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Canadians offense surges in win over Pembroke

By: Daniel Vazzoler

The Carleton Place Canadians were on the road Saturday night, and they packed their offense on the bus trip to Pembroke as they beat the Pembroke Lumber Kings 6-0.

It was a balanced attack from Carleton Place as six different Canadians scored and only two players had multiple points, with Tim Theocharidis leading with three points – all assists. Jeremie Forget made the start for the Canadians and, a night after picking up his first career CCHL shutout, he made it back-to-back shutouts with a 21 save performance.

After a scoreless first period where the two teams traded shots and chances, Carleton Place dominated the rest of the game. The Canadians outshot the Lumber Kings 32-11 in the final two periods.

Connor Hill opened the scoring early into the second period, finishing off a rebound chance after Pembroke goalie Jake Smith lost track of the loose puck. Justin Cmunt added to the Carleton Place lead with just under three minutes remaining in the middle period, tipping the Haydn Hopkins centring pass through Smith’s legs. With 1:01 left, Zach Tupker scored a short-handed goal to make it 3-0 heading to the third period.

Hopkins scored the Canadians lone power play goal, tucking his rebound chance from the edge of the crease under the cross-bar. Peyton Francis kept the offensive domination going with a goal off the rush, snapping his shot past Smith. Arik Breton wrapped up the scoring with a one-timer from the slot off the Theocharidis pass.

Carleton Place can expect to be in a tougher match-up on Monday when they face the Ottawa Jr. Senators as part of the CCHL Thanksgiving Showcase out at the CIH Academy in Rockland. Puck drop is at 3:30 p.m. and the Canadians will serve as the home team in this game.