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.
BILLY KIMMERLY 8 KINGSTON FRONTENACS GAMEDAY MAGAZINE
CAPITALIZE ON SCORING CHANCES There is little doubt that offense will be on display in this series. Both teams have extremely talented players capable of creating scoring chances out of thin air. With so many scoring chances being produced, the difference in a game could come down to which team converts on them more frequently. In game one we saw Kingston hit a post on a wide-open net, only to have Barrie skate down the ice and convert on their next shot. That two-goal swing ended up being a huge factor as Barrie would go on to win 6-5 in overtime. Creating scoring chances is great but converting on them is what makes the difference. DEFENSIVE DEPTH Everybody is well aware of the “big 3” on both rosters, but what some may not know is that both teams have at least three lines capable of scoring goals regularly. When teams are that deep offensively, it can be hard to get successful match ups on the defensive side of the puck. The top defenders will always be out against the opposing top line, so the depth guys that can step up defensively are the ones that will make a huge difference. Everyone expects the top line of both teams to produce, but the team that can prevent the second and third lines from putting up points will have a significant advantage. SUCCESS ON THE ROAD Winning at home was not a problem for either team in the regular season. Both teams finished with 22 wins on home ice, tied for the conference lead. In the opening round of the playoffs, both teams went 2-1 on home ice. Needless to say, it will be hard for either team to get a win in the other’s building. The Frontenacs were able to get two road wins in the first round against the North Bay Battalion, and they will need at least one against Barrie if they want to advance. They came close in game one but came up a goal short. If either team gets a road win in this series, they will be in the driver seat because of the stellar home records both teams boast. - KF Jordan Jackson is a longtime Kingston Frontenacs season ticket holder and profound sports writer. Follow him on Twitter @iamsportsguy OFFICIAL GAMEDAY PROGRAM, VOLUME 45, 2018 9