The Kingston Frontenacs had to go the distance in round one to advance to the second round, defeating the Hamilton Bulldogs in overtime of game seven after going down 2-0 in the series. The fourth-place Fronts will now take on the first-place Petes in the second round of the 2017 Ontario Hockey League playoffs. Peterborough hasn’t played a game since sweeping the Niagara IceDogs on March 30 and Kingston will have had a day off before making the trip down the 401 to the Memorial Centre for Thursday night’s game.
— Peterborough Petes (@PetesOHLhockey) April 6, 2017
The Petes know the Frontenacs pretty well, playing each other eight times this season. Peterborough won the season series 6-2 (3-1 at home and 3-1 away) and out-scored Kingston by a score of 27-23 for a +4 goal differential.
Here’s the head-to-head match-ups from this season:
Nov. 3: PBO 4 – KGN 2 @ PMC (Jonathan Ang 3 G)
Dec. 16: PBO 4 – KGN 3 (OT) @ K-ROCK CENTRE (Steve Lorentz w/ OT Winner)
Dec. 30: PBO 4 – KGN 3 @ K-ROCK CENTRE (Matt Timms 2 G – Tying goal and OT Winner)
Jan. 3: PBO 3 – KGN 1 @ PMC (Nikita Korostelev 1 G, 1 A)
Jan. 13: KGN 6 – PBO 2 @ K-ROCK CENTRE (Logan DeNoble 1 G – Cole Fraser 1 G)
Jan. 14: KGN 4 – PBO 3 @ PMC (DeNoble 1 G, 1 A – Korostelev 1 G, 1 A)
Feb. 17: PBO 4 – KGN 3 (SO) @ K-ROCK CENTRE (Lorentz Shootout Winner)
Feb. 23: PBO 3 – KGN 1 @ PMC (Lorentz 2 G)
The last time the Petes played the Frontenacs in the playoffs was 2014. Which saw the Petes go down 3-0 in the series and then rally back to win four straight to move onto the second round. Kingston has never won a second round series and the last time the Petes did so was the 2006 season when they went on to win the OHL Championship.
Hey #Ptbo, do you have your tickets yet for round two?
— Peterborough Petes (@PetesOHLhockey) April 5, 2017
In his second year in the OHL, Jason Robertson is having quite the season for the Frontenacs. The Michigan native was one of four players to play all 68 games this season and led the Fronts in points with 81 (42 G, 39 A) – 30 points ahead of defenceman Stephen Desrocher, who had 51 points in 65 games. Robertson brought his regular season scoring touch to the playoffs with him and currently leads Kingston in playoff points with 12 in seven games – averaging 1.71 points per game after the first round.
Jonathan Ang has been a key player in the Petes playoff success in 2017. Ang had six points through four games against Niagara, five of the six points being goals. He leads the Petes in playoff goals and is tied for first in points – tied with Steve Lorentz (4 G, 2 A) and Zach Gallant (6 A). After being drafted by the Florida Panthers in the fourth round of the 2016 NHL entry draft, Anger had his best season to date. Recording 59 points (27 G, 32 A) in 67 games with Peterborough. Topping his 49 points in 68 games from a season ago.
Here’s how the two match-up after round one:
Thursday’s game will feature Kalista Wilson kicking off round two with the Canadian National Anthem. Extra 90.5 will be in attendance, broadcasting their tailgate show live from the north lobby. Also in the north lobby you’ll be able to find the fan bus table. Fan busses will be travelling to Kingston for games three and four. It costs $60 per person/per game and it includes a game ticket, transportation and snacks. The busses leave the PMC at 4:00p.m. on away game days. Sign up in the north lobby during games one and two or by contacting Julia at 705-977-0127.
Tickets are available now for round two games one and two, and fans can also take advantage of the popular Playoff Push Package. Season Ticket Holders have until 4:30pm on Wednesday, April 5 to secure their seats.
The 2017 OHL Playoffs are popping, and with the Petes holding the number one seed in the Eastern Conference, Peterborough is as excited as ever for the playoffs. To help capture that emotion, Tyler Penney has created a playoff feature video series called ‘Petes Rising’, highlighting the team’s progress through the post-season. Before round two begins, check out episode one and two from round one. Also download the Petes App for Android or iPhone to get a first look at every episode.
Episode One >>> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LyUi6DUBJbE
Episode Two >>> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=30t1o1MJ6G4