Voyageurs can't overcome early deficit

Kingston Voyageurs forward Troy Bowditch scored two goals and added an assist in the Vees' 5-4 loss to the Whitby Fury in an Ontario Junior Hockey League game Thursday night at the Invista Centre. (Whig-Standard File Photo) Ian MacAlpine / Ian MacAlpine/Kingston Whig-Standard/Postmedia Network

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The Kingston Voyageurs, although they came close, just couldn’t quite recover from the 3-0 predicament they found themselves in after the first period of their Ontario Junior Hockey League game against the visiting Whitby Fury on Thursday night.

The Vees outscored the Fury 2-1 in each of the second and third periods, but that still left them one goal short, 5-4, of totally making up their early deficit.

Ian McKinnon, on a power play, and Christian Stevens scored 40 seconds apart around the six-minute mark of the first period before Patrick Demaio made it 3-0 for the Fury with just one second left on the clock in the first.

The Vees narrowed the margin to 3-2 in the opening 11-plus minutes of the second, with Troy Bowditch and Ty Norman doing the scoring. But Whitby went back ahead by a pair on Greg Smith’s goal at 18:13.

Bowditch made it a one-goal game with a tally at 4:25 of the third, only to have Shane Bull score 1:19 later to reinstate the two-goal bulge. The Vees’ Cameron Bickford, on a power play at 18:15, completed the scoring.

Bowditch finished the game with three points.

The loss kept the Vees (16-17-2-4) five points behind the fourth-place Wellington Dukes in East Division standings. Kingston holds a single game in hand.

The Vees travel to Trenton on Friday night for a 7:30 p.m. match against the East’s third-place Golden Hawks, who are 10 points ahead of the Vees.