Friday Highlights: Gettinger’s winner helps Hounds draw even
SAULT STE. MARIE 5 – OWEN SOUND 4 – OT
(Series tied 1-1)
Having scored twice earlier in the game, Montreal Canadiens prospect Hayden Verbeek (2, 3) set up linemate Tim Gettinger (2) just 1:15 into overtime as the Soo Greyhounds edged the visiting Owen Sound Attack 5-4 in Game 2 of their second round series. The Greyhounds even things up, outshooting the Attack 39-32 as Gettinger and Taylor Raddysh (5) both had a goal and an assist while Morgan Frost (3) also lit the lamp. Blueliners Conor Timmins and Rasmus Sandin both collected a pair of assists each as the Hounds scored the last goal in what was a back-and-forth affair at the Essar Centre. Nick Suzuki (3) sent things to overtime, tying the score for Owen Sound with just 1:25 to go in the third period. Brett McKenzie (5), Maksim Sushko (2) and Brady Lyle (1) also found the back of the net as the Attack went 2-for-5 on the power play. Sault Ste. Marie’s Matthew Villalta made 28 saves to earn the win as the series shifts to Owen Sound for Game 3 on Monday all tied up at one.
KITCHENER 4 – SARNIA 2
(KIT leads series 1-0)
Tied 1-1 entering the third period, Winnipeg Jets prospect Logan Stanley (2) brought out the big cannon, setting up Connor Bunnaman (3) to put the Rangers in the lead for good before blasting home a goal of his own just 21 seconds later. Joseph Garreffa (6) and Kole Sherwood (8) also scored for the Blueshirts as they defeated the visiting Sarnia Sting 4-2 to take a 1-0 series lead. Logan Brown and Austin McEneny both earned a pair of assists for Kitchener as the Rangers outshot the Sting 40-31 and went 2-for-5 on the power play. Sarnia’s man advantage was held to 0-for-6 as Ryan McGregor (3) and Theo Calvas (2) scored even strength goals. Veteran netminder Justin Fazio earned third star honours with a 36-save performance. Kitchener’s Mario Culina got the win with 29 saves of his own. The two clubs meet again on Sunday night in Kitchener.
BARRIE 4 – KINGSTON 1
(BAR leads series 2-0)
Zach Magwood (6) broke open a 1-1 tie 4:47 into the third period to push the Barrie Colts into the lead as they eventually defeated the visiting Kingston Frontenacs 4-1 to take a 2-0 series lead. Magwood finished with a goal and an assist while Justin Murray (2) and Andrei Svechnikov (3, 4) added Barrie goals. The always-entertaining Leo Lazarev stopped 40 of the 41 shots he faced, surrendering the lone Kingston goal off the stick of Jason Robertson (6) in the second period. The Colts were outshot 41-35 but Lazarev’s fine play backstopped them to victory as they head to Kingston for Game 3 on Sunday night in control of the series.