The Official GameDay Magazine of the Kingston Frontenacs of the Ontario Hockey League. Game 4 of the 2018 OHL Eastern Conference Semifinals, Barrie Colts vs. Kingston Frontenacs.
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COLLINSON CUSTOM BUILDING presents KINGSTON FRONTENACS GAMEDAY REPORT vs FRONTS HOPING FOR “HOMER” SERIES TO CONTINUE KINGSTON LOOKS TO KEEP HOME TEAM UNDEFEATED TO SQUARE SERIES 2-2 Game three provided Kingston with a few reasons to be excited. The Frontenacs returned to home ice to play in front of their own fans for the first time in the series, but they also saw the return of Max Jones to the line-up. Jones had an immediate impact on the series as he clearly was getting under the skin of the Colts players. Kingston used the boost of energy that Jones brought, as well as their home ice advantage to take game three 4-2 and narrow the series gap to 2-1. Jay Varady used his ability to match lines with the last change to get the Burnie – Cranford – Nichol line out against the Luchuk – Sokolov – Svechnikov line. Other than the two power play goals Barrie scored, the top line created very little offence while playing 5 on 5 hockey. Burnie’s line forechecked very well and had solid gap control, not allowing any space for Barrie’s top line. Kingston also dominated the face-off circle, winning 34 draws to Barrie’s 19. One area of the game where Barrie looked dangerous was with the man advantage. They went 2 for 4 on the power play. Their second power play goal came just nine seconds into the man advantage. The Colts were penalized more than any other playoff team in the regular season, and that showed up in game three. They gave Kingston seven chances with the man advantage and Kingston’s three power play goals were ultimately the difference in the game. In Game four, expect Kingston to continue to be physical with the Colts. Barrie seems to be wearing down as the series progresses, and the Frontenacs taking the body on them is causing some frustration. Gabe Vilardi has taken over the league lead in scoring for the playoffs and a favourable line match up should allow him and his line mates the space to continue to put up big numbers. The team that can stay out of the penalty box will have an advantage. Both teams have a success rate of over 30% with the man advantage in the post season, so limiting the other team’s opportunities is essential. BOTH TEAMS REFUSE TO LOSE: Home ice victories have never been more crucial than in this series. Both teams were superb on home ice in the regular season winning 22 games each. That has continued in the playoffs with Barrie winning 4 of 5 and Kingston winning 3 of 4 on home ice so far. Neither team has dropped a home game in this series. Kingston will need to find a way to win a game in Barrie in order to advance to the third round. - KF OFFICIAL GAMEDAY PROGRAM, VOLUME 45, 2018 5