Fronts hard work earns them a 4-1 victory over the Wolves
It was just under a week ago that Kingston headed up north and faced the Sudbury Wolves in their barn. The Wolves won that game 2-0. Macauley Carson and David Levin were the goal scorers in that game, but the story was Ukka-Pekka Luukkonen making 29 saves for his first career shutout. This time the Frontenacs played host to the Wolves as they looked to even up the season series at a game each.
Kingston peppered Luukkonen early on outshooting Sudbury 10-1. The pressure led to a few power plays and the power play looked very strong. Ian Derungs gave Kingston the lead on one of those power plays. At the midway point of the period, Sudbury started to push back. Brendan Bonello, who wasn’t busy at all in the opening minutes, was ready to handle the push back and kept Sudbury of the scoreboard. That allowed Jason Robertson to extend the lead in the final minute of the period. He stopped a shot by Jacob Paquette that threw off Luukkonen’s timing and tucked it the net for his 14th of the year. The goal tied Robertson for sixth on the Frontenacs all-time goal list with David Ling. Kingston led 2-0 after the first period.
Sudbury looked ready to take the game over early in the second period. The first overall pick from last years draft, Quinton Byfield, scored just 8 seconds into the period to cut the lead in half. Kingston responded well by not allowing the goal to take the wind out of their sails. Five minutes later Matt Hotchkiss restored the two-goal lead. He attempted a cross ice pass that was blocked, but the puck bounced right back to his tape and he quickly shot it into the net. The rest of the period went on without anymore scoring and the Frontenacs had a two-goal cushion with twenty minutes remaining.
Kingston continued to work hard in the final period. There was never a sense that Sudbury was going to make a comeback and that idea was cemented with Kingston’s fourth goal. Hotchkiss hit Cranford with a pass and Cranford one timed it by Luukkonen for a 4-1 lead. That would be the final score as Kingston improves to 4-9-1-0.
Friday nights at home have been good to Kingston. They are 3-1 on home ice on Friday night starts. Ian Derungs had his best game as a Frontenac. His goal and assist earned him first star of the game. Brendan Bonello made 29 saves to earn his second win of the season.
The Frontenacs get right back at it tomorrow night when they host the London Knights at 7 p.m. Tickets are available at ticketmaster.ca.