Fronts continue torrid pace
Nobody is having more fun these days for the Kingston Frontenacs than fourth-year forward Sam Field.
But Field, who scored twice in the Frontenacs’ 6-3 win over the Flint Firebirds Friday night before 2,905 fans at the Rogers K-Rock Centre, will tell you he’s not alone in enjoying the team’s quick start to the Ontario Hockey League season.
“I think we are all having fun. We come to play hard and we all play for each other. We are all the best of friends,” said Field after the Frontenacs won for the fifth time in six games.
“For me, I enjoy going out there and shutting down the other team’s top line. Scoring goals is nice, but really what I’m most happy about is we are 5-1.”
Field is on a line with Ryan Cranford and Tyler Burnie, the unit head coach Jay Varady refers to as “the pace setters.”
“They understand their role on the team. They have been really good together as [a line] and they play the right way,” Varady said. “For me, they are the pace setters.
“If you walk into the room, they wouldn’t say they are the most talented players in our locker room. If you polled the team, [players] would say [the Field line] works hard every day and they come with their lunch bucket to work.”
The lunch bucket has come with some goals in it for Field. With three goals in six games, Field has matched the three goals he had in 139 games in his first three OHL seasons.
Varady, of course, hasn’t seen Field in past seasons, so he doesn’t have an explanation of why Field is scoring now and not before.
“For me, I see a guy who can really skate, who is an aggressive, hard-playing player and has a good shot,” Varady said. “He’s found himself in some pretty good situations and he has created some offence for us.”
Also creating offence for the Frontenacs, who continue to spread around the scoring, was speedster Brett Neumann, who also had two goals.
Linemates Sergey Popov and Nathan Dunkley assisted on both of Neumann’s goals, his first two of the season.
“Popov [who was injured to start the season] being back is a real punch. All three of them were involved in the goals,” Varady said. “To me, it is just chemistry. Maybe we are starting to establish some of that.”
Jason Robertson and Eemeli Rasanen had the other goals for the Frontenacs, who had 10 players collect at least a point.
Goaltender Jeremy Helvig, with a 33-save game, won for his fourth time in five outings.
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