February 05, 2012

Fronts edge 67’s 4-3 in regulation

By Kathryn Jean

Despite being 35 points below, the Frontenacs seems to have the 67’s number.  Sophomore defenseman Kyler Nixon scored the game winner under 4 minutes left the 3rd period to lead the Kingston Frontenacs to a 4-3 victory over the Ottawa 67’s. 

Shane Prince opened the scoring with a sharp angle goal that flew over the shoulder of Igor Bobkov in the Kingston net.  The 67’s were all over the Fronts in the first period outshooting them 15-5 and forcing Bobkov to come up with some fantastic saves. 

However, the second period was much different as the 67’s allowed three unanswered goals in the span of just over 7 minutes. The possible turning point, Conor Stokes scored an early goal on the powerplay after Petr Mrazek couldn’t hold onto the rebound.  Three minutes later, Mrazek catches a bad break after Warren Steele’s shot gets deflected off Zanetti and into the net for the go ahead goal.  The Fronts would take a two-goal lead, Michal Cajkovsky had a defensive breakdown allowing Darcy Greenaway to effortlessly pick up the puck and fire it into the back of the net.

With help from a screen, Marc Zanetti responded on the powerplay to cut the Front lead to one.  Three and half minutes later, the Zanetti would factor in on another powerplay goal.  Mike Cazzola notched his 8th of the season redirecting the point shot into the net to tie the game at 3.

It was a clean slate going into the third with momentum swinging Ottawa’s way… but it was all Kingston instead.  Mrazek made some great saves to give the 67’s the chance to win nevertheless it wasn’t enough.  Kyler Nixon fired a shot from the point that beat Mrazek for the eventual game winner.  With the loss, the 67’s season series record fell to 3-2-1 against the Fronts.

NOTES: Cody Ceci and Jake Cardwell missed their second straight game due to injuries but are expected to make a return Thursday night when the 67’s travel to Peterborough … Tyler Toffoli added 1 assist and has 12 points in 6 games vs the Fronts … The 67’s wore blue barberpole jerseys which are up for auction (here: http://prostatecancercanada.dojiggy.com/).  The full proceeds will go to Prostate Cancer research.

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Three Stars as Selected by the Team1200

Hardest Working 67's: Tyler Toffoli  
Hardest Working 67's: Tyler Toffoli

Random Thoughts from Behind the Lens:
  • Sigh!
  • Great cause being supported in today's game. Good to see awareness of men's health issues highlighted.
Photos from the game:
Special jerseys for the  
The 67's wore special jerseys to raise awareness for prostate health and cancer research.  
Big Bobkov saving goals simply by being big. The 67's missed the net alot trying to pick corners
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