that.
On the ice, it was a scrappy affair with 30 minutes of minor infractions issued between the two teams.
Jackson Heron had the one and only goal of the first period as the Bears took the early lead at the 2:06 mark. He was assisted by Davis Hails and Tyson Parker.
Jackson made it 2-0 for Smiths Falls with his second marker of the night, with 4:41 showing. Assists went to Travis Ouellette and Matthew Dimaline on this power play goal.
Jack Paquette put the home team up 3-0 with his first goal of the season. Assists went to Dimaline and Lucas Culhane.
Pembroke shot back with two: the first from Cam Hicklin at 13:10, followed by a power play goal from Sutton Murray a minute later.
Owen Watson gave Smiths Falls a 4-2 advantage at the whistle. He was assisted by Dimaline and Travis Ouellette.
Third period action saw the Lumber Kings strike back to tie the game at four apiece. Hicklin had his second at 15:49, then Eric Barnard tied the game to force the extra minutes with just three seconds remaining.
After a scoreless overtime period, the game went into a shootout that saw Ouellette score for the Bears to give the home team that all-important win.
Nikolas Trakakis picked up the win in nets with 17 saves, while Jacob Morgan was hit with the loss with 33 saves.
Game stars were Heron for Smiths Falls for the first star, Hicklin for Pembroke for the second star and Dimaline for Smiths Falls as the third star.
Head-to-head, the Bears are now up three games to one over Pembroke this season.
SMITHS FALLS 1, CORNWALL 0
It was a 1-0 shootout win on Thursday, Feb. 1 for the Bears as they travelled to Cornwall to take on the Colts.
The scoreless game saw just two penalties – one minor infraction each in the second frame.
It was not until the second skater of the shootout period that the Bears tucked this one away, with Quinn Booth doing the honours.
Trakakis earned the win stopping 21 shots to earn the game’s first star nod. Cornwall’s Donald Hickey was the game’s second star as he stopped all 27 shots faced in regulation. Quinn picked up the third star of the game.
Smiths Falls is leading the head-to-head challenge against Cornwall with three of four wins.
The Bears have a home-and-home series against Rockland Friday and Saturday. On Feb. 9 the Bears will host the Nationals at 7:30 p.m., and on Saturday, they are in Rockland for a 7:30 p.m. start.