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Game Preview: Teddy Bear Toss

Josh Currie and Owen Outwater take on former mates in one of the more exciting games of the season as the Kingston Frontenacs (12-10-1-1) host the North Bay Battalion (16-8-0-0) at Leon’s Centre for Teddy Bear Toss night starting at 7:00 pm. Kingston has earned the third most home points in the Eastern Conference facing the leading team in road wins (10) in the Conference with both teams entering action with three wins in the last five games played. The Black and Gold sent fans home happy in the last seasons’ annual toss night with a 5-0 win over Oshawa with Jordan Frasca sending the bears flying at 2:57 of the second period.

Move 93 will be hosting a Shoot to Win contest during the first intermission where three lucky fans in attendance will have a chance to win $9,830.00! Sign up at the Fan Relations table before the game from 6pm-7pm to be one of three contestants selected at random to compete.

“A huge part of our game will be our start,” said head coach Luca Caputi. North Bay is undefeated when scoring first with a 9-0-0-0 record. “Obviously respecting who they are and what they have accomplished. At the same time earning the respect and making them play our brand for 60 minutes. I think we play our brand for long stretches we are a difficult team to handle.” The coach is always happy to be a part of special occasions and recognizes both the importance of the two points and the connection with the fans at home. ”I think it’s for a great cause, its  around the holiday’s so its special in a lot of ways. At the same time when you play at home and get that off your back early , so we’re hoping to make that happen early and play our brand for long periods.” Caputi scored a bear toss goal in his OHL career amongst the few he recalls. “I think maybe five or six, one in the OHL. That was special, I actually scored the goal in the game; that was cool, against Barrie.”

Assistant captain Braden Hache is confident in his teams’ preparation. “Obviously a big one, top team in the league, so it’s a good test for us; we have been preparing all week. Trying to get two points on home ice, obviously a big game for us.” The Florida Panthers prospect was an integral part of the 2019 bear toss with a two-line passing assist to help setup Justin Pringle for the big goal, leading to a four-goal comeback OT win over the Troops. “I got my money on Paul Ludwinski to open it up for us, it’s going to be a big goal from him. It’s a fun game for the fans and for us, but at the end of the day it’s a hockey game for us and we are headed for two points.”

 

 

Frontenacs points leader Francesco Arcuri (30) enters action with an OHL-leading 22 goals after registering a pair of tallies for the fourth straight contest in the teams’ last game extending a point/goal streak to five games (9G,3A). The Dallas Stars prospect is tied for the league powerplay goal lead (9) and is second overall with four game-winning goals and has scored in both games against North Bay this season. Former Battalion member Owen Outwater (2G,3A) and Paul Ludwinski (4A) are on three-game streaks.

The Battalion won the previous matchup with a 6-2 victory in North Bay on Nov 17 to give the Troops a four-game winning stretch over the Fronts. Arcuri scored his 14th in the game with Maddox Callens opening the games scoring for the Fronts tallies with Kyle Jackson netting a hattrick for North Bay. Arcuri had a pair of points, including his first goal of the season as the teams went to extra time on Oct 7 at Leon’s Centre in the first matchup of the season, with North Bay taking the extra point on a 3-2 shootout win. Linus Hemstrom had the other Fronts marker.

 

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The Troops lead the Central Division, sitting second in the Eastern Conference entering action off a 7-4 win in Sudbury on Nov 30 after suffering their first consecutive losses on the season playing in their fourth game of a five-game road swing. Since a 5-0 win over Ottawa on Nov 24, the Battalion have given up four goals or more in their last three games. Defenceman Ty Nelson leads the OHL in shots and is tied for second in blueline points (29). The Seattle Kraken prospect leads the Battalion offence in points and assists (21). Jackson and Dalyn Wakely each have 14 goals to lead the team as two of four, ten-goal scorers, to help North Bay to the second-most team goals (101) in the Eastern Conference.

 

Powerplay:

KGN: (19/86) 22.1% – (4th Eastern Conf / 9th OHL) – 3 SHGA

NB: (17/84) 20.2% – (8th Eastern Conf / 14th OHL) – 5 SHGA

 

Penalty Kill:

KGN: (74/92) 80.4% – (3rd Eastern Conf / 6th OHL) – 2 SHGF (11.67 pen mins/game – 13thmost OHL)

NB: (58/77) 75.3% – (2nd Eastern Conf / 2nd OHL) – 5 SHGF  (11.58 pen mins/game – 14th 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 – extends to 5-gm pt/goal streak (9G,3A), played 150th career regular season game on Nov 27 v MISS
    • 20G – 1st OHL, 9 PPG – T-1st OHL, 96 SOG – 4th OHL
  • F Owen Outwater – 3-gm pt streak (2G,3A)
  • F Paul Ludwinski – 3-gm pt streak (4A), pts in 6 of last 9 (7A)
  • D Quinton Burns – pts in 8 of last 12 games (1G, 10A)
    • 1st  OHL goal v Mississauga Nov 27
  • F Matthew Soto – 2-gm pt streak (2G,3A) – needs one pt for career 50
  • F Linus Hemstrom – pts in four of last five (1G, 4A)
  • F Maddox Callens – pts in 7 of last 10 (5G,3A)

 

Team Stat Pack – GP (24) (12-10-1-1) 26 pts (3rd East Div / 5th Eastern Conf / 11th OHL)

Leaders:

Goals – Arcuri – 1st OHL (22), Soto (9), Outwater, Hemström (7)

PPG – Arcuri (9), Soto, (3), Battaglia (2)

Assists – Soto (15), Hemström (14), Burns, Outwater (13)

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

Points – Arcuri (30), Soto (24), Outwater, Hemstrom (21)

PPP – Arcuri (12), Soto, Hemstrom (8)

SOG – Arcuri – 5th OHL (96), Outwater (52), Soto (44)

Plus/Minus – Outwater (+5), Burns, McGowan (+4)

PIMs – Burns (44), Haché (36), Budnick (35)

 

On The Front

The Fronts hit the Leon’s Centre ice next for a 2:00 pm matinee on Sunday, December 4th against the Flint Firebirds for Superhero Night. The Kingston Frontenacs will be inviting first responders, health care workers, essential workers, and their family members to join us for a day of fun at the rink. We will have family fun activities and cosplay characters on the main concourse before and during the game.

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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