The Eastern division-leading Kingston Frontenacs had their road trip to the OHL's wild west end in Kitchener, for the Frontenacs the weekend which started with frustration ended in a even more lowly fashion for the team from Kingston. The Generals had take over first place in the division and the Frontenacs had dropped all three games during the weekend. Neither of Kingston's Eastern division rivals found much more in the way of fortunes in visiting the West. The Peterborough Petes struggled as did the Ottawa 67's, who were in Kitchener on Friday night. The first period was played very similarly to the home game against the Sarnia Sting. Close-checking but very hard hitting. Neither team proved to be very interested in taking many risks. Davis had the bulk of the work but had a knack for coming up with the big save. David Clarkson took an instigator which costed the Rangers the use of his services for 17 minutes for his part in a fight with Ryan Stephenson who took an elbowing minor on the play.
After a period of scoreless play in the first,
Anthony Stewart got things started very early in the second period.
His weak shot beat Kellerman glove side. The Rangers were down 1-0
and it wasn't until the Frontenacs started to get into penalty trouble
that the Rangers offense would get the kick start that they needed.
David Clarkson also returned to the ice and appeared to be a catalyst for
the Rangers. He found his new center: Craig Voakes, who burst up
the center during an ill-advised Frontenac line change and backed the puck
in around Davis. The goal started an avalanche of 4 Rangers goals,
three of which occured on the powerplay within 5 minutes. Justin
Suda would score while Boris Valabik was in the Rangers' box for holding
and give the Frontenacs temporary life. His top corner shot was threw
a screen. An Andre Benoit point blast would taked the starch out
of the Frontenacs, Nathan O'Nabigon would follow with a goal of his own
to give the Rangers a commanding 6-2 lead.
Newly acquired veteran netminder: Chris Beckford-Tseu would start the third period for the Frontenacs who mad modest gains and scored in the dying minutes to make the final 7-4. Andre Benoit was an easy choice for first star after assisting on each of the first three goals and then scoring the backbreaking 5th goal of the night. Richards who enjoyed a two point night was second star, David Clarkson had a career high three assists but did not fit on the star podium with all of the other noticable performances. Petr Kanko had two goals and one assist as did Kingston's Anthony Stewart who was a going concern for the Rangers all night long.
The win was the 6th in a row for the Rangers who have appeared very dominant infront of some big Aud crowds of late. The Rangers are also 6-0-0 in Tyson Kellerman's last 6 starts. For the first time in a long while the Rangers advanced ahead of both the Plymouth Whalers and the Sarnia Sting in the standings.