Saturday, October 20, 2007


These are actual scores from an actual hockey team: The Kingston Frontenacs lost by six goals at home last night to the Saginaw Spirit, 7-1, just more than a year to the day of a seven-goal thrashing in the Spirit's previous visit to the Memorial Centre. At this rate, by 2013-14 they will be able to actually take Saginaw to overtime at home.

Can Stephen Colbert give his suggestion of what a Frontenac is French for ("bend over and take it") again?

At least the Frontenacs scored first: Nathan Moon tallied 2:10 into the game, but then came the dread "first or last goals." Saginaw tallied in the last minute of the first, went ahead 1:06 into the second. Up 3-1 starting the third, they scored on the first shift.

There is genuine sympathy, meantime, for Ben Shutron. He is living out a treasured junior hockey archetype as the one good defenceman on a bad blueline corps, which means his play becomes slack since he's spending more time on ice than the champagne the Leafs are saving for their next Stanley Cup.

(Did anyone see the story about the Eugene Melnyk-owned Mississauga St. Michael's Majors having attendance problems? A friend who was at Hershey Centre for a game a couple weeks ago said he swore there were less than 500 people in the stands at one point. They finally got an announced crowd above 2,000 -- first time since the opener -- for a game vs. Sarnia Sting phenom Steven Stamkos.)

Shutron feels heat (Doug Graham, Kingston Whig-Standard)

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