Saturday Highlights: Knights take down 67’s on Sportsnet
LONDON 5, OTTAWA 3
2019 NHL Draft prospect Connor McMichael (26, 27) scored twice and Josh Nelson (13) scored a nifty game winner as the London Knights got the better of the visiting Ottawa 67’s on Sportsnet. London won the battle of OHL conference leaders as Kevin Hancock (34) and Liam Foudy (17) also found the back of the net as the Knights turned back the clock, suiting up in late 90’s throwback uniforms. Edmonton Oilers prospect Evan Bouchard earned second star honours with three assists on the afternoon as London outshot Ottawa 29-25. Sasha Chmelevski (13), Kyle Maksimovich (24) and Sam Bitten (9) responded with goals for the 67’s as they saw a three-game winning streak snapped. The Midwest-leading Knights improve to 28-6-4-1 while the East leading 67’s fall to 30-8-3-1.
HAMILTON 4, KINGSTON 0
Zachary Roy turned aside all 25 shots he faced for his first OHL shutout as the Hamilton Bulldogs blanked visiting Kingston 4-0. Liam Van Loon (3) opened the scoring beyond the midway point of the second period before Matthew Strome (19), Kade Landry (3) and Logan Morrison (5) tacked on three more. Hamilton outshot Kingston 39-25 as Frontenacs goaltender Marshall Frappier made 35 saves. The Bulldogs improve to 20-19-3-1 while Kingston suffers a seventh straight loss, falling to 11-30-1-0.
SAULT STE. MARIE 6, MISSISSAUGA 4
Arizona Coyotes prospect Barrett Hayton (17, 18) stretched his current point streak to 16 games, scoring twice while Tye Kartye and Zack Trott each had two assists as the Soo Greyhounds defeated visiting Mississauga 6-4. The Hounds’ third straight win also included goals from Ryan O’Rourke (6), Ryan Roth (16), Jaden Peca (7) and Cole MacKay (16) while Ethan Taylor made 30 saves. James Hardie (8), Cole Carter (26), William Portokalis (2) and Alan Lyszczarczyk (21) replied with Mississauga markers as the Steelheads dropped their fifth straight contest. Newly added Steelheads forward Nick McHugh played in his 200th career regular season contest. The Hounds continue to lead the West Division by three points, sporting a 27-10-4-1 record. Mississauga falls to 18-19-4-1.
ERIE 3, OWEN SOUND 2
The Erie Otters defeated the visiting Owen Sound Attack by a one goal margin for a second straight night as Daniel D’Amato (2) scored the game winner in a 3-2 victory with 7:21 remaining in regulation. Brendan Sellan and Alex Gritz picked up assists on the winner while Mathew MacDougall (10) and Emmett Sproule (7) also scored for the Otters. Daniel Murphy made 22 saves for the win in the Erie crease, surrendering Attack goals by Barret Kirwin (10) and Aidan Dudas (15). Erie’s fourth straight win sees the Otters improve to 18-21-1-1, just one point back of fourth place Kitchener in the Midwest Division. Owen Sound falls to 22-16-2-2.
FLINT 6, SARNIA 2
Dallas Stars prospect Ty Dellandrea (15) matched a career-high with five points while Jake Durham (28, 29, 30) recorded a hat-trick, leading the Flint Firebirds over visiting Sarnia by a score of 6-2. Dellandrea scored and added four assists while Durham finished with three goals and a helper. Ethan Keppen (14) and Hunter Holmes (6) also scored for Flint while Eric Uba had three assists. The Firebirds won handily despite being outshot 46-34 as Emanuel Vella turned aside 43 shots. Hugo Leufvenius (26) and Mitch Eliot (10) both scored for the Sting as Sarnia dropped a seventh straight decision, falling to 18-19-5-2. The Firebirds have earned at least a point in three straight, improving to 8-33-3-0.
NORTH BAY 7, PETERBOROUGH 2
The North Bay Battalion scored seven times on 29 shots while getting a 50-save performance from goaltender Christian Propp in a commanding road win over the Peterborough Petes. The Troops enjoyed a four-goal third period to put things out of reach, defeating the Petes 7-2 for their 10th win in the last 11 games. Rookie forward Kyle Jackson (1, 2) scored the first two goals of his OHL career while Justin Brazeau (40) and Nick King (8) both had a goal and two assists. Matthew Struthers (20), Harrison Caines (4) and Brad Chenier (22) also lit the lamp for the boys in green as they won despite being outshot 52-29. Youngsters Nick Robertson (16) and Cameron Butler (10) accounted for Peterborough’s two goals as the Petes went 2-for-8 on the power play to North Bay’s 2-for-4 night on the man advantage. The Battalion keep the wins coming, improving to 21-18-1-2 while Peterborough falls to 22-17-1-1, two points up on fourth place Hamilton in the East Division.
SAGINAW 6, WINDSOR 3
The Saginaw Spirit connected for six goals on 24 shots, jumping out to a 4-0 lead enroute to a 6-3 win over the visiting Windsor Spitfires. New York Islanders prospect Bode Wilde earned first star honours with three assists while veteran winger Cole Coskey (22, 23) had two goals and an assist. Albert Michnac (13) and Cole Perfetti (17) scored first period goals for the Spirit before Reagan O’Grady (5) and Coskey increased the lead to four in the second. Owen Tippett (21) would find twine in the second before Coskey hit the open net to keep the Spirit within three points of West Division-leading Sault Ste. Marie. Rookie netminder Tristan Lennox stopped 31 of 34 for the win as the Spitfires had goals from Tyler Angle (12, 13) who scored a pair along with Daniel D’Amico (17). Saginaw improves to 26-12-2-2 with their eighth straight win on home ice. After four straight wins entering the weekend the Spits have dropped two straight on the road, falling to 19-21-2-1.
OSHAWA 3, BARRIE 1
Brett Neumann (27, 28) broke a 1-1 tie with 4:17 remaining in the third period before adding another, giving the Oshawa Generals a 3-1 road win in Barrie. Brandon Saigeon (27) also got in on the scoring as the two newest Generals paved the way to victory while Nando Eggenberger picked up a pair of assists. Boston Bruins prospect Kyle Keyser stopped 30 of 31 for Oshawa opposite Barrie rookie Jet Greaves who made 34 saves in the loss. Ben Hawerchuk (18) scored Barrie’s lone marker as the Colts lost their eighth in the past 10 games, falling to 18-22-1-0. Oshawa improves to 25-15-2-0, six points ahead of third place Peterborough in the East Division.