Friday’s milestone moments included a first shutout and a first goal as a busy eight game schedule provided excitement across the league. Here’s a look at a couple career firsts to kick off the weekend.
MARIO PECCIA (KINGSTON FRONTENACS):
Sophomore goaltender Mario Peccia was flawless in one of the most imposing environments in the league. The Kingston Frontenacs netminder turned in a 24-save shutout for the first of his OHL career as his club blanked the London Knights 5-0 before a crowd of 8,973. Peccia had offensive support from big Toronto Maple Leafs prospect Eemeli Rasanen who enjoyed a four-point night (2-2–4). The recently turned 18-year-old Peccia was Kingston’s seventh round pick in 2015 from the Mississauga Reps Minor Midgets. He appeared in 13 games as a rookie last season.
BEN BADALAMENTI (SAGINAW SPIRIT):
A free agent signing by the Spirit out of training camp this past summer, Ben Badalamenti scored his first OHL goal in Friday’s 4-0 win over the visiting Ottawa 67’s. Badalamenti snuck a low shot past 67’s goaltender Olivier Lafreniere to give the Spirit a 3-0 lead 5:33 into the third period. The 17-year-old native of Harrison Township, Michigan is a graduate of the Honeybaked U16 program.