Fast Five: Kingston at North Bay
The Kingston Frontenacs are in North Bay this afternoon to face the Battalion and it will not be an easy task as they wrap up a three-in-three weekend. The puck
The Kingston Frontenacs are in North Bay this afternoon to face the Battalion and it will not be an easy task as they wrap up a three-in-three weekend. The puck will drop at 3:00pm at the North Bay Memorial Gardens.
This matchup marks the third meeting of the 2023-24 season between Kingston and North Bay. Both teams have earned victories on their opponents home ice. The Battalion kicked off the season series with an 8-6 win on December 1st, 2024 at Leon’s Centre and the Frontenacs claimed victory at the Gardens on December 7th, 2023 4-3 win.
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 today’s game:
Check the Standings
The North Bay Battalion currently sit 3rd in the Eastern Conference with 26 wins and 60 points. Kingston on the other hand is sitting idle in the 7th seed in the Eastern Conference. Today’s game could be a potential round one playoff matchup.
Grind Through It
The schedule can sometimes feel unfair in junior hockey, but you just have to grind through it. The Kingston Frontenacs come into today’s game on the tailend of a three-in-three weekend and their fourth game of the week. Since picking up a big win on Friday night at home, the Fronts have travelled 592 km and are about to play their third game in 44 hours. North Bay on the other hand hasn’t played since February 8th.
Build of Success
The last time the Kingston Frontenacs played at North Bay Memorial Gardens they pulled out a 4-3 win. Linus Hemstrom (1G,3A) and Gabriel Frasca (2G) led the way for the Frontenacs and Mason Vaccari saved 22 shots for the win. A full team effort will be needed again today to replicate the results.
Player Spotlight: North Bay
North Bay Battalion defenseman Ty Nelson has showcased strong performances for the Troops in his two games against Kingston this season. The Seattle Kraken prospect has tallied 2 goals and 2 assists, accumulating 4 points in the season series thus far. With his skill set, Nelson proves to be impactful on both offence and defence, demanding full attention from the Kingston Frontenacs whenever he hits the ice.
Player Spotlight: Kingston
As mentioned earlier, Linus Hemstrom had a strong game the last time these two teams faced off in North Bay. Throughout two games this year, Hemstrom has recorded a goal and 5 assists for 6 points. He currently leads both teams in points scored in the season series. The Swedish import will be counted upon to produce again today as the team will need a spark with tired legs.
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.