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Milestone Moments: September 21, 2018

 

Six players scored their first career OHL goal on a busy Friday night in the OHL. #OHLOpeningWeek took full flight as rookies enjoyed unforgettable goal-scoring experiences. Check out first goals from Quinton Byfield, Cameron Peters, Filip Reisnecker, James Hardie, Ian Derungs and Matvey Guskov.

 

QUINTON BYFIELD (SUDBURY WOLVES):
The first overall pick of the 2018 OHL Priority Selection, Quinton Byfield’s first career OHL marker was, as expected, a beautiful goal. With the Wolves up 3-2 late in the third period, Byfield broke in alone, fighting off a pair of Guelph defenders to tuck a backhand move past an outstretched Anthony Popovich. David Levin and Owen Robinson collected assists on Byfield’s first and the Wolves went on to win 4-2.

 

CAMERON PETERS (NORTH BAY BATTALION):
Cameron Peters’ first OHL game yielded his first goal. The Toronto Marlboros graduate made no mistake on a¬†centering feed from Battalion captain Justin Brazeau 10:33 into the second period. The Troops defeated the Hamilton Bulldogs 7-5 in their home opener and Peters went on to record three shots-on-goal in the game.

 

FILIP REISNECKER (MISSISSAUGA STEELHEADS):
Czech rookie Filip Reisnecker crashed the net hard to score the first goal of the Mississauga Steelheads’ 2018-19 season. Not eligible for the NHL Draft until 2020, Reisnecker capitalized 13:24 into the opening frame on assists from Nicholas Canade and Michael Little. The Trout went on to drop a hard-fought road game 4-3 in overtime at the hands of the Ottawa 67’s.

 

JAMES HARDIE (MISSISSAUGA STEELHEADS):
It wasn’t pretty, but they all count. James Hardie earned full marks for effort on his first OHL goal as he charged in on the forecheck to catch Ottawa’s Cedrick Andree unaware, tapping a loose puck over the goal line 12:52 into the second period. Fellow rookie William Portokalis earned the lone assist on the goal Hardie won’t soon forget. The 16-year-old displayed a knack for goal-scoring with the Barrie Colts Minor Midgets last season, something the Steelheads feel will translate into Hardie’s OHL game.

 

IAN DERUNGS (KINGSTON FRONTENACS):
Ian Derungs’ first OHL goal came on an empty netter, but one that sealed the deal on a Kingston Frontenacs victory in their home opener Friday night. The Swiss speedster had a goal and an assist in a 5-2 win over the Oshawa Generals, tapping a puck into the empty net with 2:18 remaining in the third period. Derungs was Kingston’s first round (39th overall) pick in the 2018 CHL Import Draft.

 

MATVEY GUSKOV (LONDON KNIGHTS):
Coming against who many consider the top goaltender in the CHL this season,¬†Matvey Guskov’s first OHL goal stood as the game winner on Friday. The London Knights defeated the rival Windsor Spitfires 5-2 as Guskov tipped a Matthew Timms point blast past Michael DiPietro 31 seconds into the third period. The Nizhnekamsk, Russia native had a goal, two assists and three points in his OHL debut.

 

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