Friday Highlights: Fronts, Hounds and Rangers continue winning ways
SAULT STE. MARIE 4 – SARNIA 3 – OT
Anaheim Ducks prospect Jack Kopacka (9) scored on a backhander 57 seconds into overtime as the Soo Greyhounds won their fifth straight and prevailed in a West Division showdown in Sarnia. Kopacka had a goal and an assist on the night while Philadelphia Flyers prospect Morgan Frost (8, 9) scored twice and Barrett Hayton (8) also tallied. The Hounds outshot the Sting 37-28, climbing to within a point of them atop the West Division standings. Flyers pick Anthony Salinitri (5, 6) also scored twice for Sarnia while Drake Rymsha (10) provided the other goal. Sting captain Jordan Kyrou padded his OHL scoring lead with three assists in the game while overage blueliner Connor Schlichting had two. Kyrou’s assists extend his current point streak to nine games. The Greyhounds are now 14-3-2-0 on the campaign.
KINGSTON 7 – PETERBOROUGH 1
The Kingston Frontenacs poured it on for seven goals, taking down the East Division leading Peterborough Petes 7-1 on home ice. The Fronts pull into a first place tie with Peterborough and Ottawa as the unit of Jason Robertson (13), Linus Nyman (8) and Nathan Dunkley (4) struck for three goals while Tyler Burnie (7), Ryan Cranford (7), Sergey Popov (3) and Brett Neumann (1) also found the back of the net. Kingston’s fifth straight victory saw the Fronts chase Petes starter Dylan Wells from the crease early, eventually outshooting the Petes 46-19. Defenceman Adrien Beraldo (2) provided the lone goal for Peterborough, spoiling Jeremy Helvig’s shutout bid with seven minutes remaining in the third period. Dunkley and Nyman both finished the night with a goal and two assists while Robertson scored in a fifth straight contest as the Frontenacs improved to 10-5-1-2.
KITCHENER 4 – WINDSOR 3
Greg Meireles (4) scored the game winner with nine minutes to go in the third frame as the Kitchener Rangers donned specially themed Vimy Ridge jerseys and edged the visiting Windsor Spitfires 4-3. Adam Mascherin (9) and Connor Bunnaman (10) both lit the lamp while rookie Mike Petizian (1) scored his first career OHL goal. Kole Sherwood had a pair of assists for Kitchener while Luke Richardson made 25 saves. Kitchener’s fourth straight win sees the Rangers improve to 11-6-1-0 atop the Midwest Division. Aaron Luchuk scored his league-leading 19th goal while Tyler Angle (3) and Luke Boka (3) also scored for the Spitfires. Defenceman Austin McEneny earned second star honours with two assists in the loss. Windsor sits in third place in the West Division with an 11-7-1-0 record.
BARRIE 4 – SUDBURY 3 – OT
Ben Hawerchuk (2) tipped home a Kade Landry point shot 1:39 into overtime as the Barrie Colts defeated the Sudbury Wolves 4-3 on the road. Kyle Heitzner (2), Jason Willms (7) and Joey Keane (3) also got on the board for Barrie as the Colts stretched their Central Division lead to six points over second place Niagara. Leo Lazarev provided 24 saves in the Barrie crease as the Colts won despite being outshot 27-23. Evan Krassey (2), Reagan O’Grady (3) and Nolan Hutcheson (3) all scored for the Wolves as they fell to 6-10-4-0 on the season.
OTTAWA 5 – OSHAWA 3
The Ottawa 67’s remain in the thick of things atop the East Division after defeating the visiting Oshawa Generals 5-3. The 67’s outshot Oshawa 39-24 and went 2-for-8 on the power play as veterans Travis Barron (4, 5) and Austen Keating (8, 9) scored twice. Sasha Chmelevski (11) also found the back of the net while Kody Clark had three assists as the 67’s improve to 11-8-1-0 on the season. 2018 NHL Draft prospect Allan McShane (4, 5, 6) accounted for all three Oshawa goals with his first OHL hat-trick while linemate Domenico Commisso had three helpers. Oshawa goaltender Cole Ceci made 34 saves as the Generals dropped their fourth straight.
GUELPH 6 – NORTH BAY 2
The Guelph Storm climbed out to a 4-0 lead and didn’t look back, defeating the visiting North Bay Battalion 6-2 behind a pair of goals from Philadelphia Flyers prospect Isaac Ratcliffe (6, 7). Matt Hotchkiss (2), Nate Schnarr (4), James McEwan (5) and Ryan Merkley (6) also found the scoresheet while goaltender Anthony Popovich made 33 saves. Hotchkiss finished the night with a goal and two helpers while Alexey Toropchenko, Cam Hillis and Liam Hawel all had two assists. The Storm improves to 9-7-0-2, three points back of first place Kitchener in the Midwest Division. Veterans Riley Bruce (2) and Brett McKenzie (4) provided Battalion goals while Julian Sime made 34 saves in the loss. The fast-flowing game included just two penalties as Guelph outshot North Bay 40-35.
HAMILTON 7 – ERIE 4
The Hamilton Bulldogs struck for seven goals on 31 shots as Brandon Saigeon (8, 9) led the way with a pair in a 7-4 win over visiting Erie. Philadelphia Flyers prospect Matthew Strome (6) recorded a goal and two assists while Arthur Kaliyev (5), Justin Lemcke (4), Marian Studenic (5) and Connor Walters (1) also capitalized for the Bulldogs. Blueliner Ben Gleason finished the night with three assists as the Dogs won their third straight, improving to 9-5-1-3. Kyle Maksimovich (10, 11) scored twice for the Otters while other goals came from Carson Edwardson (5) and Christian Girhiny (5). Ivan Lodnia had two assists as Erie falls to 8-8-2-1 in the Midwest Division standings.
LONDON 9 – FLINT 0
It was all Knights in London as they took a 9-0 win over visiting Flint behind Robert Thomas’ (13, 14, 15) second hat-trick of the season. Tyler Rollo (3), Richard Whittaker (1), Cliff Pu (5), Cole Tymkin (2), Liam Foudy (3) and Alex Formenton (2) also scored for London while Evan Bouchard and Sam Miletic both registered three assists. Joseph Raaymakers stopped all 32 shots he faced to record his first shutout in the Knights uniform, improving to 6-1-1-0 since joining the club. London improves to 6-9-2-0 while the Firebirds drop their seventh straight decision and now sit at 6-9-2-0 as well.
MISSISSAUGA 4 – SAGINAW 2
The Mississauga Steelheads won their third straight contest, defeating visiting Saginaw 4-2 as Albert Michnac (13), Michael Little (2), Brendan Harrogate (2) and Ryan McLeod (7) all scored. Owen Tippett recorded an assist in his season debut after returning from the NHL’s Florida Panthers this past week. Reigning CHL Player of the Week Michnac finished the night with a goal and an assist to stretch his point streak to four games. McLeod’s goal extends his current point streak to 14 games. The Spirit see their three-game winning streak come to an end as they were outshot 38-26. Danny Katic (2) and Kyle Bollers (3) both scored while goaltender Evan Cormier made 34 saves. The Steelheads improve to 8-9-0-1 with their sixth win in the last seven games.