Sunday Highlights: Attack tie club record with 10th straight win
OWEN SOUND 5 – KITCHENER 2
For the third time in team history, the Owen Sound Attack have won 10 consecutive games, defeating the division rival Kitchener Rangers 5-2 on home ice. The Attack match streaks from the 1996-97 Owen Sound Platers and the 2004-05 Attack, climbing to 26-13-1-0 on the season, six points ahead of fourth place Kitchener in the Midwest Division. Kevin Hancock (17) scored the game winner with five minutes to go in the second period as the Attack took a 3-2 lead. Jacob Friend (2) and Matt Schmalz (11) tacked on other goals in the 5-2 decision. Santino Centorame (2) and Markus Phillips (5) also scored for Owen Sound while goaltender Michael McNiven made 16 saves. Kitchener goals came from Connor Bunnaman (18) and Joseph Garreffa (12) as the Rangers fall to 1-4 on the season against Owen Sound. The Attack’s 10 game winning streak dates back to December 9th. They are the third OHL club to string 10 wins together this season after the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds and Peterborough Petes also did.
NORTH BAY 2 – OTTAWA 1
The North Bay Battalion snapped out of a nine game funk, defeating the Ottawa 67’s 2-1 on the road as Justin Brazeau (10) and Brett Hargrave (12) scored second period goals under two minutes apart. Brent Moran made 34 saves in goal as the Troops won their first game since December 8th. Despite their recent struggles, the Battalion sit just three points out of first place in the Central Division. Ottawa’s lone goal came from the stick of Sasha Chmelevski (15) while Olivier Lafreniere made 29 saves in the loss. Ottawa trails fifth place Kingston by one point in the Eastern Conference.
SUDBURY 4 – GUELPH 1
The Sudbury Wolves got back in the win column, closing out their weekend road trip with a 4-1 victory in Guelph. Minnesota Wild prospect Dmitry Sokolov (29, 30) scored twice for a fourth straight game, reaching the 30-goal mark while goaltender Jake McGrath made 25 saves. Patrick Sanvido (1) scored his first goal in a Wolves uniform while Alan Lyszczarczyk (5) also tallied. Sudbury remains neck-and-neck with Mississauga atop the Central Division, improving to a record of 17-19-4-0. Dmitri Samorukov (3) scored for Guelph in the loss as the Storm drop their fifth straight decision.
MISSISSAUGA 4 – LONDON 1
2017 NHL Draft prospect Owen Tippett (32, 33) jumped into the OHL goal scoring lead with a pair of markers while netminder Matthew Mancina made 40 saves in a 4-1 Mississauga Steelheads win over the visiting London Knights. Nicolas Hague (14) and Nathan Bastian (11) also had goals as the trout went 4-for-4 on the man advantage. Michael McLeod and Spencer Watson each finished the afternoon with two assists as the Steelheads collected at least a point in their fifth straight game. Cliff Pu (26) scored London’s goal in the loss as the Knights remain two points ahead of second place Erie in the Midwest Division. With his two goals, Tippett extends his current point streak to nine games.
OSHAWA 4 – KINGSTON 1
New York Islanders prospect Mitchell Vande Sompel (17) had a goal and an assist as the Oshawa Generals defeated visiting Kingston 4-1. Danil Antropov (6), Jack Studnicka (12) and Joe Manchurek (9) also scored while Anthony Cirelli earned second star honours with an assist. Jeremy Brodeur made 30 saves to backstop the Generals to victory despite being outshot 31-26. Sergey Popov (2) scored Kingston’s lone goal in the loss. The Generals sit two points ahead of second place Peterborough atop the East Division with a record of 23-12-2-2. Vande Sompel leads all OHL defencemen with 17 goals on the season.