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Recap: A Hard Fought Battle ends in Defeat in Mississauga

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The Kingston Frontenacs (12-10-1-1) lost a tough 5-3 battle to the Mississauga Steelheads (12-7-3-0) on Sunday afternoon at Paramount Fine Foods Centre. OHL goal-leader Francesco Arcuri scored twice for the fourth-straight game, Quinton Burns scored his first of the season, and Matthew Soto had a pair of assists. Arcuri, playing in his 150th regular-season game, has points in five straight (9G,3A) with his 11th career multi-goal game. Luke Misa, Chas Sharpe, Isaac Enright found the back of the net, and James Hardie tallied a pair including an empty netter for Mississauga.

Rookie goalie Mason Vaccari was solid in making 42 saves on 46 shots in his 10th game. Fellow freshman Ryerson Leenders took the Steelhead crease seeing 31 Kingston shots with 28 saves, earning the third-star of the contest.

The first of two Frontenacs powerplay goals came on the opening goal. An early opportunity with Zander Veccia ejected for a five-minute boarding penalty saw OHL goal-leader Francesco Arcuri (21) making them pay with a blistering one-timer off an excellent feed from Matthew Soto. The 1-0 goal at 3:40 came on the Fronts’ first shot of the game, held through the opening frame with the clubs knotted at 10 shots a piece, and gave Arcuri a league-leading 9th goal on the man-advantage on one of eight shots on goal for the Dallas Stars prospect.

The Black and Gold scored twice in the middle frame to hold onto the one-goal lead they had after twenty minutes, with the Steelheads responding with a pair of their own in the second. Luke Misa (2) got the home side on the board with their first at 5:07 of the frame for the 1-1 score, with the seesaw battle continuing with Kingston scoring again just over three minutes later.

A breakaway chance for Arcuri (22) led to his second of the game beating the Steelhead goalie on a low blocker shot for the 2-1 lead at 8:31. Soto had made a nice pass to spring the Fronts points-leader for Kingston’s second lead of the game, earning the assist for his second consecutive multi-point effort.

Mississauga’s Chas Sharpe (3) tied the game for a second time, with Kingston killing a penalty with just under five minutes left in the second period. The 2-2 strike saw first-star Beck get a second point of the game with an assist at 15:06.

Kingston took its third lead with a second powerplay goal that saw Quinton Burns make it 3-2 at 17:45. Ben Roger assisted on the play, trading passes with Burns before the shot from the point beating Leenders giving Kingston an opportunity to improve on a 7-1-1-0 record when leading after two periods. Owen Outwater also assisted in extending a point streak to three games (2G,3A).

Mississauga improved to 2-6-1-0, trailing after forty minutes with a three-goal third period coming out with some aggression firing 11 shots on Vaccari before tying it up midway through the final period. James Hardie (11) made it 3-3 at 9:18 before Isaac Enright (1) gave the Steelheads their first lead of the game at 13:25. Hardie (12) added an empty-net goal to seal the 5-3 final at 19:19.

Kingston returns to Leon’s Centre for Teddy bear Toss night on Friday, December 2nd at 7:00 pm.

Scorers:

KGN: Arcuri (21,22), Burns (1)

MIS: Misa (2), Sharpe (3), Hardie (11,12), Enright (1)

Power Plays:

KGN: (2/4)

MIS: (1/3)

BMW of Kingston Hardest Worker:

 BMW-Hardest-Worker-of-the-Game

Matthew Soto

Three Star Awards:

3-Stars-when-we-have-none

  1. Owen Beck MIS – (2A)
  2. James Hardie MIS (2G)
  3. Ryerson Leenders (28/31 saves)

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)
    • 20G – 1st OHL, 9 PPG – 1st OHL, 96 SOG – 4th OHL
  • F Owen Outwater – 3-gm pt streak (2G,3A)
  • D Quinton Burns – pts in 8 of last 12 games (1G, 10A)

Team Stat Pack – GP (24) (12-10-1-1) 26 pts

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 (5), Outwater (4)

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

PPP – Arcuri (12), Soto, Hemstrom (8)

SOG – Arcuri – 3rd OHL (96), Outwater (52), Soto (44)

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

PIMs – Burns (42), Haché (36), Budnick (33)

 

On The Front

The Fronts return to Leon’s Centre for a pair of games next weekend. It’s the Annual Teddy Bear Toss on Friday, December 2nd versus the North Bay Battalion at 7:00 pm, followed by a 2:00 pm matinee on Sunday, December 4th against the Flint Firebirds for Superhero Night.

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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