Weekly Fronts Front – Nov.14
18 GP – (1-14-2-1) 5th East. Div. / 10th East. Conf. (5 pts back of playoff spot)
4-1 L vs Peterborough – November 8
4-2 L @ Guelph – November 9
@BoutHockey Performers of the Week: (2 games played)
- Nick King – continued strong play moving the puck with 2 Assists and 2 Shots
- Jakob Brahaney – 1assist to go with 8 shots and +1 for the Captain. Plays in all situations and is 25th in the OHL overall (3rd overall defencemen)for shots on goal.
- Maddox Callens – Scored first career OHL goal and 3 shots vs Petes and was a force physically
On the Fronts Front:
- New Face
The team announced the acquisition of goaltender Christian Propp from the Soo Greyhounds on November 12th. The Frontenacs had acquired Bailey Brkin from the WHL’s Moose Jaw Warriors earlier in the day and sent him to the Soo in exchange for Propp and a 13th round pick in ‘23. General Manager Darren Keily continues to try and improve the team as the season has not gotten off to the desired start. After landing, Lucas Peric, Ethan Ritchie, Dustin Hutton, and Nick King, Propp becomes the next new face to help the Frontenacs depth.
Speaking at practice on Wednesday, Propp said: “I’m excited with it, good opportunity, nice to have a fresh start and I’m looking forward to playing here.” Though he was a bit shocked when he heard he was being moved, he understands the business side of the game adding, “that’s hockey and you just kinda got to go with the flow.” Kingston fans may remember Propp well as he was stellar for North Bay Battalion in the 2018 playoff series vs against the Frontenacs. The Oakville, ON native made 71 saves in the triple-overtime game 5 for North Bay before Kingston’s Gabe Vilardi won the marathon game. He also spent some time with Pittsburgh Penguins in the summer of 2018.
Current Frontenacs defenceman Nick King is good friends with the Propp and the two played in North Bay together with both involved with the series vs Kingston. On the acquisition: “I love it, we played two years in North Bay and obviously he was traded to the Soo Greyhounds and that was shocking for me cause I had grown into really good friends with him. He’s one of my best friends in the OHL and life too so it’s extremely exciting,” said King after Wednesday’s practice. King says while it’s great to see his old teammate join him in Kingston, he says it’s unfortunate to see Brendan Bonello go as he understands what Bonello has meant to the team with leadership.
Two members of the team represented their country at the U-17 Hockey Challenge from Nov.2 to Nov. 9 in Alberta/Saskatchewan. Shane Wright represented Team Canada (Black) and Head Coach Kurtis Foster was Assistant Coach with Team Canada (Red).
Wright ended up with seven points (4 goals) in 5 games played. “It was an amazing experience, representing my country internationally against some of the best countries in the world. It was such a huge honour making the team.” The 2019 OHL #1 pick continued, “it’s all professional, it’s all trying to get guys to the next level,” on playing with Hockey Canada. “It’s making sure they know what it’s like to rest properly, hydrate properly, make sure you eat properly, things like that, so it’s a real professional atmosphere, I had fun.”
Coach Foster’s squad finished with a tournament-low 14 goals against in 6 games with him at the helm of the defense including a 6-2 win over Finland to finish the tournament. “It was awesome, it was great working with young kids that are so hungry that want to play for their country. We had a great staff, we really got along, gelled well.” On working with Hockey Canada he complimented: “Top notch from the moment you get there to the moment you leave, everything is scheduled, detailed. You had study sessions with the players every off-day, education consultants in there helping them, everything we did, the food the travel, everything was first class.” Foster says he is always learning in his craft and feels like the time away has helped him with some perspective on his team in Kingston and can’t wait to get back it Friday night.
Upcoming Games This Week:
Kingston is on the road for two games this weekend starting Friday night in Kitchener. The two teams last played in Kingston on October 26th with the Rangers edging the Frontenacs 3-2 in the last game the team played with forward Shane Wright and head coach Kurtis Foster before the pair went to the U-17 Hockey Challenge. Both will be back in the line-up on Friday night in Kitchener. Like a majority of games this season, Kingston found themselves down by a goal early. They then fell behind 2-0 before the game was seven minutes old.
Also like a majority of games this season, the Frontenacs never gave in and continued to pressure the Rangers cutting the game to a 2-1 Ranger lead after a Wright power-play goal midway through the game. After the Rangers made it 3-1, Zayde Wisdom replied quickly making it a one-goal game again but would end with the Rangers on top for the 3-2 final. The Frontenacs allowed only four shots in the third while pursuing a comeback including allowing only one shot past the 4:39 mark of the period.
They’ll need to take that 3rd period into the game Friday vs a Kitchener club who has lost all three games played since that Oct 26th meeting. The Rangers will be coming off a 4-2 loss in Oshawa last Sunday and have given up 15 goals in their last three games. Should the Frontenacs want to push for a leap in the standings, they need to start taking advantage of other teams’ plights.
On Saturday, the Frontenacs will head to Owen Sound to face the Attack who will have played on three consecutive nights as they are in Barrie tonight(Thursday) and head to Guelph tomorrow (Friday). While it will also be the second half of a back-to-back vs the Attack for Kingston, it is something coach Foster’s team will look to take advantage of. “It’s a small barn, we’re gonna have to really simplify. Coming off that back-to-back (Owen Sound) we have to take advantage of that somehow, so our start is very important.” Owen Sound is battling London for the Midwest Division lead.
- Goals: Wisdom – 9
- Assists: Frasca – 9
- Points: Wisdom, Frasca – 13
- Penalty Mins: Baker – 32
- +/-: Hache – 0
- Shots: Brahaney – 63
- Face/Off Leader:
- GAA: Dugas – 4.50
- Save %: Dugas: .868
- Rookie Leaders:
- Goals: Wright – 5
- Assists: Wright – 6
- Points: Wright – 11
- Penalty Mins: – Callens – 15
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