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Frontenacs Even Season Series on Hockey Day in the OHL

Claus Andersen

In the sixth game between the clubs, the Kingston Frontenacs evened the season series with the Petes with a 2-0 win on Sunday afternoon in the Limestone City.

The opening five minutes of the game belonged to the Fronts, but before the midway point of the opening 20 minutes, the Petes did everything but put the puck in the net in numerous scrambles in and around Jeremy Helvig’s crease.

The Frontenacs were the first team penalized as Cliff Pu served two minutes for slashing, but the Petes were unable to get a shot on net.

A quick television timeout seemed to energize the Petes, who continued to crowd Helvig’s paint in an effort to push the puck home. Strong goaltending was prevalent at both ends as Dylan Wells moved across his net to stop a sure shot from Gabe Vilardi.

Their momentum was interrupted when Alex Black was called for hauling down Vilardi behind Wells’ net, but the Petes were able to kill the penalty without issue. The maroon and white outplayed the Fronts through the remainder of what was arguably their best road period in recent weeks.

Shots were 13-12 in favour of the Petes through the first.

Peterborough’s strong play continued into the middle frame as they created multiple chances, including a valiant wraparound effort by Gogolev who was turned away by Helvig.

It took 9:21 for the black and gold to record their first shot of the stanza. Vilardi went end to end, skating through four Petes before being shut down at the gate by Wells.

Nikita Korostelev was sent on a rush of his own shortly after, and split Kingston’s d-men before being denied by Helvig.

Peterborough earned their second man advantage opportunity of the game as Ryan Cranford crashed into Wells to pick up a goaltender interference call. Matt Timms managed a shot on net with the extra man, but the visitors couldn’t convert.

The Petes returned the power play chance when Nick Isaacson was sentenced to two minutes for tripping. Wells, though, maintained his composure through a flurry of shots from the home team.

After 40 minutes of play, the Frontenacs held a slight shot clock advantage at 21-20.

Kingston kicked off the frame with their third power play of the afternoon when Zach Gallant was sent to the box for slashing. Shortly after another successful penalty kill, Sean Day was hauled down on a breakaway, leaving the Petes shorthanded once again.

It was on their fourth odd man advantage that Kingston finally cracked the scoreboard. From the point, Vilardi found Jason Robertson who was creeping into the zone. He let a shot go from the circle and over Wells’ blocker to put the Fronts up 1-0 at 8:00. Day earned the goal’s second assist.

Kingston would double the damage 2:24 later. Linus Nyman made his way down the boards and found Vilardi, who had snuck into the slot in Peterborough’s zone. Vilardi put the puck backhand over an outstretched, making it 2-0 for the Frontenacs. Pu was credited with the secondary helper.

Peterborough received a shot at cutting the lead in half as Liam Murray was called for roughing. Despite keeping up the pressure, the Petes weren’t able to capitalize.

Wells vacated his net with just over two minutes remaining in the game, allowing the Petes to add an extra attacker in an effort to cut into Kingston’s lead, but to no avail.

Helvig, Vilardi, and Wells were named the game’s first, second, and third stars, respectively.

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The Petes are back in action on this Thursday, February 1 to take on the Eastern Conference-leading Hamilton Bulldogs. Game tickets are available starting at $8 through the Collins Barrow PMC Box Office, online or, by phone at (705) 743-3561.

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