Friday Highlights: Kids pitch in as Sting stretch winning streak to 10
SARNIA 5 – SUDBURY 2
The Sarnia Sting fell behind 2-0 before roaring back with five unanswered goals to stretch their winning streak to 10 games in Sudbury on Friday. The 5-2 win was a night of firsts for the Sting as rookies Brayden Guy (1, 2) and Jamieson Rees (1) scored the first goals of their OHL careers while Jordan Kyrou (8) and Hugo Leufvenius (4) also got involved. Overage defenceman Connor Schlichting registered two assists while goaltender Justin Fazio tied Patrick DesRochers’ Sting franchise record with the 63rd win of his OHL career, making 41 saves in the process. Sarnia was outshot 43-28 by a hungry Wolves club, but the fine play of Fazio helped the Sting improve to an OHL-best 11-1-0-0 on the season. Owen Gilhula (2) and Michael Pezzetta (4) had goals for the Wolves who fall to 3-7-2-0. Defenceman Cole Candella extended his current point streak to seven games with an assist in the loss.
OTTAWA 2 – OSHAWA 1 – OT
Kody Clark (6) continued his hot stretch, extending his point streak to four games with a goal and an assist including the overtime winner in a 2-1 Ottawa 67’s triumph over visiting Oshawa. The 67’s trailed 1-0 until San Jose Sharks prospect Sasha Chmelevski (5) broke the silence with 4:34 remaining in the third period. Clark’s overtime winner came on the power play with assists from Noel Hoefenmayer and Chmelevski with 25 seconds remaining. Olivier Lafreniere made 26 saves in the Ottawa crease as the 67’s won despite being outshot 27-21. Kenny Huether (7) scored the lone goal for the Generals as they drop to 4-4-2-0. Ottawa sits in second place in the East Division through 12 games with a 7-4-1-0 record, improving to 4-0-0-0 at home.
SAULT STE. MARIE 6 – KINGSTON 5
A back-and-forth affair in Sault Ste. Marie saw the Greyhounds climb ahead 3-0 before the Kingston Frontenacs clawed back to tie the game at three midway through the second. The Hounds quickly jumped back out in front by a score of 6-3, giving them just enough to get by the Frontenacs by an eventual score of 6-5. Greyhounds rookie Hayden Fowler (1, 2) starred with the first two goals of his OHL career while Keeghan Howdeshell (3) netted the game winner on a pretty give-and-go with Morgan Frost. Jack Kopacka (4), Hayden Verbeek (5) and Holden Wale (1) also scored for the Hounds while goaltender Tyler Johnson earned a win in his Sault Ste. Marie debut. Colorado Avalanche prospect Conor Timmins recorded three assists as the Hounds improve to 8-2-2-0. The Frontenacs never rolled over, opportunistically taking advantage of Sault Ste. Marie miscues on three second period goals in under two minutes from Linus Nyman (4), Tyler Burnie (2) and Bryan Laureigh (1). Cal Davis (2) and Cody Morgan (3) also scored before the night was through as Kingston came up just short in their fourth straight loss.
LONDON 5 – KITCHENER 1
Anaheim Ducks prospect Max Jones (3, 4, 5) netted his third career OHL hat-trick as the London Knights shook an eight-game losing skid with a 5-1 road win in Kitchener. The Knights claimed their 14th consecutive win against the Rangers as St. Louis Blues prospect Robert Thomas (3, 4) also scored twice and newly acquired goaltender Joseph Raaymakers made 35 saves in his Knights debut. London went 2-for-7 on the power play as Buffalo Sabres draftee Cliff Pu had a pair of assists. Eric Guest (1) provided the lone goal for the Rangers as they slide to 7-4-1-0 but remain in first place in the Midwest Division.
MISSISSAUGA 7 – NORTH BAY 1
The Mississauga Steelheads put an end to a four-game skid, scoring a season-high seven goals in a home ice win over the North Bay Battalion. Overage winger Jacob Cascagnette (2, 3) scored twice while Trent Fox (4) and Nicolas Hague (3) each had a goal and an assist. Shaw Boomhower (5), Cole Schwindt (3) and Cameron Gaylor (3) also had goals for the Trout while Merrick Rippon, Albert Michnac and Ryan McLeod all had two assists. Michnac extended his current point streak to seven games. The Steelheads outshot the Battalion 33-24, going 3-for-5 on the man advantage to North Bay’s 0-for-7 mark. Battalion forward Patrick Brown’s (1) first OHL goal was the lone marker for the Troops as they suffered their eighth straight loss. Newly committed goaltender Christian Purboo made his OHL debut for North Bay.
GUELPH 2 – HAMILTON 1
Anthony Popovich turned in a 45-save effort to lead the heavily outshot Guelph Storm past the Hamilton Bulldogs 2-1 on home ice. Rookie defenceman Mark Woolley (1) scored his first OHL goal for the Storm while Cedric Ralph (3) scored the eventual game winner 2:19 into the second period. Arthur Kaliyev (2) scored the lone goal for the Bulldogs as they managed to outshoot the Storm 46-25 in the loss. Guelph improves to 4-5-1-0 on the season while Hamilton is now 5-2-1-2.