Frontenacs Split Weekend on the Road
Pictured is Kingston's rookie forward, Spencer Watson, who is 2nd in point scoring on the team, with 41 points (21 goals) in 53 games played. He and his linemates scored 8 points in Kingston's 6-3 win in Erie on Sunday afternoon.
Kingston played a solid road game in St Catharines, on Saturday night, against the Niagara Ice Dogs, outshooting them 35-29. Niagara starting goaltender, Christopher Festarini was outstanding, particularly in the 3rd period, when Kingston really put the pressure on him for the tying goal. Kingston's Mike Morrison was solid in net and couldn't be blamed for any of the goals that beat him.
Niagara opened the scoring at 6:31 of the 1st period on a play where he simply jammed a rebound past Morrison. Henri Ikonen got that one back, two minutes later, as he and Spencer Watson stripped the puck from an Ice Dogs' defender and stuffed one past Festarini. The first period ended in a 1-1 tie. Kingston had outshot the Dogs 13-10.
The Ice Dogs took the play to Kingston in the 2nd, and if not for Morrison's steady play, the game could have gotten out of hand. Former Team Canada forward, Brett Ritchie scored the period's only goal at 11:41 on one of only 2 Niagara powerplays on the afternoon. Coach Gill had to be pleased about that. Niagara outshot Kingston 15-5.
Kingston came out hard in the 3rd, only to be thwarted by Festarini, time after time. They outshot the Ice Dogs 17-5, but couldn't score the equalizer. Ritchie netted his second of the afternoon with less than 6 minutes to play, and defenseman, Jessie Graham scored into the empty Kingston net with 15 seconds to play.
It was a valiant effort by the Frontenacs, on the road, but they came up a little short. Niagara had taken this one by a final of 4-1. The Fronts stayed in Niagara Falls overnight, and bussed to Erie, Pennsylvania to take on the Otters on Sunday afternoon. It is the final game of Kingston's 6 game road swing.
The Frontenacs finished their 6 game road trip with a win in Erie, on Sunday afternoon, by a 6-3 score. The win meant that Kingston pulled to within 2 points of the Mississauga Steelheads for 7th place in the Eastern Conference standings, and pulled 4 points ahead of the Petes.
Sam Bennett scored twice, and had two assists. Spencer Watson had two goals and an assist, and Henri Ikonen had a goal, as well, as the Otters had no answer for this line. Watson and Ikonen were both a plus-5 on the afternoon, and Watson a plus-4.
The first period was evenly played as the teams went to the locker room tied at 2. Kingston's goals were scored by Watson, his 20th of the year, and Bennett, his 14th. Erie lead on the shot clock, 14-13.
Determined not to let the game slip away in the 2nd period, like it had from them last night, Kingston really took it to the home team in the second, outshooting the Otters 14-4, and on goals by Henri Ikonen (21st), Bennett (15th), and Watson (21st), outscoring them 3-0.
Unfortunately the 3rd period took on a nasty tone as there were several fights, and game misconducts. We'll have to wait and see, but it appears that Dylan DiPerna, and possibly Ryan Hutchinson could face league suspensions for their part in the extra curriculars in the third period.
Each team scored to make the final score 6-3 for the Frontenacs.
Henri Ikonen leads the team with 48 points, and Spencer Watson is 5th in OHL Rookie scoring, with 41 points. Ikonen, Watson, and Sam Bennett are having terrific rookie years in Kingston.
Kingston finally returns home for a rare Wednesday night home game against the Oshawa Generals, and will take on the red hot Belleville Bulls, on Friday night. The Bulls have won 9 straight games, and lead the Eastern Conference.