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Wolves Skate Away with 8-4 Win over Frontenacs

January 14, 2022 - Ontario Hockey League (OHL) - Kingston Frontenacs News Release


The Kingston Frontenacs lost 8-4 on Friday night to the Sudbury Wolves on a TSN televised game to remain one point back of Hamilton for the division lead. Jackson Stewart scored his first OHL goal, Alec Belanger scored his first as a Frontenac, and Francesco Arcuri had a goal and an assist for Kingston.

Rookie, David Goyette scored four goals and Kocha Delic had four assists to earn the Sudbury Wolves their second consecutive road win.

Leevi Meriläinen got the start for head coach Luca Caputi facing Mitchell Weeks in the Wolves net. Defenceman Alec Belanger made his Frontenacs debut after General Manager Kory Cooper announced the acquisition from the Ottawa 67's on Wednesday scoring a goal in his debut.

Captain Shane Wright centered a line with Martin Chromiak and Zayde Wisdom; the trios first time playing together since the 2019-20 season. Wright would make his first appearance since returning from the Canadian World Junior team.

First Period

Kingston would take three penalties in the opening period and found themselves down 3-0 after 20 minutes of play.

Alec Belanger got the Fronts first shot on goal less than 30 seconds into the game before Chris Thibodeau drew the first Sudbury penalty just over two minutes into the game for the Fronts first powerplay. A second powerplay chance came just shy of the five-minute mark after Wright was hit high in the Wolves zone. Chromiak whistled a one timer on the Fronts best chance on Mitchell Weeks in one of four shots over the pair of man advantages. Unfortunately for Kingston they could not get on the board first and found themselves chasing the game.

Kingston would go on their first penalty kill shortly after the second Wolves penalty had ended, when Thibodeau was called for tripping. Sudbury registered its first shot on goal with the extra man. Kocha Delic had a great shot, but Meriläinen made a nice snare for the corner heading shot.

Lucas Edmonds missed on a breakaway chance as the Wolves penalty ended but just missed the top corner with a snapshot over Week's left shoulder. Thibodeau drew another call on a partial break for a third Frontenacs powerplay chance of the period but a slashing call to Edmonds sent the teams to 1:43 of four-on-four.

Back to full strength, a turnover behind the Kingston net led to the Wolves taking advantage, burying a shot from the slot by Quentin Musty (6) after a quick feed from Landon McCallum from behind the net for the opening 1-0 tally at 16:37. David Goyette (8) put the visitors up front 2-0 just 15 seconds later after a broken play in front of Meriläinen. Evan Konyen and Kocha Delic drew helpers on the score.

Kingston had another penalty call against Jackson Stewart with 2:45 left in the frame and Sudbury would go up 3-0. A nifty pass by Delic was tipped past Merilianen by Marc Boudreau (4) who was camped out off to the side of the goaltender. Delic got his second point of the game with Dylan Robinson also registering an assist at 18:09.

The Frontenacs held a 16-9 shot clock edge after 20 minutes but would have to regroup in the dressing room to improve on a 4-3-0-0 record when trailing after the opening period.

Second Period

The teams erupted for six combined goals in the middle frame with the visitors maintaining their same three-goal lead after the middle twenty, being outshot once again by Kingston 16-12 and 32-21 overall.

The Wolves went up 4-0 at 2:32 when Goyette (9) scored his second of the game unassisted after taking the puck hard to the net. Meriläinen had made the first save but the nifty forward followed up his own rebound and tucked it past the netminders pad.

Jackson Stewart made a big hit on Dylan Robinson at the Sudbury blueline looking to provide a spark for the Black and Gold and it seemed to work. Kingston got on the board making after newcomer Alec Belanger (3) scored his first as a member of the Frontenacs, ripping a quick shot past Weeks. Edmonds added to his OHL-leading assist total setting up Belanger with a great pass to the slot. Francesco Arcuri added an assist at 6:10 to make it 4-1.

It was 4-2 just over three minutes later when Jackson Stewart (1) scored his first OHL goal after following up on a backhand rebound by Nathan Poole getting the Frontenacs back within a pair at 9:29 with Thibodeau drawing the second assist.

However, the Wolves went back up three at 10:16 when a redirected shot was tipped into the Kingston goal by Nick DeGrazia (6) for the 5-2 score. Assisted by Payton Robinson and Dylan Robinson.

Aidan Spooner relieved Meriläinen after the goal, but the Wolves scored again, and it was 6-2 with Goyette's (10) hat trick goal from Delic and Konyen at 12:55.

Arcuri (14) scored to get Kingston back within three after taking a nice drop pass from Jordan Frasca just inside the Wolves zone and wiring a wrist shot past Weeks. Ben Roger also got an assist at 13:54.

Kingston had their fourth powerplay chance with just under five minutes left but were left heading to the dressing room down 6-3.

Third Period

The third saw a much closer checking play from both sides with Kingston continuing to outshoot Sudbury through the opening 10 minutes. Weeks was strong in the Sudbury net helping maintain the lead until the visitors extended their lead to 7-3 at 11:02 the second goal of the game by Musty (7) assisted by McCallum.

Kingston continued to push as usual, and Edmonds (18) would dent the Wolves lead less than two minutes later firing home a wrist shot from the top of the circle after taking a short drop pass from Frasca to make it 7-4 at 12:57. The assist was Frasca's second point of the night, pushing a personal point streak to five games (8G,4A).

Goyette (11) added an empty netter with 3:09 left to give Sudbury an 8-4 lead and the final score.

BMW Kingston Hardest Worker Award

Jackson Stewart

Three-Star Awards

David Goyette - SBY (4G)

Kocha Delic - SBY (4A)

Mitchell Weeks - SBY (44 saves)

Notes

Defenceman Alec Belanger played first game for Kingston

Forward Jordan Frasca 12 points on a five-game streak (8G,4A)

North American NHL Central Scouting mid-season rankings - Lucas Edmonds (107), Paul Ludwinski (29), and Shane Wright (1)

Jake Murray played in his 150th career game.

Team Stat Pack - GP (27)

(17-7-3-0) 37 points - 2nd East Div (HAM-38) / 4th Eastern Conf (MISS -45)

Leaders (Top/3)

Goals - Frasca (20), Edmonds, (17), Chromiak (14), Arcuri (14)

Assists - Edmonds (35), Chromiak (22), Wright (19), Arcuri (19)

Points - Edmonds (53), Chromiak, (36,) Frasca (36)

PIMs - Haché (40), Poole (31), Budnick (29)

Shots- Edmonds (129), Chromiak (101), Frasca (90)

Powerplay Points - Edmonds (19), Chromiak (15), Wright (13)

Rookie Points - Ludwinski (18), Soto (16), Thibodeau (8)

Defence Points - Murray (18), Peric (16), Budnick (6)

On The Front

The Frontenacs next game is Sunday, January 16, in Hamilton against the East-Division leading Bulldogs. Note that the OHL has postponed an originally scheduled road game in Niagara on Saturday, January 15.

The next home game is Friday, January 21, in a rematch with former Peterborough Pete and Team Canada World Junior member Mason McTavish and the Bulldogs 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.

Fans can also catch the action on CHL TV/OHL Live and YourTV.


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