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Fronts Fall 4-2 in Close Game with Bulldogs

October 18, 2019 - Ontario Hockey League (OHL) - Kingston Frontenacs News Release

The Frontenacs seemed to have solved one problem last weekend when they scored 15 goals over three weekend games, but not everything gets fixed all at once. They were able to go 1-1-1 for 3 points with the win coming on home ice against the Niagara IceDogs last Friday night. This time they faced a dog of a different kind, one from Hamilton. The Bulldogs defeated the Frontenacs in the only previous meeting of the season. It was a 3-2 shootout victory for them with Tag Bertuzzi scoring a late tying goal and the shootout winner. Luckily for Kingston, Bertuzzi was serving the first game of a suspension on Friday night in Kingston.

Even without Bertuzzi out of the lineup, Hamilton got off to a quick start. Isaac Nurse opened the scoring when he picked up a rebound in front of the net and tucked it around the leg of Kingston starter Ryan Dugas. Arthur Kaliyev extended that lead with a wicked one-timer that would have beat any pro goalie in the NHL. Finally, it was Liam Van Loon that made the Hamilton lead 3-0 on the power play with just four seconds left in the opening period. Kingston only managed four shots in the period and needed a better effort in the second to get back in the game.

A better effort is exactly what they got. It took a while to break the seal behind Zachary Roy but when they did, they got a couple of quick ones. Lucas Peric was the first to score with a rocket from the point on a Kingston power play that made it 3-1. Less than two minutes later, Jordan Frasca and Zayde Wisdom broke out of the defensive zone on a 2-on-1. Frasca took the original shot that was stopped by Roy, but the rebound landed directly on Wisdom's stick for an easy tap in. The Frontenacs had a significantly better second period and closed the deficit to 3-2.

Kingston continued to push into the final period. Zachary Roy made multiple saves over the final twenty minutes. The biggest coming when his own defenceman coughed the puck up in front of the net and Lucas Rowe had two chances to score. Roy made a pad save followed by a glove save to keep his team in front. That allowed them to score on an empty net and secure a 4-2 win over the Frontenacs.

Ryan Dugas had a strong start making 39 saves on the 42 shots he faced. Zayde Wisdom stayed hot with a goal and an assist to extend his point streak to 5 games.

Kingston will again head out on the road for two straight games. Saturday afternoon they make their only visit to London followed by their only stop in Sarnia. Both games are 4 p.m. starts. The Leon's Centre will play host to a doubleheader on October 25th and 26th. The Sarnia Sting visit next Friday night followed by the Kitchener Rangers on Saturday. Tickets for both games can be purchased at ticketmaster.ca or at the Leon's Centre box office.


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