Friday Highlights: Blue line heroics
PETERBOROUGH 4 – KINGSTON 3 – OT
Third-year defenceman Matthew Timms (5, 6) tied the score at three with 2:23 remaining before scoring the game winner 2:25 into overtime as the Peterborough Petes defeated the Kingston Frontenacs 4-3 on the road for their 10th straight win. Scott Smith made 37 saves in goal while Matt Spencer (5) and Steven Lorentz (11) also had Petes goals. Toronto Maple Leafs prospect Stephen Desrocher recorded three assists for Kingston in the loss, chipping in on goals by Ryan Cranford (6), Cody Caron (3) and Warren Foegele (11). The Petes were outshot 40-29, but improve to 20-11-1-3 and sit just a point behind first place Oshawa in the East Division.
FLINT 3 – SAGINAW 2 – OT
Overage rearguard Mathieu Henderson (8) scored with just eight seconds remaining in overtime as the Flint Firebirds beat the Michigan rival Saginaw Spirit 3-2 on home ice. The important game could have playoff implications down the line as the Firebirds outshot the Spirit 39-24 and gained the extra point. Hakon Nilsen (2) and Kole Sherwood (14) had goals in regulation for the Firebirds while Hayden Hodgson (20) and Gianluca Fuoco (1) tallied for Saginaw. New Jersey Devils prospect Evan Cormier made 36 saves in goal for the Spirit to help his club earn a valuable point. Flint now leads Saginaw by three points in the West Division.
GUELPH 4 – SUDBURY 3 – OT
Guelph Storm captain Garrett McFadden (6, 7) scored his second of the night 1:16 into overtime to give his club a 4-3 road win in Sudbury. The Storm have won three straight for the first time this season as rookie netminder Anthony Popovich made 40 saves while Nic Sicoly (2) and Givani Smith (18) also had goals. Defenceman Ryan Merkley gathered a pair of assists to give him points in seven straight contests. The Wolves earn a point in the overtime loss as Michael Pezzetta (5), Shane Bulitka (4) and Ryan Valentini (10) scored. Guelph sits five points out of the Western Conference playoff picture while the Wolves pull into a first place tie with North Bay atop the Central Division.
OWEN SOUND 3 – KITCHENER 0
Montreal Canadiens prospect Michael McNiven made 28 saves to record his second straight shutout as the Owen Sound Attack blanked the Midwest Division rival Kitchener Rangers 3-0 on the road. The Attack outshot the Rangers 44-28 as Kevin Hancock (14) had a goal and an assist while Jonah Gadjovich (17) and Matt Schmalz (7) also scored to give Owen Sound six consecutive wins. The Attack lead the Rangers by three points in the Midwest Division. Kitchener goaltender Luka Opilka made 41 saves to earn third star honours.
MISSISSAUGA 3 NIAGARA 0
Rookie goaltender Jacob Ingham made 23 saves to earn his first OHL shutout as the Mississauga Steelheads blanked visiting Niagara 3-0. The Steelheads snapped a 10-game home losing skid as Owen Tippett (27), Spencer Watson (9) and Shaw Boomhower (5) had goals. The trout outshot Niagara 40-23, pulling two points ahead of the IceDogs for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. Niagara goaltender Stephen Dhillon made 37 saves in the loss.
OTTAWA 3 – OSHAWA 1
2017 NHL Draft prospect Austen Keating (8, 9, 10) scored a natural hat-trick to lead the Ottawa 67’s to a 3-1 home ice victory over the Oshawa Generals. Keating scored twice in the second period before adding an empty netter late in the third to seal the deal as the 67’s leapfrogged Kingston in the East Division. Veteran forward Patrick White had a pair of assists for Ottawa while Olivier Lafreniere turned aside 30 of the 31 shots he faced. Grayden Gottschalk (2) scored Oshawa’s lone goal while defenceman Matt Brassard tallied an assist in his Generals debut.
LONDON 4 – SARNIA 1
Tyler Johnson made 41 saves as the London Knights got past the Sarnia Sting 4-1. Sarnia outshot London 42-32 but couldn’t solve Johnson as Buffalo Sabres prospect Cliff Pu (24) led the way for London offensively with a goal and an assist. Victor Mete (10), Liam Foudy (3) and Owen MacDonald (7) also scored for the Knights as they improve to 24-5-2-3, three points ahead of Erie atop the Midwest Division. Jaden Lindo (10) scored the lone goal for Sarnia as the Sting suffered their third straight loss. GAME CENTRE