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Fronts Try to Battle Back Late, But Fall 2-1 to Bulldogs

November 9, 2018 - Ontario Hockey League (OHL) - Kingston Frontenacs News Release

For the second time in less than a week the Kingston Frontenacs faced the Hamilton Bulldogs. On November 3, Kingston skated to a 5-1 win in Hamilton. Kingston had five different goal scorers that night, and Ryan Dugas made 35 saves to get a win in his hometown. On Friday night it was Hamilton making the trip to Kingston. Brendan Bonello got the start for Kingston as the Frontenacs looked to make it two wins in a row over their division rival.

It was the annual Remembrance Day game in Kingston. The Frontenacs started a tradition of naming an honourary captain, being someone who was a local military veteran that made a contribution to hockey in the community. Allan 'Scotty' Davidson and George T. Richardson were the first two people to be added to the banner.

Once the ceremony concluded, the hockey game began. Hamilton was the team that got off to the quick start, at least on the shot clock, but Brendan Bonello had a hot start in net. He made 8 saves to keep Hamilton off the scoreboard in the opening period. The Frontenacs almost got on the scoreboard with a lucky bounce. The puck bounced off the boards behind the goal line and nearly deflected off of Hamilton goaltender Zachary Roy's skate and in, but he was able to keep it out of the net. Both goalies were perfect, and the first period ended in a scoreless tie.

The Frontenacs power play had been lethal in recent games and it struck again early in the second period. They had some carry over power play time from the first period and Brett Neumann made it count. He tipped in a Jakob Brahaney pass to give Kingston a 1-0 lead just 0:16 into the period. That lead stood until the 8:26 mark when Matthew Strome evened the game. He was able to glove down a loose puck in front of Brendan Bonello and made a quick move to beat the Frontenacs goaltender. Near the end of the period, Matthew Strome appeared to stick out his leg on a Conor Ali causing a knee on knee hit, but it wasn't called by the referee's. This led to a line scrum that resulted in Kingston getting a 5 on 3 power play. They weren't able to score, and the teams headed to the room tied 1-1.

Hamilton jumped out to a quick lead in the third period. Arthur Kaliyev buried a shot after taking a pass from Brandon Saigeon. It gave Hamilton their first lead of the game. Kingston pushed back for the remaining fifteen minutes. Zachary Roy made multiple glove saves on Ryan Cranford, as well as big saves on other Frontenacs. He preserved the lead for the Bulldogs and they would come away with a 2-1 victory.

Kingston is right back on home ice tomorrow night to take on the Oshawa Generals. Tickets are still available at

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