Friday Highlights: Tippett’s terrific return
MISSISSAUGA 6, ERIE 1
Owen Tippett (1, 2, 3) promptly netted a hat-trick in his return from the Florida Panthers, helping his team get in the win column as the Mississauga Steelheads defeated visiting Erie 6-1. Tippett was a force, scoring three times in the first 26 minutes of action while finishing the night with seven shots on goal. James Hardie (2), William Portokalis (1) and Cole Carter (2) added Mississauga goals while blueliner Ryan Wells finished with three assists. While Tippett starred in his return, teammate Ryan McLeod had an assist and three shots on goal in his return from the Edmonton Oilers. Kyle Maksimovich (4) spoiled Jacob Ingham’s shutout bid 7:40 into the third period. Mississauga outshot Erie 37-29, improving to 1-1-1-0 out of the gate. Otters netminder Noah Battaglia made 31 saves in his OHL debut.
NIAGARA 3, KINGSTON 1
Kyen Sopa (1), Bradey Johnson (2) and Ben Jones (3) had goals as the Niagara IceDogs defeated visiting Kingston 3-1 in their home opener. Blueliners Lleyton Moore and Daniel Bukac both earned their first career point with assists while goaltender Stephen Dhillon made 29 saves. The Frontenacs got a 33-save effort from Brendan Bonello while Jason Robertson (4) provided their lone goal with 6:39 left in the third period. Niagara improves to 2-1 while Kingston sits at 1-2.
SARNIA 4, FLINT 1
The Sarnia Sting were victorious in their home opener, defeating the Flint Firebirds 4-1 behind a dominant 51-20 showing on the shot clock. Calvin Martin (1) scored his first in a Sting uniform while other tallies came from Adam Ruzicka (2), Ryan McGregor (1) and Franco Sproviero (1). Aidan Hughes picked up the win in goal with 19 saves while Flint’s Emanuel Vella was kept busy, turning aside 47 shots in the loss. Jacob Winterton’s (1) first OHL goal opened the scoring and that’s all the offence the Firebirds could muster as they fall to 0-3 to start the campaign. The Sting are now 2-0.
SAULT STE. MARIE 5, LONDON 3
The Soo Greyhounds got a pair of goals and an assist from sophomore forward Cole MacKay (1, 2) to help them defeat the London Knights 5-3 on the road. Keeghan Howdeshell (1, 2) also scored twice while Joe Carroll (1) provided the game winner to break open a 3-3 tie with 4:20 left in the third period. Ryan Roth and Jordan Sambrook each picked up two assists while goaltender Matthew Villalta was a difference-maker with 31 saves. Rookie defender Ryan O’Rourke notched an assist to earn first star honours is in the win. Among the highlights for London was rookie Antonio Stranges’ (1) first OHL goal while Cole Tymkin (2) and Connor McMichael (3) also scored. Chicago Blackhawks first round pick Adam Boqvist made his OHL debut on the London blue line while Liam Foudy was held off the scoresheet in his return from the Columbus Blue Jackets.
KITCHENER 5, OTTAWA 1
The Kitchener Rangers remembered long-time play-by-play voice Don Cameron pre-game, and the Blueshirts went out and got the win behind a 31-save performance from first star Luke Richardson. The Rangers spread the scoring around as Jonathan Yantsis (3), Nick McHugh (1), Greg Meireles (2), Michael Vukojevic (1) and newcomer Chase Campbell (1) all found the scoresheet. Rookie blueliner Donovan Sebrango picked up his first OHL point with an assist. Kevin Bahl (1) provided the lone goal for the 67’s as they outshot Kitchener 32-26. Sasha Chmelevski was held off the scoresheet in his return from the San Jose Sharks. The Rangers improve to 2-0 out of the gate.
SUDBURY 5, OSHAWA 2
The Sudbury Wolves scored five unanswered goals to come back and defeat the Oshawa Generals 5-2 in their home opener. Quinton Byfield (2) scored the power play game winner with five seconds left in the second period while Buffalo Sabres prospect Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen made 23 saves to get the win in his OHL debut. Jack Thompson (1) scored his first OHL goal while Shane Bulitka (2), Kirill Nizhnikov (1) and David Levin (2) also got in on the offence. Bulitka finished the night with a goal and three assists to lead all producers. Jack Studnicka (1) and Kyle MacLean (1) were Oshawa goal-scorers. Both clubs went 2-for-7 on the power play.
GUELPH 6, OWEN SOUND 2
The Guelph Storm finished strong, scoring five times in the third period to blow the game open and defeat the Owen Sound Attack 6-2 on home ice. After Owen Sound fought back to tie things at two early in the third, Dallas Stars prospect Liam Hawel (4) scored the game winner with 12:23 to go. Rookies Daniil Chayka (1) and Ty Collins scored their first OHL goals while other Storm markers came from Alexey Toropchenko (1) and Isaac Ratcliffe (1, 2), who scored twice. Ryan Merkley had an assist in his return from the San Jose Sharks while goaltender Anthony Popovich made 31 saves. Alan Lyszczarczyk (2) and Aidan Dudas (1) scored Attack goals while Nick Suzuki made his season debut upon returning from the Montreal Canadiens. Owen Sound netminder Andrew MacLean made his OHL debut in a relief appearance. The win is Guelph’s first of the season while Owen Sound falls to 1-2.