Saturday Highlights: Closing out 2016
HAMILTON 2 – ERIE 1 – SO
The Hamilton Bulldogs claimed their second win over the Erie Otters this week as 2017 NHL Draft prospect Matthew Strome (18) had a goal along with the shootout winner in a 2-1 win on the road. Goaltender Dawson Carty turned aside 27 shots in his Bulldogs debut, being beaten just once on a shot from Erie defenceman Darren Raddysh (8). The Otters suffer just their second home loss of the season while Hamilton improves to 16-14-3-2, one point back of third place Kingston in the East Division.
SAULT STE. MARIE 3 – GUELPH 2 – SO
Finnish centreman Otto Makinen had an assist and scored the shootout winner as the Soo Greyhounds defeated the visiting Guelph Storm 3-2. Goaltender Joseph Raaymakers made 27 saves and stopped all three shooters he faced in the shootout to earn first star honours. Zach Senyshyn (20) and Liam Hawel (6) had goals for the Greyhounds who have won five straight. Barret Kirwin (1) and Nate Schnarr (9) scored for Guelph as the Storm earn a point behind strong goaltending from rookie Anthony Popovich who made 36 saves. The Storm had their three game winning streak snapped and sit four points back of Flint for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference.
WINDSOR 4 – FLINT 2
Montreal Canadiens prospect Jeremiah Addison (15, 16) scored a pair of second period goals to lead the Windsor Spitfires over the visiting Flint Firebirds 4-2. Ottawa Senators first round pick Logan Brown had a pair of assists while Luke Boka (7) and Aaron Luchuk (14) also had goals. Veteran forward Ryan Moore (18, 19) scored both Flint goals in the loss while Mathieu Henderson and Kole Sherwood each registered a pair of assists. Windsor remains within five points of first place Sault Ste. Marie in the West Division.
SUDBURY 3 – BARRIE 1
Minnesota Wild prospect Dmitry Sokolov (23, 24) scored twice to lead the Sudbury Wolves over the Barrie Colts 3-1 on the road. Sokolov scored an insurance marker with 9:05 to go in the third period, helping the Wolves surpass the North Bay Battalion for first place in the Central Division with a record of 16-18-3-0. Ryan Valentini (11) had a goal and an assist for Sudbury while David Levin had a pair of helpers and goaltender Jake McGrath turned aside 28 of 29 shots. Giordano Finoro (6) scored Barrie’s only goal in the loss.
KINGSTON 4 – NIAGARA 1
Carolina Hurricanes prospect Jeremy Helvig made 29 saves to lead the Kingston Frontenacs to a 4-1 win in Niagara. Ted Nichol (8), Cody Caron (4), Sam Harding (6) and Jason Robertson (16) all scored as the Fronts collected at least a point in their sixth straight game. Kingston outshot Niagara 41-30 as IceDogs goaltender Stephen Dhillon made 36 saves. Johnny Corneil (12) provided Niagara’s goal as the IceDogs were outdone on home ice. Kingston is currently locked in a tight race with Hamilton and Ottawa for a potential home ice assignment in the first round of the OHL playoffs.
MISSISSAUGA 3 – NORTH BAY 1
2017 NHL Draft prospect Owen Tippett (28, 29) scored a pair of goals to lead the Mississauga Steelheads to a 3-1 road win in North Bay. Tippett has goals in five of his last six games while veteran winger Spencer Watson (10) had a goal and an assist. Mississauga goaltender Jacob Ingham followed up his first OHL shutout on Friday with a 32-save performance to earn second star honours. The Steelheads handed North Bay their seventh straight loss, pulling into a second place tie with the Battalion in the Central Division. The Troops outshot Mississauga 33-18 as Vancouver Canucks prospect Brett McKenzie (18) scored the lone goal for the boys in green.