The Elmira Sugar Kings’ modest four-game win streak came to a grinding halt this past weekend.
Elmira played the second half of home-at-home sets with the Brampton Bombers and Cambridge Winter Hawks, and were on the losing end of both games.
Saturday, Elmira was dumped 9-2 at Cambridge.
The game was tied 2-2 after the first period before the Winter Hawks tallied seven unanswered goals, including back-to-back shorthanded goals 1:07 apart in the second.
Zac Coulter and Jake Weidner were the Elmira goal scorers, with assists to Brandon Stewart and Cass Frey.
Scoring for Cambridge were Cody Gratton (2), Mitch Facey (2), Christian Barnard, Maxime Lamontagne, Ben Holtom and Chris Taylor.
The Sugar Kings were outshot 40-27. Hayden Neuman took the loss.
Sunday at the Woolwich Memorial Centre, Brampton erased memories of a 10-0 defeat at the hands of Elmira the previous weekend by shutting out the Sugar Kings 2-0.
Elmira outshot Brampton 37-28, but failed to get the puck past Bombers’ goaltender Bryan Raymond.
Mackenzie Blackwood made 26 saves in goal for the Sugar Kings. He surrendered goals to Michael Darrigo and Brady Clouthier.
The game turned ugly in a penalty-filled second period, bad blood that carried over to the third and kept officials busy. The teams combined for 150 minutes in penalties, which included a number of fighting majors and game misconducts.
Tuesday, Elmira’s losing streak hit three games with a 3-2 at Kitchener.
The Dutchmen’s Philip Moser broke a 2-2 tie by scoring a power-play with 5:55 left in the game.
Clayton Greer (unassisted) and Brady Campbell (Jake Weidner) scored for Elmira, which had rallied from a two-goal deficit to the tie the game mid-way through the third period.
Matt Papineau and Clayton Greer also scored for Kitchener.
Elmira goaltender Mackenize Blackwood took the loss. The Sugar Kings out shot Kitchener 35-33.
Elmira returns to action Friday at Caledonia, the start of a three-game weekend. They also play an inter-conference game at Sarnia, Saturday, and then are back on home ice to face Caledonia on Sunday at 7 p.m.