Taking the high road means being happy for the Kingston Frontenacs that they completed their first four-point weekend of the OHL season, beating Ottawa 6-4 today.
That 5-in-8 stretch of games that is looming after a six-day break is a better proof. The Fronts' focus is probably on just trying to make hockey feel fun again since the ax fell on Bruce Cassidy. Well, making it fun doesn't shut down John Tavares and the Oshawa Generals. It doesn't win in Belleville and it probably doesn't beat heavy hitters from the tougher Western Conference, Kitchener, Sarnia and London. That's the Fronts' schedule over the next week.
In the here and now, 13 goals in two games probably is pick-me-up. The worker bees had a nice day: James Marsden got his first in the OHL to put Kingston ahead to stay late in the second today vs. the 67's. Jonathan Sciacca, who was plus-3, was the second star, a nice treat for a stay-at-home defenceman. Ultimately, this is just an evenout after about three weeks of being perpetually starved for goal scoring.
By the way, talk about classic Larry Mavety: The Team 1200 disclosed how the players learned Cassidy was no longer their coach. Apparently, last Monday night they ate together. No Cassidy. They asked where he was and were told he was watching tape, then the players went off to a do a team activity that was already planned. Only when they got back were they told the GM-for-life was taking over behind the bench.
Needless to say, Dave Schreiber and Buzz (who was doing colour) did not sound impressed by this. What did lying to the players accomplish?