Rookie centre Zack Dorval made the most of some extra playing time on Wednesday.
With the flu-riddled Kingston Frontenacs short of bodies, Dorval stepped up big with a goal and an assist in a clutch 3-2 win over the visiting Peterborough Petes.
The win for Kingston improved its standing in the crowded Eastern Conference of the Ontario Hockey League where only four points stand between sixth and ninth place.
Belleville Bulls currently hold down sixth spot with 49 points followed by Kingston with 48, the Mississauga Steelheads with 47 and Peterborough with 45.
Kingston has three games in hand on both Belleville and Mississauga and one game in hand on Peterbrough as the four teams battle for the final two playoff spots in the Eastern block.
For Dorval, a 1998 birth-year pivot who was Kingston’s second-round pick at the 2014 OHL draft from the Soo Thunder minor midgets, Wednesday’s two-point outing almost doubled his totals for the season.
Playing mainly on the fourth line, Dorval now has 2 goals, 3 assists, 5 points and 48 penalty minutes in 45 games for the Frontenacs this season.
PHOTO: Rookie centre Zack Dorval, formerly of the Soo Thunder minor midgets, in action with the Kingston Frontenacs. (Photo by Ali Pearson.)