March 10, 2008

Sunday, Bloody Sunday: Kingston 6 – Ottawa 3

The schedulers must like having Ottawa and Kingston play each other late in the schedule as they play each other twice before the end of the regular season. This was the 7th of 8 regular matchups between these two teams this year with Ottawa having won 4 of the previous six. But while Ottawa has been struggling to score goals and win games, Kingston has been a bit of a spoiler. Despite a really rough start to the year they have worked hard in the last couple of months and were only knocked out of playoff contention last Thursday with their loss to Peterborough. On Friday they beat the briefly struggling Oshawa Generals 5-4 in the shoot out.

Game Day Set-Up
Ottawa 67sKingston Frontenac
East – 7thConference – RankEast – 9th
14th - 66 - 0.174PP – Rank, GF and %20th - 61 - 0.153
11th - 62 - 0.817PK – Rank, GA and %19th – 100 - 0.733

Top Guns - Ottawa
Jamie McGinnLW50272855+10
Logan CoutureC47203454+10
Thomas KiriakouC64152641-10

Additional Ottawa Player Notes: Scratches for the game continue were Thomas Kiriakou and Matthieu Methot (flu for the two of them) Jamie McGinn (shoulder) and Michael Latta (final game of his 3-game suspension). Chris Perugini was in goal. Over the season, McGinn, Couture and Kiriakou have had some success against the Fronts, combining for 9 goals and 14 assists.

Top Guns - Kingston
Nathan MoonC63313566-28
Matthew KangLW61273259-19
Josh BrittainLW63262248-13

Additional Frontenac Player Notes: Scratches for the game were F-Bobby Nyholm and F-Tyler Karius. For their part, Kingston’s top guns have had their own success against Ottawa, combining for 10 goals and 8 assists of their own over the six games. Mavric Parks started in goal.

Game Summary
The game stated late as the Kingston Frontenac got in late due to the travel conditions. And Ottawa started with the bigger jump, getting a couple of good scoring chances early in the game and with just 3:30 gone, they got the first goal when Thomas Nesbitt put the big hit on Zach Fenwick, took the puck and set it up for Ryan Martindale who didn’t miss this time. Cody Lindsay got the other assist.

Kingston’s Nathan Moon had a great game starting with a couple of good early scoring chances that Chris shut down nicely.

At about the half-way mark, Zach McCullough scored his first goal of the season when he took a nice feed from Logan Couture and beat Parks high blocker side to put Ottawa up by two. Adam Zamec got the other assist.

Then the penalty parades started and Kingston started getting their legs. Three penalties apiece in the last 10 minutes of the first frame but it was Kingston that took advantage. With Julien Demers off for interference, Justin Wallingford scored with assists going to Bobby Mignardi and Kyle Paige. And then 2 and a half minutes later, at full strength Josh Brittain tied it up on the rebound with assists from Matthew Kang and Taylor Dougherty.

And that’s how the first 20 minutes ended – game tied at two with the shots even at 14 apiece.

The second period was downright ugly for the 67s – the last half of the period to be precise. The depleted team was unable to generate much of anything on the powerplay and just when Brett Valiquette left the ice with an injury Matthew Kang broke the tie. Andris Dzerins had the assist. Patafie and Valiquette left the bench and Patafie returned to attend to Radim Ostrcil who was on the receiving end of a nasty boarding by Josh Brittain. It took a while to get Radim up but he stayed in the game. Josh earned 4 minutes for that (boarding and high-sticking) and Ottawa had the two-man advantage for a full two minutes. Ottawa had a couple of scoring chances but it was Kingston who scored, short-handed, short-handed by two. It started with Couture’s stick breaking on the one-timer from the point, Paige springing on the puck and Julien Demers falling down in his attempt to defend. Kyle Paige skated in and beat Perugini through the five-hole. Kingston had come back from a two-goal deficit with 4 unanswered goals. And they weren’t done yet. Still in the second period, Matthew Kang scored his second of the afternoon on a powerplay with Scott Cowie off for interference.

Well that sealed it. Ottawa had nothing left. The second period ended with Kingston up by three and shots on goal 12 – 6 for Kingston.

I’ll spare you the rest of the details. A fight between Bailey and Wallingford didn’t inspire the 67s. Ottawa had a goal called back due to goaltender interference by Jason Bailey. Kingston got yet another powerplay goal and finally Ottawa got one back with 12 minutes left. Scott Cowie got the goal with Thomas Nesbitt got the assist.

When it was all over the score was 6 – 3 for Kingston with shots on goal of 37 – 31 for Kingston. No question – this was all Kingston’s game.

The Game's Three Stars as Selected by the Team1200
1st Star2nd Star3rd Star
Matthew KangAndris DzerinsThomas Nesbitt

Team1200 Hardest Working 67s: Jason Bailey

Random Thoughts
  • When I heard the scratches, I knew this was going to be a tough game against a surging Kingston team. Missing three of your four top scorers and your best penalty killer and playing with three lines was not going to be easy.
  • But the refs gave Ottawa their chances and they just couldn’t take advantage of – 11 powerplays and not a goal.
  • Sunday’s are not good for the 67s.
  • Always interested in improving my photography skills, I partook in a workshop organized by Harry Nowell. Learned much. I had heard good things about him and they were right. Due to my attentiveness to the teachings, I was not paying as much attention to the details of the game and my notes as I usually do and the blog update shows for it. Sorry about that but it’s a small price to pay for learning.

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