OHL playoffs Game 1&2 Peterborough Petes vs. Kingston Frontenacs

25/03/2014 03:37

Game 1: The Petes came out how coach Jody Hull wanted them to, as numerous players off the Petes started to chip and jab at players before they would even consider making a hockey play. The Petes were obviously trying to make a statement early on in the game to set the tone for the series but it would only backfire on them. As the Petes tried numerous times to get under the skin of the 96 born skaters Bennett, S. Watson, McKeown they were having none of it and weren't letting the Petes players push them around. Instead of pushing back in the stoppage of plays the Fronts continued to dominate and apply pressure and play their type of game as forwards Corey Pawley and Darcy Greenaway each netted a goal to put the Fronts up two nothing after one period of play. The Fronts outshot the Petes by a very large margin in the first period as the shots were twenty to seven in favor of the Fronts. During the second period nothing changed on the Petes end as they continued to attempt to beat down the Fronts player in particular the 96 born players as mentioned earlier. Though again it wouldn't affect the Fronts as Henri Ikonen scored halfway through the period on a hard net drive play. The Petes did however get on the board as forward Greg Betzold deflected a Michael Clarke goal into the net blocker side of goaltender Matt Mahalak. It is worth noting that Fronts forward Sam Schutt scored in the final minutes in the third period of the game to put the game out of the Petes reach. During this game many dirty plays made by Petes players were uncalled and apparently unseen by referees. Fronts went on to win the game despite the Petes knocking them around all game four to one with a final shot count of forty five to twenty nine. 


Game 2: With the Fronts coming into Sunday's game flying after a well executed game on Friday night it seemed that nothing could slow them down until Petes forward Michael Clarke ripped one past Mahalak in the opening minute of play in the first period. The Fronts were quick to answer as forward Robert Polesello answered back just over a minute later. The first period was much different than the first period on Friday as the Petes were actually playing hockey, they went into the second intermission in a two - two tie game. Entering the second period the Petes went back to their style of play on Friday night and continued to jab and chirp as their game plan in result this amounted to five penalties in the second period. In which the Fronts couldn't capitalize. Heading into the third period the Fronts new they had to keep the pedal down and continually drive the net as shots were not getting past Petes goaltender D'Agonstini very easily as he made save after save. Just twenty two seconds into the third period Fronts forward Sam Bennett scored on the power play. This got the game really going back into the Fronts tempo just seconds later forward Henri Ikonen had scored but was deemed to be a high stick so it did not count. The long pause in awaiting the call defused the rinks cheer and arguably the Fronts high paced tempo they came flying out with to start the third. After the Petes had went ahead four to three off a rocket of a shot by Petes forward Cornel with only eleven minutes to play, coach Todd Gill got the troops together. Shortly after Gill was rolling three lines, each line was out for about 35-50 seconds tops as the Fronts were coming fast and furious. Just as fans started to walk out of the arena Fronts forwards Ikonen and Bennett entered the Petes zone easily as Bennett through the puck towards the net Robert Polesello had scored his second of the game and the Krock Center erupted. Polesello's goal came with just 49 seconds left on the clock. The Petes were in shock and in disbelief entering OT, as the Petes continued their rough and tough style of play it would only hurt them in the end. After a massive shorthanded breakaway save by Fronts goaltender Matt Mahalak on Petes Hunter Garlent. The Fronts marched up ice on the 4 minute powerplay Bennett put the puck on a tee for defenseman Roland McKeown as he ripped it into the back of the net the Fronts went wild and went onto win the game 5-4 in OT. 


The Frontenacs are heading into Peterborough with a 2-0 series lead, two big wins for the Fronts they have the Petes against the wall. If they continue to play their game and not the Petes rough and tough game they will be fine. Game three will be played on Tuesday at 7, Game four will be played on Thursday at 7.