5 straight win for Fronts
The Kingston Frontenacs responded to the challenge of needing to win the third period by doing exactly that on Saturday night against the Niagara IceDogs.
Cliff Pu broke a 2-2 tie with a power-play goal and the Frontenacs added two more empty-net goals for a 5-3 victory over the IceDogs before a crowd of 3,087 at the Rogers K-Rock Centre.
“[Head coach Jay Varady] told us what we needed to do in the third period and I think we executed pretty well,” Pu said. “He said to bring it to them and turn it up a couple notches. I think we responded well and it showed out there on the ice.”
Pu took a Linus Nyman pass and bunted the puck past goaltender Colton Incze for the go-ahead goal at 7:47.
The IceDogs lifted Incze for an extra attacker with two minutes left but were outscored 2-1 during that time. Ryan Cranford and Nyman scored into the empty net. Those goals were sandwiched around one by Daniel Singer for the IceDogs.
Nyman had two goals and Jason Robertson one as the Frontenacs won their fifth straight.
The win moved the Frontenacs two points up on the IceDogs and into third place in the Eastern Conference.
The IceDogs, after firing 33 shots at Jeremy Helvig over two periods, were shut down to just six shots in the third.
“To go against a team we’re fighting against and to get two points on a Saturday night is a great,” Frontenacs assistant coach Kurtis Foster said. “You could tell [the IceDogs] had lost [on Friday]. They came out with more energy. We were coming off a big win and came out a bit slow.
“I thought in the second we got a little better and the third was our strongest period.”
The Kingston power play produced big and so did a defence that lost Liam Murray early due to a fight and then Sean Day in the third period when he took a right knee hit.
“You never want to see a guy of that calibre go down. Hopefully it is nothing serious. We will see this week how he responds,” Foster said.
“Jacob Paquette, Jakob Brahaney and Eemeli Rasanen had great games. Conor Ali [who dressed as the seventh defenceman] came in and contributed right away, which is huge for us.”
A game after Brett Neumann had four points to lead a 7-1 win over the Oshawa Generals, Pu put together a four-point game.
Although he has six goals and 17 points in 13 games since he joined the Frontenacs in a trade from the London Knights, Pu said he hasn’t scored as much as he would like but isn’t sweating that because the team is winning.
The line he is on, with Gabe Vilardi and Nyman, is also rolling up the points. They had nine more against Niagara – four by Pu, two goals and an assist by Nyman and two assists by Vilardi.
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