Friday Highlights: Old dog, new trick


Fourth-year veteran Ben Gleason (2, 3, 4) helped the East Division-leading Hamilton Bulldogs get by the Oshawa Generals on the road, recording his first career hat-trick in a 6-5 victory. Will Bitten (6) became the third player in Bulldogs history to record five points in a game as Hamilton overcame a 4-1 deficit, scoring twice in the second half of the second period before adding an additional three goals in the second half of the third. Gleason completed the hat-trick with the game winner at 15:36 of the third, helping the Dogs improve to 13-6-2-3 with their seventh win in the last 10 games. Isaac Nurse (6) and Marian Studenic (7) scored other Hamilton goals as the Bulldogs went 3-for-8 on the power play. Nick Donofrio made 27 saves in goal to improve to 4-0-0-1 on the season while Arthur Kaliyev extended his point streak to nine games with an assist. 2018 NHL Draft prospect Serron Noel (11, 12) scored twice for Oshawa, putting home one of those goals on a second period penalty shot. Renars Krastenbergs (6, 7) also found the back of the net twice while Allan McShane (9) provided the other goal. Mario Peccia made 22 saves in his Generals debut as Oshawa falls to 9-13-2-0 after their third straight loss.


The Windsor Spitfires rallied back from a 4-2 deficit as Logan Brown (11) and Cole Purboo (5) scored inside the final two minutes of regulation to tie the score at four, setting the stage for shootout goals from Aaron Luchuk and Jake Smith in a 5-4 home ice win over Kingston. Luchuk scored his league-leading 22nd goal of the season while rookie defenceman Lev Starikov (1) scored his first career OHL marker. Brown finished with a goal and two assists on the night as the Frontenacs shook off a three-game slide. Dallas Stars prospect Jason Robertson (14, 15) scored twice for the Fronts while Tyler Burnie (10) and Matt Hotchkiss (3) also lit the lamp. Nathan Dunkley and Liam Murray both recorded a pair of assists while goaltender Jeremy Helvig made 29 saves in the loss. The Frontenacs fall to 12-7-1-3, three points back of first place Hamilton in the East Division.


Ryan Merkley sprung sophomore forward Cedric Ralph (7) in alone 55 seconds into overtime and he made no mistake, waiting out Barrie’s Leo Lazarev to score the game winner in a 5-4 Guelph Storm home ice triumph. The Storm prevailed despite being outshot 44-26 as Anthony Popovich turned in a 40-save performance while rookie forward Cam Hillis (9, 10) scored twice. Isaac Ratcliffe (11) and Barret Kirwin (4) also found the back of the net as the Storm went 2-for-3 on the power play, improving to 11-9-1-2. Curtis Douglas (6), Jason Willms (12), Alexey Lipanov (8) and Ryan Suzuki (2) all scored for the Colts as they earned a point to continue leading the Central Division with a record of 13-6-2-1.


The Soo Greyhounds are winners of 10 straight as Boris Katchouk (21, 22), Ryan Roth (3, 4) and Joe Carroll (1, 2) all scored twice in a commanding 8-2 win over the visiting Kitchener Rangers. Tim Gettinger (13) and Morgan Frost (12) also found the back of the net as Katchouk and Frost both finished with four points on the night. The Hounds outshot the Rangers 28-21, remaining a point behind first place Sarnia in the West Division with a 19-3-2-0 record. Kole Sherwood (9) and Cole Carter (5) responded with goals for Kitchener as the Rangers, who entered the weekend on a four-game winning streak, have lost their last two. Kitchener remains atop the Midwest Division with a 15-8-2-0 record.


The Niagara IceDogs climbed out to a 3-0 lead and held on, outlasting the visiting Ottawa 67’s as Stephen Dhillon made 29 saves in a 3-2 win. Drew Hunter (2), Kirill Maksimov (14) and Philip Tomasino (3) scored for Niagara while Akil Thomas had a pair of assists. Maksimov stretched his goal-scoring streak to five games as Niagara improved to 10-8-3-2. Mathieu Foget (10) and Graeme Clarke (6) scored in the latter half of the third period, but it would be too little, too late for Ottawa as the 67’s fell to 13-10-1-1.


Alex Formenton (7) and Cliff Pu (11) both recorded a goal and an assist as the London Knights defeated the visiting Owen Sound Attack 5-3. Evan Bouchard (7), Alex Regula (2) and Tyler Rollo (5) also scored for the green and gold while Joseph Raaymakers made 27 saves to improve to 10-3-1-0 on the season. Sam Miletic and Robert Thomas each had two assists for the Knights as they improved to 11-11-2-0, four points back of the Attack in the Midwest Division. Miletic and Pu are each on nine game point streaks. Vegas Golden Knights first round pick Nick Suzuki (15, 16) scored twice in front of his hometown crowd while defenceman Markus Phillips (3) also lit the lamp with Suzuki gathering an assist. Riley Daniels made his season debut in goal for Owen Sound, making 13 saves in a relief appearance. The Bears fall to 13-8-0-2 and are .500 over their past 10 games.


After defeating them in Flint on Wednesday, the Saginaw Spirit scored six times on 28 shots Friday night, defeating the same Firebirds 6-1 on home ice as Kyle Bollers (3, 4) and Marcus Crawford (7, 8) each scored twice. Blake Jenkins (11) and Aidan Prueter (2) also found the back of the net for the Spirit while Evan Cormier made 35 saves and Keaton Middleton, Cole Coskey, Brady Gilmour and Mason Kohn all had two assists. The Spirit win their fourth straight game, improving to 11-9-3-0, nine points up on Flint in the West Division. The Firebirds suffered their fourth straight loss as C.J. Clarke (3) accounted for their lone goal.


Dylan Wells stopped all 24 shots he faced and sophomore forward Pavel Gogolev (7, 8) scored twice as the Peterborough Petes shutout the Sudbury Wolves 4-0 on the road. Nikita Korostelev (9) and Adam Timleck (8) also had goals for Peterborough as the Petes outshot the Wolves 36-24. Newly acquired goaltender Mario Culina made 32 saves in his Wolves debut as Sudbury fell to 7-16-4-0 with their fourth straight loss. The Petes climb to 14-11-0-1, two points back of first place Hamilton in the East Division.


The Sarnia Sting are the CHL’s first 20-game winner, defeating the Mississauga Steelheads 5-4 on the road. Jordan Ernst (13) led the way with a goal and three assists while rookie forward Brayden Guy (3, 4) scored twice. Brady Hinz (11) and Adam Ruzicka (17) lit the lamp while OHL scoring leader Jordan Kyrou netted three assists. The Sting outshot the Steelheads 48-42, going 3-for-4 on the power play while goaltender Justin Fazio made 38 saves. Mississauga’s three-game winning streak comes to an end as Nicolas Hague (11, 12) scored twice and had 10 shots on goal while Michael McLeod (3) and Jacob Cascagnette (9) also had markers. Owen Tippett and Trent Fox both recorded two assists and Jacob Ingham made 43 saves in goal. The Steelheads hold an 11-11-0-1 record, good for third place in the Central Division.


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