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Fronts struggle offensively in 5-1 loss to Steelheads

It’s hard to believe the Steelheads and Frontenacs were meeting for the third time already this season, considering they aren’t in the same division. Both of the previous match ups were in Mississauga, and both were Steelheads victories. Even though Kingston lost both games, they held their own against the first-place opponent. Mississauga scored empty net goals in both games to seal the wins.

It was a slow start for Kingston, something that Head Coach Kurtis Foster has been working on with his team lately. Unfortunately, the Steelheads controlled the play for most of the period. Owen Tippett gave them the lead on a breakaway at 7:37. He gave a hard fake and went to his backhand to slide it by Brendan Bonello. Other than that goal, Bonello was easily the best Kingston player on the ice. He made 16 saves in the opening period keeping his team in the game. Mississauga outshot Kingston 17-4, but only led 1-0 after twenty minutes.

The Steelheads continued to pour on the pressure in the second period. Owen Tippett extended the lead with a perfect shot under the bar to beat a sliding Bonello. Their power play went to work after that. Ryan Barbosa made it 3-0 with a shot that bounced off of the inside of Bonello’s blocker. He then scored his second of the game on a perfect tip. Owen Tippett made the pass and Barbosa’s tip snuck just inside the post. The Frontenacs were struggling to clear their zone for the majority of the first two periods, and the Steelheads made them pay. They led 4-0 heading into the third period.

Kingston tried to kick start a comeback early in the third. They had some power play time left over from the end of the second period and they made the most of it. Jason Robertson scored his 23rd of the season to get Kingston on the board. The comeback was short lived, however, because Alan Lyszczarczyk restored the four-goal lead at 7:59. That was the final nail in the coffin. The final shots were 45-19 in favour of the Steelheads and the final score was 5-1.

Kingston wraps up a four-game home stand on Sunday afternoon when they host the Hamilton Bulldogs. Game time is 2 p.m. Tickets are available at ticketmaster.ca.

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