Saturday Highlights: IceDogs, Firebirds stay undefeated
FLINT 5 – OTTAWA 4 – OT
2018 NHL Draft prospect Ty Dellandrea (3) provided home opener heroics in Flint, scoring with two seconds remaining in overtime to keep the Firebirds perfect with a 5-4 win over visiting Ottawa. The Firebirds and Niagara IceDogs are the OHL’s only remaining undefeated teams as Flint improved to 3-0-0-0 in the closely contested matchup. Down 4-3 early in the third, the Firebirds would draw even on Dallas Stars prospect Nicholas Caamano’s (1, 2) second of the night at 8:24. Dellandrea scored the winner with an assist from Maurizio Colella before 3,845 at the Dort Federal Event Center. Fedor Gordeev (2) and C.J. Clarke (1) provided other Flint goals while netminder Garrett Forrest made 31 saves. The 67’s outshot the Firebirds 35-31 as Austen Keating (4), Graeme Clarke (2) and Travis Barron (1, 2) accounted for Ottawa goals. The 67’s now sit at 2-2-1-0 on the season and wrap up their weekend road trip on Sunday in Sarnia.
NIAGARA 5 – PETERBOROUGH 1
Jonathan Ang (2) opened the scoring for Peterborough but that’s all the Petes would muster as the Niagara IceDogs went on to take 5-1 home ice victory and improve to 3-0-0-0 on the season. All hands were on deck for the Dogs as Edmonton Oilers prospect Kirill Maksimov (2) led the team with a goal and two assists while 2018 NHL Draft prospect Akil Thomas (2) had a goal and a helper. Danial Singer (2), Kyle Langdon (2) and William Lochead (1) also scored for Niagara while Stephen Dhillon made 23 saves in goal. The IceDogs outshot the Petes 32-24.
KITCHENER 3 – ERIE 2
The Erie Otters raised their 2017 OHL Championship banner to the rafters pre-game, but the Kitchener Rangers would come away with two points on opening night at Erie Insurance Arena. Adam Mascherin (3) and Joseph Garreffa (2) both had a goal and an assist as the Rangers scored three times on 16 shots in a 3-2 victory. Mascherin scored the game winner 3:54 into the third frame as Kitchener improves to 3-1-1-0 on the young season. Rangers goaltender Anthony Dumont-Bouchard turned aside 25 of the 27 shots he faced while veteran winger Jake Henderson (2) also scored and Logan Stanley had a point in his third straight game. Gera Poddubnyi (2) and Christian Girhiny (3) scored for the defending champions who fall to 1-3-1-0 on the campaign.
GUELPH 6 – SAGINAW 3
The Guelph Storm took over in the second half of a close 3-2 game at the midway point as Alexey Toropchenko (4), Cedric Ralph (1) and Barret Kirwin (1) scored goals to put the game out of reach in a 6-3 win in Saginaw. The Storm went 4-for-5 on the power play as Ryan Merkley, Dmitri Samorukov and Matt Hotchkiss all registered two assists while Toropchenko finished the night with a goal and two helpers. Zach Poirier (1), Garrett McFadden (2) and Isaac Ratcliffe (2) also scored Guelph markers while goaltender Anthony Popovich made 33 saves. The Spirit had goals from Cole Coskey (3), who provided one for the highlight reel while Nicholas Porco (1) scored his first OHL goal and Ben Badalamenti (2) picked up his second. The Spirit fall to 1-2-1-0 while Guelph improves to 2-1-0-1.
SARNIA 6 – KINGSTON 2
Calgary Flames prospect Adam Ruzicka (1, 2) scored twice and added an assist and newly appointed captain Jordan Kyrou had three assists in his return from St. Louis Blues training camp as the Sarnia Sting defeated visiting Kingston 6-2. The Frontenacs opened up a 2-0 lead inside the opening three minutes of action as Jacob Paquette (1) scored on a point blast and Cal Davis (1) scored his first OHL goal. The Sting proceeded to score six unanswered goals as Hugo Leufvenius (1, 2), Drake Rymsha (2) and Jordan Ernst (2) found the scoresheet. Rymsha finished the night with a goal and two assists while Philadelphia Flyers prospect Anthony Salinitri picked up two helpers. The Sting outshot the Frontenacs 41-32 and went 2-for-6 on the power play. The loss is Kingston’s first as they drop to 3-1-0-0 on the season while Sarnia improves to 2-1-0-0.
HAMILTON 2 – BARRIE 1 – SO
Arthur Kaliyev and Will Bitten scored shootout goals as the Hamilton Bulldogs came out on top of a closely-matched 2-1 decision in Barrie. Both clubs swapped chances late in the game but great goaltending kept things tied at one after 65 minutes of play. Hamilton’s Kaden Fulcher followed up a shutout on Friday with a 32-save performance while Barrie’s Christian Propp made 27 saves at the other end. 2018 NHL Draft prospect Andrei Svechnikov (3) scored for the Colts before converting on his shootout attempt later in the night. Philadelphia Flyers prospect Matthew Strome (2) scored the lone goal for Hamilton in the win. The Bulldogs improve to 2-1-0-0 while Barrie now sits at 3-1-0-1.
OWEN SOUND 6 – MISSISSAUGA 4
The Owen Sound Attack stayed one step ahead of the Mississauga Steelheads the entire game as Matthew Struthers (1, 2) had two goals and an assist in a 6-4 home ice win. Attack defenceman Sean Durzi finished the night with three assists while Maksim Sushko (1), Alan Lyszczarczyk (1), Markus Phillips (1) and Jonah Gadjovich (3) provided other goals. Down 5-2 midway through the third, the Trout cut the Owen Sound lead down to one before coming up short in their comeback bid. Keean Washkurak (1), Shaw Boomhower (2), Cole Schwindt (1) and Trent Fox (1) all scored for the Steelheads who fall to 0-4-0-0 out of the gate. Vegas Golden Knights prospect Nicolas Hague had a pair of assists in the loss.