Cornwall - Feb. 24, 2011 - The Cornwall Colts have picked a bad time to fall into a slump.
The Colts dropped their third game in a row on Thursday night, suffering a 5-2 defeat at the hands of the visiting Pembroke Lumber Kings before a season-high home crowd of 1,521.
With the loss, the Colts' saw their first place aspirations pretty much evaporate as Pembroke moved three points up on Cornwall in the league standings, with 94 points. What's more, Pembroke has two games in hand on Cornwall.
The timing of the game certainly wasn't in the Colts' favour as they faced a red-hot Lumber Kings team that turned in a near-perfect road game.
Pembroke dominated the play for most of the match, and they jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first period on goals from Brandon Gagne and Chris Bodo.
They doubled their lead in the middle frame as Kyle Just and Matthew Zay connected for the visitors.
The Colts tried to mount a comeback with goals from Tyson Spink late in the second period and Jacob Laliberte in the third, but it was too late. Matthew Peca scored Pembroke's final goal, a momentum-zapper just seconds into the third period.
The Colts can at least take comfort in the fact that they won the season series with Pembroke, having won three of four previous encounters with the Lumber Kings heading into Thursday's contest.
The Colts will look to get back in the win column on Saturday when the Hawkesbury Hawks visit the Cornwall Civic Complex (2:30 p.m.).
GAME NOTES - Colts goalie Pete Karvouniaris was pulled following the Kings' fourth goal in the second period. Matt Jenkins came in to close out the game . . . . Laliberte notched his 59th goal and 126th point of the season to move within four points of former Colt Hugo Boisvert's single season points record of 130.
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