Friday Highlights: Schnarr’s buzzer beater boosts Storm
GUELPH 6, SARNIA 5
Ryan Merkley’s third assist of the night came with two seconds left in the third period, setting up Arizona Coyotes prospect Nate Schnarr (3, 4) for the game winner as the Guelph Storm edged visiting Sarnia 6-5. All three of Merkley’s assists were primary helpers as Schnarr scored twice, joining captain Isaac Ratcliffe (4, 5) with a pair on the night. Tag Bertuzzi (1) and Cam Hillis (1) added singles as the Storm outshot the Sting 43-30 and went 3-for-4 on the power play. Brayden Guy (1, 2) scored twice in the loss for Sarnia while other scorers included Jacob Perreault (3), Sean Josling (2) and Anthony Salinitri (3). Guelph improves to 3-1-1-0 while Sarnia falls to 3-2-0-0.
SAGINAW 4, KITCHENER 3 – OT
Overage winger Albert Michnac (4) snapped a shot over the shoulder of Luke Richardson with 1:41 left in overtime as the Saginaw Spirit handed the Kitchener Rangers their first loss of the season. Saginaw’s 4-3 road win also included goals from Cole Perfetti (4), Bode Wilde (2) and Cole Coskey (4), with Coskey wrapping up a three-point performance. Wilde earned first star honours with a goal, assist and eight shots on goal. Saginaw netminder Cameron Lamour made 29 saves for the win while Richardson turned aside 39 across the ice. Jonathan Yantsis (4) scored in the first period for Kitchener before Joseph Garreffa (3) and Riley Damiani (2) notched third period tallies to tie things at three and force overtime. Saginaw outshot Kitchener 43-32, improving to 3-2-1-0.
OSHAWA 7, HAMILTON 1
Boston Bruins prospect Kyle Keyser came within 1:24 of a shutout in his season debut as the Oshawa Generals trounced the Hamilton Bulldogs 7-1 on the road. The Generals took out a 3-0 lead in the first period and carried things the rest of the way as Allan McShane (1, 2) scored twice and added an assist while Eric Henderson (4) scored once and chipped in with a pair of helpers. Danil Antropov (3), Matt Brassard (2), Kyle MacLean (2) and Serron Noel (7) also tallied for the Gennies improved to 3-2. Rookie forward Logan Morrison (1) scored his first OHL goal for the Bulldogs in the loss.
SUDBURY 4, ERIE 1
The Sudbury Wolves are on a roll, winning their fourth straight game as Nolan Hutcheson (2, 3) scored twice and added two assists in a 4-1 road victory over the Erie Otters. David Levin (3) and Isaak Phillips (1) also lit the lamp while goaltender Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen turned aside 23 shots. Sophomore forward Anthony Tabak had three assists while Blake McConville registered two. Defenceman Kurtis Henry (1) scored shorthanded for Erie as the Otters dropped their third straight. The Wolves sit atop the Central Division wit ha 5-2 record.
LONDON 4, OWEN SOUND 1
The London Knights scored four third period goals to defeat the visiting Owen Sound Attack 4-1. Los Angeles Kings prospect Aidan Dudas (2) opened the scoring for the Attack shorthanded 5:26 into the first. The score would remain 1-0 until the opening minute of the third when London’s Connor McMichael (5) initiated things for the Knights. Nathan Dunkley (1) and Liam Foudy (2, 3) would follow-up with three more as the Knights won despite being outshot 43-25. Vegas Golden Knights prospect Jordan Kooy earned first star honours with a 42-save performance. Knights blueliner Adam Boqvist picked up two assists for his first career OHL points. Owen Sound’s Mack Guzda made 21 saves in the loss as the Bears fall to 2-4. The Knights improve to 3-2.
SAULT STE. MARIE 4, KINGSTON 1
Rookie netminder Ethan Taylor made 36 saves in his OHL debut, earning the win as the Soo Greyhounds defeated the Kingston Frontenacs 4-1. Rory Kerins (1), Jordan Sambrook (2), Ryan O’Rourke (2) and Mac Hollowell (1) provided the offence while Morgan Frost had a pair of assists. Dallas Stars prospect Jason Robertson (6) scored Kingston’s lone marker while goaltender Brendan Bonello earned third star recognition with 32 saves. The Hounds shake off a Thursday night loss to improve to 3-2-1-0 while Kingston falls to 2-4.
MISSISSAUGA 5, NIAGARA 4
Cole Carter (5, 6) scored with 1:09 left in overtime, giving the Mississauga Steelheads a 5-4 win over the visiting Niagara IceDogs. Despite falling behind early, the Trout won for the second straight night as Ryan McLeod (1), Cole Schwindt (2) and Thomas Harley (1) joined Carter in the goal-scoring department. Carter finished with two on the night while Harley had a goal and two assists to his credit, setting up the game winner. Edmonton Oilers prospect Kirill Maksimov (5, 6) scored twice for Niagara while Matthew Philip (3) and Kyen Sopa (3) also found the back of the net. Akil Thomas finished the night with three assists. The chippy affair featured a combined 15 power plays as both clubs scored twice with the extra man. Jacob Ingham got the win in goal with Mississauga, making 30 saves along the way as his club improves to 4-1-1-0.