Fronts Fall to Petes in Second Game of Back to Back
After a 7-2 win on Friday night in Kingston, the Frontenacs went on the road to finish a back-to-back against Peterborough Petes looking for a fourth straight win. Kingston had won the last two meetings with the Petes including a 4-3 shootout win Nov 21 in Peterborough.
Christian Propp got the nod for Kurtis Foster in goal looking to improve on his 4-1-0-1 record since arriving from North Bay. Canada World Junior hopeful Hunter Jones started in goal for Peterborough with an OHL leading 18 wins and entered the game with the third-best goals-against average (2.60) as well.
Dawson Baker scored three goals en route to the Kingston victory and Ryan Dugas was solid in goal last night versus the Petes. Shane Wright came into the game on an eight-game point streak (8G,5A) to lead all rookies in scoring with 24 points. Zayde Wisdom had four goals and five points in the four games versus the Petes. Jordan Frasca and former Pete Dustin Hutton had five points as well.
Peterborough's Mason McTavish is also having an excellent rookie campaign and leads Wright by two goals in the rookie goal race (15). Against Kingston, Brady Hinz has been a killer this year with five goals and six points for Peterborough while Max Grondin had three goals and five points himself.
The first period saw both teams with scoring opportunities but Kingston's powerplay, which had scored six goals in two games coming in would get the visitors the early lead. Shane Wright scored his rookie leading 5th powerplay goal putting Kingston up 1-0 at 6:36. His 14th goal also moved him to within one of the rookie goal race with Peterborough's Mason McTavish and extended his point streak to nine games and goal-streak to four. After taking a pass from Nick King, he wired a wrist shot over the right shoulder of Jones with Jakob Brahaney also drawing assist on the opening goal and now leads the Frontenacs with 18 helpers.
Kingston had a five-on-three advantage for 28 seconds in the middle of the frame but Jones made two good saves keeping Peterborough close. The Frontenacs penalty-killing units did a good job stopping the Petes 5th ranked powerplay twice in the first period and the teams went to the first intermission with Kingston holding on to their 1-0 lead in a fairly even period with the shots 10-8 Petes.
The second period saw the home team take the lead on a pair of goals ten minutes apart. After opening the period with four shots in the first two minutes, Nick Robertson scored his 21st getting the Petes on the board at 2:41 to cut Kingston's lead to 2-1. After Propp made an initial stop on a Robertson shot, the Petes leading goal scorer banged home his own rebound.
Peterborough then managed to hold Kingston to two shots between the Robertson strike and their second goal of the period at 12:45. While killing their second penalty of the frame, the Frontenacs found themselves trailing after Zach Gallant scored his 15th assisted by Semyon Der-Arguchintsev and OHL defence leading-scorer Declan Chisholm ultimately becoming the game-winning goal. It was an unfortunate play for Propp as Chisholm had fired a shot from the point that rebounded off the backboards right to Gallant off the side of the net.
After the first period saw Peterborough take four minor penalties, it was Kingston seeing a slew of third-period penalties being called four separate times in the frame before the 15-minute mark. Shortly after Kingston had successfully killed a penalty to Dawson Baker, Peterborough closed out the scoring even-strength at 9:10 on Cameron Butler's 9th of the season. Former Frontenac Jacob Paquette assisted on the goal cementing Peterborough's 3-1 victory.
With the teams playing four times in just over a month, some tempers began to flare at the end of the game similar to the ending in Kingston on Friday night, though this time it was much more animated with Frasca and Gallant receiving fighting majors while everyone on the ice got involved including the Petes goaltender who was penalized for leaving his crease.
While Kingston's powerplay didn't find the success it's had in the previous two games, the penalty-killing units were excellent holding the 5th best power play in the OHL to just one goal on seven chances. In the 10 games since returning from the U-17 tournament, Wright has been on fire scoring nine goals and 14 points.
Coach Foster commented after the game saying: "Tonight was a very physical playoff-type hockey and a good eye-opening game for our group. They realize that if you want to play with the best you can't be in the box too much and have to play 60 minutes." He also added it was a good time for a rest with a tough stretch of three games in three nights adding, "I was proud of the way of our push back tonight, I was proud of the way we played the whole weekend and at the end of the day it was a pretty good weekend."
On coming back to his junior hockey home he said:" It always means a lot and it makes me proud of our guys because they always come out and play hard here so it's a good feeling."
The Frontenacs are back in action at the Leons Centre on Friday, December 13th at 7 PM when they face Jordan Frasca's brother Jacob and the Barrie Colts. Tickets are available at the Leons Centre box office or at Ticketmaster.ca.
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