Saturday Highlights: Richardson rock solid for undefeated Rangers
KITCHENER 4, WINDSOR 1
The Kitchener Rangers got outplayed, but a 33-save performance from Luke Richardson was the difference in a 4-1 road win. The blueshirts improve to 3-0 as Swedish forward Rickard Hugg (1, 2) scored twice while Chase Campbell (2) and Greg Meireles (3) joined him in the goal-scoring department. Hugg finished with three points while defenceman Justin MacPherson had three helpers to his credit and Nick McHugh pitched in with a pair of assists. Windsor outshot Kitchener 34-19 as Will Cuylle (2) provided the lone goal for the Spitfires. Kari Piiroinen got the call in the crease for Windsor, making 15 saves as his club fell back to .500 at 2-2.
SARNIA 2, SAULT STE. MARIE 1 – OT
Newly minted captain Ryan McGregor (2) scored the game winner 1:05 into overtime on a setup by Jamieson Rees as the Sarnia Sting improved to 3-0 to start the season. Adam Ruzicka (3) joined McGregor on the scoresheet while Rees assisted on both Sting goals. Sarnia outshot Sault Ste. Marie 41-25 as rookie goaltender Ethan Langevin earned his first career OHL victory. Across the ice, Matthew Villalta turned aside 39 shots in a losing cause. Greyhounds rookie Cullen McLean (1) provided the lone goal for his first in the OHL while fellow freshman Tye Kartye scooped up his first career point with a helper. The Hounds fall to 2-1-1-0.
GUELPH 6, SAGINAW 5 – OT
The Saginaw Spirit made a valiant comeback, but the Guelph Storm got the last laugh. Cedric Ralph (1, 2, 3) completed his first OHL hat-trick with 1:25 left in overtime as the Storm skated to a 6-5 road win. Up 5-0, Guelph saw their big lead evaporate as the Spirit scored five consecutive goals capped by Brady Gilmour’s (1, 2) tying marker with eight seconds left in regulation to force overtime. Ralph came through in the end with an assist from Liam Hawel as the Storm snuck out the extra point, improving to 2-1-1-0. Isaac Ratcliffe (3), Alexey Toropchenko (2) and Mason Primeau (1) joined Ralph on the scoresheet while Hawel had three assists and Nate Schnarr pitched in with two. The Spirit had a pair of goals from both Gilmour and Cole Coskey (2, 3) while Nicholas Porco (3) also tallied. Bode Wilde and Blade Jenkins each collected two assists. The Spirit pick up a point and sit at 1-2-1-0 on the young season.
OTTAWA 4, OWEN SOUND 3
Montreal Canadiens prospect Nick Suzuki (1, 2, 3) netted his seventh career OHL hat-trick, but the Bears were upstaged by the visiting Ottawa 67’s as Austen Keating set up Noel Hoefenmayer (1) for the late game winner in a 4-3 decision. After Quinn Yule (1) tied things at three with 3:50 left in the third period, Hoefenmayer netted the winner with 2:21 to spare, improving the 67’s to 2-2 on the campaign. Tye Felhaber (2) and Kevin Bahl (2) also scored for the Barber Poles while Keating had a pair of assists and rookie Will Cranley earned his first OHL win with a 41-save showing. The Attack outshot Ottawa 44-25 as Kevin Hancock picked up a pair of assists on Suzuki’s hat-trick performance. Owen Sound falls to 1-3 to start the season.
KINGSTON 4, ERIE 0
Ryan Dugas was perfect in his OHL debut, stopping all 27 shots he faced to backstop the Kingston Frontenacs to a 4-0 win in Erie. Brett Neumann (2) scored against his former club while other goals came from Ryan Cranford (1), Jason Robertson (5) and Dennis Golovatchev (1). The Otters outshot the Frontenacs 27-20. Rookie blueliner Marcus Gillard made his OHL debut for the Otters. Kingston improves to 2-2 while Erie is 1-2.
HAMILTON 7, PETERBOROUGH 1
The Peterborough Petes saw their perfect start come to an abrupt end as the defending OHL champion Hamilton Bulldogs skated to a 7-1 road win. 2019 NHL Draft prospect Arthur Kaliyev (4, 5) scored twice, converting on a last first period penalty shot while also adding two assists for a four-point night. Liam Stevens (1, 2) scored his first two goals as a Bulldog while Tim Fleischer (1), Matthew Strome (1) and Isaac Nurse (2) also got in on the action. Kade Landry, Logan Morrison and Brandon Saigeon all finished with two assists while netminder Nick Donofrio stopped 24 of 25. Rookie forward Cameron Butler (2) picked up Peterborough’s lone marker on the power play. The Bulldogs improve to 2-1 and the Petes fall to 3-1.
NIAGARA 6, NORTH BAY 1
Five different IceDogs had multi-point outputs as Niagara defeated visiting North Bay 6-1. Battalion captain Justin Brazeau (2) opened the scoring, but that’s all you’d hear from North Bay the rest of the way as the IceDogs took over towards the end of the first. Kirill Maksimov (3), Bradey Johnson (3), Oliver Castleman (1), Billy Constantinou (1), Ivan Lodnia (3) and Matthew Philip (2) did the offensive damage for the Dogs while first star Philip Tomasino registered three assists. Niagara outshot North Bay 41-27, getting a 26-save performance from goaltender Colton Incze. Niagara leads the Central Division early-on with a 3-1 record while North Bay falls to 1-3.
LONDON 4, FLINT 2
The London Knights crashed a home opener in Flint, doubling-up the Firebirds 4-2 as Columbus Blue Jackets prospect Liam Foudy (1) had a goal and an assist. Dalton Duhart (1) and Connor McMichael (4) opened the scoring for the Knights while Cole Tymkin (3) netted the eventual game winner late in the first period. The Knights outshot the Firebirds 31-23 as Jordan Kooy made 21 saves for the win. Jake Durham (1) and Ethan Keppen (2) provided Flint goals while 2018 OHL Priority Selection second overall pick Evan Vierling earned his first career point with a primary assist on Durham’s marker. The Knights improve to 2-1 while Flint falls to 0-4.