Another chapter in the great rivalry between the Kingston Frontenacs and the Peterborough Petes took place on Friday night at the Rogers K-Rock Centre. It was the third meeting of the season between the two teams. The Petes took each of the first two meetings winning 2-1 on October 12 and 3-2 in a shootout on Oct 13. Despite not having a win against the Petes yet this season, Kingston came into the game on a four-game win streak and only trailed Peterborough by two points for the East division lead.
Kingston took to the ice in their familiar CADPAT jerseys as it was the annual Remembrance Day game. After a beautiful ceremony to honour our veterans, Kingston got things going quickly and often. Just 3:40 into the game, while on the power play, Nathan Dunkley tipped a Linus Nyman shot and beat Dylan Wells to put Kingston ahead 1-0. Just over a minute later Dunkley made a great pass across the crease and Jason Robertson tapped it in for a 2-0 Frontenacs lead. The great play continued when Tyler Burnie made a great steal right in front of Wells and put a back hand shot over his glove to put Kingston ahead 3-0. That was the end of the night for Dylan Wells after allowing three goals on five shots in the first 7:51 of the game. Although Hunter Jones made some solid saves after coming in the game, it wasn’t long before Kingston figured him out as well. Paul Larabie found a loose puck in front and slid it between the legs of Jones for a 4-0 Fronts lead. The goal was the first of Paul Larabie’s OHL career. If things weren’t looking good enough at that point, Ryan Cranford put on a show late in the period. He dangled his way through a couple of Petes players and beat Hunter Jones with a back hand shot to put Kingston ahead 5-0 after the first. It was the most complete period we have seen from Kingston this season. Not only did they score five goals, but they outshot Peterborough 19-4.
The scoring pace slowed a bit in the second period, but Kingston was still controlling the game. They continued to pepper Hunter Jones with shots, but it wasn’t until the 13:08 mark that they beat him. A mad scramble in front led to Linus Nyman finding a loose puck and tucking it under the bar to extend the Kingston lead to 6-0. It was Sergey Popov that extended the lead to 7-0 just after the Petes had killed a penalty. He beat Jones with a great wrist shot. The Frontenacs headed to the dressing room up 7-0 on the division leading Petes.
As the third period began, Kingston was just looking to play a solid, clean period to close this one out and collect their two points. For the most part, they shut the offence down and focused on defending. The only blip of the game came at 12:13 when Adrien Beraldo wired a one-timer by Jeremy Helvig to get the Petes on the board. The rest of the game was fairly calm, considering the score, as both teams were likely looking ahead to the rematch on Sunday in Peterborough.
Kingston dominated the game from start to finish. They scored five times in the first period to take control of the game, they added two in the second in case there was any doubt, and they kept a level head and played solid defense in the third to close the game out. The final shot total was 46 -19 in favor of Kingston. On a night that the team wore CADPAT jerseys to honour our veterans, I don’t think they could have done a better job. It was the type of hardworking, hard hitting, complete game win that the CADPAT jerseys deserve.
Kingston will head to Peterborough on Sunday for a rematch against the Petes. They will then face the Niagara Ice Dogs on Thursday before returning home next Friday to host the Hamilton Bulldogs at 7 PM.