Sunday Highlights: Baier’s first win locks Spits into sixth
WINDSOR 3 – SAGINAW 2
Rookie netminder Brock Baier made 31 saves for his first career OHL win as the Windsor Spitfires defeated the Saginaw Spirit 3-2 and as a result, climbed to sixth in the Western Conference to close out the season. With the score knotted at two, Saginaw pulled goaltender Evan Cormier to try and win the game in regulation and climb in the standings, but Spits overage forward Jake Smith (19, 20) hit the empty net for the game winner. Rookie blueliner Nathan Staios (3) also tallied for Windsor while Igor Larionov stayed hot with a pair of assists. The Spitfires wrapped up their Mastercard Memorial Cup title defence season with a record of 32-30-4-2. The Spirit suffered their fifth straight loss to end the season, finishing eighth in the Western Conference as DJ Busdeker (10) and Mason Kohn (20) provided scoring. Evan Cormier turned aside 27 of the 29 shots he faced as the Spirit now prepare to face the OHL’s first place Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds in playoff action. The Spirit wrap up the season with a 29-30-9-0 record.
MISSISSAUGA 3 – KINGSTON 1
The Mississauga Steelheads needed a win to finish ahead of the Ottawa 67’s in the Eastern Conference and got one as 2018 NHL Draft prospect Ryan McLeod (25, 26) scored twice and added an assist in a 3-1 victory over visiting Kingston. Cole Carter (24) also found the back of the net for Mississauga while Nicolas Hague wrapped up a Steelheads single-season best 78 point season with an assist, extending his point streak to 11 games. The Trout outshot Kingston 33-17 as Sam Field (5) provided the lone goal for the Frontenacs. Brendan Bonello stopped 30 of 33 shots in the loss as the Frontenacs finish up third in the Eastern Conference with a 36-23-6-3 record. Mississauga finishes seventh at 33-32-1-2 as they prepare for the Barrie Colts in the first round of the OHL Playoffs.
OTTAWA 5 – NORTH BAY 0
Olivier Tremblay stopped all 26 shots he faced to backstop the Ottawa 67’s past the visiting North Bay Battalion 5-0. Tye Felhaber (30, 31) closed out the season with two goals and an assist while San Jose Sharks prospect Sasha Chmelevski (35) had a goal and a helper as the 67’s finished eighth in the Eastern Conference at 30-29-6-3. Carter Robertson (5) and Jacob Cascagnette (17) also scored for the 67’s as they outshot the Battalion 37-26. The Battalion round out the campaign in sixth place, playing to a 30-28-7-3 record.
SAULT STE. MARIE 6 – LONDON 3
The Soo Greyhounds skated to a franchise record 55th win as Anaheim Ducks prospect Jack Kopacka (31) scored the game winner late in the second period to power them past the visiting London Knights 6-3. Morgan Frost (42), Barrett Hayton (21), Noah Carroll (7) and Joe Carroll (9) all had a goal and an assist for the Greyhounds as they finished the season with a home ice record of 31-1-2-0 along with a CHL-best 55-7-3-3 overall mark. Tyler Johnson earned the win in goal with 23 saves while Conor Timmins earned a pair of assists. Josh Nelson (8), Evan Bouchard (25) and Tyler Rollo (12) scored goals for London while Jordan Kooy made 34 saves. The Knights end up in fifth place in the Western Conference, boasting a record of 39-25-2-2.
OSHAWA 4 – SUDBURY 2
Domenico Commisso (23) scored the game winner on the power play with 4:06 left in the second period as the Oshawa Generals skated past the visiting Sudbury Wolves 4-2 to end their season with a win. Allan McShane (20), Mitchell Hewitson (1) and Eric Henderson (7) added markers while Cole Ceci stopped 39 of 41 in goal. NHL Draft prospect Serron Noel had two assists as the Generals finished fifth in the Eastern Conference with a record of 36-29-3-0. Sudbury loses its third straight to end the season, getting goals rom Nolan Hutcheson (8) and Shane Bulitka (10) as the Wolves outshot the Generals 41-35. The Wolves finish with a record of 17-42-9-0 and will pick first overall in the 2018 OHL Priority Selection.