Saturday Highlights: Storm spreads out the scoring on Sportsnet
GUELPH 8 – OWEN SOUND 3
Nine different players had multi-point outings as the Guelph Storm spread the scoring around, snapping out of an eight-game funk on Sportsnet with an 8-3 road win over the Owen Sound Attack. The Storm brought their A-game for the CHL Saturday Showcase as coming out of an eventful first period on top 4-2 before the Attack pulled within a goal. The Storm scored three times in the final five minutes of the second period before adding another in the third to improve to 28-25-4-4. Eight different players had Guelph goals including Barret Kirwin (13), Zach Poirier (7), James McEwan (13), Isaac Ratcliffe (36), Keegan Stevenson (4), Liam Hawel (13), Cedric Ralph (20) and Alexey Toropchenko (15). Defencemen Mark Shoemaker and Owen Lalonde each had two assists as the Storm won big despite being outshot 46-37. Anthony Popovich made 43 saves for the Storm, surrendering Owen Sound goals from Jonah Gadjovich (22), Kevin Hancock (23) and Nick Suzuki (34). The win gives the Storm a one point lead over the Windsor Spitfires for sixth in the Western Conference while Owen Sound holds steady in fifth with a record of 32-22-2-5.
FLINT 3 – SUDBURY 2 – OT
Maurizio Colella (21) was the hero on Overager Recognition Night in Flint, stripping a puck 2:51 into overtime to score the game winner in a 3-2 triumph over the visiting Sudbury Wolves. Flint’s second overtime win in as many nights also featured goals from Fedor Gordeev (7) and Ty Dellandrea (25) while Garrett Forrest made 36 saves. Owen Gilhula (6) and Drake Pilon (13) countered for Sudbury as the Wolves earned a point in the overtime loss. Sudbury netminder David Bowen turned away 36 shots in his first OHL start. The Firebirds improve to 18-39-3-2, two points ahead of Sudbury who sits last in the OHL at 15-37-9-0.
HAMILTON 4 – OSHAWA 1
Both teams entered action on hot streaks but one had to lose as the Hamilton Bulldogs were crowned East Division champions for the first time with a 4-1 win over visiting Oshawa. The Bulldogs pushed their winning streak to six games while putting Oshawa’s six-game run to an end. Overage forward Ryan Moore (16, 17) scored twice while Will Bitten, Robert Thomas and Ben Gleason each had two assists. Nicholas Caamano (25) and Brandon Saigeon (35) also lit the lamp as the Bulldogs improved to 41-16-3-3. Allan McShne (18) ended Kaden Fulcher’s shutout bid midway through the third period as the Bulldogs outshot the Generals 38-19. Oshawa falls to 32-27-3-0, holding on to fourth in the Eastern Conference.
BARRIE 8 – KINGSTON 3
The Barrie Colts stayed hot, winning their fourth straight game, pulling away from the visiting Kingston Frontenacs late in an 8-3 triumph. Aaron Luchuk (45) led the way with a goal and three assists while Andrei Svechnikov (33, 34) and Aidan Brown (6, 7) both scored twice. Zach Magwood (22), Lucas Chiodo (26) and Ryan Suzuki (14) round out Barrie goal scorers while Jaden Peca and Dmitry Sokolov each had two assists. Kingston’s fourth straight loss featured goals from Linus Nyman (36), Brett Neumann (18) and Gabriel Vilardi (15). The Central-leading Colts improve to 38-21-2-1 while Kingston falls to 32-20-6-3.
ERIE 9 – PETERBOROUGH 3
A 3-3 game three minutes into the third period quickly went off the rails as the Erie Otters scored six unanswered, potting three in the final minute of play to defeat visiting Peterborough 9-3. Erie’s six-goal third period helped the Otters improve to 21-31-7-3 as Patrick Fellows (11) and Stephane Patry (4) both finished with a goal and two assists. Max Golod (10, 11) scored twice for the Otters while other markers came from Ivan Lodnia (22), Gera Poddubnyi (14), Chad Yetman (9), Joseph Mack (6) and Emmett Sproule (4). Erie’s nine goals came on 28 shots while Peterborough put three on the board coming from Logan DeNoble (26), Nick Robertson (13) and Cole Fraser (3). Peterborough suffers a third straight loss to fall to 22-33-3-3, nine points out of a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
WINDSOR 4 – SAGINAW 0
Vancouver Canucks prospect Michael DiPietro stopped all 20 shots he faced to improve on his single season franchise record from last year, recording his league-leading seventh shutout of the season in a 4-0 Spitfires road win over Saginaw. Tyler Angle (10), Cody Morgan (10), Luke Boka (14) and Luke Kutkevicius (12) found the scoresheet for Windsor while Connor Corcoran had a pair of assists. The win puts the Spitfires ahead of Saginaw to sit seventh in the Western Conference with a record of 29-27-3-2. The Spirit drop their sixth straight decision, falling to 27-26-8-0.