It was another long, tough weekend for the Kingston Frontenacs as they lost all three games by combined scores of 15-1. Adding to the lopsided goal differential is the fact that they were shutout for the first time in back to back games since November 2008 when they lost to Belleville (3-0) as well as an 8-0 drubbing in Owen Sound.
At home on Friday, Jan. 25, 2019, the Fronts were no match to the red hot Saginaw Sprit, who came into the game having earned points in 15 of their past 16 games. The Spirit were led by Nicholas Porco, who scored two goals during the first period, including the eventual game winner at 15:03 of the opening frame. New York Islanders second round pick, defenseman Bode Wilde was the game’s first star, chipping in a goal and two assists on top of being physically dominant in just over 25 minutes of ice time.
On Saturday, Jan. 26, the Fronts travelled to Barrie where they played a spirited affair with the Colts, losing 4-0 in a game that featured two fights. Four different players scored for the Colts, including Luke Bignell who scored the game winner at 13:13 of the first period. Colts goaltender Kai Edmonds was the game’s first star after turning away all 35 Frontenacs shots. Kingston’s Lucas Rowe was assessed a game misconduct at 13:59 of the second period after instigating a fight with Barrie defenseman Nathan Allensen.
It was a tired looking Fronts team that took on the North Bay Battalion on Sunday, Jan. 29 at the North Bay Memorial Gardens. The game was featured as the second of three games on YourTV’s Hockey Day in the OHL. Luke Burghardt led the Battalion with two goals and an assist, while Christian Propp stopped 26 shots in the shutout. North Bay’s overage forward Justin Brazeau continued his remarkable season by scoring the game winner and his 43rd goal of the season at 8:41 of the first period.
Things don’t get any easier for the Frontenacs as they travel to Ottawa on Wednesday, Jan. 30 to take on the league leading 67’s before returning home for back to back games against the Niagara Ice Dogs on Friday, Feb. 1, and the Guelph Storm on Saturday, Feb. 2. Both games start at 7 p.m. All three teams the Fronts play this week loaded up at the trade deadline for a run at an OHL championship.
The entire schedule for the Fronts’ season is available here, and tickets can be purchased here. The Frontenacs are also hosting their ‘Kids Cheer Free’ promotion on Friday, Feb. 1 and Saturday, Feb. 2. With the purchase of any adult ticket (directly at the Leon’s Centre Box Office) for either game, receive a free youth ticket (18 and under). Additional youth tickets can be purchased for $10. For more details, visit www.kingstonfrontenacs.com.
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