Saturday afternoon will see the Kingston Frontenacs (13-25-2-2) and Oshawa Generals (22-16-3-2) face off in a classic East Division battle on Sportsnet.
The Gens are coming off a 5-0 loss at the hands of the hungry Barrie Colts and post a 4-5-1-0 record in their last 10 matchups. They’ve added a strong offensive presence in centreman Philip Tomasino, who they acquired at the deadline from the Niagara IceDogs. The Nashville Predators pick has already amassed 15 points (8-7-15) in his first seven games with the squad that included a five-point debut in a 6-3 win over the Windsor Spitfires. His 72 points in 43 games places him fourth in OHL scoring.
Overage forward Brett Neumann has also put up consistent numbers and was riding a 12-game point skid that was halted by the Colts in Thursday’s loss. Neumann’s 33 goals in 43 games is the third highest among his fellow skaters, and he currently leads all OHLers in shots on goal with 208. Also making an impact are NHL Draft hopeful Ty Tullio (19-27-46) and Montreal Canadiens prospect Allan McShane (19-26-45).
Kingston skates in with a 4-6-0-0 tally through their last 10, coming off a third period collapse at home to the Saginaw Spirit on Friday. Heading the Fronts is 16-year-old exceptional status rookie Shane Wright, who boasts 39 points (23-16-39) in the first 38 games of his OHL stint. Centreman Zayde Wisdom, a sophomore with the club, is on a similar path with 38 points (21-17-38) to his name as well.
Winger Martin Chromiak, who signed with the club in late December, had added another strong element to Frontenacs’ top line alongside centreman Wright and right winger Wisdom. He has accounted for five goals and four assists in his first eight appearances in the yellow and black.
The Gens find themselves in the middle of the East Division, with a 10-point stretch between them and the second seeded Peterborough Petes. Nine points below them in fourth sit the Hamilton Bulldogs, and rounding out the division at fifth are the Frontenacs.
The two clubs will meet nine times this season. Through their first four tilts, the Gens lead with a 3-0-0-1 record.
Saturday’s game will be a 30th anniversary tribute to the 1990 Memorial Cup winning Oshawa Generals. The team, led by Eric Lindros, claimed the trophy off a Bill Armstrong point shot in a thrilling double-overtime game over the Kitchener Rangers in Hamilton. Lindros will be in attendance alongside many of his teammates.
The puck drops at 2:05pm ET and the game can be seen coast-to-coast on Sportsnet East, Ontario and Pacific as well as in the United States on NHL Network.