Pre-Season Pulse: Saturday September 1st
OHL PRE-SEASON SHOWCASE (HARBORCENTER – BUFFALO, NY)
WINDSOR 5, HAMILTON 4 – SO
Newly acquired rookie winger Will Cuylle scored twice and netted the shootout winner as the Windsor Spitfires defeated the Hamilton Bulldogs 5-4 in a shootout to start the day in Buffalo. After joining the Spitfires yesterday, Cuylle contributed goals along with Jordan Frasca and Grayson Ladd while goaltender Michael DiPietro made 16 saves. Philadelphia Flyers prospect Matthew Strome scored twice for Hamilton while other Bulldogs goals came from Arthur Kaliyev and Liam Stevens. MacKenzie Entwistle tallied a pair of assists while Zach Roy made 31 saves in the loss. The Spits improve to 2-0 on the weekend while the Bulldogs sit at 0-2.
FLINT 4, ERIE 3
A third period surge pushed the Flint Firebirds past the Erie Otters 4-3, overcoming a 3-1 deficit with markers from Hunter Holmes, Ethan Keppen and Connor Roberts. Jake Durham also scored for Flint while rookie Evan Vierling picked up an assist. Sophomore goaltender Luke Cavallin stopped 21 shots in the win, surrendering Erie goals off the sticks of Hayden Fowler, Chad Yetman and Alex Gritz. Noah Battaglia took the loss in goal for the Otters with a 30-save performance. The Firebirds improve to 2-0 on the weekend while Erie sits at 0-2.
GAME CENTRE • HIGHLIGHTS
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— OntarioHockeyLeague (@OHLHockey) September 1, 2018
KITCHENER RANGERS PRE-SEASON SHOWCASE (THE AUD – KITCHENER, ON)
NORTH BAY 5, MONCTON 4
Justin Brazeau scored twice in the final nine minutes of regulation to help the North Bay Battalion come back to defeat the Moncton Wildcats 5-4 in Kitchener. Brazeau’s four-point night also featured two assists while Matthew Struthers, Brandon Coe and Brad Chenier also lit the lamp for the Battalion. The line of Struthers, Brazeau and Chenier combined for a total of 10 points while goaltender Christian Propp earned the win with 25 saves. Former Kitchener Ranger Dylan Seitz scored twice in familiar surroundings while Moncton teammate Brady Pataki, also a former OHL forward, found the back of the net. Dylan Spence provided Moncton’s other goal while goaltender Charles-Antoine Lavallee stopped 23 of 28 for the Wildcats. North Bay improves to 1-1 on the weekend while Moncton sits at 0-2.
SAGINAW 5, KITCHENER 4
The Kitchener Rangers led 3-1 after one but couldn’t hold off the Saginaw Spirit as a pair of goals from Aidan Prueter paired with two-point nights from Damien Giroux and Jake Goldowski powered the Spirit to a 5-4 win. Ryan Stepien also scored for Saginaw as the Spirit outshot the Rangers 38-26 and went 2-for-6 on the power play. Rookie goaltender Tristan Lennox made 22 saves to pick up the win as the Spirit sit at 2-0 on the weekend. Greg Meireles, Eric Guest, Nick McHugh and Jack York scored for the Rangers while Lucas Pfeil made 33 saves in a losing cause as the Rangers fall to 1-1.
Braz’ leads Troops to win
— North Bay Battalion (@OHLBattalion) September 1, 2018
OTHER OHL PRE-SEASON ACTION:
GUELPH 5, PETERBOROUGH 2
A cross-conference pre-season battle in Guelph saw the Storm outdo the visiting Peterborough Petes 5-2. Nico Daws stopped all 17 shots he faced while Tanner Wickware turned aside 11, backstopping the Storm to victory behind goals from Keegan Stevenson, Daniil Chayka, Nate Schnarr, Alexey Toropchenko and Tag Bertuzzi. Guelph led 4-0 midway through the game before Peterborough goals from Matt McNamara and Chris Paquette cut the lead in half. Bertuzzi scored with 1:12 remaining to seal the deal and give the Storm their first win of the pre-season. Montreal Canadiens prospect Cam Hillis finished with a pair of assists as the Storm won despite being outshot 30-27.
LONDON 6, SARNIA 3
After falling behind 2-0 on the road early, the London Knights thundered out of the gate in the second period to score six times on 16 shots and secure a 6-3 win over the Sarnia Sting. London took the both ends of the home-and-home set, winning Friday behind goals from rookies Antonio Stranges, Luke Evangelista, Matvey Guskov, Sahil Panwar and Ryan Bangs as well as sophomore Connor McMichael. Blueliner Tim Fallowfield had a pair of assists while Vegas Golden Knights prospect Jordan Kooy made 30 saves in goal. Calvin Martin, Adam Ruzicka and Ryan McGregor were Sarnia goal-scorers while rookie netminder Ethan Langevin stopped all 12 shots he faced.