Saturday Highlights: Troops take two from IceDogs
NORTH BAY 4, NIAGARA 3
The North Bay Battalion defeated the Niagara IceDogs on a second straight night, taking both ends of a home-and-home by identical 4-3 scores. Saturday’s win in North Bay included goals from Brandon Coe (5), Matthew Struthers (12), Braden Henderson (1) and Brad Chenier (8) while goaltender Christian Purboo made 35 saves. After scoring the overtime winner in Niagara on Friday, Adam McMaster earned first star honours with two assists while sophomore defender Simon Rose also had two helpers. Niagara outshot North Bay 38-25 as Daniel Bukac (2), Drew Hunter (1) and Ben Jones (7) scored. Rookie goaltender Christian Sbaraglia made 21 saves in his OHL debut. The Battalion have won seven of their last 10 and improve to 10-8-0-1 while Niagara suffers a third straight loss, falling to 10-6-3-0.
SUDBURY 4, SARNIA 3 – SO
After dropping a shootout in London on Friday, the Sudbury Wolves came out on top in a similar scenario, defeating the Sarnia Sting 4-3 on the road. Overage defenceman Cole Candella (2, 3) scored twice in regulation, tying the score with just 34 seconds to spare before Owen Gilhula scored the shootout winner. Buffalo Sabres prospect Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen made 33 saves before stopping all three Sarnia shooters he faced. Macauley Carson (5) also scored for the Wolves as they won despite being outshot 36-26. Sarnia went 2-for-5 on the power play, getting goals in the loss from Brayden Guy (5), Alexandre Hogue (1) and Hugo Leufvenius (9). The Wolves have now earned points in five straight, improving to 11-6-1-1 for a first place tie with Mississauga atop the Central. Sarnia has lost five straight, falling to 7-8-2-2.
WINDSOR 2, GUELPH 1 – SO
Michael DiPietro was the answer on Saturday, providing 31 saves before stopping six consecutive Guelph shooters to finish things off in a 2-1 shootout win on home ice. The game took an interesting twist when Windsor’s Cody Morgan was hauled down on an overtime breakaway while Guelph goaltender Anthony Popovich simultaneously lost a skate blade. Storm backup Nico Daws would have to come in off the bench to face Morgan, turning the Spitfires forward away on a low shot to preserve the tie. Chris Playfair (4) scored Windsor’s lone goal before shootout goals from Curtis Douglas and Luke Kutkevicius set the stage for a Daniel D’Amico game winner. Popovich was equally impressive, stopping 28 in regulation before turning away five of eight in the shootout. Windsor’s third straight win sees the Spits improve to 9-9-0-1. Guelph earns a point in the loss, remaining atop the Midwest at 10-4-3-2.
MISSISSAUGA 5, FLINT 4
The Mississauga Steelheads came back to burn the Flint Firebirds as Alan Lyszczarczyk (6, 7) scored a pair of third period goals to tie the score and put home the game winner with just 45 seconds left in regulation. Lyszczarczyk added a pair of assists to give him a career-high four points while other Mississauga goals came from Cole Carter (17), Richard Whittaker (4) and Owen Tippett (11). Draft eligible blueliner Thomas Harley picked up three assists and Los Angeles Kings prospect Jacob Ingham picked up the relief win stopping all 10 shots he faced. Jake Durham (1), Fedor Gordeev (1), Ty Dellandrea (8) and C.J. Clarke (3) scored Flint goals while Hunter Holmes had a pair of assists. Mississauga outshot Flint 49-26 as Emanuel Vella made 44 saves against his former club. The Steelheads improve to 11-6-2-0 while Flint is 2-17-1-0.
SAGINAW 5, SAULT STE. MARIE 3
The Saginaw Spirit held off a late Soo Greyhounds comeback attempt to take a 5-3 win on home ice behind a pair of goals from DJ Busdeker (5, 6). The Spirit went ahead 4-0 before Sault Ste. Marie rallied for three straight to pull within one. Busdeker hit the empty net to seal the deal and give the Spirit their 10th win of the season. Cole Coskey (9), Aidan Prueter (3) and Nicholas Porco (9) also scored while goaltender Ivan Prosvetov made 32 saves. Cole MacKay (7), Barrett Hayton (8) and Morgan Frost (13) responded with goals for the Greyhounds while Mario Peccia stopped 19 of 20 in relief as he made his Greyhounds debut. Saginaw improves to 10-6-1-1 while the Greyhounds suffer their third straight loss, falling to 12-5-3-1.
OTTAWA 4, BARRIE 2
Sam Bitten (2) scored the game winner midway through the third period and Cedrick Andree made 34 saves as the Ottawa 67’s took a 4-2 win in Barrie. Kody Clark (5) and Austen Keating (8, 9) also had goals while Sasha Chmelevski picked up a pair of assists. Ottawa remains unbeaten in regulation over the past 16 games, improving to 17-3-2-0. Jason Willms (4) and Lucas Chiodo (13) scored for Barrie while Maksim Zhukov made 26 saves. The Colts have lost three straight, falling to 9-9-1-0.
HAMILTON 3, PETERBOROUGH 1
Rookie goaltender Zach Roy stole the show, stopping 38 of 39 as the Hamilton Bulldogs beat the Peterborough Petes 3-1 on the road. Adam Timleck (4) opened the scoring late in the second period before the Bulldogs woke up, getting three in the third off the sticks of Avery Hayes (3), Brandon Saigeon (12) and Nicolas Mattinen (7). Peterborough’s Hunter Jones made 33 saves in the loss as the Petes have now dropped seven of their last 10, falling to 11-9-0-0. Hamilton wins its third straight, pulling to within one point of Peterborough at 10-8-1-0.
KINGSTON 5, OSHAWA 1
Dallas Stars prospect Jason Robertson (20, 21, 22) pulled into the OHL goal-scoring lead, netting his fourth hat-trick of the season in a 5-1 Kingston Frontenacs win over visiting Oshawa. Robertson tacked on an assist for good measure while Ryan Cranford (5) and Brett Neumann (13) also found the back of the net. Fronts netminder Brendan Bonello stopped 30 of 31 as his club was outshot 31-25. Veteran defender Jakob Brahaney and winger Tyler Burnie each had a pair of assists. Oshawa’s lone goal came off the stick of blueliner Matt Brassard (4). The Frontenacs improve to 6-15-1-0 on the campaign while Oshawa falls to 10-7-2-0.
OWEN SOUND 4, ERIE 0
Montreal Canadiens prospect Nick Suzuki (14, 15) scored twice while Cade Robinson (3) and Brady Lyle (2) added singles as the Owen Sound Attack blanked visiting Erie 4-0. Sophomore goaltender Mack Guzda made 18 saves in the shutout win while overage veteran Kevin Hancock had three assists. Erie’s Daniel Murphy made 40 saves in the loss as the Otters fell to 8-9-1-0. The Attack pull to within three points of first in the Midwest with a 10-7-0-2 record.