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Game Preview: Kingston at Mississauga

The Kingston Frontenacs (12-9-1-1) plays their 11th road game in the last 14 games in a Sunday matinee versus the Mississauga Steelheads (11-7-3-0) at Paramount Fine Foods Centre. Looking to extend a three-game winning stretch, the Black and Gold can also extend a road-winning stretch to three games.

Matthew Soto had three points; with a pair of goals, including the 5-4 OT winner in the Frontenacs’ last game on Friday versus Sudbury. The second of the four-game regular season series against Mississauga has Kingston looking to improve on a 5-7-0-1 away record from the Limestone City. The previous matchup with Mississauga saw the Steelheads take a 4-3 overtime win over the Fronts back on November 18th, also in Mississauga.

Montreal Canadians prospect Owen Beck scored the overtime winner on a hat-trick performance in the 4-3 win for Mississauga in that game, after the Steelheads tied the game early in the third period. Kingston had 1-0 and 3-2 leads in the game before the third-period tally by the Steelheads.

Francesco Arcuri plays in his 150th regular-season game today, registering two goals in each of his last three games, and is on a four-game goal streak overall (7G,3A). Hitting an OHL-leading 20-goal mark with his 61st career regular-season tally in Friday’s win over Sudbury, the Dallas Stars prospect has been held off the goal total just three times in his last ten games and leads the Fronts offence with 28 points. He has 26 goals in his previous 34 games, including last spring’s playoffs as one the hottest players in the league.

Owen Outwater has goals in two straight becoming the fourth Frontenac top record 20 points Arcuri, Soto, Hemstrom). Linus Hemstrom had an assist last Friday against Sudbury extending a point streak to four games (1G,4A) and taking over the team assist lead with 14 helpers.

The Steelheads enter action winless in four games (0-3-1-0), coming off a 4-0 loss at home to the Soo Greyhounds on Nov 25. Their last win was in the overtime victory over Kingston in the team’s previous game against each other. Beck leads the offence with 26 points and 15 goals with Luca DelBelBelluz (25) and James Hardie (23) also hitting the 20-point mark.

Powerplay:

KGN: (17/82) 20.7% – (7th Eastern Conf / 13th OHL) – 3 SHGA

MIS: (21/80) 26.3% – (2nd Eastern Conf / 3rd OHL) – 2 SHGA

 Penalty Kill:

KGN: (72/89) 80.9% – (3rd Eastern Conf / 6th OHL) – 2 SHGF (11.83 pen mins/game – 12thmost OHL)

MIS: (58/77) 75.3% – (7th Eastern Conf / 15th OHL) – 4 SHGF  (11.38 pen mins/game – 17th most OHL)

 

Fronts Notes:

  • On Nov 23, Frontenacs Hockey Club officially announced its bid for rights to host the 2024 Memorial Cup presented by Kia
  • F Francesco Arcuri – 4-gm pt/goal streak (7G,3A)
    • 20G – 1st OHL, 8 PPG – T-1st OHL, 88 SOG – 4th OHL
  • F Linus Hemstrom – 4-gm pt streak (1G,4A)
  • F Owen Outwater – 2-gm pt streak (2G,2A)
  • D Quinton Burns – pts in 7 of last 11 games (10A)
    • 13A – T-11th OHL defenceman
  • F Gabriel Frasca – 8A – 5th OHL rookies

Team Stat Pack – GP (23) (12-9-1-1) 26 pts ( 3rd East Division / 4th Eastern Conf / 9th OHL )

Leaders:

Goals – Arcuri – 1st OHL (20), Soto (9), Outwater, Hemström (7)

PPG – Arcuri (8), Soto, (3), Battaglia (2)

Assists – Hemström (14), Burns, Soto, Outwater (13)

PPA – Hemstrom (8), Burns (5), Outwater, Soto (4)

Points – Arcuri (28), Soto (22), Hemstrom (21)

PPP – Arcuri (11), Hemstrom (8), Soto (7)

SOG – Arcuri – 3rd OHL (88), Outwater (51), Soto (44)

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

PIMs – Burns (42), Haché (36), Budnick (33)

 

On The Front

The Fronts return to Leon’s Centre for a pair of games next weekend. It’s the Annual Teddy Bear Toss on Friday, December 2nd versus the North Bay Battalion at 7:00 pm, followed by a 2:00 pm matinee on Sunday, December 4th against the Flint Firebirds for Superhero Night.

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!

All home game tickets are available online at www.ticketmaster.ca or by visiting the Leon’s Centre box office at 1 The Tragically Hip Way. The box office is open Tuesday to Friday from 10:00 am until 5:00 pm and 2 hours before puck drop on home game days. Group tickets, Flex Packs and season ticket memberships are available at www.kingstonfrontenacs.com.

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