KINGSTON, Ont. - Jack Walchessen scored twice and added an assist as the Peterborough Petes routed the Kingston Frontenacs 8-3 on Friday night in the Ontario Hockey League.
The third-straight home-ice loss and seventh in a row under new coach Doug Gilmour after he won his coaching debut pushed the Frontenacs further out of the OHL's Eastern Conference playoff picture before the midway point of the 68-game season.
The Frontenacs are in last place, nine points back of the Sudbury Wolves, who have played three fewer games than Kingston, for the eighth and final playoff spot in the East.
Kingston outshot the Petes (14-17-0-1) 48-27, including an 18-6 difference in the second period, when they were out-scored 3-1 to fall behind 5-2.
Anthony Peters, getting his first home-ice start of the season and only his eighth in 31 games, allowed five goals on 17 shots over the first two periods. Mavric Parks started the third, but gave up three more, starting with Walchessen's second goal of the game just 31 seconds into the period. Parks ended with seven saves.
Zack Kassian, Pat Daley, Zach Hamden and Sergey Korostin each had a goal and an assist for Peterborough. Ryan Spooner and Adam Sedlak also scored.
Jesse Brown, Corbin Crawford and Matt Kang scored for the Frontenacs (6-19-4-2), who recorded 40-plus shots for the fourth game in a row.
The night started off well for Kingston, which was missing forwards Nathan Moon and Ethan Werek to suspension. Matt Kang scored his 10th of the season after just 1:32. However, the Petes were quick with their response, scoring twice in less than a minute.
Peterborough netminder Ryan Daniels stopped 45 shots.