Sunday Highlights: Birthday bash in the Bay


Alan Lyszczarczyk (30, 31, 32) celebrated his 21st birthday with a hat-trick including an overtime winner as the Mississauga Steelheads came out on top 4-3 in North Bay. Lyszczarczyk opened the scoring on a deflection 8:59 into the first period, scored again nearing the midway point of the second and capped things off with a flashy overtime winner as he busted his way past a pair of green jerseys for the finish. Rookie forward James Hardie (14) tied the score at three with 7:22 remaining in the third period to force overtime. Los Angeles Kings prospect Jacob Ingham turned aside 32 shots for his 56th career victory, the most by a goaltender in Steelheads history. Draft eligible blueliner Thomas Harley had three assists in the win as Mississauga won for the fifth time in the past six games. Brandon Coe (14), Luke Moncada (5) and Matthew Struthers (25) scored for the Troops as they earned a point in the overtime loss and sit seventh in the Eastern Conference with a 25-25-3-2 record. Mississauga improves to 28-21-5-2, good for fifth in the conference.


The third period comeback effort fell short on Sunday afternoon as the Sudbury Wolves held on to defeat the Niagara IceDogs 5-4 on the road and claim two big points atop the Central Division. Adam Ruzicka (24) continued an 11-game point streak with a goal while Macauley Carson (12) scored the shorthanded game winner, helping Sudbury pull ahead of Niagara in the standings despite identical .664 winning percentages. Shane Bulitka (17) also scored shorthanded while Owen Robinson (8) and Nolan Hutcheson (19) added goals for the Wolves who rebounded from a 10-4 loss on Friday. Buffalo Sabres prospect Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen came up big with 47 saves, backstopping Sudbury to victory despite their being outshot 51-24. Philip Tomasino (27) and Jason Robertson (41) scored first period goals for Niagara before Akil Thomas (29) and Ben Jones (34) scored in the latter half of the third. The Wolves improve to 35-17-2-1, matching Niagara’s 73 points as the IceDogs are 33-15-7-0. Sudbury has won four of five against Niagara so far this season.


Austen Keating (19, 20) tipped home a Kevin Bahl point shot for the third period game winner as the Ottawa 67’s pulled away from the Kitchener Rangers for a 6-3 win on home ice. Keating had two goals and two assists on the afternoon while Noel Hoefenmayer (15), Kyle Maksimovich (35), Alec Belanger (3) and Tye Felhaber (54) added goals as the 67’s won their fourth straight contest, improving to a league-best 43-9-3-2. Rookie forward Marco Rossi chipped in with a pair of assists while Michael DiPietro made 28 saves for the win. Kitchener’s Greg Meireles (28, 29) scored twice before a hometown crowd while Joseph Garreffa (20) also tallied and┬áRickard Hugg and Riley Damiani each picked up two assists.┬áThe win is Ottawa’s 12th straight at home dating back to Dec. 28th. Kitchener falls to 26-25-3-1 for sixth in the Western Conference.


The London Knights avenged a Friday night loss at home to Erie, burying the Otters in an 8-5 road win. Kevin Hancock (42, 43) led the way with two goals and an assist while Alex Formenton (10), Adam Boqvist (16) and Evan Bouchard (9) all had a goal and two helpers. Paul Cotter (8), Cole Tymkin (20) and Josh Nelson (16) also got involved as the Knights charged out to a 6-0 lead by the midway point of the game. The Knights led 8-2 after two periods before the Otters scored four times in the third period to make a game of things. Rookie defenceman Jamie Drysdale (6) had a goal and an assist for the Otters while other goals came from Alex Gritz (9), Joseph Mack (7), Mathew MacDougall (11) and Chad Yetman (18). London outshot Erie 39-26, going 2-for-3 on the power play. The Knights improve to 39-9-6-1, five points ahead of second place Sault Ste. Marie in the Western Conference. Erie falls to 23-30-2-1, three points back of eighth place Windsor for the last playoff spot.



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