Friday Highlights: Lipanov’s playmaking powers Rangers to fourth straight win
KITCHENER 4, OWEN SOUND 3
Tampa Bay Lightning prospect Alexey Lipanov racked up three primary assists, steering the Kitchener Rangers to their fourth straight win as Nick McHugh (9) scored the late winner to defeat the visiting Owen Sound Attack 4-3. Riley Damiani set up McHugh with 5:14 left in the third period and the Rangers never looked back, defeating Owen Sound for the second time in the past week. Greg Meireles (16), Joseph Garreffa (12) and Reid Valade (1) were all beneficiaries of Lipanov’s playmaking prowess while Owen Sound goals came from Nick Suzuki (21), Brady Lyle (6) and Aidan Dudas (14). Newly acquired forward Adam McMaster picked up a pair of assists for the Bears while Mack Guzda made 28 saves. Luke Richardson’s 27 saves backstopped the Rangers to victory, improving them to 17-17-3-0, six points back of 20-15-1-2 Owen Sound in the Midwest Division.
SAULT STE. MARIE 5, LONDON 4
Overage defenceman Jordan Sambrook (12) charged up the ice to net the game winner 2:25 into overtime as the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds ended the London Knights’ home winning streak at 14 games in a 5-4 decision. Knights newcomer Kevin Hancock set up Alec Regula (4) to tie the game at four and force overtime before the Hounds took the extra point, winning for the ninth time in the past 10 games. Keeghan Howdeshell extended his point streak to 17 games with a pair of assists while Jacob LeGuerrier (4), Cole MacKay (14), Tye Kartye (2) and Ryan Roth (12) joined Sambrook in the goal-scoring department for the Hounds. Zack Trott also had a pair of assists while Roth and defenceman Mac Hollowell picked up helpers on Sambrook’s game winner. Los Angeles Kings prospect Matthew Villalta made 34 saves in the win as London outshot the Soo 38-29. Nathan Dunkley (17), Matvey Guskov (7), Hancock (32) and Regula were London goal-scorers as the Knights earned at least a point in an eighth straight game. Sault Ste. Marie leads the West Division by three points, owning a 24-9-4-1 record. London sits at 26-5-4-1.
ERIE 6, NIAGARA 3
The Erie Otters carried the play, outshooting the Niagara IceDogs 51-23 as red hot forward Maxim Golod (12, 13) scored twice in a 6-3 road win. Golod’s pair give him 11 of his 13 goals on the season over his past eight games while Brendan Hoffmann (4), Danial Singer (10), Kyle Maksimovich (21) and Petr Cajka (14) also touched the twice. Maksimovich’s three-point night led the way for the Otters offensively as he racked up 10 shots on goal. Kirill Maksimov (26) had a goal and an assist for Niagara while Philip Tomasino (17) and Bradey Johnson (8) also tallied. Stephen Dhillon stopped 28 of the 30 shots he faced in relief while Daniel Murphy earned the win in goal for Erie, turning aside 20 shots in the process. The Otters improve to 15-21-1-1, earning their second win in three tries against Niagara this season. The IceDogs fall to 22-9-6-0.
PETERBOROUGH 5, KINGSTON 3
Trailing 3-1 early in the second period, four unanswered goals brought the Peterborough Petes back to defeat the Kingston Frontenacs 5-3 on the road as captain Zach Gallant (5) scored the game winner 7:59 into the third. Nick Robertson (13), Liam Kirk (13), Erik Cermak (5) and Max Grondin (7) also scored for Peterborough while Adam Timleck picked up two assists. The Petes outshot the Frontenacs 40-29 as rookie Tye Austin made 26 saves for the win. Billy Constantinou (6) and Ryan Cranford (11) scored first period goals for Kingston before Adrien Beraldo (4) tallied against his former club, doing so for the third time in as many games since joining the Frontenacs. The Petes shake off a pair of losses, improving to 21-16-0-1. Kingston suffers a fourth straight loss, falling to 11-27-1-0.
OSHAWA 7, MISSISSAUGA 4
The Mississauga Steelheads made a game of things after falling behind 4-1 after one period, but a late comeback attempt wouldn’t be enough as the Oshawa Generals skated to a 7-4 win on home ice. Four-point nights from Anthony Salinitri (27, 28) and Serron Noel (23) powered the Oshawa attack while first star Allan McShane (15) had a goal and two assists. Matt Brassard (8), Cole Resnick (3) and Giovanni Vallati (9) also lit the lamp as the Generals outshot the Steelheads 36-31. James Hardie (7), Richar Whittaker (5), Cole Schwindt (9) and Cole Carter (24) scored for Mississauga as the Fish fell to 18-16-3-1. The Generals hold down second place in the East Division with a 23-14-2-0 record.
WINDSOR 5, GUELPH 2
Cole Purboo’s (17, 18, 19) first OHL hat-trick fuelled the Windsor Spitfires to a 5-2 road win in Guelph as netminder Colton Incze earned his first win as a Spitfire with a 26-save performance. Rookie Will Cuylle (17) scored in a seventh straight game while Jordan Frasca (7) netted the second period game winner. Daniel D’Amico and Jean-Luc Foudy each tacked on a pair of assists as the Spits outshot the Storm 39-28. Isaac Ratcliffe (22) and Alexey Toropchenko (11) both scored goals for the injury-shortened Storm while Phil Caron made his Guelph debut on the back end. Windsor’s second straight win sees the Spitfires improve to 17-19-2-1 while Guelph falls to 19-11-3-4.