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Game Day Preview: KGN vs OSH - Teddy Bear Toss

December 3, 2021 - Ontario Hockey League (OHL) - Kingston Frontenacs News Release


The plush animals will be flying as the Kington Frontenacs (12-5-3-0) look to extend a three-game winning streak against the Oshawa Generals (9-7-1-2) in the annual Teddy Bear Toss game tonight at 7:00 pm at the Leon's Centre. On Thursday, the Black and Gold beat Peterborough 6-5 with five multi-point scorers for a third consecutive road win since suffering a 5-2 loss to North Bay in the last home game on November 26.

Rookie Aidan Spooner earned his second career win in the Fronts pipes versus the Petes, starting for an injured Leevi Meriläinen making 36 saves. The Generals have won the first two of twelve matchups, with Kingston earning a point in overtime.

The three wins improved Kingston's road record to 6-1-1-0 and pushed the Frontenacs within a point of the Division and Conference leaders playing fewer games than their counterparts. Their .675 winning percentage is second in the OHL, tied with Hamilton for the fewest regulation losses(5) in the Conference, second-fewest in the OHL (LDN-4) and has the team off to their best 20-game start since a 13-6-1-0 opening in 2010-11.

Assistant Captain Lucas Edmonds sits atop all OHL scorers with a 1.90 points-per-game average leading the Fronts in all major offensive categories. The overage forward leads Kingston in scoring versus Oshawa on four points (1G,3A) in the two previous games.

Francesco Arcuri had two points extending a point streak (7G,7A) to a team-leading nine games (passing Matthew Soto - 8) in the 6-5 win over Peterborough on Thursday. The Dallas Stars prospect now has a career-high 24 points just 18 games into the season.

The Generals come in off a 6-4 loss to Hamilton on November 28. Edmonton Oilers prospect Ty Tullio sits atop the General attack with 28 points, with Ryan Stepien lighting the lamp 14 times, leading Oshawa scorers. In the team's last game, Tullio scored the 4-3 overtime winner on the powerplay in Oshawa on November 21. Rookie forward Calum Ritchie (Teammates with Mason Vaccari at Capital City Challenge) leads all OHL freshmen in points (19). Defenceman Lleyton Moore has 20 points and sits third overall in blueline points.

The teams face off next in Oshawa on December 19.

Notes

Fronts won one of last five versus Oshawa - One of last six in Kingston.

Rookie Forward and Oshawa native Nathan Poole is listed as day-to-day.

Goaltender Leevi Meriläinen is listed as day-to-day.

Forward Francesco Arcuri extended a nine-game point streak (7G,7A) on 14 points versus Peterborough on Thursday.

Defencemen Ben Roger and Chase Costantino are listed as day-to-day.

Forward Maddox Callens wore a full cage in Peterborough due to an injury suffered last weekend.

Captain Shane Wright will be at Canada's World Junior Camp in Calgary, AB on December 9-12, 2021.

Wright leads OHL with three shootout goals and scored his first OHL goal versus the Generals on December 19, 2019.

Forward Matthew Soto and Defenceman Quinton Burns returned to action on Thursday after competing at the Capital City Challenge.

Goaltender Mason Vaccari (also at Capital City Challenge) was called up after an injury to Leevi Meriläinen and backed up Aidan Spooner versus the Petes.

Forward Gage Heyes is from Oshawa.

Team Stat Pack - GP (20)

(12-5-3-0) - 27 points (One back of East Div lead - HAM / One back of Eastern Conf lead - HAM, NB)

Leaders (Top/3)

Goals - Edmonds (13), Frasca (11), Wright, Arcuri (10),

Assists - Edmonds (25), Chromiak, Wright, Arcuri (14)

Points - Edmonds (38), Wright, Arcuri, Frasca (24), Chromiak (23)

PIMs - Haché, Poole (27), Budnick (23), Callens (21)

Plus/Minus - Arcuri, Edmonds (+9), Frasca (8), Murray (9)

Shots - Edmonds (38), Wright (82), Chromiak (73)

Powerplay Points - Edmonds (12), Wright (11), Chromiak (9)

Rookie Points - Soto (14), Ludwinski (13), Thibodeau (7)

On The Front

On Sunday, Dec 5, the Fronts hit the road in Ottawa, taking on the 67's in a matinee affair at 2:00 pm.

The next home game is Friday, Dec 10, when the Hamilton Bulldogs make their first visit to Leon's Centre at 7:00 pm.

Listen to all the action on 104.3 Fresh Radio with Frontenacs play-by-play voice Jim Gilchrist. Fans can also follow along with team social media channels at Twitter, Facebook and IG for updates.

The arena is now operating at 100% capacity, following all Provincial health guidelines.

All home game tickets are available online at www.ticketmaster.ca or visiting the Leon's Centre box office. Group Sales and Flex Packs are also available for fans at www.kingstonfrontenacs.com.


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