Friday Highlights: Pulling out all the stops
(Photo Credit: Michael DiPietro – Tim Cornett/WindsorSpitfires.com)
WINDSOR 2 – GUELPH 1
Vancouver Canucks prospect Michael DiPietro was the difference in Guelph on Friday. The 18-year-old goaltender made a career-high 45 saves as the Spits snuck past the Storm 2-1 despite being outshot 46-28. Daniel D’Amico (1) scored his first OHL goal 11:20 into the second period before Aaron Luchuk (6) scored under a minute later to put Windsor up 2-0. DiPietro came 1:46 away from recording a shutout but Guelph’s Ryan Merkley (2) snuck a low shot through traffic past the Windsor netminder to cut the deficit to one. The Spitfires would hold on despite being outshot 20-6 in the third period and improve to 4-1-1-0 on the season.
NIAGARA 5 – OSHAWA 4 – OT
A back-and-forth battle came to a thrilling end in Oshawa as Stephen Dhillon provided a big save at one end before Matthew Philip (1) ended the game at the other, giving the Niagara IceDogs a 5-4 overtime win over the Generals. Philip followed up on his own rebound to help the Dogs improve to 4-2-0-0 on the campaign. Daniel Singer (3) had a goal and two assists for the IceDogs while Vegas Golden Knights prospect Ben Jones (3, 4) scored twice. Rookie forward Ian Martin (1) scored his first career OHL goal and Akil Thomas registered two assists. The Generals outshot the IceDogs 34-26 in the loss as Kyle MacLean (1) had a goal and an assist while Kenny Huether (4), Allan McShane (1) and Domenico Commisso (2) also lit the lamp. Niagara finished the night 3-for-4 on the power play, giving them the fourth-ranked man advantage in the league following Friday’s action.
OTTAWA 4 – PETERBOROUGH 3 – SO
Tye Felhaber put on a shootout stickhandling clinic to lift the Ottawa 67’s to a 4-3 home ice victory over the Peterborough Petes. Felhaber followed up shootout goals from Graeme Clarke and Sasha Chmelevski to net the game winner on a tremendous display of puckhandling in tight to beat Peterborough’s Dylan Wells up high. The chippy affair featured 20 combined power plays between the two East Division foes as the 67’s came out on top, outshooting Peterborough 41-22 in the process. Peterborough’s Nikita Korostelev (1) sent the game to overtime, tying the score at three with just two seconds remaining in the third period. Other Peterborough goals came from Zach Gallant (2) and Semyon Der-Arguchintsev (1) while Wells made 38 saves in goal. San Jose Sharks prospect Sasha Chmelevski (3, 4) scored a pair of early third period goals to help Ottawa climb out of a 2-0 deficit. Austen Keating (5) also scored for the Barber Poles while Olivier Tremblay recorded his first OHL win in net. Ottawa improves to 3-3-1-0 on the season.
KINGSTON 6 – FLINT 3
Sam Field (2, 3) and Brett Neumann (1, 2) each scored twice to lead the Kingston Frontenacs past the visiting Flint Firebirds 6-3. Toronto Maple Leafs prospect Eemeli Rasanen (3) also scored for the Fronts while Dallas Stars second round pick Jason Robertson (5) got in on the scoring as well. Carolina Hurricanes prospect Jeremy Helvig made 33 saves in goal for Kingston while Flint’s Luke Cavallin made his OHL debut across the ice. Ty Dellandrea (4), Ryan Moore (1) and Max Kislinger (1) all scored for the Firebirds while Jake Durham recorded a pair of assists. The win improves the Frontenacs to 5-1-0-0 on the young season while Flint drops its second straight and falls to 3-2-0-0.
SARNIA 4 – BARRIE 1
Calgary Flames prospect Adam Ruzicka (5, 6) scored twice for the second straight game as the Sarnia Sting defeated the visiting Barrie Colts 4-1 to improve to 5-1-0-0 on the season. Overage defenceman Jordan Ernst (6) continued to find the back of the net with a goal to his credit while blueliner Theo Calvas (1) also got in on the offence. Sting rookie Jamieson Rees had an assist in his OHL debut while veteran goaltender Justin Fazio earned first star honours with 31 saves on the night. The Sting held Barrie to 0-for-8 on the power play as Zach Magwood (3) provided the lone Colts goal with 5:08 remaining in the third period. Top 2018 NHL Draft prospect Andrei Svechnikov saw his four game point streak come to an end.
KITCHENER 5 – ERIE 3
The Erie Otters put on a late push but it was too little, too late as the Kitchener Rangers held on for a 5-3 win at The Aud. Goals from Jake Henderson (3), Riley Damiani (3), Adam Mascherin (4), and Giovanni Vallati (1) gave the Blueshirts a 4-0 lead after 40 minutes. The Otters woke up midway through the third as three goals in less than four minutes cut the deficit to one. Patrick Fellows (1), Kyle Maskimovich (3) and Joseph Mack (1) all scored for Erie before Joseph Garreffa (3) tacked on some insurance for Kitchener to make the final 5-3. Anthony Dumont-Bouchard turned aside 30 shots for the Rangers to improve his record to 4-0-0-0 on the season. Kitchener now sits at 4-1-1-0 through their first six games while the Otters have lost five straight.
SAULT STE. MARIE 4 – LONDON 1
The London Knights had their chances, but Los Angeles Kings prospect Matt Villalta was up to the challenge, turning away 35 shots as the Soo Greyhounds took a 4-1 road victory. Tampa Bay Lightning prospect Boris Katchouk (7, 8) was a presence once again, continuing his seven game point streak with a pair of goals from close quarters. Jack Kopacka (1) and Hayden Verbeek (3) also accounted for Hounds goals while Mac Hollowell and Tim Gettinger each had a pair of assists. The Greyhounds held the Knights to 0-for-7 on the power play as Josh Nelson (3) provided the lone goal for London. The Hounds improve to 5-1-1-0 while London sits at 1-5-0-0 having lost their last four contests.
MISSISSAUGA 5 – SUDBURY 4
Czech winger Albert Michnac (2, 3) put up a career-high four points as the Mississauga Steelheads earned their first win of the season by defeating the visiting Sudbury Wolves 5-4. Michnac was in on four of Mississauga’s five goals, opening the scoring 13 seconds into the opening period before adding the eventual game winner on the power play 1:18 into the third. Overage winger Trent Fox (2) chipped in with a goal and an assist in his 200th career OHL game while Cole Schwindt (2) and Ryan McLeod (3) also scored for the Trout. The Steelheads went 3-for-5 on the power play as compared to Sudbury’s 2-for-6 night. Dmitry Sokolov (2), Blake Murray (4), Dawson Baker (1) and Cole Candella (1) found the back of the net for Sudbury while Czech defenceman Zack Malik had a pair of assists. The Steelheads snap a four game skid and improve to 1-4-0-0 on the season.