Saturday Highlights: IceDogs clawing their way up the Central
NIAGARA 3 – SUDBURY 2 – OT
Drew Hunter (3) cleaned up a loose puck in the slot 2:36 into overtime with assists from Ben Jones and Johnny Corneil as the Niagara IceDogs won their fifth straight game with a 3-2 rally past visiting Sudbury. Matthew Philip (9, 10) provided Niagara’s two other goals while Colton Incze stopped 40 of the 42 shots that came his way. Akil Thomas and Danial Singer both had two assists as the IceDogs climbed to within two points of first place in the Central Division with a 21-11-3-2 record. The Wolves managed to outshoot the IceDogs 42-33, earning a single point in the overtime loss. Dmitry Sokolov (19) and Kyle Rhodes (8) both found the back of the net as Sudbury falls to 11-22-6-0.
FLINT 4 – ERIE 3 – SO
Third period goals from Maurizio Colella (13) and Jack Wismer (4) tied the score at three before the Flint Firebirds got shootout markers from Colella and Nicolas Mattinen to defeat the visiting Erie Otters 4-3. Ethan Keppen (7) also scored for Flint while Luke Cavallin stopped five of six Erie shootout attempts as the Firebirds were triumphant before 3,807 at the Dort Federal Event Center. Flint outshot Erie 46-22, forcing Daniel Murphy into 43 saves for the Otters. Minnesota Wild prospect Ivan Lodnia had a pair of assists while Stephane Patry (2), Max Golod (7) and Joseph Mack (5) all scored goals. The Otters drop their third straight decision, falling to 12-20-6-2.
KINGSTON 6 – BARRIE 4
The new look Kingston Frontenacs scored six times on 24 shots as Cliff Pu (17, 18, 19) had a hat-trick and an assist in his Fronts debut while Dallas Stars prospect Jason Robertson picked up five assists. Third-year forward Brett Neumann also had three helpers while other Kingston goals came from Ted Nichol (4), and Linus Nyman (17, 18) who scored twice. Brendan Bonello made 29 saves in the Kingston crease as the Fronts were outshot 33-24. The Colts suffer their third straight loss as Aaron Luchuk (32, 33) scored twice while Ryan Suzuki (7) and Jason Willms (20) also picked up goals. Suzuki earned third star honours with a goal and an assist while Jaden Peca picked up to helpers. The Colts hold just a two point lead over surging Niagara in the Central, carrying a 23-13-2-1 record through 39 games. Kingston remains 10 points back of first place Hamilton in the East.
OTTAWA 3 – PETERBOROUGH 2
Quinn Yule (4) scored the game winner 4:02 into the third period as the Ottawa 67’s edged visiting Peterborough 3-2 in an afternoon clash. The 67’s stopped a four-game slide as Travis Barron (8) and Austen Keating (12) also found the back of the net while Jacob Cascagnette and Merrick Rippon had assists in their Ottawa debuts. Ottawa outshot Peterborough 35-19, pulling into a fourth place tie with the Petes at the bottom of the East Division. Petes goals came from Pavel Gogolev (15) and Nick Isaacson (2) in the loss as Andrew Verner made his debut as the club’s interim head coach. The Petes suffer their fourth straight loss and ninth in the last 10 games, falling to 16-21-2-1.
SARNIA 5 – SAGINAW 2
Toronto Maple Leafs prospect Ryan McGregor (11, 12) scored twice while Franco Sproviero (7) and Jordan Ernst (21) each had a goal and an assist as the Sarnia Sting defeated the Saginaw Spirit 5-2 on the road. The Sting trailed 2-1 starting the third period before scoring three unanswered to defeat the Spirit for the first time this season. Justin Fazio made 32 saves while veteran defenceman Connor Schlichting (5) also scored for the Sting who improve to 27-12-2-0. Jake Goldowski (2) and Cole Coskey (18) responded with goals for Saginaw as the Spirit had a four-game winning streak halted.
OWEN SOUND 7 – KITCHENER 0
The Owen Sound Attack picked the perfect time to explode for seven goals, ending a seven-game losing streak on Sportsnet’s CHL Saturday Showcase with a 7-0 blanking of the Midwest Division-leading Kitchener Rangers on home ice. The opportunistic Attack scored their seven markers on just 23 shots as draft eligible forward Aidan Dudas (17, 18) scored twice while other tallies came from Alan Lyszczarczyk (8), Brett McKenzie (10), Brady Lyle (5), Maksim Sushko (17) and Jackson Doherty (2). The Bears pulled ahead 3-0 in the first period before tacking on four more in the remaining 40 minutes of play. Olivier Lafreniere stopped all 28 shots that came his way before being removed from the game due to injury with 31 seconds left in the third period. The Attack get back in the win column, climbing to 15-16-1-5 while handing the Rangers their second straight loss. Kitchener falls to 25-13-2-0.