The Kanata Stallions relied on the sparkling performance of Cole Skinner in net to grab a 5-1 win against the Hawkesbury Hawks.
Hawkesbury's power play was ineffective against Kanata's penalty kill, which allowed zero goals while shorthanded.
The Stallions were paced by Derian Plouffe, who had one goal and one assist. Plouffe scored 8:31 into the first period to make the score 2-0 Kanata.
Referees had their hands full with a major incident at 8:58 into the third period. Four fighting penalties were dished out along with two game misconducts.
Kanata forced its penalty killing units to work especially hard during the game, picking up 10 minors and one major for 25 minutes in penalty time. The total exceeded the 20.0 minutes per game the Stallions had been spending in the box. Kanata excelled on the penalty kill, not giving up a single goal in nine chances. The Stallions forced the Hawks goalie Guillaume Therien to work between the pipes, taking 37 shots.
Kanata also had goals scored by Jason Brochu, who had two and Braedan Moffatt and Alex Stothart, who each put in one. In addition, Kanata received assists from Chris Harper, who had two and Nic LaBurn, Kevin Groulx, Devin Fullum, and Doug Harvey, who each chipped in one.
Hawkesbury was not heavily penalized during the game, and finished with eight minors and one major totalling 21 minutes. The Hawks fell short of the 35.0 minutes average penalties per game. Kanata was unable to stop Hawkesbury from sending pucks towards the net, and the Hawks eventually piled up 33 shots on goal.
Cole Skinner made 32 saves for the Stallions on 33 shots. Kanata registered one goal on seven power play opportunities. The Stallions ran into serious disciplinary problems during the contest, and Alex Robinson was ejected from the game. Therien rejected 32 shots on goal for the Hawks. For Hawkesbury, Mathieu Galipeau was ejected from the game.