December 05, 2010

Goals Galore as Kingston Takes it 6 - 5 in the Shootout

With the one-sided victory last Sunday in Kingston still ringing in their ears, as well as the SO loss to Peterborough on Friday where Alan Quine secured the win against his former team, the Fronts were in no mood for another loss. They had Saturday to rest and prepare.

Meanwhile, the Ottawa 67's played their third game in less than 2 days technically, including a trip to Belleville and back yesterday. They needed to dig deep to take the one point.

But when it was all said and done, it was the Frontenacs taking the win on the shootout goals of Spooner and Jones. Neither Toffoli or Prince could put it past Grubauer to keep it going.

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It's getting to be a habit, and a bad one at that, where the Ottawa 67's give up the opening energy and shots to their opposition and Petr Mrazek keeps them in the game. Today it was the same thing with the Kingston Frontenac getting the jump with scoring chances early in the game. A 4-minute double minor PP certainly helped.

Ottawa's fatigue was apparent throughout the game, especially at the start of the second period where they had a 25-second PP. Maybe it was because I was shooting the game from the behind section 19, but they looked pretty flat in that period. But that didn't keep it from being a wild one with the two teams scoring 5 goals between them.

With goals from Cody Lindsay, Mitch Lebar and former Brampton Battalion Sean Jones in the first period, Toffoli tied it up on the PP to start the second period rush of goals. But before the announcer was finished, Charles Sarault restored the Kingston lead with Ryan Spooner adding some insurance less than a minute later.

But the 67's are not fragile (like the Ottawa Senators) and despite the fatigue the game was tied again on goals from Marc Zanetti and Shane Prince.

Nathan Moon gave Kingston the lead, once again, three and a half minutes into the game but Shane Prince got it back three minutes later by banking it in off either a Kingston skater or Phillip Grubauer.

That was it for scoring in the third and OT but is wasn't for lack of trying by both teams. The 67's managed to outshoot the Fronts while running on fumes.

Tyler Toffoli and Shane Prince were the first two shooters for Ottawa but were unable to get the puck past Grubauer. Both Spooner and Jones were successful against Mrazek and that's all she wrote.

The Fronts outshot the 67's a whopping 41 - 27, and were good for 2 of their 7 power plays. The 67's were good for 2 of their 6 PPs.

Three Stars as selected by the Team1200

Hardest Working 67's as selected by the Team1200: Tyler Toffoli

Random Thoughts:
  • 5 of a possible 6 points for a three-game weekend. The one-pointer was a hard-fought game where the 67's came back from deficits a couple of times. They were also missing a couple key players. Great work!
  • Shane Prince - what a weekend! 5 goals and 3 assists. And he now stands at the top of the scoring race in the OHL. Does he get the call from Team USA on the 7th? Mixed feelings (clearly for only selfish reasons - he is certainly deserving)
  • Tyler Toffoli is in third spot in the OHL scoring race.
  • Steven Janes is going under the knife later this month for shoulder surgery. Best wishes for a speedy recovery.
  • Lots of Kingston fans at today's game which was an announced sell-out.
  • Carnevale and Fontana are out due to head injuries (Fontana courtesy of Eric Gudbranson and Carnevale courtesy of Foglia). To Gudbranson's credit, he apparently apologized to the team and Cosimo after the game in Kingston last Sunday. The league still saw fit to suspend him for 5 games.
  • Adam Sedlak has been named to the Czech national junior team. No word if the Czech Republic is going to follow through on their threat to not select Petr Mrazek as "punishment" for coming to play for Ottawa. Who's losing out on that call - really?
More Pictures:
Call-up Brett Gustavson
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