Friday Highlights: Coming through in the clutch
LONDON 5 – SUDBURY 4 – OT
Montreal Canadiens prospect Victor Mete (11) needed just 17 seconds of overtime to lift the London Knights to a thrilling 5-4 comeback victory over the visiting Sudbury Wolves. The Knights trailed 4-2 five minutes into the third period before Cliff Pu (25) and Liam Foudy (4) scored to knot the game at four. Mete had an assist from blueliner Evan Bouchard on the game winner as the Knights improve to 26-6-2-3, two points ahead of Erie in the Midwest Division. Alex Formenton (11) and Olli Juolevi (7) also had goals while Owen MacDonald earned first star honours with three assists as London outshot Sudbury 41-32. The Wolves had a pair of goals from Minnesota Wild prospect Dmitry Sokolov (25, 26) while Zach Wilkie (1) and David Levin (12) potted power play markers. The Wolves earn a point in the overtime loss, keeping pace with Mississauga atop the Central Division. Goaltender Jake McGrath made 36 saves in the loss.
SAULT STE. MARIE 6 – KITCHENER 5 – OT
Tampa Bay Lightning prospect Boris Katchouk (18, 19) scored his second goal of the night 11 seconds into overtime as the Soo Greyhounds snuck a 6-5 overtime win out of the Aud, narrowly defeating the Kitchener Rangers. Florida Panthers draftee Adam Mascherin (27) tied the score 5-5 with 52 seconds left in the third period to help earn the Rangers a point. The game featured a wild third period in which the two clubs exchanged goals for a total of seven in the period. Boston Bruins prospect Zach Senyshyn (21, 22, 23) notched his fourth hat-trick of the season while Tim Gettinger (17) also found the back of the net. Other Kitchener goals came from Greg Meireles (9), Connor Bunnaman (17) and Frank Hora (2, 3) as the Rangers went 3-for-5 on the man advantage. The Hounds outshot Kitchener 32-23, improving to 28-9-2-0 on the season to hold a three point lead over Windsor atop the West Division.
BARRIE 3 – MISSISSAUGA 2 – OT
Giordano Finoro scored 2:39 into overtime as the Barrie Colts took their second OT win in as many nights, defeating the Mississauga Steelheads 3-2 on the road. Lucas Chiodo and Justin Murray gathered assists on the game winner while Christian Propp was instrumental in the win, turning aside 36 saves for Barrie. Overage forward Anthony Stefano (12, 13) had a pair of goals for the Colts, tying the score 2-2 with just 1:54 left in the third period to force overtime. Mississauga goals came from Spencer Watson (11, 12) in the loss. Owen Tippett recorded an assist to stretch his current point streak to eight games. The point in the overtime loss keeps the Steelheads on pace with Sudbury in the Central Division lead.
ERIE 4 – FLINT 3 – OT
Overage defenceman Darren Raddysh (10 ,11) scored his second of the night with 11 seconds left in overtime, giving the Erie Otters a 4-3 road win in Flint. Raddysh also had an assist in the victory while Warren Foegele (13) and Kyle Pettit (16) also had markers. Troy Timpano made 30 saves for the Otters while Kyle Maksimovich recorded a pair of assists, improving Erie to 26-8-2-1 on the season, two points behind first place London in the Midwest Division. Flint captain Alex Peters (4, 5) scored twice while rookie blueliner Dennis Busby (1) scored his first OHL goal.
SAGINAW 3 – SARNIA 2 – SO
Sophomore forward Kirill Maksimov netted the shootout winner as the Saginaw Spirit snuck by the visiting Sarnia Sting 3-2. Detroit Red Wings prospect Filip Hronek also scored in the shootout and added two assists as the Spirit shook a five game skid. Brady Gilmour (11) and Kris Bennett (9) scored goals for Saginaw while Evan Cormier earned third star honours with 27 saves in goal. Sarnia’s Justin Fazio made 35 saves at the other end while Jaden Lindo (11) and Adam Ruzicka (13) scored goals for the Sting. Saginaw currently sits four points behind Flint for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference while the Sting have lost six in a row.
KINGSTON 3 – NORTH BAY 2
2017 NHL Draft prospect Jason Robertson (17, 18) scored his second goal of the night with 51 seconds left in the third period to put the Kingston Frontenacs over the visiting North Bay Battalion 3-2. Robertson was in on all three goals, getting an assist from Nathan Dunkley on the game winner that sees Kingston improve to 17-14-5-1, one point back of third place Hamilton in the East Division. Zach Poirier (8) and Daniil Vertiy (9) scored for the Battalion, but the Troops were just under a minute shy of at least earning a point as they suffered their eighth straight loss. Dunkley finished with a goal and two assists for Kingston while rookie netminder Mario Peccia made 26 saves.
NIAGARA 4 – PETERBOROUGH 3
Logan DeNoble (22, 23) opened the scoring for Peterborough, but a run of four straight goals from the Niagara IceDogs was enough to put them over the red hot Petes 4-3 on home ice. Matthew Philip (10), Danial Singer (6), Akil Thomas (14) and Kyle Langdon (8) scored in succession while Stephen Dhillon turned aside 33 shots as the Dogs snapped a three game skid. William Lochead had a pair of assists for Niagara as the IceDogs outshot the Petes 42-36. Peterborough went 3-for-4 on the power play as Jonathan Ang (16) also had a goal while blueliner Kyle Jenkins notched a pair of assists. Dylan Wells made 38 saves in front of a hometown crowd but took the loss in goal as the Petes suffer defeat for just the second time in their last 10 games.
HAMILTON 8 – OSHAWA 2
The Hamilton Bulldogs scored a club record eight goals, defeating the first place Oshawa Generals 8-2 on home ice as Niki Petti (6, 7), Michael Cramarossa (12, 13), Will Bitten (12, 13) and Matt Luff (13, 14) all had a pair of goals. Hamilton scored three in the first frame to take command early. Petti finished the night with a goal and three assists to earn first star honours while defenceman Ben Gleason had a pair of helpers. Oshawa goals came from Robbie Burt (4) and Kenny Huether (11) as the Generals suffered their fourth loss in the last five games.
WINDSOR 5 – GUELPH 2
Anaheim Ducks prospect Julius Nattinen (6, 7) scored twice and went 10-for-14 in the faceoff circle as the Windsor Spitfires took a 5-2 win in Guelph. 2017 NHL Draft prospect Gabriel Vilardi (13) had a goal and an assist while Graham Knott (9) and Jeremiah Addison (17) also lit the lamp. Sean Day and Cristiano DiGiacinto each had a pair of assists as the Spits outshot Guelph 41-27, going 2-for-5 on the power play. Storm rookie Ryan Merkley (7) was a bright spot in the loss, registering a goal and an assist to give him points in nine of his last 10 games. Nate Schnarr (11) also scored for Guelph while newcomer Liam Hawel made his Storm debut. Windsor has won three straight and trails first place Sault Ste. Marie by three points in the West Division with a pair of games in hand.