Nathan Moon promised a different kind of performance, and he lived up to his word.
Mired in an early-season scoring slump with only five points in his first 11 games, Moon was the offensive star for the Kingston Frontenacs in a 7-3 Ontario Hockey League victory over the Peterborough Petes on Friday night.
Moon ended his self-described "scoring funk" by setting up plays. While he didn't score, he drew a career-high five assists.
"I wanted to get the monkey off my back," said Moon, who hadn't registered a point in five games.
"I said before I was going to go out and work hard and it paid off. Now I want to keep it up and take it into Sarnia (on Saturday) and London (on Sunday)."
Zach Harnden led Kingston's goal-scoring with a hat-trick against his old team, while rookie Alan Quine added two goals and Clark Seymour and Corey Durocher also scored for the Frontenacs (7-5-0).
"We haven't had that kind of secondary scoring in the past," Moon said. "With that kind of secondary scoring to go along with our main scoring, we're going to go a long way this season. We just have to keep working at it."
Moon, who began the game on a line with Ethan Werek and Harnden, ended up on a few different lines after Werek left the game with a hip injury.
It didn't seem to matter who Moon was with, however. He assisted on two of Harnden's goals, rookie defenceman Seymour's first OHL goal, a power play marker by Quine and worked a nice give-and-go with Durocher to beat Petes backup goaltender Andrew D'Agostini.
Quine, meanwhile, also impressed Frontenacs coach Doug Gilmour.
"The kid just keeps getting better and better as we go on," Gilmour said. "It's important, too, because we need the scoring from the older guys but we also need the younger guys stepping up, too."
On Quine's first goal, he used his speed to come around the net and tuck the puck into the open side before goaltender Jason Missiaen could close the hole.
Quine made it 4-2 early in the second period when he kicked the puck from his feet to his stick and put it behind Missiaen. The Montreal Canadiens prospect was yanked after that goal, stopping only 10 of the 14 shots he faced.
Elsewhere in the OHL it was: Barrie 6 London 2; Guelph 4 Belleville 2; Mississauga 4 Niagara 0; Oshawa 3 Sudbury 1; Owen Sound 5 Erie 4 (OT); Plymouth 3 Ottawa 2; Saginaw 4 Sault Ste. Marie 1; and Sarnia 4 Kitchener 3 (SO).
At Kingston, Ont., the Petes (6-6-0) looked like they wanted to make amends for a disappointing 6-3 loss against the visiting Guelph Storm on Thursday night as Frontenacs goaltender Tyler Beskorowany had to turn back five early shots.
Missiaen wasn't nearly as fortunate because his first test came against Harnden, who took Moon's pass on the tape and redirected the puck past the Petes goalie for the game's opening goal.
Near the end of the first period, referee Chris Hodgins blew down a play going up ice and pointed to the glass behind Kingston's goal, the north end of the arena. Hodgins didn't like the looseness of one section of glass and asked the arena crew to attend to it.
Rather than have a delay of several minutes Hodgins opted to send the teams to their dressing rooms and have the remaining 4:02 played after the intermission. The Frontenacs went away quietly but Peterborough coach Ken McRae had some words with the officials before his players also went off.
The teams came out and played the final 4:02 before making the switch of ends for the start of the second period.
Colts 6 Knights 2
At London, Ont., Alexander Burmistrov and Luke Pither both had a goal and two assists as Barrie defeated the Knights.
Alex Hutchings, Dalton Prout, Stefan Della Rovere and David Mazurek also scored for the Colts (8-4-0).
Leigh Salters and Justin Taylor replied for London (7-3-0).
Storm 4 Bulls 2
At Guelph, Ont., Adam Comrie scored twice and added an assist as the Storm beat Belleville.
Taylor Beck and Tyler Carroll had a goal and an assist each for Guelph (6-2-1). Corey Syvret had two assists.
Stephen Johnston had a goal and an assist and Luke Judson also scored for the Bulls (3-7-1).
Majors 4 IceDogs 0
At Mississauga, Ont., Casey Cizikas scored once and added an assist and goaltender Chris Carrozzi registered his second shutout of the season as the Majors blanked Niagara.
Cameron Gaunce, Ryan Lopes and Corey Bureau scored the other goals for Mississauga (7-3-0).
Carrozzi, who blanked the Peterborough Petes 2-0 a week earlier, stopped 22 shots by the IceDogs (3-5-3) and trimmed his league-leading goals-against average to 1.57.
Generals 3 Wolves 1
At Sudbury, Ont., Jeff Hayes had a goal and two assists as Oshawa downed the Wolves.
Calvin de Haan and Christian Thomas had a goal and an assist each for the Generals (6-3-2).
Daniel Maggio replied for Sudbury (4-6-1).
Attack 5 Otters 4 (OT)
Erie, Pa., Jason Wilson scored 2:29 into overtime to seal Owen Sound's win against the Otters.
Marcus Carroll scored twice in regulation and Garrett Wilson and Bobby Mignardi added goals for the Attack (4-7-2)
Mike Cazzola, Anthony Luciani, Shawn Szydlowski and Greg McKegg replied for Erie (2-6-3), which dropped its sixth straight game.
Whalers 3 67's 2
At Plymouth, Mich., OHL points leader Tyler Seguin scored his 15th goal of the season as the Whalers scored three goals in the first period and then hung on to defeat Ottawa.
Plymouth captain AJ Jenks and top 2009 draft pick Garrett Meurs recorded a goal and an assist apiece for the Whalers (7-4-0), who have now won two straight games.
Travis Gibbons and Cody Lindsay for the 67's (2-7-3), who are now winless in their last seven games.
Spirit 4 Greyhounds 1
At Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., Edward Pasquale made 27 saves as Saginaw beat the Greyhounds.
Nick Crawford, Garret Ross, Jordan Skellett and Ivan Telegin all scored for the Spirit (7-2-1).
Vern Cooper had the lone reply for Sault Ste. Marie (7-4-0), which has lost four straight.
Sting 4 Rangers 3 (SO)
At Kitchener, Ont., Jordan Hill scored the lone goal of the shootout to lift Sarnia over the Rangers.
Steve Reese scored twice in regulation and Brett Richie added another for the Sting (5-4-1).
Shane Prince, Chris MacKinnon and Jeremy Morin replied for Kitchener (7-0-2).
-With files from the Kingston Whig-Standard.