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December 2, 2021 - Ontario Hockey League (OHL) - Kingston Frontenacs News Release


The Kingston Frontenacs (11-5-3-0) wrap up a three-game road schedule heading to Peterborough for a 7:05 pm matchup versus the Petes (8-10-1-0). Eight points separate the East Division foes, with Kingston winning in all four previous contests this season, including a 3-1 win when the Black and Gold last travelled to Peterborough. Kingston came away with a 5-3 victory the last time the squad's faced off on Nov 19 in the Limestone City.

The Peterborough Memorial Centre has been a tough building for Kingston to get points with just four Frontenac wins in the last 16 played in the old barn. Both teams are riding high, with Kingston winning two straight games, while the Petes have earned three consecutive victories. With 30 combined goals between the two high-scoring clubs in the four games this season, both goaltenders expect to be vital in tonight's game. Kingston's Leevi Merilainen has been stellar versus the Petes, going 4-0-0-0 with a 2.47 goals-against starting all four games against the Maroon and White. Peterborough Goalie Tye Austin has been hot recently named the OHL Goaltender of the Week earning two victories, including a 41-save performance in a 3-2 Petes' win in their last game against Ottawa on Sunday.

An Abundant Arcuri

Kingston won 5-4 on a late game-winner by Francesco Arcuri in their last game on Sunday in Mississauga. Arcuri had a pair of goals in the win to extend his point streak to eight games (6G,6A) on 12 points.

Wiz Watch

Forward Zayde Wisdom returned to Kingston last week in preparation for his return to OHL hockey after a year hiatus. The Philadelphia Flyers prospect spent the previous season with the AHL's Lehigh Valley Phantoms (28 GP-7G,11A). A huge fan favourite at Leon's Centre, Wisdom suffered a shoulder injury last August but is back on Kingston ice and close to returning over the next couple of weeks.

Double-Headed Monster

Forward Emmett Sproule has the OHL's longest point streak going into tonight's game. The former Erie Otters First-rd selection has collected 30 points with 21 assists to lead the Petes in helpers and sits ninth on OHL point totals.

Duck on The Pond

The Petes got a big boost with the return of Mason McTavish from the NHL's Anaheim Ducks last week. The third-overall pick at last summer's NHL draft scored a hattrick in his first game and has four goals on 15 shots in two Peterborough wins since coming back. He will join Fronts Captain Shane Wright at Canada's World Junior camp in Calgary on Dec 9-12.

Capital City Frontenacs

In the bronze medal game, forward Matthew Soto defeated the Canadian Women's National Team with the Fronts leading rookie scorer, adding a goal and an assist to his tournament total (2G,3A).

Fronts goalie Mason Vaccari (Currently with Cobourg Cougars) helped Team Black win the Capital City Challenge with 30 saves in an exciting 5-4 extra-time win on Wednesday in Ottawa. Defenceman Quinton Burns and Team Red put on a valiant effort sending the game to OT with a late tying goal. However, Vaccari came up huge in OT before Oshawa Generals, Calum Ritchie scored to wrap up a great week of future hockey talent on display. Burns finished strong defensively and added an assist during the tournament.

Notes

Rookie Forward Nathan Poole left Sunday's game with an injury in the second period and did not return. Listed day-to-day

Defenceman Duncan Schneider made his Fronts/OHL debut versus Mississauga last Sunday after signing a Standard Player agreement during the day

Forward Francesco Arcuri extended to an eight-game point streak vs Mississauga last Sunday (6G,6A).

Defencemen Ben Roger and Chase Costantino both were injured in Hamilton and are listed day-to-day

Registered most shots in a game this season versus Peterborough Nov 7 (44)

Kingston fourth Eastern Conference Goals-Allowed (69) - Third Eastern Conference Goals-For (77)

Kingston's 14 points at home tied second-most (NB) in Eastern Conference (Ham -15)

Lucas Edmonds tied for second in OHL overall points scoring (35). Leads OHL in points-per-game (1.84)

Captain Shane Wright was selected to Canada's World Junior Camp in Calgary from Dec 9-12.

Team Stat Pack - GP (19)

(11-5-3-0) - 25 points (Three back Eastern Conf Lead / Two Back of East Div Lead

Power Play - 26.3% Fifth-overall OHL / Third Eastern Conference

Penalty Kill - 76.7% 15th-overall OHL / 7th Eastern Conference

Leaders (Top/3)

Goals - Edmonds (12), Frasca (10), Wright, Arcuri (9)

Assists - Edmonds (23), Chromiak (14), Wright, Arcuri (13)

Points - Edmonds (35), Wright, Arcuri, Frasca, Chromiak (22)

PIMs - Haché (27), Poole (27), Callens (17)

SOG - Edmonds (89), Wright (79), Chromiak (67)

Plus/Minus - Arcuri (+8), Frasca, Edmonds (+7), Ludwinski, Murray (+5)

Powerplay Points - Edmonds (12), Wright (10), Chromiak (8)

Rookie Points - Soto (14), Ludwinski (12), Thibodeau (6)

On The Front

The next home game is particularly special on Friday, December 3, when the Oshawa Generals make their second visit to the Leon's Centre at 7:00 pm. The game is the Annual Teddy Bear toss and fans are encouraged to bring a teddy bear/stuffed animal to throw on the ice following the first Fronts goal. The bears will be donated to Salvation Army Kingston Citadel.


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