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February 17th Game Report - Erie vs. Kingston

by John Duncan

Captain Cody Alcock Leads Fronts Past Otters

Coming into tonight's contest, Igor Bobkov was the only Frontenac goaltender to have recorded a win this season.  Jacob Riley was hoping to change that, in his 6th start as a Frontenac, since being acquired on trade deadline day, January 10th, from Owen Sound.

Riley got off to a shaky start, as he gave up a powerplay, rebound goal, by Anthony Cortellessa, his 3rd of the season at 1:40, then a rather harmless looking backhand by Jake Evans, his first of two, on the night.

Instead of hanging their heads, the Fronts took over the first period, and ultimately the game, from that point.  Going hard to the net, Spencer Green jammed in his 6th of the season, from Nevins and Dupuy, to draw the Fronts to within one at 11:48 of the first.  Shots are 22-9 Fronts after one, but they were down 2-1.

Trevor Morbeck and Tyler McCarthy got the fans into the game, early in the second period with a spirited fight. 

Nathan Cull was allowed to stand all alone at the side of the net and was spotted by Fronts' defenseman, Alex Gudbranson. After two or three tries, he tucked it in, to tie it at 2.

Just prior to the mid way mark of the second, Cody Alcock exploded down the left wing, and tucked one between Sadikov's legs, his first of the night, to give the Fronts the lead for good. Moments later, David Mazurek flew down the same wing on a two on one, and fired a rocket over the gloved hand of goalie Sadikov.  Just 1 minute and 20 secs later, Nathan Cull capitalized on a rebound of a Cody Alcock shot.  Kingston was up 5-2.

The Fronts were really taking it to the net on this night.   Alcock obviously got the coach's message, after sitting out the second period of last night's game due to perceived lack of effort.  The Fronts scored 4 goals in 6:42 of the second and lead on the shot clock 40-21. Jacob Riley had a solid second.
Alcock was rewarded for his play in the game by being moved up to the first line with Greenaway, and the suddenly hot, Nathan Cull.  This decision, by coach Gill, proved to be the right one.

Draft eligible, defenseman, Alex Gudbranson wristed one from the point, that beat goalie Sadikov five hole. Alcock scored his second of the game at the 5 minute mark of the third, for Kingston's 7th consecutive goal of the night.  After Jake Evans made it 7-3, Cody Alcock completed his hat trick as he blasted one past Sadikov short side on the powerplay, from Warren Steele, and Darcy Greenaway. Ryan Kujawinski sniped his 12th, on a beautiful pass from Billy Jenkins at 18:08.  Ryan has now scored in 5 consecutive games for the Frontenacs!

This made the final score 9-3 for the Fronts. Final shots on goal were 57-33 for Kingston. The three stars were Cody Alcock (3g, 1a) Nathan Cull (2g) and Alex Gudbranson (1g, 2a).

Kingston goalie, Jacob Riley settled down nicely, after giving up two goals on Erie's first 5 shots.  He only gave up one goal on his last 28 shots to become the Fronts only goalie, not named Bobkov, to win a game for Kingston. Outstanding effort by the Fronts again tonight!

The Fronts are going to want to add me to their staff, as they have now earned at least a point in their last six games, including every game that I have written about them!

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