Frontenacs 6, 67's 5 BIG crowd ... bad result.
That's pretty much how things went for the 67's last night at the Corel Centre.
Playing in front of the first crowd to surpass 20,000 at a major junior hockey game, the 67's peppered the Kingston Frontenacs net with 64 shots but had nothing to show for it after a 6-5 loss.
The 67's, playing their third game in as many nights and the second straight against the Fronts, hoped for a better ending to a historic night.
But the mood was downcast following the game in the Ottawa dressing room, normally occupied by the NHL's Senators.
"The crowd gave us that extra energy," said forward Brad Bonello, who scored once and added three assists. "It's just frustrating to come one goal short."
Kingston goalie Dayne Davis was the star, making 59 saves for a win that vaulted the Frontenacs past Ottawa into third place in the East Division standings of the Ontario Hockey League.
"We have to give him a lot of credit because he did play well," said Bonello of Davis.
"We'd get a lot of shots but we just never went to the net. There were rebounds that we didn't get to, a couple of times where guys were just one step too slow getting that puck in front of the net."
Davis also had a great performance against Ottawa on Wednesday in Kingston during a 2-2 draw, making 38 stops.
"He was holding the hot hand, so we went with Dayne again," said Kingston coach Tony Cimellaro, who filled in for Jim Hulton, an assistant coach with the Canadian world junior team in North Dakota.
"Dayne's been playing great for us like that all year."
The crowd got loud early in the third when the announcement was made that 20,081 were in the building, breaking the CHL record set in 1995 at the Joe Louis Arena in Detroit between the Jr. Red Wings and the Windsor Spitfires (19,875).
"I've never seen anything like this," said Kingston's Todd Griffith. "Going from 3,000 or 4,000 fans to 20,000, you try not to look in the stands, but when you get a penalty and they're doing something like the wave, it's tough not to notice."
Moments after the announcement, Julian Talbot scored his 15th goal of the season to even the score at 4-4.
The Fronts silenced the crowd just 23 seconds after the Talbot goal, when centre Blake Pronk got his second of the game against Ottawa goalie Anthony Guadagnolo.
Kingston scored while shorthanded two minutes later after Will Colbert and Derek Joslin collided in the neutral zone going for a puck, allowing a two-man breakaway that ended with Griffith getting his second of the night.
"We made too many mistakes, whether they were tired mistakes or just stupid mistakes," said 67's coach Brian Kilrea.
"We made too many mistakes on turnovers that eventually cost us the game."
Bryan Bickell scored with two minutes remaining to bring Ottawa to within one.
Joslin and Jeremy Akeson also scored for the 67's, who are in Oshawa on Sunday.
The 67's and Senators worked on attracting a crowd of 20,500 for last night's game. The Senators received permission from Ottawa city council last month to increase capacity at the Corel Centre by 2,000 from the previous limit of 18,500.