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Game Preview: Kingston at Guelph

It’s game day for a third straight day as the Kingston Frontenacs (21-19-1-1) hunt for a fourth consecutive victory, up against the Midwest Division Guelph Storm (18-19-4-1) today at 2:00 pm at Sleeman Centre. Kingston won the first of two matchups on the season with a 6-1 victory at Leon’s Centre on Oct 15 and enters action with consecutive wins on the road and an 11-11-1-0 record away from home. The Black and Gold won 6-2 on Saturday night to improve to 7-3-0-0 on back-to-back nights on the strength of a three-point night from first-star Owen Outwater (2G,1A) and have wins in five of their last six. Kingston enters action in a tie for 5th with Mississauga in the Eastern Conference standings, two points up on sixth place Hamilton in the push for a position in post-season play and have a 4-2-0-0 record when facing a Midwest Division opponent.

Guelph scored the game’s first goal before Kingston registered six unanswered tallies in Kingston’s 6-1 win on Oct 15. Fronts captain and Chicago Blackhawks prospect Paul Ludwinski scored a goal and assisted twice as the second star in the first matchup, with Linus Hemstrom (2A), Owen Outwater (1G,1A), and Matthew Soto (1G,1A) joining Ludwinski with multi-point games. The Black and Gold went 2-for-6 with the man advantage in the win and can again look to take advantage of a Guelph penalty-killing unit sitting last in the OHL with a 69.2% efficiency rate. Conversely, the Frontenacs penalty-killers fended off seven powerplay chances by Guelph as a key in the victory. Maddox Callens has goals in two straight. Kingston is tied for 1st in the OHL with 28 game-opening tallies and has allowed an Eastern Conference-low 33 goals in the first period, second in the OHL to London’s 31.

 

 

Former Frontenacs assistant captain Jake Murray plays his second game against his old mates after playing his first as an opposition player in the 6-1 Kingston home win over Guelph in the first matchup. Murray has (4G,21A) 27 points in 38 games since his move to the Western Conference. The Storm is currently fighting for a playoff spot in seventh place in the Western Conference in a battle with Kitchener and the Soo. A 6-4 nationally televised TSN win over Peterborough improved to 9-7-3-1 at home in the club’s last game on Jan 20, rebounded from a 6-4 loss to Owen Sound on Jan 14 that had ended a four-game winning streak. Braeden Bowman enters action with an OHL-high six-game goal streak and points in seven straight(10G,4A). Matthew Poitras has 11 points (1G,10A) and Jake Karabela (3G,4A) seven, also riding a hot hand with points in six consecutive gamers, respectively.

 

Powerplay:

KGN: (31/148) 20.9% – (14th OHL) – 4 SHGA (season series – 2/6)

GUE: (42/182) 23.1% –  (5th OHL) – 6 SHGA (season series 0/7)

 

Penalty Kill:

KGN: (116/150) 77.6% – (13th OHL) – 3 SHGF (11.98 pen mins/game – 14th/ 20 most OHL)

GUE: (110/159) 69.2% – (20th OHL) – 6 SHGF (10.05 pen mins/game – 19th/20 most OHL)

 

Fronts Notes:

  • Nov 23 – Frontenacs Hockey Club officially announced its bid for rights to host the 2024 Memorial Cup presented by Kia
  • KGN – T-1st w  BAR – OHL game-opening goals (28)
  • F Owen Outwater – points in 3 straight (3G,2A) – career regular season game 100 v NIA Jan 21
  • D Cal Uens – pts in 2 straight (2A)
  • F Maddox Callens – pts in 2 straight (2G)
  • F Ethan Miedema – pts in 2 straight (2A)
  • F Paul Ludwinski – pts in 6 of 8 (1G,5A)
  • D Tommy Budnick – pts in 3 straight (4A)

 

 

Team Stat Pack – GP (42) (21-19-1-1) 44 pts

Leaders:

Goals –Soto (13), Thibodeau (12), Miedema (11)

PPG – Ludwinski, Soto (5), Miedema (3)

Assists – Soto (23), Miedema (22), Ludwinski, Burns (20)

PPA – Hemström (10), Burns (9), Outwater (7)

Points –Soto (36), Miedema (33), Ludwinski, Outwater, Hemström (28)

PPP – Ludwinski, Soto (11), Burns, Hemström (10)

SOG –Thibodeau (83), Soto (80), Outwater (72)

Plus/Minus –Miedema (+7), Burns (+6), McGowan (+4)

PIMs – Burns (77), Budnick (50), Uens (41)

 

On The Front

The next home matchup sees the East Division rival Oshawa Generals visit the Leon’s Centre for a second consecutive skate on Friday, Jan 27, at 7:00 pm for Frontenacs Night. The game welcomes past alums featuring our current roster wearing special 50th-anniversary jerseys inspired by Frontenacs uniforms from 2007-2012. Kingston plays back-to-back nights at home with the Western Conference London Knights visiting Kingston for a 7:00 pm matchup on Sat, Jan 28. It’s Women in Sports Night, featuring a special ceremonial puck drop and inspirational messages from female athletes throughout the evening.

96.3 Big FM and 104.3 Fresh Radio are your exclusive home for play-by-play with Jim Gilchrist and Kingston Frontenacs Hockey! Fans can listen live to all the games at https://frontenacs.leanplayer.com/. Fans can also tune into the game at https://watch.chl.ca/ (subscription needed).

Fans are encouraged to follow the team’s social media channels on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram for live updates!

 

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