It was the third meeting of the season between Kingston and Ottawa, but it was also the second time the teams had squared off before noon. Kingston traveled to Ottawa on November 1st and beat the 67’s 5-1 in Ottawa’s school day game. This time it was Ottawa’s turn to make the trip to Kingston for the morning start time. The Frontenacs had not played at home since they hosted the 67’s ten days earlier when Kingston gave up two goals in the final two minutes and suffered a 4-2 loss. Kingston was looking to catch Ottawa sleeping and take a 2-1 season series lead in front of thousands of screaming kids.
Kingston was wide awake to get this game underway. They started the game with speed and good passing and it led to a couple of power plays and some decent scoring chances. At the midway point of the first period Kingston was leading 7-0 on the shot clock, but had not put one behind Olivier Trembley. That changed quickly in the second half of the period. Jason Robertson showed great patience to open up a passing lane. He found Linus Nyman, who slid it over to Nathan Dunkley, who had a wide-open net to give Kingston a 1-0 lead. Ottawa started to get their legs after the Kingston goal, but despite not facing his first shot until nearly twelve minutes into the period, Jeremy Helvig stopped every shot he saw in the period. Kingston took a 1-0 lead into the dressing room.
It didn’t take long for Kingston to extend the lead in the second period, just 2:09 to be exact. That is when Matt Hotchkiss stole the puck in the neutral zone and beat Trembley on the glove side to extend the lead to 2-0. Ottawa applied some intense pressure for a good chunk of the period but Jeremy Helvig continued to stop everything that came his way and that allowed Kingston to add to their lead. That goal came from Sergey Popov. He had control of the puck in the faceoff circle and snapped a shot over the glove of Trembley to make the score 3-0 Frontenacs. The second period buzzer sounded minutes later, and Kingston was just 20:00 away from sweeping the school day games against Ottawa.
Kingston put this game away in the first 30 seconds of the final frame. Ted Nichol scored his third of the season on the power play to put Kingston ahead 4-0. Ottawa had a very strong period in an attempt to comeback, but Jeremy Helvig was quietly putting together a gem of a game. The only blemish came while Ottawa was on a man advantage. Helvig made the initial two saves but the puck slipped through his equipment and Graeme Clarke had a tap in on the goal line to ruin the shutout. Helvig would go on to make 35 saves in the game and secure a Kingston 4-1 victory.
With the victory, Kingston swept the school day games against Ottawa while outscoring them 9-2. They also took the lead in the season series at two games to one and draw even with Hamilton for top spot in the division at 33 points.
This was the first of a five-game home stand for Kingston. They will host the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds this coming Friday night at 7 PM and then welcome the Barrie Colts on Sunday at 2 PM.