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Kings fall just short, will look to rebound Wednesday night

With loss at home, Orillia falls to 2-6-1 and will need 'more guys' buying into the system if team is going to make the playoffs, says coach
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Orillia Kings captain Noah Quarrington sparked a comeback Friday night, but it wasn't enough as Halton Hills used a late surge to earn a 10-6 decision.

A promising season is in danger of slipping away for the Mister Transmission Orillia Jr. B Kings.

While the team's 2-6-1 record is disappointing, the young squad has been in the thick of every game, but has not been able to find the win column consistently.

The Kings' most recent game on Friday night against Halton Hills was a microcosm of the season for the local team.

The Kings started strong as Jack Marwick opened the scoring three minutes into the game and Mark Watters potted another one as the Bulldogs clawed their way to a 3-2 lead after one period.

In the middle frame, Gabe Neely tallied the Kings' lone goal of the period as the visiting Bulldogs built up a 6-3 lead after two periods.

The Kings never quit as captain Noah Quarrington sparked a comeback with several powerful end-to-end rushes which ended with him scoring on a breakaway. Riley Thayer and Liam McCrimmon also notched goals for the home side as the Kings closed the gap to 7-5. But the Kings were outplayed in the final minutes of the game and ended up losing 10-6.

Quarrington was selected as the Dapper Depot player of the game in the loss. 

With the win, Halton Hills improved its record to 4-3.

Kings head coach Jim Meredith said he “feels like the team is very close to finding consistent success. We just need a few more guys buying into my way of doing things and hopefully everything will click.”

He also noted “it needs to be sooner than later if we are going to make the playoffs. The next six or seven games are against teams that are in a very similar position as us and we need to find a way to win these games.”

On Wednesday the Kings travel to Mimico to take on the Mountaineers (2-5). Orillia's next home game is May 28 when Newmarket visits Rotary Place for an 8 p.m. contest.