Welcome back to The Flyers CHL Prospect Report!
This 7th edition covers the period that was in the CHL from Friday January 7th – Wednesday January 24th.
WHL (Western Hockey League)
Connor McClennon #94 (RW) – Winnipeg Ice (WHL)
- Saturday night (Jan. 15) had the Winnipeg Ice return to action after a lengthy layoff as they travelled to Saskatchewan to take on the Moose Jaw Warriors. In the first period, Winnipeg dominated the shots on goal and would end out doing so for every period of the game (49-26). Even with that advantage, Winnipeg surrendered the opening goal of the game as Atley Calvert jammed home the puck from the top of the crease to make it 1-0 at 9:03. Winnipeg would even things up 1-1 as Carson Lambos blasted a point shot home for his 6th of the season at 17:55. In the second period, Matthew Savoie gave the Ice the lead only 35 seconds in with his 19th goal of the season. Connor McClennon took a hard hip check along the boards shortly after the goal but remained in the game and in fact took a roughing penalty at 6:28. Winnipeg would do the remainder of the scoring in the middle frame as Skyler Bruce (10th) and Jakin Smallwood (16th) scored their goals 26 seconds apart after the penalty was served to give Winnipeg a 4-1 lead. Carson Lambos scored his second goal of the game with a shot from the high slot at 17:37 to end the game with a 5-1 win for the Winnipeg Ice over the Moose Jaw Warriors. McClennon finished the game with no points, a +1 rating, 5 SOG, and 2 PIMs.
- On Friday night (Jan. 21) the Winnipeg Ice continued to hit the road as they visited the Prince Albert Raiders. While the opening period was even from a shots perspective (6-6), the Winnipeg Ice took the 1-0 lead as Owen Pederson scored his 11th of the season at 4:01. In the second period, Connor McClennon had himself quite the period. It started at 7:46 when McClennon blasted a one-timer on the powerplay from the left circle off a nice feed from Jack Finley for his 26th goal of the season. Cole Muir made it 3-0 for the Ice with a wrist shot from the slot that found its way under the crossbar at 10:46 for his 7th of the season. McClennon scored his second of the period 31 seconds later as he kept the puck himself on an odd man rush to bury his 27th. The hat-trick in the period would come with the man advantage at 18:21 as Benjamin Zloty did a great job to knock down a clearing attempt to feed McClennon for the one-timer and his 28th of the season to make it 5-0. Prince Albert would get a goal to get on the board with only 10 seconds remaining in the period to make it 5-1 after forty minutes. In the third period, the Raiders would score the only goal of the period through Reece Vitelli at 5:11, but Winnipeg would defeat Prince Albert handily by a score of 5-2. McClennon finished the game with 3 goals, an even rating, and 3 SOG. He also accrued 14 PIMs with a slashing penalty in the first period, and a roughing penalty with a 10-minute misconduct in the third period. McClennon was named the game’s First Star.
- Winnipeg continued its road trip in Saskatchewan as they visited Saskatoon to play against the Blades on Saturday night (Jan. 22). With the Blades sporting their special rainbow colored jerseys to celebrate Pride, Saskatoon managed to score four goals on nine shots to lead 4-0 in the opening frame. Goals from four different goal scorers (including 3 assists from Tristen Robins) including three at even strength on Ice goaltender Daniel Hauser. In the second period, Winnipeg got a powerplay goal from Jack Finley (his 13th) at 9:24 to get on the board and make it 4-1. Saskatoon responded with a powerplay goal of their own to make it 5-1 as Robins notched his fourth assist of the night on Brandon Lisowsky’s 21st of the season at 14:50. Winnipeg’s Skyler Bruce scored his 11th at 17:28 after the puck took a funny bounce off the boards and left the goaltender out of position for an easy goal. Saskatoon would re-establish their four goal lead with Kyle Crnkovic scoring his 23rd at 18:36 with a redirection off his skate that counted as it was not a distinct kicking motion, and added another goal late in the third period to hand the Winnipeg Ice a resounding 7-2 loss. Connor McClennon finished the game with no points, a -3 rating, 3 SOG, and 2 PIMs (Roughing).
Ethan Samson #4 (D) – Prince George Cougars (WHL)
- The Prince George Cougars game on Tuesday Jan. 11 (vs. Kelowna) has been postponed and will be rescheduled due to COVID concerns.
- The Prince George Cougars game on Wednesday Jan. 12 (vs. Kelowna) has been postponed and will be rescheduled due to COVID concerns.
- The Prince George Cougars returned to action in a nationally televised game on TSN as they visited the Vancouver Giants on Friday night (Jan. 14). Both teams were encouraged by the spotlight as they combined for 30 shots (16-14 advantage for Vancouver) in a free-flowing opening period. Only one goal was scored, and the Giants took the 1-0 lead at 11:43 through Justin Lies 5th of the season. In the second period, Vancouver would open up a two-goal lead as 2021 NHL draftee Justin Sourdif saw his blast from the point go in for his 9th of the season at 4:32. Prince George would get on the board at 12:37 as Ethan Samson was originally credited with the goal after getting all of a slapshot from the point, but the puck was judged to have been slightly deflected in front by Carter MacAdams for his 6th of the season. The Cougars would tie the game 2-2 exactly two minutes later as Koehn Ziemmer kept the puck on an odd man rush and wristed his 11th goal of the season. The third period would go scoreless with Cougars goaltender Tyler Brennan stopping 14 shots in the frame and Ziemmer not able to score on a penalty shot. In the extra period, Samson would score the game-winner for his 7th of the season after leading a rush, narrowly scoring, and parking himself in front to backhand a rebound to give Prince George a 3-2 OT win over Vancouver. Samson finished the game with 1 goal (GWG) and 1 assist for 2 points, a +1 rating, and 4 SOG. Samson was named the Second Star of the game.
- On Saturday night (Jan. 15) the Prince George Cougars played their second game in a row looking to sweep the Vancouver Giants on the road at the Langley Events Centre. In the first period, both sides had opportunities including a Giants chance that saw Ethan Samson unsuccessfully sprawl on the ice to cut off a pass but he was bailed out by a nice glove save by Tyler Brennan. The Cougars would get the 1-0 lead as Koehn Ziemmer snuck a shot through a lot of traffic at 13:46. Ziemmer would score his second of the game (13th overall) only 52 seconds later with a one-timer on the powerplay to make it 2-0. In the second period, Ziemmer would be denied his hat-trick on a breakaway but Samson blasted a slapshot from the point for a powerplay goal (his 8th of the season) to extend the Cougars lead to 3-0. Vancouver would claw their way back with powerplay goals at 13:35 of the second period and 3:00 of the third period to make it 3-2, but Prince George Captain Jonny Hooker would score an empty-netter for his 9th of the season at 19:22 to give the Cougars a 4-2 win over the Giants. Samson finished the game with a 1 goal (GWG) for the second consecutive game, a +1 rating, and 6 SOG.
- On Tuesday night (Jan. 18) the Prince George Cougars returned home to the CN Centre to play the Victoria Royals. In the first period, Prince George had the run of the play and outshot the Royals 14-7. The Cougars opened the scoring only 3:56 in with a powerplay goal from Jonny Hooker for his 10th of the season. Only 1:22 later, Koehn Ziemmer continued to have a hot hand as he buried his 14th of the season after getting a nice saucer pass from Riley Heidt. In the second period, Ziemmer would score his second goal of the game (fifth goal in the last three games) at 4:15 to give the Cougars a 3-0 lead. The Cougars would score powerplay goals 1:11 apart through Hooker (his second of the game) and Hudson Thornton’s 8th of the season to open up a 5-0 lead. Victoria would break the shutout bid with a powerplay goal at 13:37 and would add an even strength goal at 17:45 to make it a 5-2 game after forty minutes. Cougars goaltender Tyler Brennan turned aside 13 of 14 Royals shots in the third period, with Victoria’s goal coming in the dying seconds of the game to extend Prince George’s winning streak to three with a 5-3 win over the Victoria Royals. Ethan Samson finished the game with no points, an even rating, 8 SOG, and 2 PIMs (tripping minor).
- Wednesday night (Jan. 19) had the return match between the Victia Royals and the host Prince George Cougars. Koehn Ziemmer continued his torrid goal scoring pace by scoring his 16th and 17th goals of the season at 5:15 and 9:23 to give the Cougars a 2-0 lead. Ziemmer has now scored seven goals in the last four games and is a big reason why the Cougars were well on their way to try to extend their winning streak to four games. In the second period, Victoria would cut the lead to 2-1 at 9:32 courtesy of a laser wrist shot from Brayden Schuurman for his 21st of the season. The Royals really had the bulk of the opportunities in the middle frame, but Cougars backup goaltender Ty Young kept Victoria at bay. In the third period, Jonny Hooker would finally add an insurance marker with the Royals net empty for his 12th of the season to put the game out of reach at 3-1. For good measure, the Cougars added a second empty-netter from Riley Heidt to make it four wins in a row as Prince George defeated Victoria 4-1. Ethan Samson finished the game with no points, a +3 rating, and 2 SOG.
- The Prince George Cougars put their four game winning steak on the line Friday night (Jan. 21) as they welcomed the visiting Kamloops Blazers to town. In the opening period, Kamloops would get on the board first at 3:06 as Ethan Sampson lost Luke Toporowski in front as he tapped in his 16th of the season. The Blazers would make it 2-0 at 17:13 as Daylan Kuefler scored his 17th goal. In the second period, Caden Brown scored his 3rd of the season off a juicy rebound in the slot off the pad of Dylan Garand to get the Cougars back in the game at 2-1. Kamloops though would score even strength goals only 3:01 apart through Logan Stankoven (his 18th) and Toporowski’s second of the game to make it 4-1 after forty minutes. The Blazers would add another goal at 5:13 of the third period and were full value for their victory as they peppered 53 shots on the Cougars and snap their winning streak with the Blazers winning 5-1. Samson finished the game with no points, a -3 rating, and 5 SOG.
- A change in venue but the same combatants as Saturday night (Jan. 22) had the Prince George Cougars visit Kamloops to take on the Blazers. If the Cougars were looking for revenge, their sloppy play would indicate otherwise as Prince George was only able to muster 2 shots and were clearly flat-footed in the opening period. Ethan Samson had a period to forget as he did not react in time to pick up Matthew Seminoff who scored his 16th of the season at 5:09 to give Kamloops the 1-0 lead. Samson also whiffed on a loose puck that was knocked off a teammates stick, but goaltender Ty Young ended up limiting the damage to one goal against. In the second period, the Cougars got into the game and would tie the score 1-1 as Samson would score his 9th of the season on the powerplay only 49 second in as he protected the puck well from a checker and skated to the circle where his wrist shot hit paydirt. The Cougars would take the 2-1 lead at 17:35 as Cayden Glover scored his 4th of the season. Prince George outshot Kamloops 17-15 but really should have extended their lead further as Carter MacAdams was robbed by Blazers goaltender Dylan Garand with a glove save on a two-on-none break. In the third period, the Blazers would outshoot the Cougars once again (15-6) but the game would turn with two goals in a 38 second span by Connor Levis and Luke Toporowski as the Blazers would hold on to defeat the Cougars 3-2. Samson finished the game with 1 goal, a -1 rating, and 7 SOG.
QMJHL (Quebec Major Junior Hockey League)
Elliot Desnoyers #91 (C) – Halifax Mooseheads (QMJHL)
- The QMJHL has announced that their season will be further delayed and that the resumption of play will take place on February 1. That means that the Halifax Mooseheads next game will take place on Feb. 3 @ Cape Breton.
OHL (Ontario Hockey League)
Jon-Randall Avon #10 (C) – Peterborough Petes (OHL)
Brian Zanetti #9 (D) – Peterborough Petes (OHL)
- On Friday night (Jan. 7) the Peterborough Petes traveled to Kingston to face the Kingston Frontenacs. The Petes opened the game strong with goals from Sam Alfano (his 5th of the season) at 2:46 and Nick Lardis (his 10th of the season) at 4:17 to jump out to a 2-0 lead. Kingston would push back and change the momentum with a shorthanded goal by Maddox Callens to get on the board at 7:47 to make it 2-1. By the end of the period, the Frontenacs would be up 3-2 with even strength goals by Paul Ludwinski (6th) and Martin Chromiak (14th). In the second period, the Petes would nab a shorthanded goal of their own through Jax Dubois 2nd goal of the season at 9:58 to tie the game 3-3. Peterborough would take the 4-3 lead as Mason McTavish continued his productive play with his 6th of the season at 15:44. Kingston would be held to only 4 shots in the second period, but would defy the odds to score two goals in the final minute of the period to take the 5-4 lead. In the third period, Peterborough would take advantage of powerplay opportunities (they were 0 for 6 in the game) and would score powerplay goals at 4:08 (Alfano’s second of the game) and Joe Carroll’s 9th of the season at 19:07 to avoid overtime and give the Petes a regulation 6-5 win. J.R. Avon did not play in this game. Brian Zanetti finished the game with no points, a -1 rating, and no shots on goal.
- The Peterborough Petes were back in action on Sunday (Jan. 9) as they travelled to Mississauga to take on the Steelheads. In the opening period, Mississauga outshot Peterborough 8-5 and took the lead late as James Hardie scored his 24th of the season after skating around J.R. Avon to give the Steelheads a 1-0 lead. In the second period, Steelheads Captain Luca DelBelBelluz notched his 17th of the season for a powerplay goal to extend Mississauga’s lead to 2-0. Peterborough would get on the board with a man advantage of their own as Joe Carroll scored his 10th goal of the season at 10:02 to make it 2-1 with Avon getting an assist on the play after creating the initial chance with some nice stickhandling. With Petes defenseman Brian Zanetti in the penalty box for hooking, Hardie scored his second of the game to extend Mississauga’s lead to 3-1 at 15:58. Owen Beck would make it 4-1 at 19:12 to give the Steelheads a cushy three goal lead. In the third period, Avon would backhand his 13th of the season only 46 seconds in with the Petes on the powerplay to cut the lead to 4-2. The Steelheads would add an empty-net goal at 17:43 to hand the Petes a 5-2 loss. Zanetti finished the game with no points, a -1 rating, 1 SOG, and 2 PIMs. Avon registered 1 goal and 1 assist for 2 points, a -2 rating, and 5 SOG. He was also 8 of 20 at the faceoff dot.
- On Thursday night (Jan. 13) the Peterborough Petes played their first game of three in three nights as they welcomed the visiting Sudbury Wolves. In the first period, Sudbury opened the scoring at 11:28 as Kocha Delic scored his 9th of the season to make it 1-0. In the second period, the Wolves would exted their lead to 2-0 with some great puck control while shorthanded and Liam Ross scored his 5th of the season with some confusion for the Petes in the defensive zone. Peterborough would get on the board to make it 2-1 at 12:10 as Joe Carroll executed a great stick check at the Sudbury blue line to go in and score his 11th of the season. Both teams would go the bulk of the third period unable to capitalize on opportunities and both teams would go 0 for 3 on the man advantage and shots for the game were tight with Sudbury holding a 33-32 advantage. J.R. Avon was unable to bang in the tying goal in front during the final minute, and Sudbury would add an empty-netter to hand the home Petes a 3-1 loss. Avon finished the game with no points, an even rating, 3 SOG, and was a near perfect 17/18 at the faceoff circle. Brian Zanetti was also held pointless with an even rating, and had 2 SOG.
- Friday night (Jan. 14) had the Ottawa 67’s visit the Peterborough Petes who played for the second consecutive evening. In the first period, J.R. Avon had a great chance denied by 67’s goaltender Will Cranley after taking the puck outside along the right boards and driving the net. Ottawa would open the scoring on a two-on-one as Samuel Mayer turned the puck over at the offensive blue line leaving Brian Zanetti to take away the pass as Brady Stonehouse scored to give the 67’s a 1-0 lead at 17:26. In the second period, Stonehouse would redirect a puck in for his second goal of the game (10th of the season) at 6:49 on the powerplay to give Ottawa a 2-0 lead. Peterborough would get a goal back at 13:39 as a point shot was deflected in front by Avon with the rebound put in by Emmett Sproule for his 12th of the season to make it 2-1. Ottawa would regain their two goal advantage with a powerplay goal at 8:56 of the third period after Peterborough was called for too many men on the ice. Brian Zanetti would score his 1st goal of the season with a harmless looking shot from the left point on the powerplay that handcuffed the screened goaltender to make it a 3-2 game. For the second straight night, Avon was denied a tying goal in the last minute of play only for the opposition to grab an empty net goal as the Petes lost to the 67’s by a final score of 4-2. Zanetti finished the game with 1 goal, a -1 rating, and 1 SOG. Avon registered 1 assist, had an even rating, 2 SOG, and was 5 of 14 on faceoffs.
- Playing for the third consecutive day (Jan. 15), the Peterborough Petes welcomed the Oshawa Generals to town. On the lineup card, J.R. Avon was penciled in as the Center on the top line with newcomer Chase Stillman (acquired from Sudbury at the OHL trade deadline) and Joe Carroll. The opening period was scoreless with the Petes holding an 11-9 shots advantage. In the second period, Oshawa opened the scoring as Ty Tullio scored his 15th of the season to give the Generals a 1-0 lead at 5:36. Chase Stillman would tie the game 1-1 with his first goal as a member of the Petes (10th overall) with a heavy wrist shot from the slot with Peterborough on the powerplay at 11:53. With the game tied 1-1 in the third period, the Generals would score twice in a span of 1:20 with two even strength goals to take a 3-1 advantage by 14:24. The lead was too much for the Petes to overcome and would concede an empty-netter for the third straight night as the Generals would prevail over the Petes by a score of 4-1. Brian Zanetti finished the game pointless, a -1 rating, and 1 SOG. Avon also finished with no points, a -2 rating, 2 SOG, and was 10/21 on faceoffs.
- The Peterborough Petes game on Tuesday Jan. 18 (@ Niagara) has been postponed and will be rescheduled due to COVID concerns.
- The Peterborough Petes were back in action as they welcomed the visiting Ottawa 67’s to the Peterborough Memorial Centre on Thursday evening (Jan. 20). The Petes would only manage five shots in the opening period and it was the 67’s that opened the scoring as Luca Pinelli wristed home his 5th of the season on the powerplay at 3:44 to make it 1-0. Peterborough would tie the game 1-1 at 6:29 with a powerplay goal of their own as J.R. Avon drove the net and saw his pass out front get knocked in by Tucker Robertson and then Chase Stillman. Although play continued for a few seconds and was waved no goal by the referee, the Petes celebrations were justified after a review and Robertson was credited with his 20th goal of the season. Ottawa would respond with even strength goals by Thomas Johnston at 11:52 and Pinelli’s second of the game at 15:51 to take a 3-1 lead. In the second period, Brian Zanetti saw his shot from the point deflected in by Robertson for his second goal of the game to make it 3-2 at 4:09. Peterborough would tie the game late as Zanetti would fire a lead pass to Chase Stillman who passed it to Avon for his 14th goal of the season. The Petes would take a 4-3 lead with 19.9 seconds remaining as Sam Alfano notched his 7th goal of the season with a powerplay marker. In the third period, Zanetti would keep the puck in the offensive zone and see his shot trickle to Emmett Sproule who tapped in his 13th goal at 11:11. No more goals would be scored as the Petes would defeat the 67’s by a score of 5-3. Avon finished the game with 1 goal and 1 assist for 2 points, a +1 rating, 1 SOG, and was 8 of 21 on faceoffs. He also picked up 4 PIMs on the same play (Holding and Unsportsmanlike Conduct) and was named the game’s Third Star. Zanetti tallied 3 assists, a +2 rating, and 3 SOG.
- Friday night (Jan. 21) had the Peterborough Petes travelled west as they visited the Mississauga Steelheads. The first period was a wild affair with a total of six goals scored on 22 total shots (13-9 in favor of Mississauga). The Steelheads opened the scoring at 3:25, but Brian Zanetti tied the game 1-1 for the Petes at 4:59 with a slapshot from the point. Peterborough would add even strength goals from Ryan Gagner (his 2nd at 8:32) and Jax Dubois (his 3rd at 15:18) to open up a 3-1 lead. Mississauga would get one back at 17:53, but J.R. Avon would score a powerplay goal for his 15th of the season as he knocked home a rebound at the op of the crease to make it 4-2. In the second period, Emmett Sproule scored his 14th only 1:34 in to make it 5-2. Mississauga would score twice in the remainder of the period to make it 5-4 as Steelheads captain Luca DelBelBelluz took advantage of a bad pass attempt by Avon to score his 20th of the season while shorthanded. In the third period, Nick Lardis scored a much needed insurance goal to give the Petes a 6-4 lead at 9:27 and Emmett Sprould would score his second of the game into an empty net to give the Petes a 7-4 win over the Steelheads. The Steelheads outshot the Petes in every period to a total of 36-25 but could not convert on the powerplay as they went 0 for 4. Avon finished the game with1 goal, a -2 rating, 3 SOG, 4 PIMs (Slashing and Roughing) and went 1 for 12 on faceoffs. Zanetti registered 1 goal, a +2 rating, 3 SOG, and 2 PIMs (Interference).
Zayde Wisdom #74 (RW) – Kingston Frontenacs (OHL)
- Friday night (Jan. 7) had the Kingston Frontenacs welcome the Peterborough Petes to the Leon’s Centre. Kingston found themselves behind quickly as the Petes took a 2-0 lead with even strength goals by the 4:17 mark. The Frontenacs ended up getting the wake up call as Maddox Callens scored a shorthanded goal on a two-on-one with Martin Chromiak to cut the deficit to 2-1 at 7:47. Zayde Wisdom would get his first assist of the season after winning a board battle and eventually the puck would be wristed in by Paul Ludwinski for his 6th of the year at 10:56 to tie the game 2-2. Kingston would take the 3-2 lead as Wisdom once again would pick up a secondary assist on Martin Chromiak’s 14th goal at 18:41. In the second period, the Petes would tie the game 3-3 with a shorthanded goal of their own and take the 4-3 lead through Mason McTavish’s 6th of the season. Despite being outshot by the Petes 12-4 in the period, Kingston would score a powerplay goal at 19:36 through Jordan Frasca’s 20th of the season and Thomas Budnick would score his 1st in the final two seconds to give Kingston a 5-4 lead. In the third period, the Frontenacs would allow powerplay goals to Alfano at 4:08 and Joe Carroll in the final minute to lose a thriller to the Peterborough Petes by a score of 6-5. Kingston was 6/6 in killing penalties prior to the Petes scoring twice on two opportunities to close out the game. Wisdom finished the game with 2 assists, a +3 rating, and 2 SOG.
- The Kingston Frontenacs game on Jan. 8 (@ Peterborough) has been postponed and will be rescheduled due to COVID concerns.
- The Kingston Frontenacs game on Jan. 9 (@ Mississauga) has been postponed and will be rescheduled due to COVID concerns.
- The Kingston Frontenacs game on Tuesday Jan. 11 (@ Oshawa) has been postponed and will be rescheduled due to COVID concerns.
- The Kingston Frontenacs returned to action on Friday night (Jan. 14) as they hosted the Sudbury Wolves in a game that was nationally televised on TSN. The Frontenacs dominated shots on goal in the opening period but found themselves behind 1-0 despite a 14-4 shot advantage at 16:37. The Wolves would make it 2-0 only 15 seconds later through David Goyette’s 8th of the season, and 3-0 with a powerplay goal at 18:09. In the second period, Goyette would score his second goal of the game to make it a 4-0 Sudbury lead at 2:32. Kingston would get on the board with goals by Alec Belanger (his 3rd at 6:10) and Jackson Stewart (his 1st at 9:29) to cut the lead to 4-2. Sudbury would score two goals only 2:39 apart, including Goyette’s third of the game to complete the hat-trick to re-establish their four goal advantage at 6-2. Francesco Arcuri of the Frontenacs would score his 14th of the season at 13:54 to make the score 6-3 after forty minutes. In the third period, Quintin Musty of the Wolves and Lucas Edmonds would trade goals at 11:01 and 12:57 respectively to make it 7-4, but Goyette would add an empty-netter at 16:51 for his fourth goal of the game to help Sudbury hand Kingston a lopsided 8-4 loss. Zayde Wisdom finished the game with no points, a -3 rating, and 2 SOG.
- The Kingston Frontenacs game on Saturday Jan. 15 (@ Niagara) has been postponed and will be rescheduled due to COVID concerns.
- On Sunday (Jan. 16), the Kingston Frontenacs travelled to Hamilton to face the Bulldogs with their newly acquired acquisition Mason McTavish. This game would turn into a game to forget for Kingston as the Bulldogs opened the scoring only 47 seconds into the game through Arber Xhekaj. Kingston would tie the game 1-1 as Maddox Callens scored his 11th of the season at 15:03 after some good forechecking and following up on a rebound. The goal of the game came at 18:12 as Hamilton’s George Diaco scored his 13th of the season by pulling ‘the Michigan’ and balancing the puck on the blade of his stick up and over the goaltender’s shoulder on a wraparound to make it 2-1. The Frontenacs could not recover and get back into the game as they would get outshot 25-9 for the remainder of the game (getting only 3 shots in the third period). Hamilton would score three even strength goals in the last 1:58 of the period to take a 5-1 lead. In the third period, Logan Morrison would score a powerplay goal for the Bulldogs at 8:02 and add two more even strength goals including Mason McTavish’s second of the game for Hamilton to convincingly thrash Kingston by a score of 8-1. Zayde Wisdom did not register a point in the game, but managed to have an even rating and 3 SOG.
- The Kingston Frontenacs visited the Oshawa Generals on Tuesday night (Jan. 18). Despite the Frontenacs outshooting the Generals 15-13 in the opening period, it was Oshawa that did all the scoring. Ty Tullio (Edmonton Oilers prospect) got things going only 1:46 in with his 16th of the season to make it 1-0. Oshawa would get a powerplay goal at 3:39 from Ryan Gagnier and an even strength goal at 13:37 from Cooper Way to put Kingston at a 3-0 disadvantage. In the second period, the Frontenacs continued to outshoot the Generals but had to wait until 19:04 to get on the board through Lucas Peric’s 6th of the season to make it 3-1. In the third period, Zayde Wisdom would draw an assist as his pass from the corner was backhanded in by Shane Wright for his 12th goal of the season to make it 3-2. Unfortunately, that goal came late at 18:07 and Tullio would score his second goal of the game into an empty net as the Kingston Frontenacs would lose their fourth straight game 4-2 to the Oshawa Generals. Wisdom finished the game with 1 assist, a -1 rating, 1 SOG, and 2 PIMs (Roughing).
- The Kingston Frontenacs would return home and face the Hamilton Bulldogs on Friday night (Jan. 21). Looking to break their losing skid, the Frontenacs built themselves a three goal cushion in the opening period. Zayde Wisdom picked off an errant defensive pass in the offensive zone to set up Martin Chromiak on a two-on-one for his 15th of the season at 8:21 to make it 1-0. Lucas Edmonds would score his 19th of the season while shorthanded to make it 2-0 as Hamilton’s careless play with the puck burned them once again. The Frontenacs made it 3-0 as 2022 draft eligible Paul Ludwinski scored his 7th of the season at 18:03. In the second period, the Bulldogs would score two goals only 28 seconds apart (5:18 and 5:46) to cut Kingston’s lead to 3-2. In the third period, Jordan Frasca would score his 21st of the season on the powerplay at 11:01 to give Kingston some breathing room. Frasca would add a second goal into an empty net while shorthanded to ensure that the Frontenacs would snap their losing streak and defeat Hamilton 5-2. Wisdom finished the game with 1 assist, a -1 rating, and 2 SOG.
- On Saturday night (Jan. 22) the Kingston Frontenacs played the visiting Niagara IceDogs. In the opening period, Kingston came out with purpose and more than tripled Niagara in shots on goal 22-7 (52-28 overall). The Frontenacs were rewarded with the opening goal as defenseman Lucas Peric scored his 7th of the season at 6:07. The IceDogs did well to keep the damage at one goal against and were looking to escape the period to regroup; but Francesco Arcuri scored his 15th of the season with only 15.4 seconds remaining to make it 2-0. In the second period, top prospect Shane Wright led a rush from the left side, dishing the puck to Zayde Wisdom, who fed Martin Chromiak for his 16th of the season and a 3-0 Kingston lead. After Arcuri scored his second of the game 32 seconds later, Niagara scored one of a terrible give away by Frontenacs defenseman Braden Hache to make it a 4-1 game. With Niagara given a double-minor, Kingston capitalized right off the draw as Martin Chromiak scored his second of the contest to make it 5-1 after forty minutes. In the third period, the IceDogs would sore a powerplay goal at 4:10 that saw Frontenacs goaltender Aiden Spooner zip cross-crease at least three times before the puck finally went in to make it 5-2. That was as close as Niagara would get though as Peric scored his second of the game at 18:35 as the puck hit a Niagara player and deflected in to give Kingston a 6-2 victory over the IceDogs. Wisdom finished the game with 1 assist, a +2 rating, and 1 SOG.
- Sunday’s matinee (Jan. 23) had the Kingston Frontenacs travel to Oshawa to face the Generals. The first period saw no goals and the shots were fairly even with the Frontenacs holding a 14-12 advantage. Oshawa had the best chance of the period, but Frontenacs goaltender Leevi Merilinen came up big with the left pad to keep both sides even. In the second period, Kingston would dominate the shots 23-5, but could only manage one goal as Shane Wright backhanded the puck between his legs from behind the net and banked the puck in off the goaltender for his 13th goal of the season at 5:50 to give the Frontenacs a 1-0 lead. That lead would hold for the remainder of the game as both sides could not solve the goaltender’s duel until Lucas Peric scored his 9th of the season into an empty net at 19:20 as the Generals tried to tie the game. Kingston defeated Oshawa by a score of 2-0 for their third straight win and Merilainen stopping all 26 shots he faced for the shutout. Zayde Wisdom finished the game with no points, a +1 rating, and 3 SOG.
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