Saturday Highlights: IceDogs win seventh straight on Sportsnet
NIAGARA 6 – MISSISSAUGA 3
Top 2018 NHL Draft pick Ryan McLeod (24) opened the scoring with a pretty goal but the Niagara IceDogs responded in a big way, scoring four straight to climb ahead for good in a 6-3 win on the Sportsnet CHL Saturday Showcase. Mississauga goals from Owen Tippett (36) and Michael McLeod (16) helped the Trout pull to within one midway through the third period before Kirill Maksimov (34) and Oliver Castleman (12) tacked on late markers to secure Niagara’s seventh straight win. Overage captain Johnny Corneil (21) led the way with a goal and two assists while Ben Jones (29, 30) scored twice and Liam Ham (6) also tallied. Stephen Dhillon made 31 saves for his 60th career OHL victory. The IceDogs end their season as the fourth place team in the Eastern Conference, boasting a record of 35-23-7-3 as they prepare for a first round playoff series against the Oshawa Generals. The Steelheads fall to .500 with a 32-32-1-2 record, sitting tied for eighth with the Ottawa 67’s entering Sunday.
LONDON 4 – SAGINAW 3 – OT
Draft eligible blueliner Evan Bouchard (24) scored 43 seconds into overtime to lift the London Knights to a 4-3 win in Saginaw. Alex Formenton (29) picked up an assist on the game winner and scored 36 seconds into the third period while Tyler Rollo (11) and Alex Turko (3) also struck for London. Joseph Raaymakers earned the win with a 33-save performance, surrendering Spirit goals by Jake Goldowski (11), Caleb Everett (6) and Damien Giroux (19). Blade Jenkins and Max Grondin both picked up a pair of assists for Saginaw while Evan Cormier made 36 saves, helping the Spirit earn a point in their ninth overtime loss of the campaign. The 39-24-2-2 Knights and the eighth place 29-29-9-0 Spirit are both in action to close out their seasons on Sunday.
HAMILTON 5 – PETERBOROUGH 3
The Hamilton Bulldogs capped off a memorable regular season as New Jersey Devils prospect Marian Studenic (18, 19, 20) racked up four points with a hat-trick, defeating the Peterborough Petes 5-3 on the road. Ben Gleason (9) and Isaac Nurse (17) added tallies while Nick Donofrio made 30 saves as the Bulldogs outshot the Petes 43-33. Blueliner Kade Landry had a pair of assists, helping Hamilton finish the season at 43-18-4-3 for top spot in the Eastern Conference. The Petes wrap up their season as Semyon Der-Arguchintsev (12), Nick Robertson (15) and Logan DeNoble (31) lit the lamp. Peterborough will miss the postseason, finishing with a 23-39-3-3 record.
WINDSOR 4 – FLINT 2
Igor Larionov (6) continued his stellar play of late, scoring once and adding two assists in a 4-2 Windsor Spitfires road win over the Flint Firebirds. Jake Smith (18), Daniel D’Amico (12) and Cole Purboo (21) scored additional Windsor goals while Michael DiPietro made 24 saves to improve to 29-21-3-1 on the year. Ethan Keppen (10) and Hunter Holmes (11) scored Flint goals while Luke Cavallin made 21 saves as the Firebirds end their season at 20-43-3-2. The 31-30-4-2 Spitfires are in action on Sunday, currently sitting seventh in a logjam for the 6, 7, 8. spots in the Western Conference.
OWEN SOUND 9 – SARNIA 4
Vegas Golden Knights prospect Nick Suzuki (41, 42) stole the show, scoring twice while adding an assist to reach the 100-point milestone in a 9-4 win over the visiting Sarnia Sting. Brett McKenzie (21, 22) and Jackson Doherty (6, 7) both scored twice while singles came from Brady Lyle (11), Daylon Groulx (13) and Aidan Dudas (31) as the Attack won their sixth straight. Owen Sound outshot Sarnia 56-24, going 2-for-5 on the power play as Jacob Friend, Ethan Szypula, Kevin Hancock, Chase Campbell, Jonah Gadjovich and Maksim Sushko all had two assists. The Sting were without the services of star Jordan Kyrou, but had a pair of goals from rookie Brayden Guy (7, 8) while Michael Pezzetta (23) and Ryan McGregor (13) also converted. Owen Sound wraps things up at 38-22-3-5 and will finish fourth or fifth in the Western Conference pending a London Knights outcome on Sunday. Sarnia closes out a franchise-best season in third place at 46-17-4-1.
ERIE 6 – GUELPH 4
The Erie Otters ended their title defence season on a high note, defeating the visiting Guelph Storm 6-4 as veterans Troy Lajeunesse (15), Owen Headrick and Patrick Fellows contributed in their final OHL contests. Lajeunesse found the back of the net while Headrick had a pair of assists and Fellows picked up one helper as the Otters outshot the Storm 33-31 and went 2-for-5 on the power play. Alex Gritz (13), Kyle Maksimovich (31), Hayden Fowler (12), Gera Poddubnyi (18) and Stephane Patry (5) scored additional goals while Anand Oberoi made 29 saves. Isaac Ratcliffe (41), Zach Poirier (8), Dmitri Samorukov (11) and Keegan Stevenson (5) responded with Guelph goals while Cam Hillis picked up a pair of assists. The Otters end their season outside of the playoff picture with a 23-35-7-3 record. Guelph finishes at 30-29-5-4, sitting sixth in the Western Conference entering Sunday.
BARRIE 10 – SUDBURY 3
The Barrie Colts won big on Saturday, striking for 10 goals in a lopsided victory over the visiting Sudbury Wolves. Zach Magwood (25, 26, 27) recorded his first OHL hat-trick while Ryan Suzuki had five assists and Lucas Chiodo (30) had a goal and four helpers. Top NHL Draft prospect Andrei Svechnikov (40), Jaden Peca (16), Ben Hawerchuk (12), Christopher Cameron (2), Justin Murray (6) and Joey Keane (12) got in on the goal-scoring parade as the Colts outshot the Wolves 42-24 and went 2-for-3 on the power play. Rookie forward Blake Murray (20, 21) scored twice for Sudbury while Dawson Baker (6) also found the scoresheet. Barrie wraps up the season with a Central Division-best 42-21-4-1 record and an Eastern Conference-leading 297 goals for. The Wolves round out their season on Sunday.