Sunday Highlights: Bonello brings his best
KINGSTON 2, NORTH BAY 1
Brendan Bonello came 1:03 away from his OHL shutout, making a career-high 56 saves as the Kingston Frontenacs snuck past visiting North Bay 2-1. Bonello’s outstanding performance included 26 saves in the third period as the 19-year-old had the game of his OHL career, helping the Fronts stop one of the league’s hottest clubs. Tyler Burnie (3) and Kallaway Mercer (2) scored Kingston goals as the Frontenacs were outshot 57-31. Battalion captain Justin Brazeau (41) ended Bonello’s shutout bid but the Troops weren’t able to come all the way back, seeing their winning streak stop at three. Christian Purboo made 29 saves for the Battalion as they fall to 21-19-1-2. Kingston snaps a seven-game losing skid, improving to 12-30-1-0.
GUELPH 8, OTTAWA 4
The Guelph Storm exploded for eight goals as Philadelphia Flyers prospect Isaac Ratcliffe (28, 29, 30) had a hat-trick plus an assist while newcomer Nick Suzuki picked up four helpers in an 8-4 win over the visiting Ottawa 67’s. The Storm led 3-0 after one period before chasing Michael DiPietro from the Ottawa crease with five goals on 18 shots. Sean Durzi (4, 5) scored twice while Nate Schnarr (24), Liam Hawel (22) and Keegan Stevenson (13) also found the back of the net as the Storm outshot the 67’s 38-25. Guelph’s power play was 2-for-8 on the game while Ottawa went 2-for-2, getting man advantage markers from Tye Felhaber (47) and Graeme Clarke (15). Jack Quinn (10) scored shorthanded and Marco Rossi (15) rounded out the Ottawa offence. Guelph hands the 67’s their second consecutive loss, improving to 22-12-4-4 in the Midwest Division. Ottawa falls to 30-9-3-1.
SUDBURY 7, NIAGARA 3
The Sudbury Wolves had goals from seven different scorers, defeating Central Division competition in the Niagara IceDogs by a score of 7-3 on home ice. Adam Ruzicka (13), Blake Murray (15), Ryan O’Bonsawin (3) and David Levin (17) scored first period goals as the Wolves led 4-1 after one. With the lead cut to one goal to start the third, Quinton Byfield (16), Liam Ross (5) and Shane Bulitka (10) added markers to put things out of reach. Drake Pilon and Owen Robinson each had two assists while Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen stopped 26 shots for his 10th consecutive win. Matt Brassard (9), Kirill Maksimov (28) and Akil Thomas (18) all scored for the IceDogs while Ben Jones had three assists. Sudbury’s third straight win pulls the Wolves to within four points of first place Niagara in the Central. Sudbury owns a 24-14-2-1 record compared to Niagara’s 24-10-7-0 mark.
LONDON 5, KITCHENER 2
Nathan Dunkley (19, 20) scored a pair of goals while Kevin Hancock dominated the faceoff circle and notched two assists as the London Knights defeated the Kitchener Rangers 5-2 on the road. Antonio Stranges (8), Billy Moskal (9) and Liam Foudy (18) added London goals as the Knights outshot the Rangers 39-27 in their third straight win. Jonathan Yantsis (30) and Riley Damiani (16) scored Kitchener goals while Rickard Hugg assisted on both. Lucas Pfeil made 34 saves in the loss while London’s Joseph Raaymakers made 25 saves for the win. The Knights improve to 29-6-4-1 atop the Midwest while Kitchener falls to 18-21-3-0.
OSHAWA 4, ERIE 3
Late second period power play goals from Brandon Saigeon (28) and Nando Eggenberger (14) put the Oshawa Generals past the visiting Erie Otters 4-3. Kyle Keyser made 26 saves while rookies Danyk Drouin (2) and Tyler Tullio (7) also had markers, giving the Generals their third straight win. After falling behind 2-0, a pair of Danial Singer (12, 13) goals was followed by Brendan Hoffmann (5) finding the back of the net to put the Otters in the lead 3-2. The lead wouldn’t hold though as Erie saw a four-game winning streak come to an end. Erie’s Cole Ceci made 35 saves against his old Generals teammates in the loss as the Otters fall to 18-22-1-1. Oshawa increases his second place lead over Peterborough in the East Division to eight points, improving to 26-15-2-0.