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Frontenacs fritter lead in final four minutes; fall behind 3-0 in series
Posted: March 25th, 2013 @ 10:22pm
Kingston Frontenacs are facing a monumental climb to get back into their first-round Ontario Hockey League playoff series and they have no one to blame but themselves.
The Frontenacs allowed an otherwise splendid effort slip through their fingers as the Barrie Colts scored three goals in the final four minutes of the third period to escape the Rogers K-Rock Centre with a 4-2 victory.
The win gives Barrie a 3-0 lead to take into the fourth game of the series Wednesday night in Kingston.
A disappointing crowd of 2,747 went home doubly disappointed in the outcome, not only for the defeat but for the way it wasted a lot of things the Frontenacs did well Monday night: They allowed the Colts to take just 15 shots on goaltender Mike Morrison in the first two periods, they held the vaunted Barrie power play scoreless in five opportunities and they took the lead into the third period.
After neither team scored in the first period - a period when Kingston failed on three power-play chances - Barrie drew first blood at 1:21 of the second on a goal by Mitchell Theoret. Mikko Vainonen replied on a power-play for Kingston four minutes later and a dandy goal by Ryan Kujawinski, with two and a half minutes left in the second period, gave Kingston a 2-1 lead and reminded fans of what the supremely talented youngster is capable.
It stayed that way until Barrie's Andreas Athanasiou scored at 16:02 of the third period. It was the second goal and fifth point of the series for Athanasiou. Mark Schiefele scored the eventual winner at 18:38 and Theoret put it away with an empty-net goal with 53 seconds left in the game.
Barrie played without Anthony Camara and Ryan O'Connor. Camara, who had five points in four games against Kingston in the regular year and three goals in the series, received a misconduct Saturday in Game 2 when he threw a piece of his equipment after being assessed a slashing penalty in the second period.
You might remember Camara as the Canadian who caused a stink at the world junior championship in December when he was kicked out of the game against Slovakia for a blindside hit the referee ruled was an attempt to injure.
O'Connor, with six points the leading Barrie scorer against Kingston this year, received a major penalty and a game misconduct late in Game 2 for a check to a Kingston player's head.
Including the regular schedule, Kingston, the seventh-place club in the Eastern conference, has lost seven games in a row to the Colts, the conference's second-place team. The only Kingston victory came on opening night, Sept. 21.
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