Monday Highlights: Sting swarm to 40th win
SARNIA 6 – SAGINAW 1
The Sarnia Sting swarmed the Saginaw Spirit for six goals, earning their 40th win for the third time in franchise history with a 6-1 home ice victory. Los Angeles Kings prospect Drake Rymsha (26, 27) scored twice while Jordan Kyrou (31) had a goal and an assist to move into second in Sting franchise scoring with 269 career points. Franco Sproviero (9), Adam Ruzicka (32) and Sean Josling (19) also had goals while Justin Fazio had his shutout bid ended by Saginaw’s Max Grondin (11) with 43 seconds left in regulation. Jonathan Ang picked up two assists while defenceman Cam Dineen was a plus-5 on the afternoon as Sarnia outshot Saginaw 34-25. Sarnia improves to 40-13-4-0 while Saginaw falls to 27-21-8-0, good for sixth in the Western Conference. The two teams split their season series with three wins apiece.
OSHAWA 5 – NORTH BAY 4 – OT
The North Bay Battalion battled back from down two to tie things at four only to have Oshawa’s Serron Noel (24) scored nine seconds into overtime and secure a 5-4 home ice win for the Generals. Matt Brassard sent Noel in alone on an overtime breakaway and he made no mistake, helping the Generals pull to within two points of fourth place North Bay in the Eastern Conference. Allan McShane (17) and Jack Studnicka (15) scored a pair of first period 5-on-3 goals before Kenny Huether (27) and Danil Antropov (13) also lit the lamp. McShane and Studnicka both finished with a goal and two assists while Domenico Commisso recorded three helpers on the afternoon. Luke Moncada (7), Matthew Struthers (18), Adam McMaster (9) and Justin Brazeau (35) scored Battalion goals as they outshot the Generals 33-30. Oshawa went 3-for-4 on the power play to close out the season series with a 3-1-0-0 record against North Bay. The Troops earn a single point and sit at 26-22-7-2, tied with Niagara for fourth in the conference.
PETERBOROUGH 4 – NIAGARA 3 – OT
The Niagara IceDogs rallied back from down 3-1, forcing overtime before Brady Hinz (17, 18) emerged as the hero 1:48 into the extra frame to lift the Peterborough Petes to a much needed 4-3 win on home ice. Hinz finished with two goals and an assist while Zach Gallant (14, 15) also scored twice for Peterborough. The win keeps the Petes within five points of eighth place Mississauga in the Eastern Conference. Dylan Wells made 24 saves for Peterborough, surrendering a pair of Niagara goals by Akil Thomas (17, 18) while Sam Miletic (29) also scored. Kirill Maksimov picked up two assists for the IceDogs as they earned a point despite losing their 10th straight game. Niagara sits in a fourth place tie with North Bay in the Eastern Conference, sporting a 26-21-6-3 record. Colton Incze made 24 saves in the loss.
ERIE 4 – GUELPH 0
Daniel Murphy stopped all 28 shots he faced for his first OHL shutout while Chad Yetman (6, 7) scored twice, leading the Erie Otters to a 4-0 road win over the Guelph Storm. The Otters take both ends of a home-and-home set with the Storm as Gera Poddubnyi (13) and Owen Headrick (10) also tallied, improving Erie’s record to 18-29-7-3 with their third win in the last four games. Rookie forward Emmett Sproule chipped in with two assists as the Otters won despite being outshot 28-24. Nico Daws made 20 saves in goal for Guelph as the Storm dropped their fourth straight decision, falling to 27-23-2-4 for seventh in the Western Conference.
OWEN SOUND 4 – HAMILTON 3
Jonah Gadjovich (17, 18) and Kevin Hancock (18, 19) both had two goals and an assist to lead the Owen Sound Attack to their fourth straight win, a 4-3 road victory over the Hamilton Bulldogs. Hancock scored the game winner shorthanded 5:05 into the third period to give the Attack nine wins in their last 10 games as they sit within three points of fourth in the Western Conference. Owen Sound outshot Hamilton 36-26, going 3-for-6 on the power play as Vegas Golden Knights prospect Nick Suzuki contributed two assists in the win. Matthew Strome (32), Isaac Nurse (14) and Arthur Kaliyev (26) scored for Hamilton, with Kaliyev pulling his club within a goal with 2:02 remaining before time expired. MacKenzie Entwistle picked up two assists for the Bulldogs as they dropped to 35-16-3-3 and now lead second place Kingston by just four points in the East Division.
KINGSTON 5 – BARRIE 2
Linus Nyman (34, 35) broke open a 2-2 tie early in the third period, scoring for the 11th time in the past 10 games to lead the Kingston Frontenacs to their third straight win and a secured spot in the 2018 OHL Playoffs. The Fronts defeated the Eastern Conference’s second place Barrie Colts 5-2 on home ice as Gabriel Vilardi (13, 14) had two goals and an assist while Ted Nichol (7) also found the back of the net. The Frontenacs pull to within four points of first place Hamilton in the East Division thanks to three assists from Brett Neumann and a pair of helpers from defenceman Jacob Paquette. Kingston outshot Barrie 34-23 as Jeremy Helvig made 21 saves in goal. The Colts had a four-game winning streak snapped as Dmitry Sokolov (39) and Lucas Chiodo (22) both scored while Leo Lazarev made 29 saves in the crease. OHL scoring leader Aaron Luchuk (15 games) and Andrei Svechnikov (12 games) picked up assists to keep their current point streaks alive. Barrie leads the Central Division by 10 points, sporting a 34-20-2-1 record on the season.
KITCHENER 3 – OTTAWA 2
The Kitchener Rangers put a pair of losses behind them as Kole Sherwood (25) scored the game winner with 3:47 left in the third period in a 3-2 road win over the Ottawa 67’s. Rickard Hugg set up Sherwood’s marker and had two assists on the afternoon while Adam Mascherin (36) and Greg Meireles (12) provided other goals. Mario Culina made 34 saves in goal to earn first star honours as the Rangers improved to 38-17-2-0. After six straight wins, the 67’s have lost their last two contests as Noel Hoefenmayer (6) and Tye Felhaber (25) scored goals while Austen Keating and Sasha Chmelevski both drew two assists. The 67’s drew to within a goal with 27 seconds remaining but couldn’t beat the buzzer in their bid to tie things up. Ottawa sits seventh in the Eastern Conference with a 25-23-5-3 record, one point back of sixth place Oshawa.
MISSISSAUGA 4 – FLINT 0
The Mississauga Steelheads carried a 1-0 lead into the third period, scoring three times in the final 20 minutes to defeat the visiting Flint Firebirds 4-0. Emanuel Vella recorded a 29-save shutout while Owen Tippett (26), Mathieu Foget (18), Adam Varga (1) and Michael Little (9) all capitalized. Mississauga outshot Flint 37-29, improving to 25-28-1-2 while maintaining their five point cushion on the last playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. The Firebirds drop their eight straight decision, falling to 16-36-3-2. Rookie goaltender Luke Cavallin made 33 saves in the loss.
LONDON 3 – WINDSOR 1
The London Knights stayed on the winning track, defeating the visiting Windsor Spitfires 3-1 for their third straight victory. 2018 NHL Draft prospect Evan Bouchard (21) had a goal and an assist while Alex Formenton (19) and Liam Foudy (20) also got on the scoresheet as the Knights maintained a three point cushion on home ice advantage, improving to 32-21-2-2. Joseph Raaymakers made 27 saves in the win while Michael DiPietro stopped 22 across the ice. Luke Boka (13) provided Windsor’s lone goal as the Spitfires fell to 26-25-3-2 for eighth in the Western Conference.