Saturday Highlights: Porco’s pair sparks Spirit
SAGINAW 4, ERIE 3
Albert Michnac set up Damien Giroux (2) for the game winner 7:29 into the third period as the Saginaw Spirit scored a 4-3 road win over the Erie Otters. Sophomore forward Nicholas Porco (6, 7) continued his hot start to the season, scoring a pair of goals 33 seconds apart to open the second period while DJ Busdeker (1) also tallied for Saginaw. New York Islanders prospect Blade Jenkins had a pair of assists while goaltender Ivan Prosvetov made 28 saves. The Otters never quit, battling back to tie the score at three on Petr Cajka’s (1) first OHL goal. Emmett Sproule (3) and Gera Poddubnyi (3) also tallied for Erie. The win sees the Spirit improve to a West Division-leading 4-2-1-0 mark while Erie suffers a fourth straight loss, falling to 1-4.
KITCHENER 4, SARNIA 3
Rickard Hugg’s (3, 4, 5) first career hat-trick headlined a 4-3 Kitchener Rangers road win over Sarnia. Joseph Garreffa (4) scored the power play game winner 6:31 into the third period to break up a 3-3 tie as the Rangers improved to 4-0-1-0. Rookie blueliner Arber Xhekaj picked up his first OHL point with an assist while goaltender Luke Richardson made 23 saves. After starting the season 3-0, the Sting drop their third straight decision, getting goals from Hugo Leufvenius (1), Jacob Perreault (4) and Ryan McGregor (3) in the process.
HAMILTON 3, PETERBOROUGH 2
The Hamilton Bulldogs outlasted the Peterborough Petes, getting goals from Avery Hayes (1), Tim Fleischer (2) and Brandon Saigeon (4) to capture a 3-2 win on home ice. Arthur Kaliyev chipped in with a pair of assists while newly acquired defenceman Josh Wainman recorded his first point as a Bulldog with an assist. Nick Donofrio got the win, making 28 saves in goal as the defending champions improved to 3-2-1-0. Peterborough’s second loss to Hamilton in as many weeks saw the Petes get third period goals from Matt McNamara (1) and Cameron Butler (3) while goaltender Hunter Jones made 32 saves. The Petes drop to 4-2.
OTTAWA 4, BARRIE 3
Sasha Chmelevski found Kody Clark (1, 2) for the game winner with 4:48 left in the third period as the Ottawa 67’s edged visiting Barrie 4-3. Clark scored twice as did rookie Marco Rossi (1, 2) who potted the first two goals of his OHL career. The evenly matched affair saw both clubs finish with 36 shots as Ottawa’s Cedrick Andree made 33 saves for the win. Austen Keating had a pair of assists for the Barber Poles as they improved to 4-3. Ben Hawerchuk (4), Lucas Chiodo (5) and Matej Pekar (5) found the back of the net for Barrie while Vegas Golden Knights prospect Maksim Zhukov made 32 saves. The Colts drop their third straight decision and fall to 2-3-1-0.
OWEN SOUND 4, OSHAWA 2
Andrew MacLean made 25 saves to earn the win in his OHL debut as the Owen Sound Attack rebounded from a Friday night loss to defeat the visiting Oshawa Generals 4-2. Cade Robinson (1), Aidan Dudas (3), Bryce Caruk (1) and Kevin Hancock (4) had goals as the Attack outshot the Generals 35-27. Owen Sound led 3-0 before Oshawa had goals from Giovanni Vallati (1) and Nando Eggenberger (1) to pull them within one. Boston Bruins prospect Kyle Keyser made 31 saves in the loss for the Generals as they fell to 3-3. The Attack climb to 3-4 with the win.
GUELPH 6, FLINT 2
Keegan Stevenson (1, 2) scored twice while captain Isaac Ratcliffe (6) had a goal and two assists as the Guelph Storm skated to a 6-2 win in Flint. Tag Bertuzzi (2), Nate Schnarr (5) and Mark Woolley (1) also found the scoresheet while Nico Daws got the start and made 21 saves for the win. Guelph outshot Flint 35-23 as newcomer Domenico Commisso had two assists. Ty Dellandrea (1) and Jacob Winterton (3) scored for the Birds while Lucas Rowe picked up his first point as a Firebird, gathering an assist. The Storm improves to 4-1-1-0 with their fourth straight win. Flint is still looking for its first win, falling to 0-6 out of the gate.