The Kingston Frontenacs (12-11-1-1) lost a close battle 4-2 in the annual Teddy Bear Toss game against the Central Division North Bay Battalion (17-8-0-0) at Leon’s Centre on Friday night in the third of four matchups this season. Rookie Gabriel Frasca scored his first multi-goal game as second star, including the Bear Toss tally as the Black and Gold fought back from a second period three-goal deficit. First star
The Kingston Frontenacs (12-11-1-1) lost a close battle 4-2 in the annual Teddy Bear Toss game against the Central Division North Bay Battalion (17-8-0-0) at Leon’s Centre on Friday night in the third of four matchups this season. Rookie Gabriel Frasca scored his first multi-goal game as second star, including the Bear Toss tally as the Black and Gold fought back from a second period three-goal deficit. First star Josh Bloom had a hattrick for North Bay.
Ivan Zhigalov was in the Kingston net making 37 saves on 40 shots faced. The Colorado Avalanche draft pick was particularly solid in the third making 19 saves. The Winnipeg Jets prospect Dom DiVincentiis took the pipes for the visitors seeing 20 shots.
Rookie defender Maleek McGowan suffered a scary skate blade injury on an incidental play and left the game. He was in stable condition and alert while being taken to the hospital for further evaluation.
A fast-paced first period saw Kingston take a 10-8 shot lead with the best chances to open the scoring, but DiVincentiis was on his game early. Shortly after the first Battalion penalty, Jacob Battaglia had the first of two great opportunities to get the bears flying but the visiting goaltender made a nice save just over eight minutes in.
Ivan Zhigalov made his toughest save of the frame off North Bay’s Josh Bloom from in close at the end of an odd man rush as both goalies stood their ground in the scoreless opening twenty minutes. Divincentiis made his second great stop on Battaglia with just over five minutes left after Adam Cavallin had set up his rookie teammate in the slot for a quick shot.
A combined four goals came in the middle frame with the Battalion taking a 3-1 lead to the third period. Just after Kingston killed off North Bay first powerplay, beginning the second on a man advantage with a late first period penalty call to Kingston, Josh Bloom (11) scored his first of two in the frame at 5:23 for the 1-0 visitor lead. The Troops went up 2-0 at 11:05 with third star Kyle Jackson (15) netting his fourth goal against the Fronts this season, before Bloom (12) added the 3-0 tally on the man advantage at 12:57.
The plush toys went flying as Gabriel Frasca (3) got Kingston on the board with 2:20 left in the period for the 3-1 score after forty minutes on a nice tip in front of the North Bay net. Francesco Arcuri extended a point streak to six games (9G,4A) with an assist on the initial shot along with Quinton Burns on Frasca’s first of the game, coming 2:50 apart in gametime. Brother Jordan had scored the goal that had the bears flying last season for Kingston.
The Black and Gold continued to fight back with a 3-2 strike just 30 seconds into the third period when Frasca (4) fired home his second of the night. Matthew Soto made a great play to steal a puck at the Battalion blueline before trading passes with former Battalion Josh Currie to get the puck to a waiting Frasca. Soto registered his 50th career point with the assist for points in three straight games (2G,4A).
An empty net goal by Bloom (13) finished off a hattrick with a couple seconds left in the game for the 4-2 final.
The Fronts get back at it on Sun, Dec 4 at Leon’s Centre against the Flint Firebirds for Superhero game at 2:00 pm.
KGN: Frasca (3,4)
NB: Bloom (11,12,13), Jackson (15)
BMW of Kingston Hardest Worker:
Three Star Awards:
- Josh Bloom NB – (3G)
- Gabriel Frasca KGN – (2G)
- Kyle Jackson NB – (1G,1A)
- 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 6-gm pt streak (9G,4A)
- 22G – 1st OHL, 9 PPG – T-1st OHL
- D Quinton Burns – pts in 9 of last 13 games (1G, 11A)
- 1st OHL goal v Mississauga Nov 27
- F Matthew Soto – 3-gm pt streak (2G,4A) –career point 50
Team Stat Pack – GP (25) (12-11-1-1) 26 pts
Goals – Arcuri – 1st OHL (22), Soto (9), Outwater, Hemström (7)
PPG – Arcuri (9), Soto, (3), Battaglia (2)
Assists – Soto (16), Hemström, Burns, Outwater (14)
PPA – Hemstrom (8), Burns (6), Soto, Outwater (5)
Points – Arcuri (31), Soto (25), Outwater, Hemstrom (21)
PPP – Arcuri (13), Soto, Hemstrom (8)
SOG – Arcuri – OHL (97), Outwater (52), Soto (46)
Plus/Minus – Outwater (+5), McGowan (+4)
PIMs – Burns (46), 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.
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