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Battalion can't hold off Frontenacs attack

Fronts score two late goals to win 3-2
Adam Thilander in action against the Fronts. File photo courtesy Tom Martineau

The North Bay Battalion were looking to rebound after a shootout loss to Peterborough Saturday night and to keep a four-game point streak going but would fall 3-2 to the Kingston Frontenacs.

The Frontenacs scored goals just over a minute apart in the latter stages of the third period to complete the comeback at the Rogers K-Rock Centre.  

The first period had much of a driving by a small town feel, blink and you’ll miss it as there were not many stoppages in play. Goaltenders Julian Sime and Brandan Bonnello stood tall for their teams as they had to make great saves throughout the period, however late in the first Justin Brazeau found the back of the net with his 32nd on the powerplay.

The Troops kept up the momentum throughout the early part of the game which paid off for them as Adam Thilander threw it on the net to give North Bay a 2-0 lead halfway through the period.

Shortly after Daniel Walker and Eemeli Rasanen dropped the gloves in a heavyweight tilt, one that saw both players land blows, but Walker scored the takedown.

That fight, coupled with the goal by Thilander, seemed to energize the Fronts as the next five minutes of play was all Kingston.

Former London Knights forward, Cliff Pu had the best chance as he found himself in alone on Sime on a Frontenacs powerplay, but Sime with a poke check that would make Johnny Bower proud, thwarted the attempt.

The physical play would continue throughout the period, but North Bay would hold on and keep the two-goal lead heading into the third.

Five minutes into the third, Dallas Stars prospect Jason Robertson would score his 34th of the season for Kingston to cut North Bay’s lead to 2-1.

Just after the break midway through the third, Kingston would tie the game up at 2 off the stick of Ryan Cranford, his 14th of the season as he surprised Sime with a heavy shot from a bad angle which beat the Troops netminder high glove side.  

Shortly after the tying goal, Linus Nyman would put the Frontenacs up 3-2 with his 31st goal on the season as he put home a rebound off point shot after a faceoff win.  

After the buzzer, bad blood would boil over and both teams would get into a scrum. It would not change the score however as the Troops fell 3-2 and saw their four game point streak come to an end.

The Battalion is back in action Thursday when they welcome the Oshawa Generals to Memorial Gardens.