Friday Highlights: Masked men rule the day
SAULT STE. MARIE 2 – NORTH BAY 1 – OT
Tampa Bay Lightning prospect Boris Katchouk (3) made good on his second chance, blasting a slapshot past North Bay’s Julian Sime 43 seconds into overtime as the Soo Greyhounds took a 2-1 road win. Katchouk had been denied on a breakaway just seconds prior before he took a Conor Timmins feed in the high slot, ripping a release past the Battalion netminder. Overage goaltender Connor Hicks made 39 saves in goal to earn his first win as a Greyhound while veteran centreman Hayden Verbeek (2) also scored. Arizona Coyotes prospect Cam Dineen (4) scored the lone goal for the Battalion who suffered their first loss of the season. The Troops took the shooting column 40-29 in defeat.
OWEN SOUND 4 – KITCHENER 3 – OT
The Owen Sound Attack coughed up a 3-1 lead in Kitchener but managed to bounce back in overtime as Ethan Szypula (1) stuffed home the winner 1:26 into the extra frame. The Bears took a 4-3 victory as Philadelphia Flyers prospect Maksim Sushko helped set up the game winner and Zachary Roberts (1), Sean Durzi (1) and Jonah Gadjovich (2) also tallied. Kevin Hancock finished the night with two assists and Zack Bowman made 33 saves in goal, surrendering Kitchener goals off the sticks of Adam Mascherin (2), Logan Stanley (2) and Joseph Garreffa (1). Stanley finished the night with a goal and an assist in his Rangers home debut. The Attack outshot the Rangers 40-36 and held them to 0-for-7 on the man advantage.
KINGSTON 5 – LONDON 0
Toronto Maple Leafs second round pick Eemeli Rasanen (1, 2) scored twice and added two assists while sophomore netminder Mario Peccia earned his first OHL shutout with 24 saves as the Kingston Frontenacs took a 5-0 road win in London. The shutout loss is the Knights’ first on home ice during the regular season since December 5, 2014. Nashville Predators prospect Jacob Paquette pitched in with a pair of assists while other Kingston goals came from Sam Field (1), Linus Nyman (2) and Sergey Popov (1). The Frontenacs improve to 3-0-0-0 on the season, outshooting the Knights 33-24 while holding them to 0-for-6 on the power play.
GUELPH 5 – OSHAWA 4
St. Louis Blues prospect Alexey Toropchenko (2, 3) scored a pair of third period goals less than three minutes apart to give the Guelph Storm enough steam to outlast the visiting Oshawa Generals for their first victory. The Storm prevailed 5-4 as Garrett McFadden (1), Liam Stevens (1) and Philadelphia Flyers prospect Isaac Ratcliffe (1) also found the back of the net while Ryan Merkley picked up two assists. Anthony Popovich made 36 saves in the Guelph crease as the Generals had a pair of goals from both Nick Wong (4, 5) and Danil Antropov (2, 3). The Guelph power play went 2-for-4 as they came out on top despite being outshot 40-22.
SAGINAW 4 – OTTAWA 0
New Jersey Devils prospect Evan Cormier was perfect with 27 saves in a 4-0 shutout win as the Saginaw Spirit got into the win column on home ice. Cole Coskey (1, 2) scored a pair of first period goals while rookie Ben Badalamenti (1) scored his first in the OHL and Damien Giroux (1) finished things off midway through the third. The Spirit blanked the visiting Ottawa 67’s as Cormier earned his seventh career shutout and fifth as a member of the Spirit, tying the current team record held by Jake Paterson (2010-15). Spirit rookie Blade Jenkins earned his first OHL point with an assist while going 15-for-17 in the faceoff circle. The Spirit improve to 1-1-1-0 while Ottawa drops to 2-2-0-0.
BARRIE 4 – SUDBURY 1
Outshot 23-15 through 40 minutes, the Barrie Colts charged out of the gate in the third period, putting up three goals while outshooting the Sudbury Wolves 19-3 in a 4-1 road win. Jason Willms (2, 3) scored third period markers less than five minutes apart before Kade Landry (2) hit the open net as the Colts climb to 3-1-0-0 on the campaign. Veteran forward Lucas Chiodo (3) also scored for Barrie as the Colts outshot the Wolves 34-26 and went 2-for-6 on the power play. Sudbury’s power play was held to 0-for-9 on the night as sophomore forward Owen Gilhula (1) provided the lone goal for the Wolves who are now 0-3-1-0.
NIAGARA 4 – ERIE 1
The Niagara IceDogs were victorious in their home opener as Kyle Langdon (1) scored the game winner 2:36 into the third period on a rebound in the slot. The Dogs triumphed over the Erie Otters as Danial Singer (1), Akil Thomas (1) and Oliver Castleman (2) also got in on the scoring while goaltender Stephen Dhillon made 25 saves. Niagara held Erie to an 0-for-7 night on the man advantage as veteran Kyle Maksimovich (2) provided the lone Otters goal. Niagara improves to 2-0-0-0 while Erie sits at 1-2-1-0.
HAMILTON 2 – MISSISSAUGA 0
Kaden Fulcher stopped all 25 shots he faced as the Hamilton Bulldogs took a 2-0 road win in Mississauga. Philadelphia Flyers prospect Matthew Strome (1) and sophomore forward Isaac Nurse (2) scored for the Dogs while rookie forward Connor McMichael earned his first OHL point with an assist. Emanuel Vella made 32 saves in his Steelheads debut as his club was outshot 34-25. The Trout are still looking for their first win and sit at 0-3-0-0 on the year while the Bulldogs are 1-1-0-0.