By Jared Crozier, SensShot
Spencer Watson scored the shootout winner as Kingston defeated the 67’s by a score of 3-2 in front of over 11,000 screaming kids at the annual school day game. Blame it on the 10:30 am puck drop, but the game was not a very well played game. At least the sloppiness went both ways, and a competitive game was the result. Both teams had trouble keeping a handle on the puck, as well as putting more than 1 pass together, which resulted in choppy play without much flow.
Taylor Fielding and Taylor Davis scored the Ottawa goals, while Keegan Wilson was solid in the Ottawa net. After being pulled 22 minutes into Friday’s game against the same Frontenacs, Wilson bounced back and made 34 saves on 36 shots in earning his club a single point.
Taylor Fielding wristed a long shot over the shoulder of Mike Morrison to break the ice before the four minute mark. Kingston answered right back a minute later, as Henri Ikonen’s wraparound was stopped by Keegan Wilson but Ikonen stayed with it and tapped home his own rebound.
In the first half minute of the second, Monahan led a two on one and delayed to find the trailer, Taylor Davis, who took the pass and then roofed a wrist shot past Morrisson. Following an Ottawa power play that had the 67’s in the Kingston zone for a vast majority of the time but unable to connect, it was Roland McEown’s point blast that tied the score for the Frontenacs. It appeared that Connor Brown had put the 67’s back on top a few minutes later, but after review it was ruled that Brown had kicked it in, much to the chagrin of those in attendance.
With Cody Ceci off for holding, Ottawa actually had the two best opportunities to take the lead while shorthanded in the third period, but Steven Janes and Tyler Graovac both lost the handle on their chances. Neither team could squeak one in, and the game went to extra time.
After having only two minor penalties called during regulation (one to each side), each team was assessed a minor thirty four seconds apart early in the extra frame. An exciting and rare segment of 3-on-3 action solved nothing, and the teams went to the shootout.
Tyler Graovac scored on the first attempt for Ottawa, and Ikonen answered back with a goal of his own. Sean Monahan was stopped, and Spencer Watson scored for Kingston, meaning Ottawa had to score to stay alive. Jake Cardwell deked around Morrison but jammed it off the post to end the game, a 3-2 67’s loss.
OBSERVATIONS & MUSINGS
It was tough to pinpoint anyone who had a particularly good game, or a bad one. It was just one of those games that had no flow and it was tough for players on both sides to get into it. Give a lot of credit to the Frontenacs for agreeing to upset their routine so that they could play this game.
It was definitely the loudest that Scotiabank Place has been for a hockey game this season, as the announced attendance was 11,303.
The loss puts the 67’s back into the Eastern Conference basement, as Peterborough jumped past them with a pair of wins on the weekend. Ottawa now trails the Petes by one point and Kingston by 2.
The 67’s take to the road this weekend for the Northern Ontario road trip through Sudbury and Sault Ste. Marie friday and Saturday respectively. The next home game is Tuesday Nov. 6th, which is the first of 7 home games in a 15 day period.