Pictured in Frontenacs' rookie Spencer Watson who
scored the shootout winner against the 67s on Monday.
Kingston finally had a chance to play their closest
rivals in the East Division this weekend.
First up was the 3-8-0-1 Ottawa 67s.
Ottawa's 3 wins have come against Erie, Niagara and Kitchener. They are
0-3 in their own division, having lost close games to Peterborough, Belleville,
and most recently, to Oshawa, in a shootout.
Keegan Wilson has carried the load for the 67's and got the start on
Friday night at K-Rock, as well.
The Frontenacs have been a streaky team this year,
winning their first 3, losing their next 3, winning their last 3. They were hoping to put an end to their
losing streak on Friday night when they sent rookie, Colin Furlong to the
Kingston came out flying in their pink laces, on
Pink the Rink night, in support of Breast Cancer awareness. Before the game was
23 minutes old, the Frontenacs had a 3-0 lead over the 67's, and seemed in
complete control of the game. Forwards Jean Dupuy and Mitchell Fitzmorris
scored their first OHL goals in this stretch.
Dupuy opened the scoring with a nice wrist shot over Ottawa's starter,
Keegan Wilson's shoulder. Billy Jenkins
scored his 5th of the season, shorthanded, as he banged in a rebound of a Ryan
Kujawinski shot. Goalie, Colin Furlong
cleared it up the wing to Kujawinski, who broke in, two on one with Jenkins,
who made no mistake. Colin Furlong made some spectacular saves in the first
period, most notably on Dante Sanituro mid way through the period, and on Cody
Ceci, near the end of the frame. Kingston lead 2-0 after 1.
Fitzmorris scored 2 minutes into the second on a
feed from Jean Dupuy. Kingston's
"so called" 4th line had struck again, to give the Fronts a 3-0 lead,
and chase Keegan Wilson from the 67s net.
Jacob Blair entered the game. Meanwhile, Colin Furlong continued to
shine, stopping 67s rookie, Peter Mraz on a clear breakaway.
The turning point of the game happened just past the
6 minute mark of the period. With
defenseman, Roland McKeown in the box, Michael Moffat charged a 67s powerplayer,
taking a 5 minute major, and a game misconduct. Ottawa would score twice on the
ensuing powerplay, to bring the 67s back to within one, at 3-2.
The 67s would go on to score 5 straight goals on a,
clearly rattled, Frontenac team.
Not giving up, rookie, Spencer Watson brought
Kingston fans to their feet a couple of times early in the third. First he deflected a perfect, Roland McKeown,
point shot past Blair, to bring the Fronts to within 1, at 5-4. Sean Monahan completed his 4 point night, by
beating Furlong, less than a minute later.
Watson broke through the Ottawa defense moments later, was hauled down,
and awarded a penalty shot at 9:29 of the third. Watson made no mistake and beat Blair
cleanly, to bring the Fronts' to within 1 again, with a half a period to
play. Henri Ikonen tied the game at 6,
five minutes later, converting a rocket, cross ice pass, from Watson. Unfortunately
for the Fronts, the OHL leading goal scorer, Tyler Graovac, struck twice, the
last into an empty net, to make the final score 8-6 for the 67's.
The crowd of 3022 were thoroughly entertained in
this one. However, this is the type of
game that drives coaches crazy. Both
teams gave up way too many quality scoring chances, and odd man rushes.
Kingston allowed two powerplay goals on three Ottawa chances, a stat that has
to improve, if they hope to compete in the East.
Kingston traveled down the 401 to Belleville to take
on the Bulls for the first time this season. Malcolm Subban and Mike Morrison
tended the creases for their respective teams, and earned first and second star
honours in a 1-0 Belleville win.
Despite the score, the game was anything but
boring. Both goalies were sharp right
from the beginning of the game, and the game remained scoreless until the 16:29
mark of the 1st period, when Bulls' veteran, Austen Brassard, broke free from
the side boards, glided into the slot, and fired an NHL calibre wrist shot over
the left shoulder of goaltender, Morrison.
The two teams played a relatively penalty free game
with only one fight. Near the end of the second period, Fronts' rookie Slater
Doggett, knocked down a Bulls' forward and veteran, Adam Bignell responded by
taking on Doggett.
Spencer Watson, and Sam Bennett had strong games,
once again using their great speed to their advantage on the wide ice surface
at Yardman Arena. The Fronts were unable
to penetrate the centre of the ice to get quality shots on Subban, however, and
that was the story of the night. Morrison kept the Fronts close, as he made up
for the much fewer defensive zone lapses by Kingston tonight.
Despite the better defensive effort, the Fronts
couldn't solve Malcolm Subban and fell 1-0 in Game 1 of 8 in the season series,
with the Bulls.
Next up for Kingston was the annual school kid's
game on Monday morning, at ScotiaBank Place in Kanata, against the 67s.
Kingston drove to Ottawa with revenge on their
minds. They were not about to give up 8 goals to the 67s again. On November 7
of last year, the Frontenacs beat the 67s in the school kid's game, 7-4 at the
Civic Centre. The stars for the Fronts
in that game are no longer with the team. In fact their were only 5 players in
today's lineup for Kingston, who played for them in that game. Ryan Spooner was
named the game's first star, and recently traded, Nathan Cull, was the third
star, with primary assists on the last 3 goals of the game, to break the 4-4
Taylor Fielding opened the scoring in this one, just
past the 3 minute mark - and prior to 11 AM, with his 6th of the season. Just over a minute later, Kingston's Henri
Ikonen would tie it on a wrist shot, set up by Sam Bennett. The first period ended with the two teams
tied at 1.
Ottawa would take the lead early in the second,
obviously fired up by the 11000+, mostly school kids. Defenseman, Taylor Davis
would score his second of the season, and second against Kingston, at the 22
second mark. The Fronts would tie it on a goal by rookie defenseman, Roland
McKeown, mid way through the second period.
The game would remain tied throughout the third and
overtime periods, despite the fact that Kingston took the play to the 67s for
large parts of the second half of the game.
Henri Ikonen, lead off the shootout by beating
Keegan Wilson, and Tyler Graovac beat Mike Morrison. Spencer Watson beat
Wilson, again to give the Fronts a 2-1 lead.
Morrison stopped 67's vets, Sean Monahan, and Jake Cardwell to preserve
the Kingston Frontenacs the 3-2 shootout win.
This snapped the Frontenacs' 5 game losing streak.
Kingston hopes to continue their winning ways, when
they host the Brampton Battalion on Friday night.