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Game Day Preview: KGN at HAM

The Kingston Frontenacs travel to Hamilton for the first time of the 2021-22 season to take on the East Division-leading Bulldogs at 4:00 pm. The Black and Gold will look to rebound from a 5-2 loss at home to the North Bay Battalion last night, playing in the second of three consecutive days.

Hamilton (24) sits three points up on Kingston (21) in the division, having played one more game entering Saturday’s action on a three-game winning streak. Both squads can score sitting third (HAM) and fourth (KGN) in team goals and share an identical 3.94 goals per game.

Kingston will need to take their same approach away from Leon’s Centre, which has earned them a respectful road record at 3-1-1-0. The Bulldogs will be no easy task in FirstOntario Centre, suffering only one regulation loss in nine games at home with a 6-1-1-1 record. Montreal Canadiens prospect Jan Mysak leads the Bulldog attack in points and goals with 25 points (15G,10A) and looks to extend a 13-point, five-game multi-point streak (9G,4A) today.

Rookie forward Nathan Poole registered his first OHL goal on Friday night and looked forward to getting back on the winning track. “We just got to stay with our game plan and stack the deck and do the right things. Today (Friday night), I didn’t think we did the things we wanted to, but tomorrow we’ll bounce back, look over the film and be ready.”

The Bulldogs possess one of the best goaltenders in Marco Costantini, holding the third-best goals-against-average in the OHL (2.83), with one shutout serving as the workhorse similar to Meriläinen for Kingston. Meriläinen has the edge in wins with eight to the Bulldogs stoppers’ six.

Hamilton possesses a well-balanced attack, getting points from the blue line with two top-ten scorers. Nathan Staios sits one point back for OHL defenseman points (18), tying for second in the league, while fellow defender Gavin White has 15 points and ninth-overall.

Defenceman Ben Roger made his Fronts debut versus North Bay after a midweek trade from the London Knights.

 

Fronts Notes

  • Fronts Goaltender Mason Vaccari backstopped Canada Black saving 28 shots allowing two goals in a 7-2 win over Canada Red at Capital City Challenge in Ottawa
  • Forward Matthew Soto (Canada White) and Defenceman Quinton Burns (Canada Red) also made the trip with Vaccari and are gone until Dec 1
  • Edmonds ended a seven-game streak versus North Bay on Friday night (5G,12A)
  • Frasca extended a six-game point streak versus North Bay (5G,5A)
  • Arcuri extended a six-game point streak (4G,3A)
  • Martin Chromiak returned Friday versus North Bay after missing two games
  • Kingston fifth-least penalty minutes in OHL (175), second-least in the Eastern Conference

 

Team Stat Pack – GP (17)

Record (9-5-3-0) 21 pts – Tie Third East Div / Tie Fifth East Conf / Eighth OHL

Leaders (Top/3)

  • Goals – Edmonds (10), Frasca (9), Chromiak, Wright, Arcuri (7)
  • Assists – Edmonds (20), Chromiak (13), Wright, Frasca (12)
  • Points – Edmonds (30), Frasca (21), Chromiak (20)
  • PIMs – Poole, Haché (25), Callens (17)
  • SOG – Edmonds (75), Wright (66), Chromiak (56)
  • PowerPlay Points – Edmonds (10), Chromiak, Wright (7), Frasca (6)
  • Rookie Points – Soto (14), Ludwinski (10), Thibodeau (6)

 

On The Front

The Frontenacs play a third consecutive road game on Thursday night in Peterborough to take on the recently returned Mason McTavish and the Petes.

The next home game is particularly special on Friday, Dec 3, with the Oshawa Generals making their second visit to the Leon’s Centre. The game is the Annual Teddy Bear toss and fans are encouraged to bring a teddy bear/stuffed animal to throw on the ice following the first Fronts goal. The bears will be donated to Salvation Army Kingston Citadel.

Listen to all the action on 104.3 Fresh Radio with Frontenacs play-by-play voice Jim Gilchrist. Fans can also follow along with team social media channels at Twitter, Facebook and IG for updates.

The arena is now operating at 100% capacity, following all Provincial health guidelines.

All home game tickets are available online at www.ticketmaster.ca or visiting the Leon’s Centre box office. Group Sales and Flex Packs are also available for fans at www.kingstonfrontenacs.com.

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