Robertson scores 100th career OHL goal

The Kingston Frontenacs will have to wait until Friday night to possibly pick up the points the team needs to get closer to clinching a top-four Eastern Conference finish.

The Generals didn’t allow it to happen on Wednesday night, defeating the Kingston Frontenacs 5-3 in an Ontario Hockey League game at the Tribute Communities Centre.

The Frontenacs remain third in the Eastern Conference with 75 points. Oshawa moved up to fourth place with 69 points, one point ahead of the Niagara IceDogs. The Generals and Frontenacs have five games left, while Niagara has six.

The Generals, playing before 4,868 fans, never trailed and benefitted from a couple of freaky bounces.

“I thought we played good for periods of time, but we gave up too many odd-man attacks. That is a recipe for disaster,” Frontenacs head coach Jay Varady said. “When you give up breakaways on turnovers, that’s a bad combination of hockey. And they got a couple of bounces.”

Jason Robertson, Gabe Vilardi and Tyler Burnie scored for the Frontenacs. Defenceman Sean Day assisted on all three goals.

The goal by Robertson, who also had an assist, was the 100th of his OHL career. It came on a Kingston power play 21 seconds into the third period and cut Oshawa’s lead to 3-2 at the time.

Domenico Commisso restored the two-goal margin for Oshawa. He was the benefactor of a home bounce when a dumped-in puck took a the big bounce directly out to the unguarded Commisso, who flicked it behind Frontenacs goaltender Jeremy Helvig.

Burnie’s goal, on a drop pass back from Day, made it 4-3 with three minutes left.

With Helvig out for an extra attacker, Matt Brassard sent the puck from deep into the Oshawa end the length of the ice and into the empty net for the clinching goal.

The Generals also got a weird goal in the second period, when the puck was centred out from the end boards and somehow ended up behind Helvig.

“We gave them their chances in terms of those odd-man attack situations where they created their offence,” Varady said. “For a long period of time I didn’t think they had much going. Those situations gave them some momentum.”

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