Weekly Fronts Front – Nov 28
24 GP – 5-15-2-2 Pts (14) 5th East Div. / 9th Eastern Conf. (1 point back of playoff spot -MIS)
Luke Drewitt – Day-to-day with Upper Body Injury – Nov 24
Games Last Week:
5-3 W v Sudbury – Nov. 22
3-2 W v Mississauga – Nov. 24
11-6 L v Ottawa – Nov 27
@BoutHockey Stars of the Week: (Nov 22 -28)
- Shane Wright – 4G, 2A +2
- Jakob Brahaney – 4A, 13 SOG
- Christian Propp – 2 W’s, 64 saves on 69 shots v Sudbury and Mississauga
On The Fronts Front:
- Francesco Arcuri 2/2 and Shane Wright 2/3 are tied for OHL rookies in Shootout goals scored.
- Shane Wright – five-game point streak (5G,3A), Leads OHL in rookie SOG (71)
- Dustin Hutton – six-game point streak (1G, 6A)
- Nick Wong played in career regular-season game 150 on Nov. 22
Upcoming Games This Week:
Kingston can look to take advantage of a team under them in the standings when the 10th place North Bay Battalion play their first of the year against each other. It will be a familiar game for two Frontenacs playing against former Battalion teammates for Nick King and Christian Propp. With North Bay giving up the most goals in the OHL, it should be a stark contrast generating scoring chances versus that of Ottawa in the previous game. North Bay’s Brandon Coe is having a solid year and is ranked a “B” prospect in the 2020 NHL draft.
The Frontenacs will go back on the road after a four-game homestand paying a visit to Oshawa to take on another East Divison contender with the Generals fighting Peterborough and Ottawa for the top spot. The teams have played three games with Oshawa winning all three by at least three goals totalling 13 goals against Kingston’s three. On Nov 1 in the last meeting, Oshawa’s powerplay went 4/7 in what was the difference. With Kingston penalty-killing units inconsistent throughout the season it will be a point of emphasis for coach Foster to mitigate unnecessary penalties by his players.
Frontenacs StatPack: (up to Nov. 28)
- Goals: Wisdom – 13
- Assists: Brahaney – 14
- Points: Wisdom – 21
- Penalty Mins: Peric – 40
- +/-: Wright – +4
- Shots: Brahaney – 83
- Face/Off Leader: Drewitt – 57.1% (min. 100 faceoffs taken)
- GAA: Propp – 4.51
- Save %: Dugas – .875
- Goalie Wins: Propp – 6 (4 with Soo Greyhounds)
- Rookie Leader
- Goals: Wright – 10
- Assists: Wright – 9
- Points: Wright – 19
- Penalty mins: Callens – 17
Last Night: (Game Review vs Ottawa 67’s)
Nov. 27 vs. Ottawa 67’s at Leon’s Centre in Kingston
Time: 7:00 PM
Ottawa 67’s: 17-6-0-0 34 pts (tie 1st East Div / tie 1st East Conf)
Kingston Frontenacs: 5-14-2-2 14 pts (5th East Div / 9th East Conf)
The Kingston Frontenacs did not need any additional motivation going into Wednesday nights matchup hosting the Ottawa 67’s at Leon’s Centre as winners of four straight games and finding themselves back in a playoff fight. Kingston sits one point back of Mississauga Steelheads for the final spot in the post-season after a tough start the season.
However, the Frontenacs faced a team that came back from a 5-1 deficit in their last game Oct. 14 in Ottawa. To a man, they felt a win was left on the table ultimately losing 8-7 in OT. The teams had played to a contrasting-styled 3-2 game in their first meeting on Sept. 27 in Kingston, again with the 67’s winning in OT.
Tonight’s game was a wild one with 17 goals combined in an 11-6 Ottawa win as the teams have now combined for 32 goals in their last two matchups.
After the teams’ last win on Sunday, coach Kurtis Foster spoke about that last game vs Ottawa showing his focus shifts quickly to the next task at hand. However, he recognized the opposition also has a good memory. While confident he is, the coach added,” But I know Andre will have them ready, he’s a smart coach been around a long time and he’s never gonna let his team not be prepared for what’s coming. I think he knows that we’re a confident team right now.”
The East Division-leading 67’s (tied with Peterborough), also winners of four straight and eight of their last 10 games boasted a deep team with six players above Kingston’s leading scorer Zayde Wisdom on the point chart. Marco Rossi leads the way with 38 points to sit tied for sixth in the OHL scoring race. The 67’s offensive attack includes six players with 20+ points comparing to Kingston (scoring second least goals in OHL) having just Wisdom(20) with that many.
Wisdom’s 13 goals have him tied for 15th in OHL scoring and he continues to be a strong 200-foot player not afraid to use physical play to open time and space linemates. “Wiz drives his line with speed and rambunctiousness and relentless forecheck,” adds Foster on the power forward.
Since a pointless game coming back from the U-17 tournament, rookie Shane Wright has been on a roll registering 5G, 2A during a four-game point streak including a pair of two-goal performances in the teams last two wins over Sudbury and Mississauga. He leads all rookies in SOG (69) and his 18 points have him tied for second in points just three back of Oshawa’s Oliver Sunni for freshman scoring. Said Foster on his young but dynamic forward, “he scores big goals, makes smart plays, but also plays well defensively so he’s a pleasure to coach.”
Ryan Dugas was back in net for the Frontenacs after Christian Propp backstopped the last two wins while Ottawa countered with Wil Cranley. Dugas had played well in recent starts as the coach had confidence in either.
The first period saw the 67’s put pressure on Kingston trying to get out to the visiting lead sustaining puck possession off of five straight face-off wins. However, at 7:50 Maddox Callens drew a penalty on Ottawa for hooking after he made a great effort to get in on the forecheck and forced the 67’s player to trip him. Kingston would have a couple of good chances including a Jakob Brahaney shot off the post before Dawson Baker tipped a point shot by Lucas Peric past goalie Wil Cranley to give the Frontenacs the 1-0 lead at 10:14. Jake Murray also drew an assist on a nice pass to Peric.
Just over two minutes later at 12:21, Ottawa’s Austen Keating got the 67’s on the board burying a cross-crease pass from Marco Rossi and added his second of the period at 16:33 giving Ottawa the 2-1 lead while shorthanded. Rossi scored his first of three on the night, with the 5 on 3 power-play late at 19:23 putting the 67’s up 3-1after one period.
The second period saw Ottawa put the game effectively out of reach scoring five goals including four in a seven-minute span. After Kingston killed off the second late first-period penalty to Frasca by not allowing any shots early they would fall behind by three at 2:51 on Rossi’s second and 12th of the year. The highly-touted NHL prospect took a feed from Keating and wired it past a sprawling Dugas making it 4-1. Foster would pull Dugas in favour of Christian Propp though the goaltender could hardly be blamed on the goals with shots coming from high-quality scoring areas.
it was 5-1 Ottawa when they scored the first of four goals in a seven-minute span at 6:48 after Yanic Crete tallied his first of two consecutive 67’s goals. Francesco Arcuri scored his second of the year firing a wrist shot over Cranley making it 5-2 at 9:43 taking a pass from Zayde Wisdom on a 2 on 1 rush. However, Crete’s second under a minute later at 10:39 put Ottawa back up by four goals 6-2.
Shortly thereafter, Marco Rossi and former Kitchener Ranger Joseph Garreffa each scored their 13th goals respectively within a couple of minutes of each other. Rossi’s hattrick goal at 11:14 and Gareffa’s at 13:20 made it a 8-2 game.
Kingston had two powerplays called for them at the end of the second period putting them on a 5 on 3 two-man advantage as the teams went in for the second intermission. Ottawa was outshooting Kingston 31-15 after two periods.
To start the third period, Ryan Dugas was back in the pipes for Kingston as Foster proved he wasn’t blaming his goalie for the position the team found themselves in after being pulled for Propp in the second. After failing to connect on the powerplay to open the final frame, Kingston’s Dawson Baker scored his second of the night unassisted at 5:47 making it 8-3 on a hard-working goal by the veteran forward.
In just under the next five minutes, the teams would trade goals in a flurry of scoring seeing five more between them. It started with Noel Heofenmayer making it 9-3 Ottawa at 7:28 before Kingston rookie Maddox Callens scored his second career goal just over a minute later at 8:36 for a 9-4 score on a beauty deke past the Ottawa netminder. Dustin Hutton and Jakob Brahaney drew helpers on the goal with Brahaney’s 14th leading the team.
Austen Keating’s 13th gave the 67’s the double-digit goal with his hattrick strike at 10:04 giving his team a 10-4 lead. Rossi collecting an assist for his sixth point of the night. Kingston would then come right back with two of their own in under a minute. It was 10-5 when defenceman Nick King, who continues to be a catalyst from the backend, scored his 2nd of the year assisted by rookie Ethan Ritchie on a nice rush by the two-way player at 11:22. Just 24 seconds later, import-selection Vitali Pinchuk scored his fifth unassisted at 11:56 as he showed off his great hands again with an all-pro deke around Cranley for a 10-6 score.
67’s Kevin Bahl finished the scoring at 15:41 giving Ottawa the 11-6 win for the now Eastern Divison/Conference leaders with 36 points while extending their winning streak to five and halting Kingston’s win streak at four and point streak to five.
The Three Stars:
- OTT – Keating (3G, 4A)
- OTT – Rossi (3G,3A)
- OTT – Hoefenmayer (1G,3A)
Luke Drewitt remained out day-to-day with an upper-body injury
Kingston is in the midst of a busy week that sees them play four games from last Sunday to this coming Sunday. They host the North Bay Battalion in their next game on Teddy Bear Toss Night at 7 PM this Friday and then travel to Oshawa for a date with the Generals on Sunday at 6:05 PM.
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