Saturday Highlights: Willms scores three as Colts keep climbing
BARRIE 6 – NIAGARA 1
Jason Willms’ (8, 9, 10) first OHL hat-trick powered the Barrie Colts to a 6-1 win over visiting Niagara, extending their Central Division lead to eight points in the process. Joey Keane (4), Sam Rhodes (1) and Ben Hawershuk (3) also found the back of the net as Barrie outshot Niagara 32-27 and went 2-for-5 on the power play. Kirill Nizhnikov and Kyle Heitzner both had a pair of assists in the victory as Barrie improved to 12-4-1-1 and 7-2-0-1 on home ice. Bradey Johnson’s (1) first OHL goal 1:55 into the first period was the lone marker for Niagara as the IceDogs dropped their seventh straight decision.
WINDSOR 6 – KITCHENER 5 – OT
Aaron Luchuk scored his league-leading 20th goal of the season and set up Luke Boka (4) for the overtime winner as the Windsor Spitfires took a 6-5 victory over visiting Kitchener. Luchuk had a goal and two assists on the night while Ottawa Senators prospect Logan Brown (6, 7, 8) had a hat-trick plus an assist. Tyler Angle (4) also found the back of the net as the Spitfires managed to get the OT winner despite squandering a 5-2 lead in the third period. Riley Damiani (6), Kole Sherwood (3), Connor Bunnaman (11), Jake Henderson (5) and Giovanni Vallati (2) tallied for the visiting Rangers as they earn three of a possible four points in a home-and-home with the Spitfires. Florida Panthers prospect Adam Mascherin earned third star honours with three assists to his credit.
SAGINAW 5 – ERIE 2
The Saginaw Spirit won for the fourth time in the past five games as defenceman Hayden Davis (2, 3) earned first star honours with his first OHL multi-goal performance. The Spirit took a 5-2 road win in Erie as DJ Busdeker (2, 3) recorded two goals, including one on a penalty shot, along with an assist while Ben Badalamenti (4) also found the back of the net. Saginaw outshot Erie 31-14, improving to 7-9-2-0 on the season. The Otters suffer their third straight loss as Erie goals came from Cade Robinson (4) and Taylor Raddysh (9).
OWEN SOUND 7 – SUDBURY 3
Vancouver Canucks prospect Jonah Gadjovich (6, 7) scored twice in his first action since October 14th as the Owen Sound Attack defeated the visiting Sudbury Wolves 7-3. Standout blueliner Sean Durzi (10, 11) had himself another two-goal game, adding an assist to bring his point total to 30 over 17 games this season. Matthew Struthers (6), Kevin Hancock (9) and Brady Lyle (4) added goals for the Attack while Mack Guzda made 18 saves in goal. Overage defenceman Kyle Rhodes (7) was a bright spot for Sudbury with a goal and two assists while Darian Pilon (4) and Cole Candella (3) also scored. Owen Sound took the shooting column 44-21, improving to 10-5-0-2 in the Midwest Division. The Wolves drop their third straight decision and fall to 6-11-4-0.
SAULT STE. MARIE 8 – FLINT 2
Veteran defenceman Mac Hollowell (4, 5) had a career-high five points with two goals and three assists in an 8-2 road win over the Flint Firebirds. The Soo Greyhounds earned their sixth straight win, climbing into first place in the West Division with a 15-3-2-0 record. Morgan Frost (1), Conor Timmins (2), Brett Jacklin (2), Calvin Martin (1), Jack Kopacka (10) and Keeghan Howdeshell (4) also found the back of the net while Tyler Johnson made 30 saves. The Hounds went 4-for-9 on the power play, outshooting the Firebirds 38-32. Max Kislinger (6) and Ryan Moore (5) scored for Flint as the Firebirds suffered their ninth straight loss.