Special to The Standard
KAWARTHA LAKES: The Little Britain Merchants stopped their recent slide over the weekend, posting back-to-back wins at home in ‘The Sports Capital of the Kawarthas’, as they look to make a climb in the standings as the Provincial Junior Hockey League season heads, going into its second half.
After a slow start to the action on Saturday night, the Merchants doubled up the Georgina Ice 6-3, before handing the second-place Lakefield Chiefs a 4-1 defeat, in a rare Sunday night home game.
After the Ice took a two-goal lead in the first period on Saturday night, the Merchants rose to the occasion in the second period, tying the game 3-3 behind a pair of goals by Nate Watson and a single from Derek Risebrough. The Merchants continued their strong play in the third period, dominating the opposition with three unanswered goals, to take the two points by a final margin of 6-3. Jesse Craig, Kyle O’Donnell and Mark Harris all scored for Little Britain in the final 20 minutes.
Building on that positive momentum, the Merchants squared off against a very tough Lakefield team on Sunday night, handing the Chiefs just their fifth loss, in 20 games played this season.
The two sides relied heavily on their goaltenders through a back-and-forth, scoreless opening period.
In the second period, despite being handed five consecutive penalties, the Merchants broke the game open with three unanswered goals. Aiden Renouf opened the scoring, converting a great feed from Nick Thomas just over eight minutes into the frame. Later, Risebrough and Watson scored, only 48 seconds apart, just past the midpoint of the middle frame, as the Merchants seized control of the match-up.
The Chiefs would break up Adam Harris’ shutout bid early in the third period, but that would be as close as they’d get, with O’Donnell firing the puck into an empty net with just over a minute left on the clock to round out the scoring.
- The Merchants will look to make it three-in-a-row on Friday night, at 7:45 p.m., when they travel to Uxbridge for a tilt against the rival Bruins.
- On Saturday night, the Merchants will host the North Kawartha Knights, at 7:30 p.m., in Little Britain.