Prospect Park: Sean Day’s Four Point Night Helps Kingston Advance

In News, Prospect Park by Jess Rubenstein

Sean Day recorded four points as his Kingston Frontenacs won a triple-overtime thriller 6-5 over the North Bay Battalion. The overtime win gave the Frontenacs a 4-1 series win.

It was a crazy night for Day as while he set a career best with his four points, his play wasn’t perfect. Day earned a secondary assist on Kingston’s first goal, a power-play goal at 1:44 of the first period. Kingston would add another goal to go up 2-0 before North Bay would score four unanswered goals with Day on ice for all of them.

On the Battalion’s first goal, Day appeared to have stopped the attack but the puck bounced back to the Battalion player who scored. On the Battalion’s third goal, it was Day’s turnover that led to the goal. The Battalion would take their 4-2 into the third and it looked as if they were going to win this one.

That is when Day’s night turned around, Day scored his first playoff goal off an odd-man rush. That made the score 4-3 and the Frontenacs would tie the game at 4-4. The Battalion would take a 5-4 lead with 3:21 remaining in regulation.

The Frontenacs would pull their goalie and with just 19.4 seconds remaining, Sean Day would tie the game. It was a rocket of a shot that hit a Battalion player in front and deflects in to make it 5-5.

Day would play every other shift in the first overtime recording a couple of good chances. The second overtime, Day appeared to run out of gas in the second half of the period and wasn’t as effective.

But in the third overtime, it would be Day who started the game-winning play when he broke up a play and got the puck to Ted Nichol. Nichol would carry it all the way into the Battalion zone where he fed Gabriel Vilardi for the winning goal.

The goal at 14:05 of the third overtime eliminates the Battalion and advances the Frontenacs. For Day, the 2-2-4 effort was a career playoff-best and he ended the game with a -1 on five shots. Day ends the first round with a 2-6-8 in five games which is also a new career high in goals and points.

The Frontenacs have to wait to find out who they will face in the OHL’s second round.

Ty Ronning did not score any goals as his Vancouver Giants defeated the Victoria Royals 5-3 in game five. The win gives the Giants a 3-2 series lead. Ronning did record a primary assist on Vancouver’s third goal to give him points in every game (0-6-6).

What Ronning did not do on offense, he made up with his defense. With Vancouver clinging to their 5-3 lead, Ronning broke up several rushes especially protecting the lead

It is very clear Ronning is pressing to score as he missed three times at an empty net. The Giants head home to try to win the series on Monday afternoon.

Brett Howden and his Moose Jaw Warriors could not finish off the Prince Albert Raiders in game five. The Raiders spanked the Warriors 5-1 to cut the Warriors series lead to 3-2. Howden was scoreless with a -1 on three shots and 15-12 on faceoffs.

The series heads back to Prince Albert for game six on Sunday.

Libor Hajek missed his second game for his Regina Pats with an undisclosed injury. Hajek appeared to have suffered the injury in the first period of game four. Hajek left the ice then but returned to finish the game.

No word as to the nature of the injury but his Pats defeated the Swift Current Broncos in game six to tie the series at 3-3. Game seven is Monday in Swift Current.