Friday Highlights: McLeods team up for Trout


The Mississauga Steelheads got a brotherly boost on Friday, getting two goals and an assist from 2018 NHL Draft prospect Ryan McLeod (12, 13) as well as a goal and a helper from older brother Michael (12) in a 5-2 win over the visiting Barrie Colts. The Fish took out a 3-0 lead behind goals from the younger McLeod, Albert Michnac (16) and Trent Fox (12). Owen Tippett finished the night with a pair of assists, stretching his current point streak to 11 games while Emanuel Vella made 33 saves in goal to get the win. Top prospect Andrei Svechnikov (18, 19) scored twice in the loss for the Colts while fellow Russian Dmitry Sokolov had two assists. Altogether, the McLeod brothers combined for three goals, two assists and went a collective 32-for-49 in the faceoff circle (65%). Longtime Steelheads Equipment Manager Tom Frater worked his 1000th career OHL contest. The Steelheads remain within five points of third place North Bay in the Central Division, improving to 19-24-0-1.


An East Division showdown didn’t disappoint as the Hamilton Bulldogs and Kingston Frontenacs went toe-to-toe in a back-and-forth, fast-paced matchup. Brandon Saigeon (24) would emerge as the overtime hero on this night, sneaking into the slot with 1:19 left in the extra frame, taking a pass from Marian Studenic to give the Bulldogs a 3-2 road win. With the win, Hamilton extends its East Division lead to 11 points over second place Kingston. Matthew Strome (27) scored for the sixth time in seven January contests while Robert Thomas (21) scored his first as a Bulldog. Kaden Fulcher turned aside 34 of the 36 shots he faced as Los Angeles Kings prospect Gabriel Vilardi (4, 5) score a pair of power play goals for the Frontenacs. Hamilton outshot Kingston 40-36, forcing Jeremy Helvig into a 37-save showing. The Bulldogs have won three of the five meetings between the two clubs this season, with three of those encounters requiring overtime or a shootout.


The Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds saw their point streak come to an end at 29 games, the second-longest such run in OHL history as the Sarnia Sting took a 5-3 win on home ice. Sarnia’s big names performed as Adam Ruzicka (24, 25) scored twice and Jordan Kyrou (22) had a goal and two assists. Jamieson Rees (4) and Nick Grima (1) also got in on the action while Justin Fazio made 27 saves in goal. The Greyhounds lose their first game in regulation since October 27th, a game they lost to Sarnia. Tim Gettinger (23), Keeghan Howdeshell (13) and Hayden Verbeek (16) all lit the lamp for the Hounds as they outshot Sarnia 30-28. The Sting earn their sixth straight win, trailing first place Sault Ste. Marie by 13 points in the West Division with a 31-12-2-0 record.


Ottawa Senators prospect Alex Formenton (11) crashed the net with just under a minute to go in overtime, banging in a Tyler Rollo-inspired rebound to give the London Knights 3-2 win over the Niagara IceDogs on home ice. Liam Foudy (8) and Harrison Cottam (3) also found the scoresheet while Josh Nelson and Evan Bouchard both had two assists. London’s third straight win featured a 31-save effort from Joseph Raaymakers as the Knights climb to 25-17-2-1 in the Midwest Division. Elijah Roberts (6) and Matthew Philip (12) scored Niagara goals as the IceDogs picked up a single point in the overtime loss. Stephen Dhillon was on the losing end with a 30-save showing. The IceDogs continue to lead the Central Division with a one point lead on the Barrie Colts.


Mason Kohn (12) scored on a first period penalty shot before adding two assists to lead the Saginaw Spirit to a 4-2 road win in Sudbury. A native of nearby Naughton, Ont., Spirit goaltender Cameron Lamour made 28 saves while other Saginaw goals came from Cole Coskey (21, 22) and Max Grondin (6). Grondin’s goal came 8:55 into the third period and stood as the game winner, breaking up a 2-2 tie. The Spirit went 2-for-2 on the power play, leapfrogging Windsor for third in the West Division with a 23-17-3-0 record. Wolves rookie Blake Murray (12) extended his point streak to five games with a goal while veteran rearguard Kyle Rhodes (9) also lit the lamp. Sudbury falls to 12-27-6-0, losing for the eighth time in the past 10 games.


After notching his first career OHL shutout on Wednesday, Kitchener Rangers goaltender Mario Culina did it again. The 20-year-old kicked out all 36 shots he faced to backstop the Blueshirts past the visiting Erie Otters 3-0 on home ice as newly acquired defenceman Austin McEneny (3, 4) scored twice. Kole Sherwood (17) also added a goal while Pittsburgh Penguins prospect Connor Hall recorded a pair of assists. The Otters were shutout despite outshooting the Rangers 36-32, falling to 13-22-6-3 in the Midwest Division. The division-leading Rangers are now 29-14-2-0, seven points up on second place London.


Liam Hawel (6), Nate Schnarr (11) and Barrett Kirwin (9) all had goals while Anthony Popovich carried a shutout late into the third period, turning aside 28 shots in a 3-1 Guelph Storm win over the visiting Windsor Spitfires. Guelph’s third straight win sees the Storm improve to 22-17-1-3, five points back of second place London in the Midwest Division. Curtis Douglas (13) ended Popovich’s shutout bid with 1:50 left in the third period as the Spitfires suffered a fifth straight loss, falling to 22-17-2-2.




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