Friday Highlights: Katchouk sparks Hounds in Western showdown
SAULT STE. MARIE 4 – KITCHENER 3
Tampa Bay Lightning prospect Boris Katchouk (40, 41) scored his second of the night 11:25 into the third period to push the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds to a 4-3 road win over the Midwest Division champion Kitchener Rangers. The Hounds squandered a 3-0 lead before defencemen Jordan Sambrook and Noah Carroll set up Katchouk for the game winner. Keeghan Howdeshell (15) and Hayden Verbeek (28) also scored for the Hounds while Matthew Villalta earned his 40th win of the season with 31 saves. Adam Mascherin (39), Joseph Garreffa (11) and Kole Sherwood (29) scored for the Blueshirts. Mascherin and Garreffa both finished the night with a goal and two assists while goaltender Mario Culina made 39 saves. Sault Ste. Marie outshot Kitchener 43-34 to improve to 53-7-2-2 on the season.
SAGINAW 3 – GUELPH 0
New Jersey Devils prospect Evan Cormier stopped all 32 shots he faced to record his ninth career OHL shutout and lead the Saginaw Spirit to an important 3-0 win in Guelph. Marcus Crawford (13) scored midway through the first period before Blade Jenkins (20) and Mason Kohn (18) added late empty netters as the Spirit leapfrogged Guelph and Windsor for sixth in the Western Conference. Guelph suffers a third straight loss and falls to 28-27-5-4. Anthony Popovich stopped 25 of 26 shots as the Storm lost their eighth in a row on home ice.
LONDON 6 – ERIE 3
The London Knights executed late to defeat the visiting Erie Otters 6-3 and earn their fifth straight win. Sergey Popov (10) gave London a 3-2 lead 7:33 into the second period before Alex Formenton (25) scored the eventual game winner shorthanded at 15:46. Nathan Dunkley (21) scored on a third period penalty shot, setting the stage for Richard Whittaker (3, 4, 5) to complete his first OHL hat-trick with an empty netter. Whittaker finished the night with three goals and an assist while goaltender Joseph Raaymakers made 26 saves. Kyle Maksimovich (29), Troy Lajeunesse (13) and Gera Poddubnyi (16) scored for the Otters as they dropped their third straight game. The 37-23-2-2 Knights hold a four-point edge on fifth place Owen Sound in the Western Conference.
OSHAWA 6 – MISSISSAUGA 2
Boston Bruins prospect Jack Studnicka (18, 19, 20) recorded his first OHL hat-trick as the Oshawa Generals kept rolling, taking a 6-2 road win in Mississauga. Studnicka scored a goal in each period while Brendan Harrogate (9), Domenico Commisso (20) and Allan McShane (19) also found the back of the net as the Generals won for the eighth time in the past 10 games. Kyle Keyser stopped 40 of the 42 shots that came his way as Mississauga goals came from Nicolas Hague (33) and Michael Little (14). Oshawa improves to 34-27-3-0 and holds a one point lead on fifth place Niagara in the Eastern Conference. The 30-31-1-2 Steelheads hold the eighth spot in the conference, one point back of the Ottawa 67’s.
KINGSTON 7 – OTTAWA 2
Cliff Pu (24, 25) and Linus Nyman (37) connected to propel the Kingston Frontenacs past the visiting Ottawa 67’s 7-2. Pu had two goals and an assist while Nyman scored once and picked up two helpers. Kingston climbed out to a 5-0 lead as Jacob Paquette (4) and Justin Pringle (2) also scored before Ryan Cranford (15) and Matt Hotchkiss (14) tacked on third period markers. Jason Robertson picked up three assists and goaltender Jeremy Helvig made 33 saves. Sasha Chmelevski (34) and Graeme Clarke (14) scored Ottawa goals as the 67’s lost despite outshooting the Frontenacs 35-30. Kingston improves to 34-21-6-3 while Ottawa drops a third straight decision, falling to 28-27-5-3.
NORTH BAY 4 – SUDBURY 1
The North Bay Battalion exacted vengeance for a Thursday night loss at home to Sudbury, defeating the Wolves 4-1 on the road as Justin Brazeau (39) led the way with a goal and an assist. Veteran blueliner Jesse Saban had three helpers while Luke Burghardt (27), Jake Henderson (11) and Luke Moncada (9) lit the lamp for the Battalion. North Bay netminder Christian Propp made 30 saves, surrendering Sudbury’s lone goal off the stick of Alexey Lipanov (14). The Troops remain within two points of fifth place Niagara in the Eastern Conference, boasting a 29-26-7-3 record.