Pu’s first hat-trick fuels Fronts
Cliff Pu’s second game for the Kingston Frontenacs was a huge one.
Pu produced his first Ontario Hockey League hat trick as the Frontenacs broke a three-game losing skid with a 6-4 victory over the Barrie Colts at the Barrie Molson Centre on Saturday night.
Helping out Pu was linemate Jason Robertson, who assisted on five goals. That’s a career single-game high for assists for Robertson.
Linus Nyman added two goals and Ted Nichol had the other.
Brendan Bonello made 29 saves in gaining the goaltending win as Jeremy Helvig had the night off.
Pu joined the Frontenacs on Friday after his Thursday trade from the London Knights and played Friday night without the benefit of a practice with his new team. Against the Colts, he scored a goal in each period.
The Robertson, Pu and Brett Neumann line accounted for 12 scoring points. Pu had three goals and an assist and Neumann assisted on three goals.
“We were disappointed with [Friday’s 4-3 loss to the Windsor Spitfires]. You could see Cliff, Sean [Day] and Gabe [Vilardi] starting to blend in tonight,” Robertson said in a post-game interview on the cable telecast.
“Cliff is a really dynamic player. It’s his first career hat trick. I am really happy for him.”
Robertson was asked post-game if the addition of the new players puts pressure on the Frontenacs.
“It is all about the right mindset. Everyone needs to get the all-in mentality,” Robertson said.
A night after blowing a 3-1 lead in the third period to lose 4-3 to Windsor, it was the Frontenacs who came from off the pace to beat the Colts.
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