It was a long gap between games for the Kingston Frontenacs. They opened the season one full week ago against the Oshawa Generals with a 4-1 loss. They were hoping that patience was a virtue as they looked for their first win of the season against the visiting Ottawa 67’s. Ottawa had already entered the win column twice on the new season. Both wins came with a little bit of stress as they defeated Guelph and Owen Sound in shootouts on Opening Weekend. Those wins were good enough to move them into the top spot in the CHL Top Ten heading into Friday’s game.
The first period was an evenly played period. The 67’s took the shot clock lead early in the game, but Brendan Bonello held them off the scoreboard. When Kingston pushed back it was Will Cranley’s turn to allow nothing by him. The opening period ended the same as it started, scoreless.
Things opened up a bit in the second period. It was the 67’s scoring first when Merrick Rippon beat Bonello on the blocker side four minutes into the period. Kingston didn’t take long to respond. Just five minutes later Nick Wong scored his first of the season while Kingston enjoyed the man advantage. It was also Kingston’s first power play goal of the season. The two teams traded goals and traded shots in the middle frame. The score was 1-1 heading to the final frame.
Ottawa took the lead back off the stick of Graeme Clarke. He wrapped the puck around the net and snuck it between the toe of Bonello and the post to put his team in front. Kingston fought back once again. Jordan Frasca sent Zayde Wisdom in on a breakaway. Zayde went against the grain and beat Will Cranley on the blocker side to tie the game. Ottawa pushed hard over the final minutes, but Kingston held them off and the game went to overtime.
Overtime was short lived, however. Jack Quinn scored just 0:11 into overtime after Ottawa gained zone entry off the face-off win. The 67’s won their third consecutive game to open the season, all of which have gone to overtime.
Kingston earned their first point of the season with the OT loss. The team performance improved significantly from game one to game two. Lucas Peric and Jordan Frasca both had particularly strong performances, as well as Zayde Wisdom who earned 3rd star of the game. They will look to get in the win column on Sunday night when they head to Oshawa to face the Generals.
The next home game for the Frontenacs takes place on Friday, October 11 at 7 pm when the Niagara IceDogs come to Kingston. Tickets are available at ticketmaster.ca. Fans can also take advantage of the Gino’s Pizza Friends and Family Deal. You can receive 4 tickets, 4 hats and 4 slices from Gino’s for just $59.99 plus HST. You can purchase that package HERE.