Friday Highlights: Luukkonen golden in return to Wolves’ crease
SUDBURY 3, MISSISSAUGA 0
Buffalo Sabres prospect Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen stopped all 19 shots he faced for his third shutout of the season as the Sudbury Wolves put a seven-game slide further behind them with a second straight win, defeating visiting Mississauga 3-0. Luukkonen, who comes off a World Junior gold medal with Finland, was at the top of his game while newcomer Adam Ruzicka (12), Emmett Serensits (2) and Darian Pilon (10) all scored for the Wolves. Los Angeles Kings prospect Jacob Ingham made 28 saves in the loss as the Steelheads were outshot 31-19 and drop their fourth straight contest, falling to 18-18-4-1. Sudbury sits six points back of first place Niagara in the Central Division with a 23-14-2-1 record. The Wolves have won three of five against the Steelheads this season.
HAMILTON 6, FLINT 5 – OT
The Flint Firebirds were 56 seconds away from victory when Hamilton Bulldogs rookie Logan Morrison (4) tied the score at five. Philadelphia Flyers prospect Matthew Strome (18) would score the game winner 52 seconds into overtime as the Bulldogs skated to a 6-5 road win over the Firebirds. 2019 NHL Draft prospect Arthur Kaliyev (32, 33) registered 10 shots on goal and had two goals and an assist, continuing his dominance while Arizona Coyotes pick Jan Jenik (1) scored his first OHL goal. Isaac Nurse (7) also scored for Hamilton while the aforementioned rookie Morrison finished the night with a goal and two helpers. Dallas Stars prospect Ty Dellandrea (14) led the way with a goal and two assists for the Firebirds while Jake Durham (27), Vladislav Kolyachonok (2), Jack Wismer (6) and Cody Morgan (3) also scored in the overtime loss. Riley McCourt came away with two assists as the Firebirds fell to 7-33-3-0. Hamilton outshot Flint 41-38 and went 2-for-6 on the power play, improving to 19-19-3-1, good for fourth in the East Division.
KITCHENER 4, GUELPH 3 – OT
Dallas Stars prospect Riley Damiani (15) scored 13 seconds into overtime on a long-bomb pass from Joseph Garreffa to lead the Kitchener Rangers past the visiting rival Guelph Storm 4-3. Garreffa finished with three assists, helping Kitchener recover from surrendering a late lead to earn the extra point in overtime. Jonathan Yantsis (29), Rickard Hugg (16) and Isaac Langdon (4) also scored for the Blueshirts. Liam Hawel (21), MacKenzie Entwistle (17) scored Guelph goals before Isaac Ratcliffe (27) forced overtime, tying things at three with 2:31 left in the third period. Luke Richardson made 29 saves for the win opposite Guelph’s Nico Daws who turned aside 31 shots in defeat. Kitchener shakes a three-game slide, defeating Guelph for the second time in five tries this season to improve to 18-20-3-0. The Storm sits nine points back of first place London in the Midwest Division with a 21-12-4-4 record.
ERIE 2, OWEN SOUND 1 – OT
2019 NHL Draft prospect Petr Cajka (15) scored with 1:04 left in overtime, leading the Erie Otters past the visiting Owen Sound Attack 2-1. Gera Poddubnyi picked up an assist with a behind-the-back pass on the game winner as Cajka finished with a goal and a helper and Emmett Sproule (6) also lit the lamp. Daniel Murphy earned second star honours, turning aside 24 of 25 for the win opposite Owen Sound’s Mack Guzda who made 17 saves. Jackson Doherty (4) scored Owen Sound’s lone goal as the Attack were outshot 25-19. Erie wins a third straight contest, improving to 17-21-1-1 while Owen Sound falls to 22-15-2-2. The Otters win came before a season-high crowd of 4,704 at Erie Insurance Arena.
LONDON 4, SAGINAW 1
Vegas Golden Knights prospect Paul Cotter (5, 6) scored twice to lead the London Knights back into the win column, defeating the red hot Saginaw Spirit 4-1 on home ice. After falling behind 1-0, the Knights responded with four unanswered including a Liam Foudy (16) penalty shot goal for the game winner. Kevin Hancock (33) hit the empty net to seal the deal as London stopped Saginaw’s winning streak at seven games. Joseph Raaymakers made 27 saves as the Knights shook off a pair of home losses. Ryan McLeod (14) provided Saginaw’s lone goal as the Spirit sit three points back of first place Sault Ste. Marie in the West Division with a 25-12-2- record. The Knights improve to 27-6-4-1, defeating the Spirit in their first of four meetings this season.
OTTAWA 10, SARNIA 2
The Ottawa 67’s put up a 10-spot in Sarnia as OHL scoring leader Tye Felhaber (45, 46) put up two goals and two assists as the Barber Poles started a weekend road trip with dominance. The 67’s defeated the Sting 10-2 as Austen Keating (15), Sam Bitten (8) and Marco Rossi (14) each had a goal and two assists while Lucas Chiodo (20) had a goal and a helper in his Ottawa 67’s debut. Graeme Clarke (14), Noel Hoefenmayer (12), Quinn Yule (6) and Mitchell Hoelscher (7) also tallied as the 67’s scored 10 times on 26 shots. Cedrick Andree made 15 saves in the win, surrendering Sarnia goals by Jamieson Rees (8) and Hugo Leufvenius (25) in a game that was tied at two after one period. Ottawa becomes the first OHL team to reach the 30-win mark this season, improving to 30-7-3-1 while Sarnia suffers a sixth straight loss, falling to 18-18-5-2.
SAULT STE. MARIE 4, WINDSOR 3
The big names came to play for the Soo Greyhounds on Friday as Morgan Frost (22, 23) had two goals and two assists while Barrett Hayton (16) had a goal and two helpers in a 4-3 win over the visiting Windsor Spitfires. Keeghan Howdeshell (30) also found the back of the net for the Hounds as they outshot the Spits 42-24. Colton Incze was busy, turning aside 38 shots in the Windsor crease while Luke Boka (7), Will Cuylle (19) and Cole Purboo (20) all scored. The Spitfires see their four-game winning streak come to an end, falling to 19-20-2-1 while Sault Ste. Marie stretches its West Division lead over Saginaw to three points, improving to 26-10-4-1. The Hounds are 15-3-1-1 at home this season.
NIAGARA 6, KINGSTON 3
New additions Jack Studnicka (13) and Matt Brassard both contributed as the Niagara IceDogs doubled-up visiting Kingston 6-3. Studnicka scored his first as an IceDog while Brassard picked up three assists as Niagara outshot Kingston 54-26. Los Angeles Kings prospect Akil Thomas (16, 17, 18) had a four-point night, completing his first OHL hat-trick into the empty net with 15 seconds left in the third period. Philip Tomasino (20) and Ben Jones (23) also scored for the IceDogs while goaltender Jake McGrath earned his first win with the new club, stopping 23 of 26. Edmonton Oilers prospect Kirill Maksimov also had three assists for the IceDogs as they went 2-for-3 on the power play while holding Kingston to 1-for-5 on their opportunities. Ryan Cranford (12), Dawson Baker (6) and Adrien Beraldo (5) scored for the Frontenacs while goaltender Brendan Bonello was busy, making 48 saves. Central Division-leading Niagara climbs to 24-9-7-0 while Kingston drops a sixth straight contest, falling to 11-29-1-0.