GWUOHS Student in the News
Robertson Leads Frontenacs Over Greyhounds
GWUOHS Student Jason Roberston was recently featured in the Kingston Whig-Standard. This article originally appeared in the Kingston Whig-Standard on December 11, 2015.
The Kingston Frontenacs were without four of their best players but not their hottest goal scorer.
Rookie Jason Robertson continued a torrid stretch, with three goals and an assist, to lead the Frontenacs to a 4-1 win over the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds before 3,519 at the Rogers K-Rock Centre on Friday night.
The Frontenacs, on the hot stick of Robertson, roared back from a 1-0 first-period deficit with four unanswered goals.
Robertson finished off his hat-track with an empty-net goal for his 14th of the season.
“Our top guys are out. It was asked for all of the other guys to step up and do our best. I got rewarded with three goals,” Robertson said.
“The coach said it was one of our best games (where) all the players worked hard, did their job and did their role.”
Up 3-1 going into the third the Frontenacs locked it down in the game's final 20 minutes.
The Greyhounds only had two shots on Lucas Peressini, who faced 20 for the game.
Kingston's effort -- in the absence of Roland McKeown, Lawson Crouse, Spencer Watson and Juho Lammikko, all away at world junior selection camps -- nailed down its 20th win of the Ontario Hockey League season.
They will go after win No. 21 Saturday night against the best junior team in the Canadian Hockey League, the Erie Otters.
“It's a huge challenge for our group, a huge test. We've got to come with a mindset that we are going to have to work as hard as possible to have a chance,” head coach Paul McFarland said.
He said it would take a repeat of the effort the Frontenacs used against the Greyhounds.
“Before the game we talked about everyone raising their level of play. We definitely saw that from everyone,” McFarland said.
Along with Robertson's three goals, Ted Nichol scored the first Kingston goal. Defenceman Stephen Desrocher and Warren Foegele each picked up two assists.
The Greyhounds led 1-0 after the first on Hayden Verbeek's goal.
Robertson continued one of the hottest runs by a Kingston rookie since the rookie years of Sam Bennett and Spencer Watson.
He broke the game open late in the second period with goals No. 12 and No. 13, coming just 55 seconds apart.
The first one was on a dash up the left side when he outraced the Sault chasers.
“The puck bounced over their defenceman and it was a race for it. Just beat the defenceman out and just slid it on the ice five hole," Robertson said.
The second one was on a tip on a waist-high shot from the point by new defenceman Liam Murray.
Robertson, who was on a new line with Conor McGlynn and Warren Foegele, upped his point-scoring streak to nine games with his four-point game.
He also has at least one goal in six straight games.
It's remarkable stuff for the 16-year-old from Northville, Mich., via California, where he first played hockey.
Robertson, in the early going of the season when coach Paul McFarland was rotating young forwards into the lineup, took his turn. He missed five games that way.
The last game Robertson sat out was Nov. 19 in North Bay.
Since then he has simply been too good not to be in the lineup.
“He's played great. His biggest compliment is he doesn't get full of himself,” McFarland said.
“He's not happy with one or two games of success. He just keeps pushing to get better. For us he has to keep working, keep continuing to get better away from the puck. Continue to grow his confidence.”
McFarland was impressed the way Murray, a Orleans native, came in without the benefit of a practice and had a stellar game.
“He did a great job giving us some huge minutes and defending well,” McFarland said.
“From our conversations we've had with him already he is an impressive kid. He is really excited to be in Kingston,” McFarland said.
“We talk about it all the time we want to add character people to our culture here and he definitely fits that mold.”
Game notes: Erie defeated Ottawa 2-1 Friday night. The Otters have only lost four times one of which was to the Frontenacs, 3-2 in overtime...The Frontenacs lead all teams with 17 points earned (out of 20) in overtime... Robertson, with his four points Friday, has piled up 18 points (12 goals, six assists) in the last nine games and that output has in the top ten for OHL rookie scoring with 14 goals and 22 points. Kingston's Gabe Vilardi, the second overall pick in the draft who went to Windsor, is 16th in rookie scoring with eight goals and 13