Friday Highlights: Helvig backstops Frontenacs into East Final
KINGSTON 2 – BARRIE 1
(KGN wins series 4-2)
For the first time in 25 years the Kingston Frontenacs have advanced to the third round of the OHL Playoffs. The Fronts will meet the Hamilton Bulldogs in the Eastern Conference Final following a 2-1 victory over the Barrie Colts in Game 6 on home ice as goaltender Jeremy Helvig made 29 saves to secure the win. Brett Neumann (3) and Ted Nichol (2) scored Kingston goals as the Fronts held a determined Colts squad off in the third despite being outshot 15-5. Aaron Luchuk (5) provided Barrie’s lone goal before a hometown crowd as the Central Division champion Colts see their season come to an end. Barrie outshot Kingston 30-25 and drop the series in six games after taking out a 2-0 series lead on home ice. Luchuk, goaltender Leo Lazarev and fellow overager TJ Fergus all played their final OHL contests.
KITCHENER 3 – SARNIA 2 – OT
(KIT leads series 3-2)
Nick McHugh (1) tied the score with 5:08 remaining in the third period before Rickard Hugg (1) buried a one-timer from the slot 7:56 into overtime to give the Kitchener Rangers a 3-2 home ice win over the Sarnia Sting in Game 5. Kitchener takes a 3-2 series lead as goaltender Mario Culina made 47 saves as the Rangers won despite being outshot 49-34. Rookie defenceman Jack York (2) also scored for Kitchener while Connor Bunnaman set up Hugg’s overtime winner. Sarnia linemates Sean Josling (6) and Hugo Leufvenius (6) both scored for the Sting while goaltender Justin Fazio made 31 saves. The Sting went 0-for-3 on the power play, falling to 1-for-41 on the man advantage in the OHL Playoffs. The Rangers look to wrap up the series on Sunday in Sarnia.
SAULT STE. MARIE 4 – OWEN SOUND 1
(SSM leads series 3-2)
2018 NHL Draft prospect Barrett Hayton (2, 3) scored twice and was a force in the faceoff circle, leading the Soo Greyhounds past the visiting Owen Sound Attack 4-1 in Game 5 of their Western Conference Semi-Final series. The Hounds take a 3-2 series lead as Taylor Raddysh (7) and Morgan Frost (5) added goals and goaltender Matthew Villalta made 28 saves. Tampa Bay Lightning prospect Boris Katchouk picked up three assists on the night as the Hounds held Owen Sound to 1-for-8 on the power play. Owen Sound’s Alan Lyszczarczyk (7) scored 5:25 into the first period but that’s all the offence Owen Sound would muster. Rookie netminder Mack Guzda stopped all 15 shots he faced in a relief appearance. The Greyhounds can close out the series on Sunday night in Owen Sound.