Kingston’s roster changed again before their match-up with the Barrie Colts on Sunday. Brett Neumann was traded to the Oshawa Generals on Saturday morning. In return Kingston got Nick Wong and a few draft picks. Wong was ready to make his Frontenacs debut on Sunday centering Ian Derungs and Ryan Cranford. Another first for Kingston was Marshall Frappier’s first start in a Black and Gold jersey.
The first period had a lack of scoring, but it wasn’t for of a lack of effort from Kingston. The Frontenacs peppered Colts goaltender Jet Greaves with 18 shots in the opening period. He made every save, including a great save at the buzzer to keep the scoreboard blank. At the other end, Marshall Frappier saw only 4 shots but was also perfect in his opening period as a starter for the Frontenacs.
Kingston continued to put lots of shots on net in the second period, but it was Barrie that opened the scoring. Jack York took the initial shot, but it was tipped by Matej Pekar. The puck snuck through Frappier for a 1-0 Colts lead. The Frontenacs could have easily been discouraged after the goal but they bounced back nicely on a couple of odd man rushes. Ryan Cranford found Ian Derungs on the first opportunity. Derungs took a shot that Greaves got a piece of, but it snuck over the line to tie the game 1-1. Minutes later it was Lucas Rowe hitting Dawson Baker with a pass. Baker cut against the grain and slid the puck into the net to put Kingston ahead 2-1. Kingston was winning on the shot clock 32-16. They also led 2-1 on the scoreboard with one period remaining.
Barrie came out firing in the final period. They put 15 shots on net, just one less than the previous two periods combined. Kingston tried to hold on and Frappier was making big saves early to keep the lead intact. The Colts finally broke through with an innocent looking shot. Nathan Allensen took a wrist shot from the point that Frappier wasn’t able to see through a screen and it found the back of the net and tied the game. Heartbreak followed for the Frontenacs. In the final minute Jacob Tortora pounced on a rebound and put Barrie ahead with just fifty-six seconds left. The Frontenacs pushed back hard but Greaves didn’t allow anything by him. His 42 saves were good enough to help his team to a one goal victory.
The weekend was full of strong efforts from Kingston, but they fell just short for the second time in three days. They will hit the road for Friday and Saturday night before returning home on Sunday evening to host the North Bay Battalion at 6 p.m. Tickets are available at Leon’s Centre box office and at ticketmaster.ca.