Friday Highlights: Byfield comes through for Wolves
SUDBURY 3, SAGINAW 2 – OT
Quinton Byfield (8) tied the score with 1:08 left in the third period before netting the fourth-round shootout winner to lift the Sudbury Wolves over visiting Saginaw 3-2. Buffalo Sabres prospect Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen backstopped the Wolves to victory with 22 saves and was a perfect 4-for-4 in the shootout while Saginaw rookie Tristan Lennox made 24 saves in his first career start at the other end. Blake Murray (9) also scored for Sudbury while Damien Giroux (10) and Cole Perfetti (10) provided Saginaw goals. The Wolves improve to 14-8-1-1 while Saginaw falls to 12-9-1-2.
GUELPH 5, SAULT STE. MARIE 4 – OT
Ryan Merkley setup Isaac Ratcliffe (16, 17) for his second of the night with 1:54 left in overtime as the Guelph Storm edged the visiting Soo Greyhounds 5-4. The Storm prevailed despite being outshot 47-27, coming back from a 4-1 deficit with three goals in the final 11 minutes of the third period. Dallas Stars prospect Liam Hawel (9, 10) joined Ratcliffe with two goals while Cam Hillis (5) also tallied and Nate Schnarr had three helpers. Anthony Popovich made 43 saves for the Storm while Greyhounds goals came from Jordan Sambrook (8), Morgan Frost (16), Barrett Hayton (13) and Keeghan Howdeshell (15). Matthew Villalta made 22 saves in his return from injury as the Greyhounds fell to 14-6-4-1 while Guelph improves to 12-5-3-3.
FLINT 3, WINDSOR 1
The Flint Firebirds shook-off a five-game skid as Jake Durham (14, 15) scored twice in a 3-1 win over visiting Windsor. Toronto Maple Leafs prospect Fedor Gordeev (2) scored and added an assist while Emanuel Vella stopped 34 of 35 to record the win. Mathew MacDougall (6) provided the lone Windsor goals while Kari Piiroinen made 28 saves. Flint improves to 3-21-1-0 while Windsor drops to 11-11-1-1.
NIAGARA 6, BARRIE 2
Jason Robertson recorded three assists in his Niagara IceDogs debut while Kirill Maksimov (12, 13) scored twice in a 6-2 win over visiting Barrie. Akil Thomas (9), Kyen Sopa (11), Jonathon Schaefer (1) and Philip Tomasino (8) also tallied as the Dogs outshot the Colts 41-26 and went 2-for-5 on the power play. Stephen Dhillon made 24 saves for Niagara, surrendering third period goals by Barrie’s Aidan Brown (5) and Jacob Tortora (2) while Justin Murray and Tyler Tucker each had two assists. Niagara improves to 13-6-4-0 while Barrie falls to 12-11-1-0.
SARNIA 8, KINGSTON 2
Anthony Salinitri (12, 13) and rookie Jacob Perreault (8, 9) each scored twice while captain Ryan McGregor picked up three assists in an 8-2 Sarnia Sting road win in Kingston. Hugo Leufvenius (14) had a goal and one helper while Kelton Hatcher (4) and Theo Hill (2) added singles, helping Sarnia outshoot Kingston 39-27. The Fronts surrender eight goals for the second straight night as captain Ryan Cranford (6, 7) accounted for both goals. Sarnia skates to a third straight win, improving to 10-10-2-2. The Frontenacs fall to 7-18-1-0.
ERIE 5, KITCHENER 1
It was all Otters in Kitchener on Friday as 2019 NHL Draft prospect Petr Cajka (8, 9) scored twice in a 5-1 road win over the Rangers. Gera Poddubnyi (12), Brendan Sellan (2) and Kyle Maksimovich (13) also struck for Erie as the Otters outshot the Rangers 33-24 and went 2-for-2 on the power play. Noah Battaglia made 23 saves for his first OHL victory, surrendering Kitchener’s lone goal off the sick of Alexey Lipanov (5). Lucas Pfeil made 28 saves in the loss for Kitchener. The Otters end a three-game slide, improving to 10-13-1-0 while Kitchener falls to 12-12-2-0.
OSHAWA 6, HAMILTON 2
The Oshawa Generals were outshot but struck for six goals on 32 shots to defeat visiting Hamilton 6-2 behind a 36-save showing by goaltender Kyle Keyser. New York Rangers prospect Nico Gross (3) earned first star honours with a goal and an assist while Allan McShane (7), Mitchell Brewer (2), Nando Eggenberger (12), Serron Noel (15) and Danil Antropov (6) also scored for the Gennies who won their fifth straight. Navrin Mutter (1) and Matthew Strome (9) scored Hamilton goals as the Bulldogs suffered their fourth straight loss, falling to 10-12-1-0. Oshawa improves to 15-7-2-0.
LONDON 7, OWEN SOUND 2
Adam Boqvist (5, 6) connected for his second-straight two-goal game while Liam Foudy (10) had a goal and two assists and won all 10 faceoffs he took in a 7-2 London victory over visiting Owen Sound. Alec Regula (2), Billy Moskal (5), Alex Turko (2) and Connor McMichael (13) also found the back of the net while Alex Formenton and Jacob Golden picked up a pair of assists each. The Knights won 46 of the game’s 62 faceoffs in a game that saw the two teams combined for 13 power play opportunities. Vegas Golden Knights prospect Jordan Kooy made 33 saves in the London crease to help earn the club’s 11th straight win. The Knights keep climbing, sitting first in the Western Conference with a 17-4-2-0 record. Owen Sound falls to 13-8-1-2.
NORTH BAY 5, MISSISSAUGA 2
The North Bay Battalion climbed ahead 3-0 early and never looked back, taking a 5-2 win in Mississauga. Brad Chenier (9, 10) scored twice and added two assists while goaltender Christian Propp made 42 saves as the Troops ended a four-game slide. Justin Brazeau (22), Adam McMaster (10) and Luke Moncada (1) also scored for North Bay. Brazeau’s 89th career goal places him first in North Bay Battalion career goal-scoring ahead of Brett McKenzie. Adam Varga (2) and Thomas Harley (4) scored for the Fish while rookie goaltender Joe Ranger took the loss, making 36 saves. The Battalion improves to 11-11-1-1 while Mississauga suffers a second straight loss, falling to 14-8-2-0.