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Power play comes alive; Frontenacs still lose in Barrie

March 24, 2013

Kingston Frontenacs surrendered three goals in a span of three minutes in the middle of the second period Saturday night and they fell 7-4 to the Barrie Colts in an Ontario Hockey League playoff game in Barrie.

The loss leaves the Frontenacs trailing the best-of-seven first-round series 2-0 going into Game 3 Monday night at the Rogers K-Rock Centre. Game time is 7 o’clock.

After Kingston recovered nicely from a dreadful start — two Barrie goals in the first 68 seconds of the game — to tie the game in the second minute of the second period, Barrie responded almost immediately when Anthony Camara scored his second goal of the game barely two minutes later.

It was the third goal of the young series for Camara, who had a team-best four goals against Kingston in the regular season.

Then the floodgates opened, as Mark Schiefele, on a power play, and Andreas Anathasiou, unassisted, scored goals 49 seconds apart, chasing Frontenacs goaltender Mike Morrison, who gave up five goals on 20 shots.

Devon Rymarchuk, an 18-year-old left wing with two goals in two years in the league, greeted Morrison’s replacement, Colin Furlong, with another goal less than two minutes after he arrived in the game to make the score 6-2.

Anathasiou assised on the other two goals in the flurry.

Kingston, in a rare display of power-play prowess, scored its third man-advantage goal before the period ended and then, just over five minutes into the third period, Cody Alcock scored another power-play goal to lift the Frontenacs to within 6-4 with a little less than 15 minutes to play.

After Alcock’s goal the Frontenacs were still looking at three and a half minutes of Ryan O’Connor’s major penalty with a man advantage but Kingston, the team with the league’s worst power play in the regular year, could not capitalize again.  Instead Barrie, with the league’s best man-advantage success rate, got a power-play goal from Steven Beyers at 11:34 to put the game away.

As they did in the final game of the season, Kingston badly outshot the Colts in Barrie, this time directing 51 shots at German goalkeeper Mathias Niederberger, including 20 in the first period and 19 in the third. The Colts, meanwhile, managed to score seven times on just 32 attempts at the Kingston goal.

The Frontenacs were 4-for-8 on the power play, the Colts 2-for-5. Kingston, 0-for-7 as they lost the series opener 3-1, relies on scoring with a man advantage much more than a team with a poor power play should: In six regular-season and playoff games against the Colts this year, the Frontenacs have scored 14 goals. Eight of them — 57 per cent —have come with a man advantage.

(Barrie does seem to be the exception to the rule for Kingston, however, which has scored on 22.9 per cent of its power plays against the Colts this year, but was successful just 15.8 per cent of the time against the league overall.)

Mitchel Theoret scored the other Barrie goal, while Zach Hall had three assists.

Spencer Watson, Mikko Vainonen and Henri Ikonen scored the other Kingston goals.

Darcy Greenaway, the Frontenacs’ goal-scoring leader this year, remains without a point in the series and was minus-2 Saturday night. Billy Jenkins, one of five Frontenacs with 20 goals in the regular schedule, also is goalless, and he was minus-3 Saturday night.


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