The Kingston Frontenacs may have deserved a better fate on Wednesday night as they fell 5-4 to Oshawa Generals in a game that saw a wild last couple minutes that with two goals scored. Rookie Shane Wright had his second consecutive three-point game with a goal and two assists with the General’s Brett Neumann and Allan McShane also contributing three times on the scoresheet.
Where: Tribute Communities Centre Oshawa
Time: 7:05 p.m.
Oshawa Generals: 50 GP: 26-18-4-2(50 pts – 3rd East Div. / 4th Eastern Conf.)
Kingston Frontenacs: 50 GP: 17-29-2-2 (38 pts – 5th East Div. / 9th Eastern Conf.)
Kingston Frontenacs paid a visit to division-rival Oshawa on Wednesday night to face the Generals for the sixth time this season. Oshawa is 4-0-0-1 in the season-series so far and leads the goal differential 24 to 12. Former Frontenacs forward Brett Neumann is having an excellent overage season tied with Philip Tomasino for the team goal lead (36).
Since the addition of Nashville Predators prospect Philip Tomasino from Niagara, the dynamic forward has been an offensive catalyst adding 14 goals and 14 assists for 28 points in the 14 games since the trade giving him a combined 88 points in 50 games with Niagara. Says Neumann on his teammate: “He’s a very smart player with good speed a good shot and it’s been great to add a guy like him.”
Shane Wright continues to impress in his rookie season and entered the game on a five-game point streak (6G, 4A). He leads all OHL rookies in goals (31) and points (52). His linemates have also been producing with Zayde Wisdom and Martin Chromiak combining with the young-star to form a dangerous line. Chromiak is also on a five-game streak (3G,7A) while Wisdom comes in riding a four-game point streak (3G, 3A). Jakob Brahaney leads the team in assists and shots helping the Kingston attack from the backend.
Kingston sits one point back of the final playoff spot and with a pending seven-game road trip coming up it’s critical they gain every point possible to try and get ahead of the IceDogs.
Oshawa has placed a bid to host the Memorial Cup in 2021 as officially announced by the team on Tuesday. Though this hasn’t been a secret necessarily, it’s now on record and I would expect them to get the bid, though folks in the Soo will definitely have their say as another potential landing spot for the CHL’s year-end tournament.
Game-Night Stat Check:
- Frontenacs Shane Wright leads OHL rookie scoring (52), goals (31) and rookie powerplay goals (7), SOG (157)
- Frontenacs Wright (19.7 percent) and Martin Chromiak (20.5 percent) both sit in top three for OHL rookie shooting percentage
- Frontenacs Wright (49), Vitali Pinchuk (22), Chromiak (22), and Francesco Arcuri(18) are all in Top-20 OHL scoring for rookies
- Frontenacs Maddox Callens turned 17 yesterday
- Generals Brett Harrison sit sin sixth-place for OHL rookie point-scoring (29)
The Generals came out with some energy and after getting three shots on goal in the first two minutes it was 1-0 at 4:58 on a Brett Harrison strike. The rookies’ 16th of the year came off a tipped point shot that also had Dugas screened in his crease. Allan McShane and Giovanni Vallati drew assists on the opening goal. The assist by McShane gave him points in eight-straight games.
Kingston then put the pressure back on Oshawa as they took over the middle part of the period firing eight-consecutive shots on the Oshawa goal, but Jordan Kooy was able to keep the Generals up by one. Rookie Oliver Suni would put Oshawa up 2-0 at 15:50 finishing a nice three-way passing play. After Kyle MacLean and McShane played give-and-go, Suni finished off a nice backhand pass from McLean by beating the outstretched Dugas.
Nick Wong would get Kingston on the board just over two minutes later at 17:38 when he was able to bag
home a rebound after a nice chance by Pinchuk. After taking the puck to the goal on some nice dekes, Pinchuk tried to beat Kooy with a snapshot, but couldn’t hang onto the rebound and Wong was off to the side to make it 2-1 and get Kingston back in the game.
Kingston was able to kill off their first penalty of the period with Jake Murray in the box at 18:02. Dugas would make a huge save on a Generals two-on-one as he completely stretched out to rob the home team of a third goal before the period ended.
Kingston held a healthy 17-10 shots-on-goal advantage heading to the first intermission.
Much like the first period, Kingston was able to throttle down the Generals attack allowing only five shots on Dugas.
Lucas Rowe would even things up at 15:45 after he buried a nice setup by Wright. After some zone time by Kingston, Wright was able to take the puck and while he was about to go around the net he backhanded a beautiful pass against the grain for a waiting Rowe who snapped home his eighth goal. The assist by Wright extended a personal point streak to six games.
Kingston only gave up one legitimate scoring chance in the middle frame on only five shots against and still held the shots on goal edge at 28-15.
Oshawa took another lead at 4:32 when Ty Tullio was able to beat Dugas on a broken play that saw Tullio fan on an initial shot that had Dugas go down to make the save and when he tried to get back up, Tullio was able to bank the puck in off the goalie for the 3-2 score. Neumann and Mitchell Brewer had assists on Tullio’s 25th goal on the season.
The game got a little rough in the final frame and Kingston would have to kill off a five-minute major penalty to Dawson Baker starting at 6:20. After Baker had hit Kyle Maclean high the teams would have a scrum in the corner after MacLean came back on Baker. Referees handed out a roughing minor, a check-to-the-head major and game misconduct for Baker after all was said and done.
During the penalty kill, Kingston did a good job of holding off the Generals fifth-ranked powerplay but ultimately couldn’t get away unscathed as Allan McShane would score his 21st from Neumann and Tomasino on only the third shot on Dugas during the man advantage at 9:50 giving the Generals their second two-goal lead of the night.
Kingston, as they have many a game, never gave in and while still on the penalty-kill Wright would score his second shorthanded goal of the season and 32nd of the season from Jordan Frasca just 36 seconds later. The OHL leading rookie scorer fired a low-wrist shot past the glove of Kooy to make it 4-3 at 10:26 and give Kingston back some momentum.
Oshawa would try to negate any Kingston comeback, but ultimately the Frontenacs would put enough pressure on the Generals and for the second consecutive game they would tie it up with the goaltender pulled at 18:46. Frasca’s 13th goal saw him make a nice read as he trailed the play and snuck down to the crease where he banged in the puck after it bounced in front of the net. The goal was from Wright and Nick King to make it a 4-4 game.
However, also for the second consecutive game, Kingston would have a heartbreaking goal against in the final moments. Neumann was able to give the Generals the win at 19:21 as Tullio and Tomasino drew assists on Neumann’s 37th goal. Neumann described what he saw “Tomasino came down the side and tried to feed me in the middle and I just sort of missed it, got a little piece of it and stopped at the net. I was hoping the puck would bounce out to me it went out behind and came back out front and I saw the puck and jammed it home.”
The game marked the second consecutive three-point game for Wright and he now has a 16-point lead in the rookie race with 52 points and sits first in goals by first-year players with 32 ahead of Peterborough’s Mason McTavish.
Said Oshawa’s Brett Nuemann: “We want to be more sound defensively. We sort of let our foot off the gas and they came back in the game and it was nice to have a bounce-back in the last minute. He’s been huge
for us. He’s (Jordan Kooy) made an impact for us ever since he’s come in, we rely on him back there and he’s done a great job so far.” On his former team, the dynamic forward added: “They have a good young team, but they have some great young players and they will keep on developing. I’ve been impressed with them this year especially the Wright line which provides a lot of offences and are hard to play against. It’s nice to see they are adding for the future.”
Generals goaltender Jordan Kooy added: “Feels unreal to get that win. We gave up some chances late we shouldn’t but overall I thought we played ok and pulled it out. It’s been awesome so far. The boys have treated all of us new guys who came in at the deadline really good. Shane Wright is an unbelievable player and he’s really excelled this year.”
Frontenacs coach Foster: I thought we played a very strong game. We didn’t give up a lot, nothing in the second. Even late, we didn’t get up that much it just seemed like any opportunity they had they got in the back of the net. I hope the guys understand they deserved a better fate. Guys did the little things today well, from beginning to finish guys were tracking really well, backchecking, blocking shots, chipping pucks in. All the little things that are principles of how we want to play, the guys did tonight and they bought in. But part of the experience of a young team is learning how to finish games. We have to find a way to win those.”
- Allan McShane – OSH
- Shane Wright – KGN
- Brett Neumann – OSH