The Frontenacs were able to roll through the Eastern Conference, and while they did win three of their four games against the IceDogs, Niagara was a tougher matchup than most. Of their four games against each other, three of the games were decided by a single goal, and Niagara actually won their most recent game 5-4. More surprising, given the tight nature of their games, is the fact that none of them went to OT.
Players To Watch
Kingston – Jeremy Helvig/Lucas Peressini
It was pretty smooth sailing for the Fronts as they faced the Oshawa Generals, but one question did emerge as the series carried on; who would be in net? It came as a shock to see the Fronts start the series with Helvig in net, and not the former OHL goalie of the year, Peressini. While both had some great moments, they also faced some lows. Now they face a team in Niagara that can take advantage of that inconsistency.
Niagara – Pavel Jenys
While he has always been a useful player, and a great complimentary scorer, Jenys has jumped to the forefront of the Niagara attack after scoring five goals in as many games. Those goals are even more crucial heading into the second round, as Niagara will have to keep pace with the high scoring Frontenacs. With only one other IceDog scoring more than two goals in the series against Ottawa, players like Jenys will have to stay hot.
By The Numbers
Kingston (46-17-3-2) – 1st in East Conf., 1st in East Div.
Niagara (35-26-4-3) – 4th in East Conf., 3rd in Central Div.
Goals For: Kingston 252, Niagara 213
Goals Against: Kingston 189, Niagara 198
Head to Head: 3-1 for Kingston
H-to-H Goals: 13-9 for Kingston
Kingston: Jeremy Helvig (19-3-0-1) 2.13 GAA, 0.929 sv%, 2SO
Niagara: Alex Nedeljkovic (24-20-2-2) 2.91 GAA 0.907 sv%, 2SO
Who has the edge – Kingston
Kingston has been so dominant all year long that it is hard to imagine them failing in this series. However, both teams have some exploitable flaws. Kingston has a history of playoff disappointment and a murky goaltending situation holding them back, while Niagara has been an enigma all year long. At the end of the day though, the Fronts just seem to have too much firepower for the IceDogs to handle.