Fine line beats 67's

DOUG GRAHAM, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:09 AM ET

KINGSTON — The 67’s were fine for the first half of Monday’s game against the Frontenacs.

Unfortunately for them, Kingston’s Michael Fine was, er, fine for the Fronts in the second half.

With a Family Day crowd of 3,860 on hand at the K-Rock Centre, the slow-starting Frontenacs got rolling with a three-goal second period. The offence came from a line that has been clicking for the Frontenacs.

Right winger Fine scored twice and linemates Mitch Lebar and Joe Pleckaitis each added a goal.

“That line has been playing very well. They push and push. They are on a roll for us,” coach Doug Gilmour said.

“Ottawa came out hard at us but give (our) guys credit. They battled back and kept coming. This is a huge two points and we’ll take it.”

67’s coach Chris Byrne said it was fair to describe the game as one of two different halves.

“(Kingston) had a great second period and I thought that we had a pretty good first period,” Byrne said.

“The Fine goal (in the second period) got the momentum going for them. The building was good and loud and they got rolling in that period.”

Byrne said he told his players to treat Monday’s game as a playoff contest.

“We challenged our guys that it was like the start of a playoff series, the first two games (Sunday and Monday),” Byrne said.

“For some of it, it shows us some things we need to do better. On the other hand, we did some things pretty well over two games.”

Ottawa dominated the first period on goals by Cody Lindsay and Thomas Nesbitt and went up 3-1 in the second period when Corey Cowick converted a rebound on the power play at 8:50.


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