Friday Highlights: Neumann’s first hat-trick gets Fronts back in win column
KINGSTON 7, NORTH BAY 6
Brett Neumann’s first OHL hat-trick (16, 17, 18) came on a five-point night as the Kingston Frontenacs narrowly defeated visiting North Bay 7-6 in a hard-fought victory. Down 6-3 early in the third, the Battalion pulled to within a goal but weren’t able to come all the way back as the Frontenacs held on to end a three-game slide. While Neumann scored three times and added two assists, Matt Hotchkiss (5) and Billy Constantinou (5) each had a goal and two helpers while Lucas Rowe (2) and Paul Larabie (2) added singles. North Bay’s Mason Primeau (6, 7, 8) joined Neumann in recording his first OHL hat-trick while Justin Brazeau (24, 25) scored a pair and Nick King (3) also tallied. Kingston improves to 8-19-1-0 while North Bay suffers a third straight loss, falling to 11-14-1-1.
NIAGARA 7, KITCHENER 2
Edmonton Oilers prospect Kirill Maksimov (14, 15, 16) recorded a hat-trick, Dallas Stars pick Jason Robertson (26) had a second straight four-point night and Vegas Golden Knights draftee Ben Jones picked up four assists as the Niagara IceDogs took a 7-2 win in Kitchener. The Dogs jumped out to a 4-0 lead before Greg Meireles (11, 12) scored his first of two on the night for the Rangers. 2019 NHL Draft prospect Philip Tomasino (11) had a goal and two assists while Akil Thomas (11) and Ivan Lodnia (8) also capitalized, giving the IceDogs their 15th win. Niagara outshot Kitchener 34-19, improving to 15-7-4-0 on the season while Kitchener fell to 12-13-2-0.
LONDON 8, ERIE 1
2019 NHL Draft prospect Connor McMichael (15, 16, 17) scored his first OHL hat-trick, powering the London Knights to an 8-1 win over the visiting Erie Otters. Cole Tymkin (12, 13) also scored twice while overage blueliner Matthew Timms (1) picked up a goal and two assists. The Knights outshot Erie 38-34, going 3-for-4 on the power play as Jacob Golden (2) and Josh Nelson (5) also got in on the scoring. Joseph Raaymakers turned aside 33 shots, surrendering Erie’s lone goal off the stick of Alex Gritz (3). Make it 13 straight wins for the Knights dating back to October 27th as they improve to 19-4-2-0. The Otters fall for a third straight time and sit at 10-16-1-0 on the campaign.
SARNIA 8, FLINT 5
The Sarnia Sting and visiting Flint Firebirds combined for 13 goals in a wild back-and-forth affair in Sarnia. The Sting finished things off with five unanswered goals to win 8-5 as Hugo Leufvenius (19) extended his goal-scoring streak to 10 games with the game winner. The Sting spread the scoring around in this one as eight different players including Curtis Egert (3), Theo Hill (3), Brayden Guy (8), Ryan McGregor (9), Calvin Martin (7), Jacob Perreault (10) and Adam Ruzicka (8) all scored. Flint led 2-0 early and 5-3 after one period but saw the lead slip away. Ty Dellandrea (9, 10) and Eric Uba (10, 11) each scored twice while Kyle Harris (3) also tallied. The Sting outshot Flint 46-28 but went 0-for-7 on the power play. Sarnia has now won four of five meetings against Flint this season as the Sting improve to 12-12-2-2. Flint falls to 3-23-1-0.
OSHAWA 4, GUELPH 3
It was a close call, but the Oshawa Generals hung on for a 4-3 win in Guelph. Danil Antropov (7), Nando Eggenberger (13), Jack Studnicka (10) and Allan McShane (8) paced the Gennies to a 4-1 lead with five minutes remaining before Ty Collins (2) and Nate Schnarr (15) pulled the Storm within one. Guelph couldn’t bridge the gap as the Generals took two points to improve to 16-8-2-0. Florida Panthers prospect Serron Noel picked up a pair of assists for Oshawa while goaltender Kyle Keyser made 25 saves. Anthony Salinitri made his Generals debut. Jack Hanley (2) also found the back of the net for Guelph while captain Isaac Ratcliffe had two helpers and goaltender Anthony Popovich made 25 saves. The Storm fall to 13-7-3-3.
SUDBURY 3, PETERBOROUGH 2
Peter Stratis (3) and Macauley Carson (6) scored third period goals to help the Sudbury Wolves come back and defeat visiting Peterborough 3-2. Liam Ross (3) also found the back of the net while Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen made 20 saves, helping the Wolves remain atop the Central Division with a 16-8-1-1 record. Hunter Jones made 28 saves for the Petes while Nick Robertson (7, 8) provided both goals. Semyon Der-Arguchintsev had two assists as the Petes saw their four-game winning streak snapped. Peterborough falls to 16-12-0-0.
HAMILTON 5, MISSISSAUGA 2
The trio of Brandon Saigeon (18, 19), Arthur Kaliyev (20, 21) and Matthew Strome was at it again on Friday, guiding the Hamilton Bulldogs to a 5-2 win in Mississauga. Saigeon and Kaliyev both scored twice while Strome picked up three assists as the Dogs outshot the Steelheads 37-26. Overage blueliner Nicolas Mattinen (9) scored shorthanded into the empty net to put the cherry on top of the win. Ryan McLeod (7) and Cole Carter (21) were Mississauga scorers while Owen Tippett picked up two assists. Liam Ham made his Steelheads debut. Nick Donofrio made 24 saves for the win opposite Jacob Ingham who made 32 saves for the Trout. The Bulldogs improve to 12-13-1-0 while Mississauga suffers a fifth straight loss, falling to 14-11-2-0.