Back in 2019-20, the Kingston Frontenacs had to depend on the scoring exploits of exceptional-status underage rookie Shane Wright to deliver the bulk of the team’s offence.
This season, it appears that when Wright has an odd off night, other players are capable of stepping up to do the scoring
That’s what happened on Friday night at the Leon’s Centre as Kingston skated to a 6-1 Ontario Hockey League win over the Peterborough Petes in front of a crowd of 2,768 at the Leon’s Centre.
Wright had two shots on goal, but was held off the score sheet. Overage forward Lucas Edmonds, however, scored a pair of first-period goals and added a third-period assist; Francesco Arcuri collected a goal and three assists; Maddox Callens and Jordan Frasca each chipped in with a goal and an assist; and rookie Matthew Soto earned a pair of assists; and rookie Chris Thibodeau netted his second goal of the season.
After Friday’s action, Edmonds was tied for fourth in league scoring with 12 points, two points behind leader Rory Kerins of the Soo Greyhounds.
Samuel Mayer scored the Petes’ lone goal late in the first period.
The teams were tied 1-1 after the first period and Kingston led 3-1 after two.
Frontenacs goaltender Leevi Merilainen made his sixth straight start and stopped 20 shots to improve his won-lost record to 4-2.
The Frontencs fired 40 shots at Peterborough starter Michael Simpson.
Kingston, 4-2, is tied for first place in the OHL Eastern Conference with the Hamilton Bulldogs and North Bay Battalion.
The Frontenacs get the rest of the weekend off and will take on the Ottawa 67’s next Friday at 7 p.m. at the Leon’s Centre.