Sam Bennett had 3 points on Thursday (Aaron Bell, OHL Images)
No. 1 star: Sam Bennett, Kingston Frontenacs (OHL)
Make it two out of three for the Frontenacs and Bennett, NHL Central Scouting's top-ranked skater, over blue-chip defenceman Aaron Ekblad and the Barrie Colts.
Bennett (3A, +4) and his wings Henri Ikonen (1G-2A, +3) and Spencer Watson (2G-1A, +2) combined for nine points during Kingston's 10-6 rout on the road over reeling Barrie. The Colts were collectively erratic, leaving Ekblad to absorb a lot of the collateral damage as he finished minus-6 on the night.
Bennett hooked up with Watson and their 17-year-old counterpart Roland McKeown (2A, +3) for a goal in the opening minute. The Holland Landing, Ont., native also helped set up Ikonen later in the frame when the Fronts scored three goals in as many minutes to go up 4-1. Barrie was buzzing early in the third but Bennett made a sage centering pass that Watson eventually banged in to restore a four-goal lead just a minute after an Andreas Athanasiou goal. That gave K-town enough of a cushion to win a sloppy game. Bennett has now tallied at least one point in 28 of his last 29 games. His only goose egg came last week against Windsor, the hottest team in the OHL.
Ekblad had four goals last month in the teams' previous meeting in Barrie. Sic transit gloria.
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