By Aaron Bell
The Kingston Frontenacs were anxiously awaiting the new season to start and after winning their first three games of the season for the first time in 15 years, it's pretty easy to see what they were so excited about.
The Frontenacs opened the new season with a 3-1 victory over the Barrie Colts on Sept. 21 to win their home opener for the first time since 2006. They followed up with a 6-5 win over the Erie Otters last Friday and maintained their perfect record with a 5-4 win over the Niagara IceDogs on Sunday.
They aren't planning any parades at the K-Rock Centre just yet, but the team is obviously excited to have such a great start to the season.
“This is something we have all been looking forward to, especially our young players,” second year general manager Doug Gilmour told the Kingston Whig-Standard. “It’s a long year and not based on one game but we’re hoping to have a good start."
Gilmour made some veteran-for-youth moves last season to start shaping the future of the team, including bringing in former Sarnia Sting first round pick Ryan Kujawinski for graduating sniper Ryan Spooner.
Kujawinski was named the OHL's player of the week after scoring a pair of goals and five points in their two games last week.
Third year forward Billy Jenkins, who was brought in from Niagara last season by Gilmour for a trio of draft picks, was a solid contributor in the second half of last season and had a hat trick in the win against Erie.
Gilmour also brought in Cody Alcock and Darcy Greenaway last season - both players were playing Tier II hockey and quickly become important parts of the team's offensive production.
Alcock, who played for the Belleville Bulls and Oshawa Generals spent a season with his hometown Whitby Fury before Gilmour - and head coach Todd Gill - gave him another shot in the OHL. Alcock responded with the best offensive numbers of his career and was named captain of the team after Tyler Brown was traded mid-season.
Alcock is the Frontenacs' captain again this season and already has a pair of goals and four points in their first three games.
"We feel we have a fast team and four scoring lines," Gilmour said. "That’s a nice advantage to have."
The Frontenacs have also been thrilled with the production of veteran Michael Moffat from the blueline. Moffat came from the London Knights before the start of last season and leads the team with six points this season.
He said that he is excited about how the team is coming together early in the season.
"There is a big improvement since the 2011-12 season. We have a lot of talent coming into this year and talent from last year we kept over," Moffat said.
The new look Frontenacs - who are also sporting new jerseys this season - have a pair of road games this week - in Brampton on Thursday and Oshawa on Friday - before returning home to host the Sudbury Wolves on Saturday.
Gill hopes that his squad can keep up the habits that have been making them successful so far this season.
"I think we have a team that can be very entertaining," Gill said after the home opener. "I hope (fans) get used to it because that is our game. Everybody had a piece in that win. It's great to see."