There was a buzz in the building before Friday night’s game at Leon’s Centre against the Niagara IceDogs. Jason Robertson was playing his first, and possibly only game back at Leon’s Centre after being traded in November. Unfortunately, fans wouldn’t see his fellow former Fronts player Jacob Paquette as he was scratched due to an injury. Kingston was playing their fifth game in just eight days and hoping to battle through some tired legs.
The Frontenacs got off to a great start. They drew an early penalty when Daniel Bukac was sent to the box for interference. The power play wasted no time and Nick Wong scored just eight seconds into the power play to give Kingston a 1-0 lead. Unfortunately, the goal seemed to wake the IceDogs up. It took them just over four minutes to respond and it was the former Frontenac that did it. Jason Robertson tucked a back hand shot over the shoulder of Brendan Bonello to make it 1-1. Minutes later Oliver Castleman tipped a point shot by Bonello to put the IceDogs ahead 2-1. They would add one more goal before the period ended and that came off the stick of Jack Studnicka. Niagara had earned themselves a 3-1 lead after one period of play.
Kingston did a solid job of keeping Niagara at bay during the opening moments of the second period, but eventually they ran into penalty trouble. Jake Murray and Emmett Gordon both took penalties coming just 9 seconds apart and that opened the door for a strong Niagara power play. Kirill Maksimov scored at the end of a tic-tac-toe passing play to make it 4-1. 1:33 seconds later Jason Robertson scored his second of the game. It was nearly identical to his first as he came from behind the net, however this time he was on his forehand. The powerful IceDogs offense added two goals to their lead in the period to hold a 5-1 lead after forty minutes.
Marshall Frappier relieved Brendan Bonello for the final period and he played quite well. He stopped all 11 shots he faced to keep the IceDogs off the board for the final 20:00 but it was too little, too late. Jason Robertson returned to Kingston and hurt his former team scoring 2 goals and 2 assists helping the IceDogs take a 5-1 victory back to Niagara.
Kingston takes no time off and hits Leon’s Centre ice again tomorrow night when they host the Guelph Storm. The deal offering a free youth ticket with the purchase of an adult ticket at Leon’s Centre box office is still valid for Saturday night’s game. You can also buy tickets online through ticketmaster.ca.