The Kingston Frontenacs (37-20-3-1) lost in a shootout 4-3 to the Oshawa Generals (28-29-1-5) at the Leon’s Centre on Friday night in the clubs’ 11th matchup with the Gens this season. Tonight’s game was the first of a home-and-home weekend battle between the Eastern Division foes with the season series ending in Oshawa this Sunday. Zayde Wisdom collected career OHL point 100 and Jordan Frasca added to his team-leading goal total with his 42nd. In the end, goals by Ryan Stepien and Ty Tullio in the shootout gave the Gens the extra point. Kingston will take its 7-2-1-1 season-series record to Oshawa for the finale of 12 games with each other on Sunday.
Leevi Merilainen got the start for Kingston in his 49th appearance and ninth versus Oshawa making 31 saves. First star Patrick Leaver made his 45th appearance also ninth against Kingston stopping 40 of 43 shots.
The one-point earned combined with a Mississauga 6-5 loss versus Ottawa on Friday, put the Frontenacs in sole possession of third place in the Eastern Conference, with three fewer games played than the Steelheads.
Defenceman Braden Hache returned from injury since being out since Mar 10 collecting an assist.
Oshawa would get up early, but a two-goal response by the Black and Gold had them ahead 2-1 after the first twenty minutes.
After Kingston had two early shots on Leaver, the Gens made it 1-0 less then two minutes in after a shot from the point was tipped in front of the Kingston net. The opening tally was scored by Jordyn Ertel (2) at 1:58 with Nikiyta Parfenyuk and Cameron Butler drawing assists.
Martin Chromiak (37) kept his stick red-hot as he tied it 1-1 moments later with a nice deke around the outstretched pad of the Oshawa goaltender. The LA Kings prospect scored for the fourth consecutive game (7G,2A) with his 11th in the season series. Alec Belanger assisted at 3:54 to give him points in three straight contests.
An Oshawa shot pinged off the post just over five minutes in before Kingston would take a second lead of the period. It was 2-1 midway through the frame when Jordan Frasca (42) got the goal from Ben Roger and Francesco Arcuri at 9:56. Frasca moved into a tie for second in OHL total goals.
The first man-advantage of the night came less then 30 seconds after the Fronts go-ahead goal, but Kingston was held shot-less on the period’s only powerplay and wrapped up the period down 9-8 on the shot clock but took the 2-1 lead and 17-3-2-0 record when leading after the first period to the dressing room.
The opening portion of the middle frame saw plenty of used ice in the Kingston zone, but the Fronts limited the Gens holding the visitors to just two shots through the first half of the period while firing eight consecutive shots on Leaver.
Kingston went to its first penalty kill with 10:19 left in the stanza but Oshawa was called for their second before any offensive chances sending the teams to four-on-four play for 66 seconds.
Gens rookie-leading scorer Calum Ritchie (19) lit the lamp off a breakaway after receiving a nice stretch pass through the neutral zone squaring the game up a second time for Oshawa while playing four aside. The 2-2 strike came at 11:31 on the Gens first shot in just under nine minutes of play assisted by Dawson McKinney with Parfenyuk collecting a second point on a helper.
Another Frontenacs penalty came after the tying goal with seven minutes left but it was Wisdom (8) with the shorthanded go-ahead strike for his 100th career OHL point. The Philadelphia Flyers prospect extended a point streak to six games with a nice shot assisted by Paul Ludwinski, extending his point streak to four games (1G,3A). Braden Hache earned the second helper in his first game back from injury on the 3-2 goal at 13:40.
Kingston would take a one goal lead to the second intermission with a 25-17 lead in shots, but drop to 23-2-3-1 with their first shootout loss of the season.
The early portion of the final frame saw a limitation on shots by both teams with just four total through the opening seven minutes. Oshawa would improve to 7-21-1-3 when trailing a game going into the third period.
The visitors began a push with five consecutive shots on the Frontenacs net before a third Kingston powerplay shifted momentum back with 8:34 left with Ty Tullio off for a double-minor for an extended powerplay. Wisdom and Jake Murray both tested Leaver with good shots before Maddox Callens had a shot ring off the post as the Frontenacs put plenty of pressure on the Gens penalty killing unit but could not get the insurance marker.
A third Oshawa powerplay chance came with 2:49 left and the Gens cashed in. Tullio had a good shot from 15 feet on Merilainen the Ottawa Senators prospect swallowed up but shortly after, Oshawa pulled Leaver just as the 3-3 goal was scored with 1:45 left. Brett Harrison (25) buried a shot from the slot after being set up by Tullio for the tying goal assisted by Ritchie with his second point of the game. The teams were squared up with 11 shots a piece in the third heading to extra time.
Nothing was settled in the extra frame, though both teams had quality opportunities to end it. Merilainen made a good save off Ryan Stepien in the first 30 seconds flowed up by a Tullio shot the Fronts goalie had to be solid on.
Wisdom was stoned in close just after the Oshawa chances and Chromiak forced Leaver into a splendid toe save before Merilainen matched up with a pad save himself on an Oshawa shooter on a semi-break setting up the shootout.
Oshawa would score twice to take the extra point with Merilainen beginning the shootout allowing his first goal against of the season in the breakaway challenge off a Tullio five-hole deke. The goaltender was 13 for 13 to begin the night in shootouts. Chromiak and Ritchie both missed on a backhand before Wright buried a shot to the top left corner tying it up.
Both Oshawa’s Brett Harrison and Arcuri were stopped before Stepien put Oshawa up with a backhand high shot. The games first star Leaver then stopped Edmonds to wrap up the come from behind 4-3 victory.
BMW Kingston Hardest Worker of the Game
Braden Hache (1A)
Three Star of the Game
- Patrick Leaver – OSH (40 saves)
- Calum Ritchie – OSH (1G,1A, +2)
- Martin Chromiak – KGN (1G, 8 shots)
- Lucas Edmonds – 4th OHL pts – (100), 2nd OHL Assists (69), T-1st OHL PP pts (38), 1st OHL PP assists (30), 5th OHL shots (239)
- Edmonds five-game pt streak (1G,4A), Last time KGN 100-pt scorer 03/04 – E. Himelfarb (107 pts)
- Jordan Frasca – T-2nd OHL goals (42), (1 of 5 players with 40+ goals), 2nd OHL (17 PPGs), 8th OHL pts (84)
- Frasca – pts in 13 of 15 (10G,11A)
- Martin Chromiak – four-game pt streak (7G,2A), pts in 14 of 16 (17G,11A), four-game goal streak – second highest in OHL, goals in seven of last eight (11)
- Shane Wright – seven-game pt streak (4G,8A), pts in 9 of 10 (7G,13A), 10th OHL pts (83)
- Zayde Wisdom – six-game pt streak (2G,8A), pts in 10 of 11 (3G,11A), Registered career point 100
- Paul Ludwinski – three-game pt streak (1G,3A)
- Defenceman Braden Hache returned to lineup (1A) – out since Mar 10
Team Stat Pack – GP (61)
(37-20-3-1) 78 pts (2nd East Div / 3rd Eastern Conf )
- Goals – Frasca (42), Chromiak (37), Edmonds (31)
- Assists – Edmonds (69), Wright (55), Frasca (42)
- Points – Edmonds (100), Frasca (84), Wright (83)
- PIMs – Haché (65), Poole (60), Burns (59)
- Shots– Edmonds (241), Wright (225), Frasca (205)
- Powerplay Points – Edmonds (38), Frasca (28), Wright (27)
- Rookie Points – Ludwinski (34), Soto (24), Budnick (15)
- Defence Points – Peric (35), Murray (32), Bélanger (22)
- Plus/Minus – Frasca (+30), Edmonds (+24), Murray (+23)
On The Front
The Black and Gold wrap up the season series with the second of a home-and-home with the Generals in Oshawa on Sunday, Apr 3 at 6:05 pm. The next home game is next Friday, Apr 8 at 7:00 pm against the Barrie Colts.
Don’t forget! 2022 OHL Playoff tickets are on sale now – Secure your seats to cheer on the Frontenacs run at an OHL Championship today! Tickets are available at ticketmaster.ca or the venue box office. The Capacity at Leon’s Centre is now at 100%.
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