It had been a couple of weeks since the Kingston Frontenacs took to the ice at Leon’s Centre to play a game, but when they returned home on Friday night, they likely had a case of déjà vu. On February 22 they faced the same Ottawa 67’s team and came away with an upset victory over the top team in the OHL. Ottawa was certainly looking to turn things around from that night while Kingston was hoping to repeat their accomplishment from 13 days ago.
The 67’s came out of the gates looking like they were still upset about the loss from two weeks ago. Quinn Yule opened the scoring less than two minutes into the game to put his team in front. Graeme Clarke followed that up with one of the few lacrosse style goals we see each year. The highlight reel goal put Ottawa ahead 2-0 before the 10-minute mark of the first period. Sam Bitten would extend that to 3-0 just before the period ended when he put a loose puck by Frappier. That would be the end of a tough period for Kingston even though the shots were tied 8-8.
The second period started the same as the first. Austin Keating tapped in a loose puck that squeezed through Frappier’s pads. That goal made it 4-0 and ended the night for Marshall Frappier. Brendan Bonello had a hot start to his time in net, but Ottawa would eventually get one behind him as well. Cameron Tolnai was in the right spot and had a wide-open net after a lucky bounce to make it 5-0 Ottawa. Kingston didn’t lack chances, but the 67’s defence took most of them away with good sticks and hard back checking. Kingston faced an uphill climb entering the third period.
Very little happened in the third period, at least offensively. The action was in the physical side of the game. There were many scrums resulting in misconducts and lots of penalties. It should be interesting to see what happens when these two teams meet on March 17 to close out the season. As far as this game went, it was the Ottawa 67’s taking a 5-0 victory.
The Frontenacs will now head to Oshawa for a midweek game against the Generals next Wednesday. They return home next Friday night to face the Generals one more time in the final home game of the 2018-19 season. The March 15 fan appreciation night will include tons of giveaways and one lucky fan in attendance will have the opportunity to shoot to win $10,000. Tickets can be purchased at Leon’s Centre box office or through ticketmaster.ca.