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CLOSE CHECKING - Jake Weidner of the Elmira Sugar KIng tangles with Andrew Coupland of the Cambridge Winterhawks during Sunday's contest. Elmira won the game 4-3.

Elmira ekes out pair of wins

INDEPENDENT STAFF

The Elmira Sugar Kings posted a pair of one-goal victories on the weekend, including the club’s first shootout win since October.

Elmira’s 3-2 win over Stratford on Friday ended a string of three straight losses in Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League games decided by a shootout.

Both Jake Weidner and Brady Campbell converted shootout opportunities to send the Sugar Kings to victory. Weidner (with assists to Campbell and Patrick McKelvie) had forced overtime by scoring with 59 seconds left in regulation time.

Elmira had trailed 2-0 early in the second, before Campbell (from Weidner) got the Sugar Kings on the board.

Stratford goal scorers were Ryker Killins and Shane O’Brien.

Hayden Neuman made 34 saves in goal for Elmira, which is now an even 3-3 in shootout games this season.

Sunday, the Sugar Kings clipped Cambridge 4-3 in a game that turned ugly in the third period as the teams racked up over 100 penalty minutes. Campbell’s third goal of the game at 14:39 of the third period broke a 3-all and gave Elmira the win that improved the club’s record to 17-8-3 on the season.

Mitch Wright added a power-play goals for Elmira, which was 3-for-7 with the man advantage. The Winter Hawks’ power-play was 0-for-8.

Weidner (3), Craig Johnson (2), and Campbell had assists.

Scoring for Cambridge, which is one point ahead of third-place Elmira in the Midwestern Conference standings, were Tyler Snyder, Mitch Klie and Cameron Pentsa.

Elmira out shot Cambridge 39-33. Mackenzie Blackwood made 30 saves in goal for the Sugar Kings.

Elmira is back in action tonight (Dec. 13) at Guelph, then plays at Cambridge on Saturday (Dec. 15). The Sugar Kings host Listowel on Sunday at 7 p.m.

 

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