Fast Five: Kingston at Barrie
Tonight, the Kingston Frontenacs embark on the middle game of a three-in-three series, hitting the road to clash with the Barrie Colts at Sadlon Arena, with puck drop slated for 7:30 PM.
This matchup signifies the third encounter between these teams this season. Each has claimed victory on home ice, making tonight’s game pivotal in the race for playoff seeding.
The Frontenacs and Colts will conclude their regular-season series on Monday, February 19th, in Kingston, treating fans to a Family Day afternoon showdown.
Fans have the opportunity to tune in to each game in real-time through Fronts Radio, featuring Kingston’s Pure Country 99 as its driving force. The renowned play-by-play announcer, Jim Gilchrist, will be narrating the games, both home and away.
Listen Live (Streaming): Pure Country 99 https://chl.ca/ohl-frontenacs/fronts-radio-streaming-live-on-pure-country-99/
Watch: YourTV Kingston | https://watch.chl.ca/ (subscription needed)
Five storylines in tonight’s game:
The Kingston Frontenacs occupy the 7th seed in the East Conference, maintaining a 6-point advantage over the 8th seed, Barrie. A victory tonight would not only widen the gap between the Frontenacs and Barrie but also provide significant momentum as the Frontenacs aim to climb higher in the Eastern Conference standings.
With injuries and suspensions (knock on wood) now behind them, the Kingston Frontenacs are displaying a higher level of consistency and competitiveness on the ice. The team is currently riding a three-game winning streak, securing victories against the Peterborough Petes, Oshawa Generals, and Kitchener Rangers. During this stretch, the team has rediscovered its scoring prowess, tallying a total of 15 goals.
By The Numbers
As previously mentioned, Kingston comes into tonight’s game riding a three-game winning streak. Their opponents, the Barrie Colts, have also enjoyed recent success, posting a record of 2-1-2-0 in their last five games and 5-3-2-0 over their last ten outings. One aspect of Barrie’s game that the Kingston Frontenacs will look to exploit is the Colts’ penalty killing units. Kingston boasts the Eastern Conference’s top power play, operating at a 24.6% success rate. They will aim to capitalize on their chances tonight, especially considering Barrie’s position at the bottom of the OHL standings with a penalty kill rate of 67.8%.
Player to Watch: Barrie
While Beau Jelsma and Cole Beaudoin often command the spotlight for Barrie, tonight fans should also focus on rookie forward Riley Patterson (#21). Patterson is enjoying an exceptional freshman season in the OHL, hailing from Burlington, ON. In 48 games, he has tallied 18 goals, 26 assists, and 44 points, placing him third on the Colts in both goals and points, and second in assists. Patterson has already notched a goal against Kingston this season, showcasing his impact on the ice.
Player to Watch: Kingston
Kingston boasts significant offensive firepower, yet tonight, the team aims to rely on their defence to accelerate the game and create scoring chances. One standout player in this regard is Quinton Burns. The St. Louis Blues prospect showcased his skill with a notable performance last night, netting a goal in Kingston’s 5-4 victory over Kitchener. Across two matchups this season against Barrie, Quinton has contributed a goal and an assist, tallying two points. The Frontenacs will lean on Quinton to provide a physical presence tonight and to play with intensity on both ends of the ice.
Upcoming Home Game:
Friday, February 16th, 2024
Kingston Frontenacs vs. Peterborough Petes
Leon’s Centre | 7:00pm Puck Drop
Grow The Game Night
The Kingston Frontenacs are proud partners with the Hockey Diversity Alliance and BGC South East. Grow the Game Night is centred around the grassroots program created by the HDA, BGC South East and the Kingston Frontenacs. The grassroots program is specifically designed to teach youth from diverse communities the fundamentals, skills, and rules of the game. Grow The Game Night is all about fundraising to make this program sustainable.