Saturday Highlights: Former Fish take flight with Spirit
SAGINAW 5, KITCHENER 2
New additions made their mark as the Saginaw Spirit skated to their fifth straight win, defeating visiting Kitchener 5-2. Ryan McLeod had two assists and Owen Tippett (20) hit the empty net and added a helper as both players had productive Spirit debuts before a crowd of 5,133 at the Dow Event Center. Another former Mississauga Steelhead, Albert Michnac (11, 12) earned first star honours with a pair of goals while Cole Coskey (21) and Cole Perfetti (16) also touched twine. Former Spirit forward Ryan Stepien (4) joined Riley Damiani (14) in the scoring column for Kitchener as the Rangers clawed back to within a goal after falling behind 2-0. Saginaw outshot Kitchener 27-20, winning for the ninth time in the past 10 games to improve to 23-11-2-2. The Rangers see their four-game winning streak snapped, falling to 17-18-3-0.
OWEN SOUND 4, NORTH BAY 3 – SO
The Owen Sound Attack rallied from a 3-0 deficit as Brady Lyle (7) scored against his former club to tie things up and force overtime and a shootout where Los Angeles Kings prospect Aidan Dudas emerged as the hero. The Attack defeated the visiting North Bay Battalion 4-3 as Bryce Caruk (2) and Nick Suzuki (22) joined Lyle with goals while Mack Guzda made 18 saves in relief before denying all three shootout opponents he faced. Luke Burghardt (1), Brad Chenier (21) and former Attack defender Nick King (5) provided North Bay goals while Christian Purboo made 44 saves. Owen Sound outshot North Bay 47-24 and improved to 21-15-1-2, good for a second place tie in the Midwest Division. The Battalion saw their North Bay-record seven-game winning streak come to an end but did earn a point to sit at 18-18-1-2 on the season.
HAMILTON 4, SARNIA 3 – OT
It wasn’t the most graceful overtime goal ever scored, but it counts. 2019 NHL Draft prospect Arthur Kaliyev (28, 29) barrelled his way to the goal, ramming a puck under Sarnia netminder Cameron Lamour as the Hamilton Bulldogs took a 4-3 win on home ice. The Hamilton victory comes after the Dogs squandered a 3-1 lead as Sarnia’s Sean Josling (11) tied the score at three midway through the third period. Nicolas Mattinen (13) and Zachary Jackson (2) joined Kaliyev in the goal-scoring department as the Bulldogs outshot the Sting 33-23. Mitch Eliot (9) and Jamieson Rees (7) joined Josling with Sting goals. Hamilton’s third straight win sees the Bulldogs improve to 18-18-3-0. Sarnia earns a point while dropping a third straight decision, falling to 18-16-4-2.
OTTAWA 2, BARRIE 0
The Ottawa 67’s shut down the Barrie Colts, limiting them to just 17 shots as Cedrick Andree posted a shutout in a 2-0 win on home ice. OHL goal-scoring leader Tye Felhaber (43) had a goal and an assist while Arizona Coyotes prospect Noel Hoefenmayer (10) found the back of the net. Austen Keating picked up assists on both goals as Ottawa outshot Barrie 31-17, improving to 28-7-3-1. Kai Edmonds stopped 29 of 30 for the Colts as they fell to 17-20-1-0.
FLINT 5, SUDBURY 1
The Flint Firebirds won for the third time in the past six games, handing the Sudbury Wolves their sixth straight loss with a 5-1 win on home ice. Hunter Holmes (5), Jack Wismer (5), Jake Durham (24), Ethan Keppen (12) and Kyle Harris (4) all lit the lamp while newcomer Tyler Deline picked up an assist in his OHL debut. Flint outshot Sudbury 35-28 as Firebirds goaltender Luke Cavallin earned first star honours with a 27-save performance. Defenceman Liam Ross (4) scored Sudbury’s lone goal as the Wolves fell to 21-13-2-1 while Flint improves to 6-32-2-0.