Frontenacs suffer another last-minute loss

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Former Kingston Frontenacs forward Brett Neumann scored his 37th goal of the season, with 39 seconds left in the third period, to give the home-ice Oshawa Generals a last-minute 5-4 win and deal the Frontenacs another heartbreaking defeat.

Wednesday night’s Ontario Hockey League contest in Oshawa marked the second game in a row and the third in the past three weeks that the Frontenacs have lost a game in the last minute of regulation, all of them by 5-4 scores.

With the loss, the Frontenacs dropped to 17-30-2-2 for 38 points. They remain one point back of the eighth-place Niagara IceDogs for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

Previously, the Frontenacs erased a four-goal deficit against the Mississauga Steelheads on Sunday afternoon, only to lose the game with 54 seconds remaining, and on Jan. 24, the Saginaw Spirit scored five third-period goals to rebound from a 4-0 deficit, with the game-winning goal coming with three seconds remaining.

On Wednesday night, the Frontenacs found themselves down two goals halfway through the third period, but Shane Wright, with a short-handed marker, got the Frontenacs to within a goal at 10:26. With 1:14 remaining and the goaltender pulled for an extra attacker, Jordan Frasca scored his 13th to tie the game.

Also scoring for Kingston were Nick Wong, late in the first period with his 12th goal of the season, and Lucas Rowe, with his eighth, late in the second to tie the game 2-2 at the time.

Wright added two assists, giving him a second consecutive three-point game. He now has team-leading totals of 32 goals and 55 points in 47 games, a 1.17 points-per-game average. He sits 37th overall in the league in points and is tied for 11th in goals.

Also scoring for Oshawa were Brett Harrison, Oliver Suni, Ty Tullio and Allan McShane. Both Neumann and McShane had three points for the Generals, who moved to 27-18-4-2 for 60 points, fourth in the conference.

Up next for the Frontenacs will be a Friday night game at the Leon’s Centre against the Windsor Spitfires. Opening faceoff is at 7 p.m. at the Leon’s Centre.

The Spitfires are currently fifth in the Western Conference.

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