Frontenacs come up one goal short in Oshawa

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The Kingston Frontenacs will be playing their last home game of one of the franchise’s worst Ontario Hockey League seasons on Friday night at 7 p.m. at the Leon’s Centre.

They’ll be taking on the Oshawa Generals, who took the first half of the home-and-home set 3-2 on Wednesday night.

It will be the last game in Kingston for overagers Ryan Cranford and Matt Hotchkiss and possibly the last games at the Leon’s Centre for 19-year-olds Jakob Brahaney, Ian Derungs and Brendan Bonello.

On Wednesday, Cranford scored his team leading 18th goal of the season, just over four minutes into the game, to give the visiting Frontenacs a one-goal lead. But Oshawa’s Allan McShane scored at the nine-minute mark and Kyle MacLean scored a little over four minutes later to take over the lead.

Anthony Sailainitri scored the second period’s only goal when Oshawa put 16 shots on Kingston goaltender Brendan Bonello while the Frontenacs were only able to muster three shots on the Generals’ Kyle Keyser.

The Generals outshot the Frontenacs 41-22 overall.

Kingston responded in the third period with former General Nick Wong scoring his 13th goal of the season, at 13:13.

Kingston tried for the tying goal late in the game and spent a lot of time in the Oshawa goal, but couldn’t put the puck behind Keyser.

The loss, coupled with a 4-3 win by the 19th-place Flint Firebirds over the Windsor Spitfires on Thursday night, guaranteed the Frontenacs will finish last overall in the league, the first time for the franchise since the Kingston Canadians in 1987-88. Flint is six points ahead of Kingston, which has just two games remaining. By placing last, the Frontenacs will pick No. 1 in the upcoming OHL Priority Selection.

The Frontenacs finish off their season in Ottawa on Sunday at 2 p.m.

Kingston Frontenacs centre Nick Wong in action against the Barrie Colts during an Ontario Hockey League action at the Leon’s Centre in Kingston on Jan. 6. Wong scored his 13th goal of the season on Wednesday night,against his former team, the Oshawa Generals. (Meghan Balogh/The Whig-Standard) Ian MacAlpine / Meghan Balogh/Kingston Whig-Standard/Postmedia Network

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