By: Mason Detre
Ottawa, ON – The Ottawa West Golden Knights went to 1-0-1 on the week with a OT loss to Perth (7-6) on Thursday and a win over Whitewater (5-2) on Saturday night. Their record is 7-3-2 to start the season and are fourth in the Martin Division.
F/OT | Perth 7, Ottawa West 6 (Thursday Oct 24th)
The Golden Knights suffered their fifth loss this season while having a lead in the third period. With under 5 minutes to play in regulation, Kazda and Lynch would score two unanswered goals to force OT. Brendan Lynch collected 1 G / 4 A in a five-point night. Nathan MacKechnie would score the OT winner with 32 seconds left in extra time.
Ryan Carroll (2 G / 2 A) had his second four-point night and Mellios collected three assists in the Golden Knights loss.
“Carroll had a really good night. Goulet set him up a couple times and Mellios had another strong game”, said Head Coach Steve Sundin after losing in OT.
Sean Kearns also scored twice while Michael Gallivan got a multi-point night with a goal and one assist. The positive thing about this game was when the Golden Knights went 3-for-5 on the power play.
“It was great. We haven’t practices as much. It’s been mostly about our defensive in our zone and the power play is taking care of it self. We look really good but were keeping it simple, we’re getting the puck to the point, getting a shot through and we’re looking for rebounds. Sean Kearns had the two goals on the power play,” said Sundin.
The shots in the game were 45-41 in favoring of Ottawa West. Their penalty kill that night were also 1-for-4.
F | Ottawa West 5, Whitewater 2
For the second consecutive night, the Golden Knights power play went 3-for-5 and now combined for six power play goals on ten attempts. The line of the Haymes brothers Noah and Jack along with Sean Kearns combining for 12 points on the night.
Sean Kearns collected 2 G / 2 A in his first career four-point night and set a new career high in goals in a season with nine goals. Last year, Kearns had eight goals in 38 games. Noah Haymes (2 G / 3 A) also collected five-points in the win over Whitewater. He was a point shy of getting six points in that game. The last time N. Haymes had a six point game was back on September 24th 2017 against the Whitewater Kings while playing for the Embrun Panthers.
Jack Haymes also added his first three-point game of his CCHL2 career by collecting three points. He now has three goals and eight points to start the year. In the win, Sam Brown also tallied third goal of the season coming on the power play in the first and McFarlane added one assist.
Payton Jardine also added two goals. One in regulation in the first period and the other coming on the power play in the third on Ottawa West’s first penalty of the game. The Golden Knights outshot the Kings 50-21 while William McEvoy made 19 saves in his fourth win of the year.
Next game goes on Halloween night (October 31st) inside the Barbara Ann Scott Arena when the Ottawa West Golden Knights take on the Athens Aeros in the first of two meetings with puck drop scheduled for 7:20pm. You can catch the broadcast on mixlr.com/owgkradio and Hockey TV.