Saturday Highlights: Giroux’s five points pace surging Spirit
SAGINAW 6, NORTH BAY 2
Minnesota Wild prospect and newly named captain Damien Giroux (3, 4, 5) scored his first OHL hat-trick as the Saginaw Spirit earned a fourth straight win, defeating visiting North Bay 6-2. After falling behind 2-0, the Spirit responded with six unanswered as Bode Wilde (3), Blade Jenkins (2) and Albert Michnac (5) joined Giroux in the goal-scoring department. Giroux finished the night with three goals and two assists while Michnac had a goal and two helpers and Cole Coskey picked up three assists. Rhys Forhan (1) and Nick King (2) opened the scoring for the Troops as they were outshot 34-20. Saginaw improves to 5-2-1-0 while North Bay falls to 3-6-0-0.
BARRIE 6, NIAGARA 5 – OT
Veteran blueliner Justin Murray (2, 3) capped-off his first career multi-goal performance with the overtime winner as the Barrie Colts bested the visiting Niagara IceDogs 6-5. Sam Rhodes and Lucas Chiodo pitched in with assists on the winner 2:44 into the extra frame as the Colts avenged last weekend’s 7-2 loss to the IceDogs. Murray also had two assists in the win, giving him a career-high four-point showing. Joey Keane (3), Rhodes (3), Aidan Brown (1) and Peter Fleming (2) also scored for the Colts while defenceman Tyler Tucker had a pair of assists. Barrie was outshot 38-29 as goaltender Kai Edmonds picked up the win with 33 saves in goal. The IceDogs rallied from down 4-3 to start the third period, tying things up with 2:10 remaining on a goal by Kirill Maksimov (9). Billy Constantinou (2), Ian Martin (1), Kyen Sopa (5) and Mason Howard (1) also tallied for Niagara as the Dogs earned a point. Barrie improves to 5-4-1-0 on the campaign while Niagara Falls to 4-2-2-0.
PETERBOROUGH 4, WINDSOR 2
The Peterborough Petes continued their winning ways, winning their fourth straight game to improve to 8-2 as Nick Isaacson’s (4, 5) first of the night was the third period game winner. The Petes topped the visiting Windsor Spitfires 4-2 as Chris Paquette (7) added a goal and an assist while Erik Cermak (1) scored the first of his OHL career. Hunter Jones was steady in the crease once again, turning aside 34 shots while the Petes got a pair of assists from Winnipeg Jets prospect Declan Chisholm. Veteran winger Cole Purboo (4, 5) provided both Windsor goals in front of rookie goaltender Kari Piiroinen who made 23 saves in defeat. Windsor outshot Peterborough 36-27. The Spitfires see their record drop to 3-5 following their third straight loss.
KITCHENER 6, FLINT 3
The Flint Firebirds climbed out to a 2-0 lead but the Kitchener Rangers stormed back to score six out of the next seven in a 6-3 road win. Dallas Stars prospect Riley Damiani (4, 5) led the way with two goals and an assist, scoring the game winner with 7:42 left in the third period. Jonathan Yantsis (5, 6) also scored twice while Rickard Hugg picked up three assists. Greg Meireles (4) and Nick McHugh (2) added singles for Kitchener as the Rangers outshot Flint 47-31, racking up 24 shots in the second period alone. Kitchener went 3-for-8 on the power play while goaltender Lucas Pfeil made 28 saves for his first OHL win. C.J. Clarke (1) and Connor Roberts (1) each scored their first of the season for Flint while Eric Uba (3) also found the back of the net. The Rangers reverse consecutive losses and climb to 5-1-2-0 while Flint falls to 0-9.
SARNIA 6, GUELPH 3
The Sarnia Sting settled the score with the Guelph Storm, avenging last weekend’s 6-5 road loss to the Storm with a 6-3 win on home ice. Swedish winger Hugo Leufvenius (3, 4) scored twice while Franco Sproviero (3), Anthony Salinitri (5), Brayden Guy (3) and Calvin Martin (3) added singles, helping the club reverse a four-game slide. Rookie netminder Ethan Langevin made 21 saves for the win, surrendering Storm goals by Mason Primeau (2), Zach Poirier (1) and Tag Bertuzzi (4). The Storm see a five-game winning streak snapped, one in which they scored six goals in all five contests. Sarnia improves to 4-3-1-0.
OWEN SOUND 4, LONDON 3
Rookies Kaleb Pearson (1) and Nolan Seed (1) scored their first goals in the OHL to help the Owen Sound Attack fend off the London Knights 4-3 on home ice. Aidan Dudas (4, 5) popped in a pair of goals while goaltender Andrew MacLean made 24 saves for the win. Antonio Stranges (3), Nathan Dunkley (2) and Matvey Guskov (2) responded with goals for London while Jordan Kooy made 29 saves in the loss. The chippy affair featured a combined 13 power play opportunities as Owen Sound improves to 4-5-0-0 while the Knights fall to 4-3-0-0.
HAMILTON 5, MISSISSAUGA 1
The Hamilton Bulldogs struck back against the Mississauga Steelheads, exacting revenge following a Thursday night loss to the Trout. Rookie netminder Zachary Roy stopped 29 of 30 while MacKenzie Entwistle (4), Arthur Kaliyev (7), Ben Garagan (2), Isaac Nurse (3) and Nicolas Mattinen scored goals in front of him. The home ice win saw the Dogs go 2-for-5 on the power play as Brandon Saigeon gathered assists on both man advantage markers. Cole Carter (7) scored the lone goal for Mississauga as the Steelheads saw a five-game winning streak come to an end. Hamilton improves to 5-3-1-0 while Mississauga sits at 5-2-1-0.