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A late goal by Arcuri leads Kingston to a 5-4 win over Mississauga

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The Kingston Frontenacs visited Paramount Fine Foods Centre on Sunday afternoon for the first time in a fourth matchup versus the Mississauga Steelheads coming away with a gutsy 5-4 road win taking four of six points in the toughest three-day stretch they’ve seen this season so far. Francesco Arcuri has points in eight straight scoring two goals including the game winner late in the third. Rookie Paul Ludwinski and team scoring leader Lucas Edmonds added two assists each with Leevi Meriläinen stopping 32 shots to win his ninth start of the year.

The first two periods went opposite ends with Kingston taking a 4-1 lead to the first intermission on four unanswered goals after going down 1-0 early. A three-goal second by Mississauga set the teams for a new game at 4-4 for the final twenty minutes, before the Arcuri winner.

Kingston was shorthanded as both defencemen Chase Costantino and Ben Roger were forced to sit due to injuries in Hamilton. With Quinton Burns already away at The Capital City Challenge, head coach Luca Caputi needed some big minutes from some veteran rearguards. The team announced they had signed Duncan Schneider to a Standard Player Agreement just hours before the game. The 2021 OHL Priority Selection made his Kingston Frontenacs and Ontario Hockey League debut wearing number 23.

 

First Period

After playing two games in two nights, Mississauga had Saturday off and looked the fresher of the teams to start. Fronts had just two shots seven minutes but took advantage of a powerplay finishing the period strong taking a 4-1 lead to intermission with three late tallies.

The Steelheads got an early powerplay (1 for their last 31) and it was 1-0 on a Luca Del Bel Belluz (11) goal. He now has four goals and five assists in the four games versus Kingston so far beating Meriläinen over the right pad after taking a cross ice pass just 1:53 in. James Hardie and Kasper Larsen assisted.

Rookie Duncan Schneider, wearing number 23, made his OHL debut for Kingston early in the frame skating with veteran Jake Murray.

Defenceman Braden Haché made two solid checks in the Kingston zone with rookie Gage Heyes making a nice open ice hit in the neutral zone halfway through the stanza after coming off the bench, trying to set a tone and settle the game down. It seemed to spark the club.

Kingston tied it on their first chance with the man-advantage shortly after the Heyes hit. Wright fired a shot labelled for the shelf with the Steelhead goalie making a tough save off the opening draw. Basran made another nice glove snare off a Chromiak one-timer before Lucas Peric (5) would finally get one past him for a 1-1 score. Jake Murray and Paul Ludwinski assisted at 11:08, earning Peric his third straight with a point adding to his team-leading goal total from the backend.

Kingston displayed their 4.00 goal-per-game offence in the last four minutes of the period scoring three times. Jordan Frasca (10) made it 2-1 after Lucas Edmonds stole the puck at the Fronts blueline and raced in the Steelhead zone setting up Frasca for a shot from the slot beating Basran at 16:11 for Kingston’s first lead.

At 18:15, Francesco Arcuri (8) beat Basran for a 3-1 score on a fast break, taking advantage of a bad line change by the home side wiring a wrist shot in. Moments later, a nice steal led to an unassisted goal by Martin Chromiak (8) making it 4-1 ripping a shot from close past the stunned Steelheads goalie just 55 seconds after the Arcuri strike. The Fronts led on the shot clock 13-11 taking the three-goal lead to the break.

 

Second Period

Mississauga got themselves back with three goals in the middle stanza to take a 4-4 score to the final period.

Kingston nullified an early power play chance with a bench minor giving 1:30 of man-advantage time to Mississauga. Owen Beck took a puck to the net, but Meriläinen kept him off the board maintaining the three-goal lead. However, Beck (11) quickly replied at 4:20, breaking the four unanswered goals by the Black and Gold and a 4-2 score.

The Steelheads made it 4-3 with nine minutes left after Ole Bjorgvik-Holm (2) stuffed a puck back into the net when the puck banked out in front of the net off a shot.

Rooke forward Nathan Poole was injured on a hit in the Fronts zone. Though he was able to skate with help of teammates and trainers, he would not return. No status as of now. Chris Thibodeau and Steelheads Ty Collins each received minors after an ensuing scrum.

The Steelheads kept pushing as team-goal leader James Hardie (14) ripped a top shelf laser from a grade” A” area tying it up as Mississauga managed to erase the three-goal deficit they faced entering the frame. Del Bel Belluz recorded his second point of the game at 16:13 with a helper for the 4-4 game heading to the final twenty with the Steelheads outshooting the Fronts 15-6 in the period.

A penalty to Kingston sent the fish to a powerplay to close out the period taking 22 seconds to the third period.

 

Third Period

A tight checking period was played as expected in a close affair. Wright hit the post almost getting Kingston back on top in the opening minutes after the Fronts penalty expired.

Rookie skaters Jackson Stewart and Gage Heyes made solid hits in the Steelhead zone as the teams continued finishing their checks.

Kingston got a great opportunity with a fifth powerplay chance as Paul Hughes almost put the Fronts ahead after a scramble in front of the crease. Basran was just able to prevent a screened shot from getting by him to keep the game tied.

Kingston went ahead a second and final time in the game after Paul Ludwinski made a nice assist on Arcuri’s (10) second of the game for a 5-4 lead for Kingston just after the Steelhead penalty had expired with under five minutes left at 15:47. The Dallas Stars prospect has 12 points on six goals and six assists during an eight-game point streak.

The win gives Kingston two consecutive wins and four points in the three important conference games over the weekend.

 

BMW Kingston Hardest Worker of the Game

  • Paul Ludwinski (2A)

Hardest Worker

Three Stars of the Game

  1. James Hardie (1G,2A) – MISS
  2. Francesco Arcuri (2G) – KGN
  3. Luca Del Belluz (1G,1A) – MISS

Three Stars of the Game

 

Game Notes

  • Forward Maddox Callens played with a full cage after an injury suffered versus HAM on Saturday
  • Forward Nathan Poole did not return after leaving the game with injury in the second period
  • Forward Jordan Frasca had a mask back on after having it off for a couple games due to his injury
  • Forward Matthew Soto (Canada White) and Defenceman Quinton Burns (Canada Red) will miss the game while still away.
  • Arcuri extended to a eight-game point streak (5G,6A).
  • Ben Roger and Chase Costantino both were injured in Hamilton and are listed day-to-day.
  • Steelheads James Hardie skated with Fronts Jordan Frasca at Toronto Maple Leafs prospect camps
  • Steelheads Luca Del Bel Belluz has recorded a point in every game versus Kingston this season (3G,5A)

 

Team Stat Pack – GP (19)

(11-5-3-0) – 25 points

Leaders (Top/3)

  • Goals – Edmonds (12), Frasca (10), Wright, Arcuri (9)
  • Assists – Edmonds (23), Chromiak (14), Wright, Arcuri (13)
  • Points – Edmonds (35), Wright, Arcuri, Frasca, Chromiak (22)
  • PIMs – Haché (27), Poole (27), Callens (17)
  • SOG – Edmonds (86), Wright (77), Chromiak (60)
  • Powerplay Points – Edmonds (12), Wright (10), Chromiak (8)
  • Rookie Points – Soto (14), Ludwinski (12), 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, December 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.

Teddy Bear Toss Game

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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