The Kingston Frontenacs and Hamilton Bulldogs almost seemed to pick things up from last spring’s playoff series, which was decided in overtime in Game 7.
In their first regular season meeting of the new Ontario Hockey League season on Sunday, the Frontenacs and Bulldogs again went to overtime.
The Frontenacs, who had chased the Bulldogs all game and never had the lead, got a shootout goal from Jason Robertson and three stops from goaltender Jeremy Helvig to take a 4-3 victory before 2,563 at Hamilton’s FirstOntario Centre.
Robertson’s fourth goal of the season, at 15:39 of the third period, had pulled the Frontenacs into a tie for the third time.
Ryan Cranford scored Kingston’s other two goals.
The Frontenacs, now 4-1 to start the season, picked up four of six points in their three-game road trip, which started with Friday’s 5-0 win over the London Knights.
Sunday’s two points against the Bulldogs was much tougher.
“We’ll take our points. I don’t know if we are totally happy with how we played the entire time, but i think it is a process that we’ve got to build on,” head coach Jay Varady said. “When we play the right way, we are a pretty good hockey team. I don’t think we played the right way the entire game today, but we played enough to get the points.”
Varady pointed to the leadership on the team for being instrumental in pushing the Frontenacs to victory.
“The thing I was proud about is just the way our group stuck together. We weren’t playing out best game,’’ Varady said. “I thought our leadership group did a great job of holding our bench together. We hung in. We battled and tied it and got a point on the road and we were able to find the other point in the shootout.”
The Bulldogs led 1-0 after the first and 2-1 going into the third. Cranford first tied it up on a short-handed goal in the second period. He lifted a backhand goal past goalie Kaden Fulcher to tie it 2-2 early in the third period.
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