The playoff series between the Hamilton Bulldogs and Kingston is now a best of 3 affair after the Frontenacs won 5-1 Thursday night at FirstOntario Centre. The best of seven OHL Quarter Final series is now tied 2-2 as the visiting team has won all four games.
Both teams had some chances early, but it would be Kingston that would get the advantage. First, two goals sixteen seconds apart at 8:13 and 8:29 to make it 2-0 and then a third goal at 17:00 to make it 3-0 after the first period.
The Bulldogs tightened up defensively in the second period and started to get chances, but Frontenacs goalie Jeremy Helvig came up with some big stops to keep Hamilton off the score sheet. Kingston then took a 4-0 lead at 12:14 when Cody Caron went on an end-to-end rush and beat Kaden Fulcher who came in to replace Dawson Carty at the start of the period.
The Bulldogs cut into the Frontenacs lead when Marian Studenic (2) pounced on a rebound and scored on the power-play at 9:35 of the 3rd period to make it 4-1. That seemed to spark the home team, but the momentum was lost when Kingston scored just over three minutes later to make the final 5-1.
Jason Robertson (2), Ted Nichol (1), Sam Field (1), Cody Caron (1) and Brett Neumann (2) scored for the Frontenacs.
Kingston out-shot Hamilton 29-23.
Jeremy Helvig stopped 22 of the 23 shots directed his way, which earned him 1st star honours. Jason Robertson recorded a goal and an assist and was named 2nd star. Ted Nichol was 3rd star as he scored his first of the playoffs.
The Bulldogs were 1-2 on the power-play in Game 4 while Kingston went 0-2. The Frontenacs are now 1-14 with the man advantage so far in the series.
The Frontenacs win means the series will now go at least six games. Game 5 goes Friday night at the K-Rock Centre in Kingston at 7 pm with Game 6 back in Hamilton at FirstOntario Centre Sunday afternoon at 2 pm.
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