Despite not hoisting a trophy, the Greater Kingston Jr. Frontenacs are one of few teams that can say they won their final game together.
Mathieu Halle set up Brett Humberstone in the slot for the winning goal 27 seconds into overtime as the Fronts defeated the Toronto Red Wings 6-5.
The bittersweet win sees the Red Wings advance to an OHL Cup Quarter-Final matchup on Saturday with a 2-2-0 record while Kingston goes home after a 1-1-2 showing at the 2016 OHL Cup.
“It sucks,” said Humbertsone. “Tough to win an exciting game like that and have to go home, but that’s how it works. We can hold our heads high after our effort today.”
Kingston blueliner Jack Duff, who has been a reliable source of minutes and two-way play all season, played through injury to help lead his team to victory with a goal and an assist.
“I’m proud of the way we played even though we don’t get to play tomorrow,” said the assistant captain. “Our team gradually improved over the course of the season and we’ve come together and become such good friends. This win was something we can all remember. A great way to end the year.”
After fighting to ties with York Simcoe and Windsor, Kingston overcame a 2-0 deficit out of the gate on Friday, getting four straight markers to take a 4-2 lead before the Red Wings charged back to knot things at four. Duff and Toronto’s Luke Moncada swapped third period goals as the game spilled into overtime where Humberstone was the hero.
The Frontenacs went 3-for-3 on the powerplay in the victory, finishing the 2016 OHL Cup with a 1-1-2 record. Cole Edwards led Kingston in scoring with five points (3-2–5) in four games.
Luke Moncada and Barrett Hayton both scored twice in the loss for Toronto.
PLAYER OF THE GAME:
Kingston – Jack Duff (1G, 1A)
Toronto – Adam Trotman (1A)