Nats Drop 4-2 in Game Two
The Niagara on the Lake Nationals went into game two of their best of three first-round series with the Kingsville Kings needing to win to stay alive. Unfortunately, the Nationals fell 4-2 ending their season.
Bailey Pritchard continued his dominance by opening up the scoring early in the first period on an end to end play which he finished with a Michigan Move.
Solid playmaking helped the Nationals capitalize on the Kingsville penalty, as the Nationals execute a perfect breakout which led to Pritchard's third goal of the playoffs.
Pritchard struck again with another powerplay goal later in the first period.
The Kings scored to make the score 2-1 on a powerplay goal to close out the first period.
The second period was all Kings, with the Nationals being outshot for the second period in a row. The Kings would go on to strike early with an unassisted goal by Pavel Svobod. Penalty trouble plagued both teams as the series was full of powerplay goals. The Kings would score again, Aleksi Haapakoski (Zan Markic) , after the Nationals had packed the sin bin four deep at one point in the second. The inability to get consistent five on five play was the demise of the Nationals in this series. Nationals goaltender, Iskander Shamsiyev, would fight all game keeping the Nationals in it.
The second period would be the only scoring until less than a second left in the third period. The Nationals gave it to the Kings all period long, finally outshooting their opponents. However, a minor penalty with less than two minutes left would stifle the Nationals chances at a comeback.
Kingsville would go on to win the best of three playoff series, ending the Nationals season in the first round of the playoffs. The season may be over but the off-season has now started. "We are lots of great things coming for next season. We will continue to build this team and improve" stated Nationals Head Coach Spencer DeWofle.
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