Fronts strike early and often in win over Petes

A series of close games between the Kingston Frontenacs and Peterborough Petes went out the window Friday night.

The Frontenacs exploded for five first-period goals and didn’t look back in a 7-1 Ontario Hockey League win before 4,391 at the Rogers K-Rock Centre.

The win, the fifth in the row for the Frontenacs, moved them into a tie for first in the East Division with the Petes. Kingston holds two games in hand.

The teams will meet again Sunday afternoon in Peterborough.

It was back-to-back losses to the Petes back on Oct. 12-13 that began a seven-game winless slide for the Frontenacs.

“Every team goes through a slump like that. It is good we get it early. Hopefully we’re done with it and just keep rolling with these wins,” said defenceman Jacob Paquette, who led a very strong performance by the Fronts’ blueline brigade.

“Big thumbs up to our D corps. I think we played very well defensively. They have dangerous players who you don’t want to give them anything. We did a good job of that.”

The Frontenacs spread the offence around with seven different scorers.

The big line of Jason Robertson, Linus Nyman and Nathan Dunkley collected eight points. Each had a goal and Dunkley and Nyman had three-point nights.

Ryan Cranford, Tyler Burnie, Brett Neumann and Sergey Popov also scored. The Burnie, Cranford and Ted Nichol line had five points.

Jeremy Helvig only had 19 shots to deal with in recording his fifth straight win.

The Frontenacs transition game, vastly improved since the two mid-October meetings with the Petes, was on full display in a dominant first period.

“That is really what the foundation of our game is about [and] how we are going to get transition started,” head coach Jay Varady said. “What we were able to do early was force some turnovers and create some transition.”

The players were wearing their military camo uniforms in honour of the Canadian Forces. There was a sombre but dignified Remembrance Day ceremony before the game.

Varady said the players were talked to during practices this week about understanding the importance of why they were wearing military jerseys and why there is a poppy on their helmet.

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