An early lead would give the Kingston Frontenacs all they needed in a decisive 7-2 victory over the Ottawa 67’s Friday night in the first game of a home-and-home series with the 67’s hosting Kingston Saturday afternoon at TD Place.
The loss drops the 67’s record to 28-27-5-3 on the season, still good enough for seventh in the eastern conference.
Kingston came out strong, in what could be a first round playoff preview, led by their recent acquisition Cliff Pu. His goals at 2:54 and 15:09 both came on the man advantage for the Frontenacs and they took a 2-0 lead into the first intermission.
Despite getting badly outshot in the second period, the Frontenacs extended their lead in a big way. Three more goals for the home side began with a give-and-go between Linus Nyman and Gabriel Vilardi at 10:29, when Nyman posted his 37th goal of the campaign.
Two more goals at 14:16 and 16:17 gave Kingston a 5-0 lead.
Before the end of the period, Ottawa would get on the board. Some quick passing between captain Travis Barron and Sasha Chmelevski gave the Huntington Beach, Calif. native his 34th goal of the year – and it also gave the 67’s some life going into the final frame.
Graeme Clarke did continue the momentum with a rocket of a wrist shot that beat Jeremy Helvig on the short side, but two goals were all the 67’s would muster.
• Cedrick Andrée made his first start for the 67’s since March 2, making 23 saves in the loss.
• After being outshot in the first period of the contest, Ottawa rebounded to control the play in the second. They launched 15 shots compared to 10 from Kingston.
• Tye Felhaber had the greatest share of 67’s scoring chances, registering five shots on net and one assist.
• Friday’s game was the first of a home-and-home for the 67’s and Kingston –the two teams meet again at 2 p.m. Saturday afternoon at the Arena at TD Place.
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