Memorial Cup champions fighting to stay in 8th while Frontenacs lead the conference
As the Kingston Frontenacs continue to hold the top spot in the Eastern Conference with 49 points, the defending Memorial Cup Champion Oshawa Generals are fighting to stay alive in the Eastern Conference playoff race. Despite trading two of their top players, and members of the Memorial Cup winning team from last season, Stephen Desrocher and Michael Dal Colle, the Generals strengthened their lead over the Hamilton Bulldogs for 9th place in the Eastern Conference after midweek games for both the Bulldogs (5-3 loss to Niagara on Wednesday) and Generals (4-3 shootout win last night over Peterborough).
For the Frontenacs, with last week’s decisive 5-3 win on New Year’s Day over the Peterborough Petes, Kingston has 23 wins, 11 regulation losses, 2 overtime losses, and 1 shootout loss. In the past 10 games, the Frontenacs have 6 wins, 3 regulation losses, and 1 overtime loss.
The Generals, on the other hand, are fighting to stay afloat in the Eastern Conference playoff race with 6 wins and 4 losses in their past 10 games. For the season, the Generals have 16 wins, 18 losses, 3 overtime losses, and 2 shootout losses–good for 37 points.
In the 4 match-ups between the two clubs so far this season, Kingston is ahead in the series with 3 wins to Oshawa’s 1. The Frontenacs have a slight lead in scoring between the two teams this season when facing each other, with 11 goals to Oshawa’s 9.
RETURN OF WORLD JUNIOR PLAYERS: The Kingston Frontenacs will soon see the return of the three players to the team after representing their home countries in the IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship, including Juho Lammikko (forward) who won Gold with Finland, as well as Roland McKeown (defence) and Lawson Crouse (forward) who played for Team Canada. Deputy Mayor Ryan Boehme will make a presentation to all three players during next Friday’s pregame ceremonies.