Saturday Highlights: Luck of the Irish
OTTAWA 5 – OSHAWA 2
Mathieu Foget (11, 12) and Tye Felhaber (16, 17) each scored twice as the Ottawa 67’s jumped out to a 5-0 lead in a 5-2 win over the visiting Oshawa Generals on Saturday afternoon. Austen Keating (21) also found the back of the net while Artur Tyanulin and Ben Evans both notched two assists in head coach Jeff Brown’s 100th OHL victory. The 67’s, who recently clinched a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference, had a 30-save performance from goaltender Leo Lazarev who surrendered Oshawa goals off the sticks of Robbie Burt (7) and Renars Krastenbergs (9). The 67’s and Generals could very well meet in a first round matchup in the upcoming OHL Playoffs that begin next week.
KINGSTON 6 – BARRIE 3
The Kingston Frontenacs fired the latest shot in the tug-of-war for home ice advantage in the Eastern Conference, climbing back ahead of the Hamilton Bulldogs for fourth place with a 6-3 win in Barrie. 2017 NHL Draft prospects Jason Robertson (41) and Linus Nyman (25, 26) had three points each while Stephen Desrocher (12), Sergey Popov (3) and Ted Nichol (18) also found the back of the net. The Colts end their season with a loss on home ice as Roy Radke (23), Aidan Brown (4) and Ben Hawerchuk (15) scored while Zach Magwood registered a pair of assists. Barrie finishes with an overall record of 17-44-6-1 and will hold the first overall pick in the 2017 OHL Priority Selection on Saturday April 8th. The Frontenacs hold a one point edge on Hamilton as both teams will play their final game of the season on Sunday.
LONDON 3 – FLINT 2
Sam Miletic (37) and JJ Piccinich (25) had a goal and an assist as the London Knights climbed out to a 3-0 lead before hanging on for a 3-2 road win in Flint. Toronto Maple Leafs prospect Nicolas Mattinen (2) also scored for the green and gold while Tyler Parsons recorded the win making 42 saves. The Firebirds outshot the Knights 44-33 and had goals from Jalen Smereck and Maurizio Colella (18), dropping their seventh consecutive decision. The Firebirds finish their second OHL season with a record of 32-28-3-5, a 26 point improvement over their performance in 2015-16. London enters their final game on Sunday one point back of third place Owen Sound in the Western Conference.
SUDBURY 4 – NIAGARA 3
Owen Lane (4) scored the game winner three minutes into the third period as the Sudbury Wolves skated away with a 4-3 win in Niagara. Macauley Carson (28, 29) and Kyle Capobianco (10) also tallied for Sudbury as the Wolves prevented the IceDogs from clinching the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. MacKenzie Savard turned aside 29 shots to record the win as the Wolves outshot the IceDogs 37-32. Niagara goals came from Danial Singer (13), Oliver Castleman (18) and Kirill Maksimov (21). The IceDogs face a potential must-win situation on Sunday in Mississauga to avoid a one-game playoff against the North Bay Battalion should they come away victorious in their final regular season game.
WINDSOR 4 – SAGINAW 3
Michael DiPietro and Mario Culina combined to make 46 saves while Aaron Luchuk (27, 28) scored twice as the Windsor Spitfires edged the Saginaw Spirit 4-3 on the road. Cristiano DiGiacinto (13) and Jeremy Bracco (25) also found the back of the net as the Spitfires wrapped up their 2016-17 season with a 41-19-5-3 record. The Spirit outshot Windsor 49-26 in the loss as C.J. Garcia (6) and Markus Niemelainen (2, 3) provided goals. The Spirit see their year come to an end, finishing with a 27-32-7-2 record, six points out of a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
OWEN SOUND 7 – KITCHENER 2
The Owen Sound Attack won their seventh straight game, scoring at least six goals for a fourth straight contest in a 7-2 home ice win over Kitchener. Overage defenceman Santino Centorame registered a pair of assists to be come the new Attack franchise leader in career points by a defenceman while Ethan Szypula chipped in with three helpers of his own. Sophomore forward Nick Suzuki (45) had a goal and two assists while other Attack goals came from Jonah Gadjovich (44), Cordell James (34), Petrus Palmu (40), Chase Campbell (14), Kevin Hancock (30) and Markus Phillips (13). Riley Damiani (9) and Liam Peyton (1) scored Kitchener goals while Florida Panthers prospect Adam Mascherin recorded an assist to join the OHL’s 100-point club. The Rangers finish their 2016-17 season with a record of 36-27-3-2 while the Attack close out their schedule in Guelph on Sunday.
ERIE 5 – GUELPH 2
The Erie Otters captured their second straight Hamilton Spectator Trophy and made CHL history in the process, earning their fourth consecutive 50-win season with a 5-2 victory over visiting Guelph. Alex DeBrincat (65) became the new franchise single-season goal-scoring leader while Warren Foegele (27), Taylor Raddysh (42), Jordan Sambrook (15) and Anthony Cirelli (25) also tallied. Erie outshot Guelph 47-16 as Storm goals came from Albert Michnac (15) and Nate Schnarr (18). The Otters close out their 2016-17 season with an OHL-best 50-15-2-1 record. They’ll begin a first round series against Sarnia on Thursday.