The Kingston Frontenacs fell for the first time in six shootouts this Ontario Hockey League season, spoiling a somewhat good bounce-back performance against the Owen Sound Attack.
The Frontenacs lost a 4-2 lead in the third and then twice held the upper hand in the shootout before Owen Sound got the extra point in a 5-4 win Friday night before 3,189 at the K-Rock Centre.
“It would have been an awesome win for us but it’s a huge point,” coach Todd Gill said.
“They’ve got a good hockey club. We just came up a little short.”
The Frontenacs were dusted off 7-0 by the Attack last Saturday in Owen Sound. Gill was happy the way his players responded in the return engagement.
“This team abused us up there. I think we sent a physical message to them that they weren’t going to bounce us around,” Gill said.
“We played hard and did a lot of really good things. I thought we deserved better.”
Darcy Greenaway scored twice for the Frontenacs with Sam Povorozniouk and Warren Steele adding singles. Povorozniouk and Henri Ikonen scored in the shootout but Owen Sound got a final save from Jordan Binnington and won on Daniel Milne’s goal, which he slid under Mike Morrison.
“Definitely a good hockey game and an exciting one. Against a good Owen Sound club I thought we took it to them pretty well,” said Frontenacs defenceman Roland McKeown.
“Sometimes you just don’t get the bounces and I thought that happened to us in the shootout. We would have liked to have capitalized on the 4-on-3 power lay (in overtime). They probably have the best (penalty kill) we have faced this year.”
The Attack, after Milne’s second goal of the game tied it at 4-4 at 12:12, got in trouble late in the period when Steven Janes drew a major for a slew-foot infraction on Cody Alcock.
Owen Sound had to play most of the overtime shorthanded but Kingston never did get a real good scoring chance.
McKeown said the single point was a good bounce-back effort from last weekend’s 0-for-3 outing.
“Coming into another (three games in three days) with good teams it is definitely a good start. I felt after the loss to Belleville (last Friday) it was hard to get back up for us,” McKeown said.
“Hopefully with this we get a bit of a rise, keep our heads up, take the positives out of this and move on to Oshawa Saturday.”
Gill was thinking likewise.
“I told them it’s a huge point and we can build on it,” Gill said.
“We are in a learning process here. We can talk about our injuries and everything but I thought they all came to play. The way they were talking between periods on what they were going to do, as a coach, is great to hear.”
Greenaway, who had gone 12 games (he was injured for three of them) without scoring, had the crowd in a buzz with two straight goals.
The Frontenacs had fallen behind 2-1 on Cameron Brace’s goal but Greenaway ignited a furious flurry of offence for Kingston. His 19th of the season came from the slot and 1:17 later he came out from the corner and beat Binnington to make it 3-2.
The three-goals in 1:56 was capped by a rush down the left side by Povorozniouk, who undressed defenceman Cody Ceci. Steele drove the net and poked the puck past Binnington. It was the quickest three goals Kingston has scored this season.
Led by Jean Dupuy, the Frontenacs were finishing checks right from the opening whistle. The Attack, with big men Ceci, who was just back from the Ottawa Senators camp, Janes and Kurtis MacDermid, weren’t exactly passive either. The result was that open space was at a premium.
Game notes: Kingston’s Sunday game against the visiting Guelph Storm is a 6 p.m. start at the K-Rock Centre. The Frontenacs play in Oshawa Saturday night while the Storm are idle. … Billy Jenkins, recovering from a concussion, remained out of the lineup. Mikko Vainonen (league suspension), Sam Bennett (flu) and Sam Schutt were also out. … General manager Doug Gilmour said goalie Lucas Peressini, who is with the Newmarket Hurricanes of the Ontario Junior Hockey League, will start for the Frontenacs in Oshawa. Peressini (2.39 goals-against average, .916 save percentage) was acquired last month from the Saginaw Spirit, who drafted him
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