When the Kingston Frontenacs took to the ice in Barrie to face the Colts, everyone knew it was a contest that featured 4 potential National Hockey League first round draft picks in 2014. Kingston's Spencer Watson, Roland McKeown and Sam Bennett would look down the ice and see Barrie's Aaron Ekblad in Ontario Hockey League action with plenty of NHL scouts on hand.
Those scouts didn't leave disappointed. Ekblad is considered in many circles the second best prospect available for the draft - some even have him going number one - and he put on a clinic as the defenseman scored 4 times and assisted on another.
Ekblad opened the scoring 2:36 into the game as Joseph Blandisi set Ekblad up for a one-timer that rocketed over the glove of Matt Mahalak for a power play marker. Ekblad would make it 2-0 with a short handed marker 8:28 into the first as Blandisi would carry over the blue line and drop it back to Ekblad who wire the shot low stick side on Mahalak. Kingston would get one back with just under 2 minutes remaining to cut the lead in half.
After Andreas Athanasiou put Barrie back up by two early in the second, Ekblad struck again on the power play for his third goal of the game. Blandisi set Ekblad up once again finding him in the high slot who placed a wrist shot over the glove of Mahalak for his first career OHL hat-trick.
Less than two minutes later, at 12:48 of the second, Ekblad fired his fourth of the game, again on the power play. In what seemed like a replay of his third goal, Jake Dotchin fed Ekblad at the blue line who took a couple of strides into the high slot and wristed the puck over Mahalak in identical fashion.
With just under half a game to go, Ekblad was just one goal shy of tying the OHL record of five goals by a defenseman in a single game. That record is held by Allan MacInnis who scored 5 goals for the Kitchener Rangers on March 13, 1983 against the Guelph Platers.
But it wasn't meant to be on this night for Ekblad.