Saturday Highlights: Bulldogs widen the gap
HAMILTON 7 – KINGSTON 4
Former Flint Firebirds teammates Ryan Moore (12) and Will Bitten (11) had a goal and two assists each while Philadelphia Flyers prospect Matthew Strome (19, 20) scored twice, helping the Hamilton Bulldogs defeat visiting Kingston 7-4 on Saturday afternoon. With their seventh straight win, the Bulldogs create a 10-point gap between themselves and the second place Frontenacs atop the East Division. Brandon Saigeon (21), Connor McMichael (5) and Arthur Kaliyev (15) also found the back of the net as Hamilton improved to 23-7-3-3. The Frontenacs showed some fight, scoring four times on goals from Jason Robertson (21), Brett Neumann (11), Matt Hotchkiss (10) and Linus Nyman (14). Hamilton outshot Kingston 41-27, going 2-for-2 on the man advantage.
SAULT STE. MARIE 4 – GUELPH 3 – SO
It was another close call, but the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds kept their winning streak alive on Saturday with victory finally coming in a 4-3 shootout triumph over the visiting Guelph Storm. The Storm pushed the Hounds to the brink as Friday’s hero Barrett Hayton (15) tied the score at three 28 seconds into the third period before the game eventually spilled over into a shootout. Anaheim Ducks prospect Jack Kopacka was the shootout hero while Matthew Villalta stopped all three Guelph shooters he faced as the Hounds won their 23rd consecutive game. Philadelphia Flyers prospect Morgan Frost (21) stretched his point streak to 14 games with a goal and an assist while Tim Gettinger (19) found the back of the net and overage rearguard Noah Carroll tallied three helpers against his former club. Flyers pick Isaac Ratcliffe (17, 18) scored twice for Guelph while Givani Smith (6) also lit the lamp and Cam Hillis recorded two assists. Both Villalta and Guelph’s Anthony Popovich turned in solid performances, stopping 38 and 39 shots respectively. The Storm now sit at 18-13-1-3 on the season, eight points back of first place Kitchener in the Midwest Division.
BARRIE 4 – OWEN SOUND 3 – SO
Aaron Luchuk and Ben Hawerchuk scored shootout markers while rookie netminder Kai Edmonds stopped both shooters he faced as the Barrie Colts took a 4-3 win in Owen Sound. Down 3-1 midway through the game, the Colts rebounded with third period goals from Tyler Tucker (1) and Hawerchuk (8) to force overtime and a shootout. Jason Willms (19) also scored for Barrie while Edmonds made 31 saves to improve to 5-1-0-0 on the season. Matthew Struthers (9), Alan Lyszczarczyk (7) and Sean Durzi (15) scored for Owen Sound while Nick Suzuki had a pair of assists. Barrie’s fifth straight win pushes the Colts to 22-10-2-1, six points ahead of second place Niagara in the Central Division. The Attack lose their fifth straight decision and ninth in the last 10 games, falling to 14-14-1-5.
PETERBOROUGH 5 – OTTAWA 4
Alex Black (2) finished off a play set up by Jonathan Ang with 1:28 left in the third period as the Peterborough Petes clawed back to stun the visiting Ottawa 67’s 5-4. The Petes trailed 4-2 with 11 minutes remaining before Pavel Gogolev (12, 13, 14) completed his first OHL hat-trick and Adam Timleck (11) tied the score at four with 4:09 remaining. The Petes shake off a six-game losing skid, returning to the win column to improve to 16-18-1-1, climbing one point ahead of Ottawa in the East Division. 67’s forward Tye Felhaber (9, 10 11) potted a natural hat-trick in a span of 4:22 but his fine effort was overshadowed in the club’s fourth straight loss. Kody Clark (14) also scored for the Barber Poles as they were outshot 36-33. Ottawa holds a 15-19-1-2 record.
SAGINAW 6 – FLINT 2
The Saginaw Spirit clinched the 2018 I-75 Divide Cup, defeating the rival Flint Firebirds 6-2 on home ice Saturday night. Kyle Bollers (6, 7) scored twice while Blade Jenkins (13) had a goal and two assists as Saginaw improved to 5-0 against Flint this season. Cole Coskey (17), Ryan Stepien (4) and DJ Busdeker (6) scored additional Saginaw goals while Evan Cormier made 29 saves. The Spirit outshot the Firebirds 38-31, improving to 18-13-3-0 to pull within two points of third place Windsor in the West Division. Kyle Harris (4) and Connor Roberts (7) scored first period goals for the Firebirds who fall to 11-22-3-0 on the campaign.