Saturday Highlights: Cajka’s hat-trick, Drysdale’s winner help Otters flip the script
ERIE 6, FLINT 5 – OT
Petr Cajka (10, 11, 12) completed his first OHL hat-trick, tying the score at five with 11 seconds left in regulation before the Erie Otters took a 6-5 overtime win on Jamie Drysdale’s (2) unassisted winner. A six-goal first period saw the Firebirds take out a 4-2 lead before Erie rallied back, getting a goal and two assists from Drysdale in the process. Gera Poddubnyi (14) and Alex Gritz (4) also scored for the Otters as they rebounded from an 8-1 loss in London on Friday. Kyle Maksimovich picked up two assists and Daniel Murphy earned the win in relief with 22 saves. Ty Dellandrea (11, 12) recorded his second straight two-goal game while Fedor Gordeev (3) launched the Teddy Bear Toss and Jake Durham (16) and Jack Phibbs (3) also found the back of the net. Sophomore forward Ethan Keppen picked up two assists as the Firebirds earned a point in their third straight loss, falling to 3-23-2-0. Erie ends a three-game skid, improving to 11-16-1-0.
SAULT STE. MARIE 7, SAGINAW 4
Keeghan Howdeshell (18, 19, 20) extended his point streak to seven games, netting his second hat-trick of the season as the Soo Greyhounds took a battle for the West Division, defeating Saginaw 7-4 on the road. Howdeshell’s four points are a new career high while Morgan Frost (17, 18) chipped in with two goals and two assists to climb into the OHL scoring lead with 52 points (18-34–52). Toronto Maple Leafs prospect Mac Hollowell (9) had a goal and an assist while Alex Johnston (3) also scored, helping the Hounds climb six points ahead of Saginaw with a 16-7-4-1 record. Cole Coskey (10, 11) scored twice for the Spirit while Camaryn Baber (2) and Blade Jenkins (8) also tallied and Brady Gilmour had three assists. Saginaw falls to 14-10-1-2.
OSHAWA 5, KINGSTON 0
Montreal Canadiens prospect Allan McShane (9, 10) had two goals and an assist while Winnipeg Jets prospect Giovanni Vallati (5, 6) also scored twice as the Oshawa Generals defeated the visiting Kingston Frontenacs 5-0 on Sportsnet. Boston Bruins prospect Kyle Keyser stopped all 23 shots he faced for his second shutout of the season while Tyler Tullio (5) rounded out the Oshawa scoring summary. The Generals outshot the Frontenacs 38-23, holding them to 0-for-10 on the power play. Oshawa wins for the eighth time in the past 10 games, improving to 17-8-2-0. Kingston falls to 8-20-1-0.
HAMILTON 3, WINDSOR 2
Chicago Blackhawks prospect MacKenzie Entwistle (12, 13) scored twice on the power play to lead the Hamilton Bulldogs past visiting Windsor 3-2. Brandon Saigeon and Matthew Strome assisted on both goals while Navrin Mutter (3) also found the back of the net as the Bulldogs got back to .500 with a 13-13-1-0 record. Goaltending Nick Donofrio made 23 saves opposite Windsor’s Michael DiPietro who turned aside 20. Cole Purboo (11) and Curtis Douglas (13) scored Windsor goals as the Spits mounted a comeback effort, outshooting the Bulldogs 13-2 in the third period before coming up short. Windsor falls to 13-13-1-1.
OWEN SOUND 3, BARRIE 1
Montreal Canadiens prospect Nick Suzuki (20) scored the game winner 1:52 into the third period before Kevin Hancock (24) added insurance four minutes later, helping the Owen Sound Attack defeat visiting rival Barrie 3-1. Rookie goaltender Andrew MacLean stopped 32 of 33 while Zach Roberts (4) scored in a second straight game. Vegas Golden Knights prospect Maksim Zhukov kept things close in the Barrie crease, turning aside 39 shots while Justin Murray (6) provided his team’s lone goal. Owen Sound climbs to 15-11-1-2, seven points back of first place London in the Midwest. Barrie falls to 14-12-1-0.