Saturday Highlights: 67’s heating up at home
OTTAWA 4 – OSHAWA 2
Solid goaltending from both Olivier Tremblay and Kyle Keyser made for a thrilling East Division tilt in Ottawa as the 67’s came out on top of the visiting Oshawa Generals 4-2. Tied 2-2 after one, the 67’s came away with two points on Quinn Yule’s (4) game winner with 5:10 left in the second period. Oliver True (5), Sasha Chmelevski (26) and Hudson Wilson (2) also scored Ottawa goals while Tremblay made 32 saves on the afternoon. Currently in the midst of a five game home stand, the 67’s have won their last three contests all on home ice, climbing within one point of the sixth place Generals in the Eastern Conference with a 22-21-5-3 record. Oshawa falls to 25-25-3-0. The two clubs split the season series with four wins apiece.
WINDSOR 3 – SAGINAW 2 – OT
Windsor Spitfires rookie Mathew MacDougall (10, 11, 12) had a night he’ll never forget, netting a natural hat-trick capped off by an overtime winner to lead his club back from a 2-0 deficit in Saginaw. MacDougall’s first OHL hat-trick helped Windsor snap a seven-game drought, climbing back to the .500 mark at 24-24-2-2. Mason Kohn (16) and DJ Busdeker (8) opened up the scoring for the Spirit, giving them a 2-0 lead eight minutes into action. The Spits would take over and hand Saginaw a fifth straight loss, though four of those losses have netted a single point each. Spirit defenceman Marcus Crawford picked up assists on both goals as he continues to lead the club in scoring. The Spirit are 25-19-8-0 in a fifth place Western Conference tie with Guelph.
SARNIA 5 – NIAGARA 4 – OT
The Sarnia Sting survived a third period scare as Arizona Coyotes prospect Cam Dineen banged in a rebound on the doorstep with 33 seconds left in overtime for a 5-4 win. Up 3-0, The Sting overcame a third period scoring surge from the Niagara IceDogs that saw them knot the score at three before tying things up at four with 34 seconds left in regulation. Danial Singer (23, 24, 25) earned first star honours for the Dogs with his first career OHL hat-trick while captain Johnny Corneil (16) also capitalized. Jordan Ernst (25), Drake Rymsha (25), Anthony Salinitri (23) and Jordan Kyrou (28) joined Dineen with Sarnia goals as the Sting prevailed despite being outshot 41-37. Sarnia’s 12th win in the past 14 games featured 37 saves from goaltender Justin Fazio who set a new franchise single-season record with his 30th win of the season. Niagara loses a sixth straight game, falling to 26-18-5-3 for fourth in the Eastern Conference.
PETERBOROUGH 4 – NORTH BAY 3 – SO
Matthew Struthers (16, 17) scored his second of the game with five minutes left in regulation to tie the score at three, but the Peterborough Petes would persevere, snapping a 10-game slide on Nikita Korostelev’s shootout winner. The 4-3 home ice win over North Bay featured 47 saves from Dylan Wells before he stopped both Adam McMaster and Brandon Coe in the shootout. Nick Robertson (9), Korostelev (23) and Brady Hinz (15) scored for Peterborough as they were outshot 50-35. Brad Chenier (15) joined Struthers with goals for North Bay while Luke Burghardt picked up two assists. The much-needed win keeps the Petes within five points of a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. North Bay falls to 24-21-6-2 for fifth in the conference.
BARRIE 4 – FLINT 3
Down 3-2 to start the third, the Barrie Colts rallied behind Dmitry Sokolov’s (32, 33, 34) seventh OHL hat-trick to take a 4-3 win and stretch their Central Division lead to five points. Sokolov netted the game winner with 7:15 left in the final frame on one of Aaron Luchuk’s three assists on the night. Lucas Chiodo (19) also scored for Barrie while Andrei Svechnikov picked up two helpers. Barrie outshot Flint 43-26 as Firebirds goaltender Garrett Forrest turned aside 39 shots. Max Kislinger (7), Maurizio Colella (19) and C.J. Clarke (12) scored for the Birds as they lost their fourth straight contest, falling to 16-32-3-2.
KITCHENER 4 – HAMILTON 3
Nick McHugh (10) completed the comeback with 37 seconds left in the third period as the Kitchener Rangers continued their hot pace, defeating the Hamilton Bulldogs 4-3 on the road. The Bulldogs jumped out to a 3-0 lead thanks to a pair of goals from rookie sensation Arthur Kaliyev (23, 24) and a single from Jack Hanley (2). The Rangers would ride back to victory though as Connor Bunnaman (21) and Adam Mascherin (35) scored on the power play before Riley Damiani got the equalizer shorthanded. McHugh’s winner came from close quarters as Damiani and Joseph Garreffa drew assists. Bulldogs forward Will Bitten couldn’t finish on a penalty shot attempt with 14 seconds left as the Rangers won for the ninth time in the past 10 games, improving to 36-15-2-0. Kitchener netminder Mario Culina turned aside 37 shots in goal, improving to 9-0-0-0 with the Blueshirts. Hamilton loses a second straight game, falling to 33-14-3-3.
LONDON 5 – SUDBURY 3
Billy Moskal (4) tied the score at four inside the final minute of the second period before Josh Nelson (6) buried the game winner midway through the third period as the London Knights defeated visiting Sudbury 5-3. Nathan Dunkley (17), Dalton Duhart (2) and Liam Foudy (13) also scored for London while Evan Bouchard had two assists from the backend. Peter Stratis (6), Kirill Nizhnikov (10) and David Levin (12) responded with goals for Sudbury as the Wolves fell to 14-33-6-0. London improves to 28-20-2-2, good for fourth place in the Western Conference.
SAULT STE. MARIE 6 – ERIE 2
The Soo Greyhounds scored six times on 25 shots to earn their eighth straight win, defeating the Erie Otters 6-2 on the road. Hayden Verbeek (19, 20) led the way with two goals and an assist while captain Tim Gettinger (29) had a goal and two helpers. Taylor Raddysh (26) scored just 10 seconds into action in his return to Erie while Noah Carroll (5) and Jack Kopacka (23) accounted for other goals. Tyler Johnson earned his 10th straight win, turning aside 18 saves in his first start since Jan. 10th. The Otters had goals from defencemen Ryan Martin (2) and Kurtis Henry (1) in their third straight loss.