Monday Highlights: Mascherin in fine form to start 2018
KITCHENER 5 – PETERBOROUGH 4 – OT
Florida Panthers prospect Adam Mascherin (25, 26, 27, 28) continued a 14-game point streak, scoring a career-high four goals including the overtime winner in a 5-4 Kitchener Rangers road win over the Peterborough Petes to kick off 2018. After Kitchener surrendered a 3-2 lead early in the third period, Mascherin scored the tying and winning goals to life the Rangers to their fourth straight win. Kole Sherwood (14) was also impressive for Kitchener, recording a goal and two assists on the afternoon while Joseph Garreffa had three helpers, setting Mascherin up for the overtime winner. Luke Richardson made 28 saves in the Kitchener crease while Peterborough’s Dylan Wells turned aside 35 across the ice. Nick Isaacson (1), Logan DeNoble (18), Nikita Korostelev (15) and Matthew Timms (2) found the back of the net for the Petes as they earned a point in the OT loss. Kitchener continues to lead the Midwest Division with a record of 24-11-2-0 while Peterborough sits three points back of third place Oshawa in the East Division with a record of 16-18-2-1.
LONDON 4 – SARNIA 1
The London Knights scored four unanswered goals, defeating the visiting Sarnia Sting 4-1 to sweep a home-and-home set with their 402 rivals. The Knights have now won 10 consecutive New Year’s series games against Sarnia as Tyler Rollo (8) earned first star honours with a goal and an assist. Andrew Perrott (2), Dalton Duhart (1) and Cole Tymkin (4) also scored while Jordan Kooy made 31 saves in goal. Drake Rymsha (18) scored Sarnia’s lone goal as the Sting suffered their fourth straight loss, falling to 25-11-2-0. The Knights remain within seven points of first place Kitchener in the Midwest Division, improving to 20-14-2-1 with wins in four of their last five games.
OSHAWA 5 – NORTH BAY 0
Boston Bruins prospects Jack Studnicka (11) and Kyle Keyser starred in a 5-0 Oshawa Generals blanking of the visiting North Bay Battalion on New Year’s Day. Studnicka was in on three of Oshawa’s five goals with a goal and two assists while Keyser earned his first OHL shutout with a 38-save performance. Rookie forward Nick Wong (11, 12) scored twice while Serron Noel (16) and Domenico Commisso (10) also tallied. The Generals went 2-for-3 on the power play, earning their fifth straight win to improve to 18-17-2-0. North Bay managed to outshoot Oshawa 38-35 but couldn’t solve Keyser, falling to 13-19-5-0 on the campaign. Oshawa forward Danil Antropov left the game with an injury and did not return. He’s expected to be out week-to-week with a lower body injury.