On Sunday, April 30 at the Dan Snyder Memorial Arena in Elmira, the Sugar Kings pushed the Nationals to the verge of elimination with a solid 4-1 win in front of 1105 delighted fans.

As expected London came out strong outshooting Elmira 15-9 in the first period and were rewarded with a powerplay goal and a 1-0 lead heading into the first intermission.  Brenden Trottier (13) redirected a Quinn Lenihan point shot to Brendon Glover who quickly beat a helpless Jonathan Reinhart.

The Sugar Kings clinched the game with a powerful middle frame.  They outshot the Nats 16-3 while firing 4 goals past Zanussi.

Quinten Bruce (2) tied the game at 1-1 with a solo sprint down the left wing beating Cameron Zanussi with a clean shot at 3:54.

The game winner came at 7:16 on the powerplay with London down two players when Klayton Hoelscher (9) pounced on a Ethan Skinner rebound.  Jake Brown assisted on the goal to take sole possession of the GOJHL playoff scoring lead.

Elmira went up 3-1 at 9:46 when Glover’s shot on a London powerplay missed the net and sprung Skinner (13) on a breakaway down the right wing.  His shot picked the corner past Zanussi.

Mitch Hoelscher (7) made it 4-1 on another Sugar King powerplay when he slipped in behind the National defenders from his point position and converted a perfect pass from Jordan.

Elmira contained London in the scoreless third period.  Shots were 11-11 and 36-29 for Elmira over sixty minutes.  Elmira went 2 for 6 on the powerplay along with a shorthanded goal while London was 1 for 6.

David Honsberger

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