by John Duncan
Frontenacs Young Guns Explode !
Today marks the Guelph Storm's only visit to Kingston this season. Entering today's game, the Guelph Storm were tied for the eight and final playoff spot in the Western Conference with the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds, with 49 points. Needless to say, two points today would be huge for them. Thanks to a breakout game by 3 young guns, it would be the Frontenacs celebrating in the end.
This was the third game in three days for both teams. The Storm defeated the Ottawa 67's on Friday night 5-4, and lost to the Belleville Bulls 3-1 at Yardman Arena last night.
The Frontenacs lost in OT to the Bulls on Friday night, and lost in a shootout in Oshawa.
Early forechecking by Storm was rewarded, as Patrick Watling opened the scoring on a nice pass from behind the net byTyler Bertuzzi, 3:58 seconds into the first.
The Frontenacs responded with some early pressure of their own. Warren Steele rung one off the left post. Jenkins was stopped off the rush by the quick glove hand of Sparks on a nice pass from Ryan Kujawinski. Beranek,on a clear break, missed the net low to the right of the post. The Fronts continued to apply pressure in the middle of the first period.
Jenkins scored his 6th of the year from Morbeck and Kujawinski at 9:18 of the 1st, on an afternoon which would prove to be his best as a Frontenac, tying the game at 1.
Matt Finn made it 2-1 on a wristshot from the point just as a penalty to the Fronts ended. The goal was unassisted.
Two quick goals by the Fronts at the beginning of second; the first at 1:15 by Cull (his 3rd) from Moffat, and Greenaway. At 3:37 Fronts' rookie Ryan Kujawinski notched his 8th of season from Jenkins and Morbeck. The entire line was in on their second of the game.
Billy Jenkins then scored a beauty, bringing the fans to their feet at K-Rock, with a diving deke around Garret Sparks at 16:35, assisted by Morbeck and Nixon. Moments later, Jenkins circled the net and fed Trevor Morbeck for his 7th of the year. The other assist went to linemate, Ryan Kujawinski. Time of the Fronts' 5th goal was 19:41 of the 2nd.
Play got a little nasty in the middle of the third, as Leslie from the Storm was called for high sticking, and later Nevins, Mazurek were called for crosschecking, resulting in a lengthy, unsuccessful, 5 on 3 advantage. Thanks to solid goaltending by Bobkov, the Fronts' killed it off, but not before Moffat was awarded a rare penalty shot while killing a 5 on 3. Sparks stopped him.
With 1:36 remaining in the contest, Bobkov stopped Guelph's Cody McNaughton on another penalty shot. With 52 seconds to play, Ryan Kujawinski finished the scoring with an empty net, power play goal, from Trevor Morbeck, and Warren Steele.
Billy Jenkins was named the game's first star with 2 goals and 2 assists. Linemate, Trevor Morbeck finished with a goal and 4 assists and was named second star. The third member of this line, Ryan Kujawinski was named the third star with 2 goals and 2 assists. An amazing game for these guys.
The Frontenacs accumulated 4 of the available 6 points this weekend, thanks in large part to an incredible 20 points by Kujawinski, Jenkins, and Morbeck in three games this weekend !
Kingston is off until Thursday when they travel to Peterborough to face the struggling Petes. One night later, the Fronts will host the Erie Otters at 7:30 at K-Rock Centre.