Weekly Fronts Front – Nov 22
(Note: Due to technical issues on my part, the weekly review portion is a day late and does not include the game vs Peterborough Thursday night. (See game review at bottom of the page.) Keep looking for future weekly on Thursdays. Thank you for reading
20 GP – 8 PTS (2-14-2-2) 5th East Div. / Tie (North Bay) 9th Eastern Conf. (7 points back of playoff spot -MIS)
Pinchuk – out last Saturday, returned vs Petes Nov 21
Games Review Last Week:
4-3 SOL @ Kitchener – Nov. 15
3-1 W @ Owen Sound – Nov. 16
Kingston was in Peterborough for a midweek Thursday (Nov. 21)game last night versus the Petes. See Review at the bottom…
@BoutHockey Stars of the Week:
(not including Petes game Nov 21 – included in next weeks stars)
- Ryan Dugas – Superb in the 3-1 win over Owen Sound especially the first facing 18 shots making 41 of 42 saves overall for first team regulation win.
- Christian Propp – 15 seconds from a win in first game as a Front. Solid performance versus Kitchener. 31 of 34 saves.
- Nick King – Scored his first goal in a Kingston uniform in 3-1 win over Owen Sound. Carrying heavy minutes in all situations.
On The Fronts Front:
Forward Nick Wong played in will play in his 150th career OHL game vs the Petes on November 21 (50 in a Frontenacs uniform). Wong began his career in Oshawa before a trade last season to Kingston.
Frontenacs alumni and Kingston native Gabriel Vilardi has resumed his career in the Los Angeles Kings system after dealing with a long-term injury this week.
Upcoming Games This Week:
The Frontenacs start a four-game homestand on Friday night at Leon’s Centre hosting the Sudbury Wolves featuring NHL 2020 top-prospect Quinton Byfield. The 6’4″, 215 lb. centre leads OHL in assists with 28 and enters Friday’s third in league scoring (45), one-point back of Hamilton’s duo of Kaliyev and Janik.
The Wolves lead the Central Division with an OHL best 107 team goals for but only five teams have allowed more goals in the league, so there should be some fireworks in this one. Sudbury enters the game travelling after a 6-3 loss in Ottawa on Thursday and was involved in a wild 11-10 loss in overtime last Sunday to Hamilton while giving up 21 goals in their last four games. Kingston’s goaltending was excellent last weekend and will need the same here.
It marks the first afternoon game of the year on Sunday when the Mississauga Steelheads pay a visit to Kingston for a 2 PM start. While it’s early in the season, this is a game Kingston will want to have as the Steelheads sit in the final playoff spot in Eastern Conference standings currently seven points up on Kingston. It’s the first of four games the two will play each other with the next on Dec. 15 in Mississauga.
Ottawa 67’s pay a visit to Kingston at 7 PM for the teams’ third matchup of the year and the first since Kingston had a 5-1 lead slip away to an 8-7 OT loss on October 14th. The teams had played a much more compact 3-2 OT game on Sept. 27th with the 67’s also getting the extra point win. While it is positive to take one of the CHL’s best teams to overtime twice, the team felt it had a chance to win both games and will look again to try and beat a team in a battle with Oshawa and Peterborough for the division lead.
Frontenacs StatPack: (up to Nov. 21)
- Goals: Wisdom – 10
- Assists: Frasca – 11
- Points: Wisdom, Frasca – 15
- Penalty Mins: Baker – 32
- +/-: Hutton +1
- Shots: Brahaney – 68
- Face/Off Leader: Drewitt – 59.1% (min. 100 faceoffs taken)
- GAA: Dugas – 4.13
- Save %: Dugas – .882%
- Goalie Wins: Propp – 4 (with North Bay)
- Rookie Leader
- Goals: Wright -6
- Assists: Wright – 7
- Points: Wright – 13
- Penalty mins: Callens – 17
Last Night: (Big Win in Peterborough)
After a successful two-game road trip last weekend collecting three of four points, Kingston Frontenacs were back on the road against a divisional opponent on Thursday night at the Peterborough Memorial Centre to face the Petes for the third time this season. Once again, the Frontenacs played strong and came away with a huge 4-3 shootout win over one of the best teams in the OHL. Peterborough, currently ranked 10th in the Canadian Hockey League rankings, won both previous games in a home-and-home on Nov. 5/8 and entered the game one point back of Ottawa for the East Division land OHL league lead.
It was the first of a back-to-back for Kingston (hosting Sudbury tomorrow) but caught a break as the Petes played yesterday afternoon and travelled back from Hamilton after a 4-3 win. Nick Robertson remained out for Peterborough with a hand injury. Vitali Pinchuk, banged up last weekend, was in the lineup after missing Saturday’s win in Owen Sound. Nick Wong played in his 150th career regular-season game (50 with Kingston).
Heading into tonight’s second game of the year in Peterborough, Kurtis Foster was looking to carry some momentum from last weekend’s trip. “Last week worked well, but we made a couple of adjustments at practice this week that helped us have a better forecheck,” said the head coach on Wednesday. On the Petes, he added: “They played a very fast game, they forecheck well, they had 47 shots for a reason (vs HAM), so hopefully our guys are ready to go because they’re a team that can put up points on the board pretty quick.”
The first period saw the Frontenacs indeed be ready and got off to a quick start scoring just 27 seconds into the period giving them the 1-0 lead for the second consecutive game. Zayde Wisdom buried his 11th goal and 16th point off a rebound when Petes starter Tye Austin couldn’t grasp a Dustin Hutton shot from the slot. Coach Foster had been looking to get shots and traffic to the net and the goal was a great example. Hutton extended his point streak to three games with the assist.
Kingston would also force Peterborough into a penalty at 2:58 but could not get the two-goal lead and the powerplay was shortened 22 seconds when Dawson Baker was called for interference. The Petes went to the powerplay for 1:38 and had some good chances but Ryan Dugas was solid in particular with a right-pad kick-save keeping the lead for Kingston.
The Petes started to put sustained pressure and had five shots in three minutes during the middle of the frame, but Kingston would go on their second powerplay at 11:57 and gain some momentum back but again couldn’t solve Austin to get up by two.
Peterborough tied the game up 1-1 when they took advantage of the Memorial Centre’s boards as the puck took a weird bounce on a dump-in and came out in front of Dugas and Petes Brady Hinz was able to slap the puck off a defending Hutton’s stick past the surprised Dugas. It was Hinz’s fifth goal in three games against Kingston sending the teams to intermission squared up.
The second period started off with a bang. After Petes Captain Zach Gallant hit Hutton, Lucas Peric stepped in to defend his teammate and the two had a spirited scrap 18 seconds into the frame. Kingston would kill off an instigator penalty to Peric but the Petes would get their first lead 2-1 shortly after at 3:43 with a Max Grondin goal. The teams traded powerplays during the middle portion of the frame before Peterborough extended their lead at 16:09 to a 3-1 advantage. After a battle in the Kingston corner, Gallant passed off to John Parker-Jones at the point who threw a low seeing-eye shot towards the net finding its way through a crowd putting Petes up by two.
Kingston did not panic and kept coming and with just over two minutes left in the period, Wisdom would score his second of the game and 12th of the year, getting Kingston within one goal 3-2. It was a beautiful three-way passing play that started off after Wisdom picked up the puck at the blueline and began by giving it to Shane Wright in the middle of the ice who dished off to Hutton to his left. Hutton would pass it back across the grain to Wisdom finishing into an open net for his fourth goal and fifth point in a now four-game point streak. Wisdom’s goal put him into the lead for Kingston points with 17 and Hutton recorded his third point against his former teammates this season.
The third period started off slow with nine whistles and five Peterborough icings in the first five minutes with Kingston’s Wisdom having a good chance after centring a pass off a two on one break before the midway point. Kingston would get some pressure paying off at the 11:03 mark when Dennis Golovatchev was able to pick up the puck off an Austin turnover and tie the game at 3-3 with his third goal. After Austin failed to make good on his pass, Golovatchev picked the puck up, turned and fired it past the goalie still trying to set. The teams played it safe as the game went to extra time.
The overtime settled nothing and for the second time in three games, Kingston would go to a shootout marking Dugas’ first time in goal for the one-on-one action this year.
After Dugas stopped the first shooter, Nick Wong put Kingston up in the first round. Rookie Mason McTavish then tied it for the Petes but rookie Francesco Arcuri replied to put Kingston again up after round two. Semyon Der-Argunchintsev did score to open the third round to tie, but it set the stage for Kingston’s Shane Wright to give Kingston the win with a goal.
The rookie made no mistake burying a wicked shot past Austin giving Kingston their second consecutive win and third consecutive game with a point. The win moved Kingston ahead of North Bay in the Eastern Conference with 10 points.
Zayde Wisdom was named the first star of the night and Ryan Dugas was the third star.
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