Saturday Highlights: Oberoi outstanding as Otters win again
ERIE 2 – SARNIA 1
Minnesota Wild prospect Ivan Lodnia (21) scored the game winner with 6:42 left in the third period as the Erie Otters won their fourth straight game, defeating the Sarnia Sting 2-1 on the road. Troy Lajeunesse (12) also lit the lamp while goaltender Anand Oberoi earned first star honours with a 36-save performance. Brayden Guy (6) provided Sarnia’s lone goal while rookie Ethan Langevin made 24 saves in his OHL debut. Sarnia outshot Erie 37-26, falling to 41-14-4-0. The 20-29-7-3 Otters are nine points out of a playoff spot in the Western Conference.
BARRIE 5 – GUELPH 3
A back-and-forth game saw Aidan Brown (4, 5) score his second of the night with 3:37 remaining in the third period, breaking open a 3-3 tie as the Barrie Colts claimed a 5-3 win over Guelph on home ice. The Colts climbed out to a 3-0 lead by the midway point of the third period before the Storm scrambled back for three of their own. Brown’s game winner came on an assist from Jason Willms as the Colts improved to 35-21-2-1 while handing the Storm their sixth straight loss. Zach Magwood (21), Lucas Chiodo (23) and Dmitry Sokolov (41) found the back of the net for Barrie while Aaron Luchuk (17 games) and Andrei Svechnikov (14 games) both collected assists to extend their current point streaks. Rookie defenceman Nate Allensen had two assists while Leo Lazarev made 32 saves to get the win in goal. Dmitri Samorukov (10), Liam Hawel (12) and Barret Kirwin (12) provided Guelph goals while Nico Daws made 39 saves in the loss. The Storm remain two points ahead of eighth place Windsor in the Western Conference, sporting a 27-24-3-4 mark.
OWEN SOUND 4 – PETERBOROUGH 3
Veteran forward Kevin Hancock (21, 22) scored a pair of nice goals before Cole Cameron (1) netted the game winner 6:38 into the first period as the Owen Sound Attack clinched a playoff spot with a 4-3 win over visiting Peterborough. Nick Suzuki (33) opened the scoring less than a minute into the first period, adding three assists to finish with four points on the night. Peterborough’s Pavel Gogolev (25, 26) continued his solid play with a pair of goals in the loss while Nikita Korostelev (25) also found the scoresheet. Owen Sound goaltender Mack Guzda made 17 saves to earn his 12th win of the season, surpassing Jamie Storr (1991-92) for the most by an underage goaltender in Attack history. Owen Sound takes sole possession of fourth place in the Western Conference with a sixth straight win while Peterborough falls seven points back of a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference with a 22-31-3-3 record.
OSHAWA 5 – FLINT 2
Brendan Harrogate (7) and Danil Antropov (14) both had a goal and an assist while veteran winger Hayden McCool (12, 13) scored twice as the Oshawa Generals took a 5-2 road win in Flint. The Generals win their third straight game as rookie Nick Wong (16) also found the back of the net while Kyle Keyser made 33 saves against his former club. Kyle Harris (5) and Ty Dellandrea (23) provided Flint goals as the Firebirds lost their 10th straight contest, falling to 16-38-3-2. Oshawa is within two points of fifth place North Bay in the Eastern Conference.
NIAGARA 4 – NORTH BAY 2
The Niagara IceDogs fell behind 2-0 early but finished strong, outshooting the North Bay Battalion 25-11 in the last 40 minutes to score four unanswered and earn a big two points. The 4-2 home ice win gives the IceDogs a two point advantage on the fifth place Troops in the Eastern Conference home ice advantage race. Akil Thomas (19), Sam Miletic (31), Elijah Roberts (8) and Ben Jones (20) provided Niagara goals while Colton Incze made 24 saves to get the win. North Bay’s Christian Propp made 36 saves in the loss. Justin Brazeau had two assists as the Battalion lost their fourth straight on the road. The IceDogs won four of the six meetings between the two clubs this season.
SAULT STE. MARIE 4 – WINDSOR 2
Tampa Bay Lightning prospect Boris Katchouk’s (37, 38, 39) first career OHL hat-trick was a thing of beauty as he led the Soo Greyhounds to a 4-2 road win in Windsor. Morgan Frost inched closer to the century mark with a pair of assists while Jack Kopacka (24) provided the other goal for the Greyhounds as they improved to 48-6-2-2. Igor Larionov (4) and Luke Kutkevicius (9) scored for the Spitfires in a game that featured just 41 combined shots on goal. The Spits outshot the Hounds 24-17. The Greyhounds have won all four matchups against Windsor this season, with two encounters remaining on the schedule.
HAMILTON 5 – SUDBURY 3
The big line of Brandon Saigeon (33), Matthew Strome (34) and MacKenzie Entwistle (9) saw each player record multi-point totals as the Hamilton Bulldogs defeated visiting Sudbury 5-3. After coughing up a 2-0 lead, the Bulldogs charged back to victory with goals from Saigeon and Entwistle in the latter half of the second period before Nicholas Caamano (24) hit the empty net late to seal the deal. Isaac Nurse (15) also lit the lamp as Hamilton improves to 37-16-3-3, seven points up on second place Kingston in the East Division. Rookie forward Blake Murray (17, 18) scored twice for Sudbury while Shane Bulitka (9) also capitalized. Hamilton outshot Sudbury 31-21, handing the Wolves their seventh straight loss.