Where: Leon’s Centre in Kingston
Time: 7 PM
Peterborough Petes: 20-6-1-1 -(42 pts – Tie 1st East Div / Tie 1st East Conf)
Kingston Frontenacs: 7-15-2-2 (18 pts – 5th East Div / 9th East Conf)
Kingston Frontenacs and Peterborough Petes met for the fourth time since Nov 5 on Friday at Leon’s Centre in Kingston for the first of a true home-and-home with the clubs squaring off again tomorrow in Peterborough. Dawson Baker would score a hattrick and Kingston scored three powerplay goals for the second consecutive game with a big 7-2 win marking it the second time Kingston had scored seven goals in a game this season.
In honour of retiring Chris Clifford’s #29, the Frontenacs wore the colours of the Kingston Canadians in a nostalgic move for local fans.
Both teams came in hot with Kingston only losing once in seven games, while the CHL #2 ranked Petes entered on a five-game winning streak. Peterborough suffered their only loss in the last seven (4-3 SOL) to Kingston at home on Nov 21 in the two team’s last meeting with OHL rookie of the month for November Shane Wright scoring the shootout winner.
Entering action tonight, Kingston leading scorers Wright and Zayde Wisdom sat at 23 points respectively, but Peterborough had five players with 27+ points with Semyon Der-Arguchintsev (37) leading the team. Petes Declan Chisholm has provided offence from the blueline leading all OHL defenceman in assists (29) and second in D-scoring (33). While Kingston is benefitting from their rookie in Wright, Petes’ Mason McTavish is also having a great first season leading rookie scorers coming in with 15 goals and third in rookie points (21) behind Wright.
The Petes had allowed only eight goals in their last five games, so to give up seven tonight was a huge effort from the Kingston offence standpoint. Tye Austin got his third start vs Kingston this year in goal for Peterborough. Newest Frontenac Christian Propp has been stellar in goal, but with back-to-back-to-back games this weekend, coach Foster gave Propp some rest as Ryan Dugas got the call in Kingston’s net. Dugas backstopped Kingston to a 4-3 SO win when the teams last met on Nov 21.
- Dawson Baker – With the three goals tonight, Baker now has 10 goals in 26 games in what is becoming the best offensive season of his OHL career. In 133 games coming into the season, he had 14 goals and his 11 points put him on pace to easily surpass his career-high 18 last season. Never one to give an inch on the ice, Baker’s leadership is being counted on as a veteran on a young team.
The game got off to a great start for Kingston as Dawson Baker scored his eighth goal just 43 seconds in. It was a fortunate bounce for Kingston as a Petes defender slapped at the puck and it banked off Baker, who was behind the goal, up and over the net before falling past a surprised Tye Austin in the net. Jordan Frasca drew an assist on the 1-0 goal. As Baker said after the game it was important to get off to a good start. “Every game we come out we go on the board first it’s nice,” commented the former member of the Sudbury Wolves. “A couple of games we come out here and not having the best starts, those are games where it sucks, but we’ve been playing good and doing the little things right and its showing.”
Kingston got the first powerplay of the game at 5:00 and continued the success they had last game when scoring three goals on the powerplay on a Nick Wong wrist shot making it 2-0 with Dustin Hutton gaining an assist.
Frontenacs Kallaway Mercer had a great chance off a one-timer at 10:20 to go up three but Austin made a great save. After Kingston held the Petes to no shots spanning four minutes, Dugas then made three successive big saves keeping the lead at two. Kingston’s penalty-killing units were tested as Ethan Ritchie was called for tripping at 11:41sending Peterborough on their 5th ranked powerplay. And it didn’t take them long to get on the board just 12 seconds into the man-advantage making it 2-1 on Declan Chisholm goal. After Chisholm passed back-and-forth from the blue line he wristed a seeing-eye shot that found its way past Dugas at 11:53. It was his fifth goal and his 34th point leading OHL defenceman.
Wright was called for only his second penalty on the year but Kingston was able to kill it off and minutes later would strike again. After a failed two-on-one between Wright and Wisdom, Peterborough would be called on a second penalty at 18:12 when Brahaney was slashed by Michael Little. Zayde Wisdom took advantage scoring his team-leading 14th goal at 18:52 for a 3-1 lead. After taking a pass from Frasca, Nick King directed a shot towards the net that Wisdom deflected into the cage giving Kingston the two-goal lead heading to intermission.
The second period once again saw Kingston score early at 1:15 as Baker scored his second of the game after he collected a loose puck and fired a shot over Austin’s right shoulder for a 4-1 lead with Maddox Callens and Justin Pringle assisting on the play. Kingston would kill a tripping penalty to Evan Brand and go on their fourth powerplay but could not get one past Austin. Peterborough then got within two making it 4-2 at 7:06 on Max Grondin’s seventh goal after Kingston’s powerplay ended. Dugas had made three great stops in quick succession before Grondin could get a rebound by him.
At 13:12, Shane Wright scored his 13th after a flurry in front of Austin giving Kingston the three-goal lead back. Wright circled around the net and picked up a loose puck off a Wisdom shot and lifted a backhand over the downed Petes goaltender for a 5-2 score. The point for Wright put him into the OHL rookie scoring lead with 24 points and leaves him just two goals back of McTavish for the rookie goal lead. Dustin Hutton drew his second assist of the game with Wisdom’s assist giving him the team lead in points (25).
After Peterborough killed a McTavish penalty, Nick King potted his fourth on a great rush at 17:35 giving the home team a four-goal lead. King picked up the puck at his blue line and skated unevaded into the Petes zone. After slowing up and faking a pass to Baker off the left side of the net, he wired a high shot past Austin to make it 6-2 with Justin Pringle getting an assist. The overage defenceman has been a pivotal force in the Kingston season turnaround since his arrival from North Bay.
Kingston would kill off two penalties in the first five minutes of the third period preserving their lead and while they couldn’t connect on a powerplay with Peterborough’s McTavish off for his second penalty, they would finish the scoring off at 12:34 on Baker’s hattrick goal. The energy forward has been working hard at both ends of the ice and is getting rewarded with his career-high 10th of the year assisted by Brand and Frasca, who moved into a tie with Brahaney for the team assist lead (17) with his third of the game.
Shane Wright is now on an eight-game point streak with eight goals and 13 points as he continues to prove his age is not a factor. He’s just simply that good.
Kingston is now in 7th position being two points up on Mississauga for the final playoff spot in the East Conference with 20 points and will look to beat the Petes again tomorrow night in Peterborough at 7 PM.
- Baker – KGN (3G)
- Frasca – KGN (3A)
- King – KGN (1G,1A)
CHL Hardest Working Player (Voted by Fans):
- Dustin Hutton – Was solid against his old team and is contributing on the first line with Wright and Wisdom collecting three goals and 15 points in 18 games since coming from Peterborough. Had an seven-game point streak ended in Oshawa on Thursday. His shiftiness and speed to help get pucks in the offensive zone has meshed well with the puck-hounding play of his linemates. “It was an amazing feeling,” said the Etobicoke, ON native on being selected by the fans. “I couldn’t be any happier, I’m glad we got the two points really put the staple on the night.
Game Night Profile:
Friday night the Frontenacs honoured jersey #29 in recognition of goaltender Chris Clifford who played from 1983-87 and wore the red and blue uniforms of the old OHL Kingston Canadians as a token to the organizations’ history. Clifford achieved fame becoming the first Jr. goalie to score a goal during a game on January 25, 1986, while with the Kingston Canadians.
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