Jackets sting Loudon

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By Brody Jones

Every so often, a team will play the game of their lives. 

For the Kingston Yellow Jackets, that day came Tuesday when the Jackets handed Loudon a "stinging" 2-1 defeat. 

"This was a very hard fought win," Kingston head coach Elik Pickell said. "We played a very skilled team and played well. I thought we kept our composure pretty well, played hard, never gave up, and made the shots we needed to." 

The first half was scoreless for the first 28 minutes of the game with a notable highlight of the day being a header by Kingston's Jordan Emch to prevent a Redskins goal. 

The Jackets would draw first blood with a Tanner Bryant goal on a Sam Rose assist to make the score 1-0. Shortly thereafter, Loudon would knot up the game at 1-1 going to the locker room.

The first half of the game was just a mere appetizer for the main course of excitement in the second half. 

Loudon would have opportunities to score, most notably a breakaway shot that said over the goal.  Kingston also had a couple of opportunities that met a similar fate. 

The Jackets desperately needed a goal and got it from Stephen McCoig on a Nathan Williamson assist to take a 2-1 lead.

Loudon would have plenty of chances, but a myriad of big-time defensive plays, most notably a big Keaton Shillings save down the stretch and a 3-minute stop thwarting another Redskins goal opportunity. 

Another shot came tantalizingly close to going in for Loudon,  but it went just off the goal post and the Jackets would more than earn the 2-1 win. 

"I thought the game got a bit overly physical at times, but it is what it is," Pickell said. "I did think our kids handled themselves well, and with ten seniors that helps." 

 Kingston was led by the scoring of Bryant and McCoig (1 goal each) with Shillings (7 saves) playing extremely well with the Jackets overcoming a 12-10 disadvantage in shots on goal.