Sunday Highlights: Comebacks cap competitive weekend
LONDON 3 – GUELPH 2 – OT
2018 NHL Draft prospect Liam Foudy (14, 15) continues to make the most of new opportunities. The 18-year-old’s second of the afternoon was the overtime winner as the London Knights strengthened their grip on fourth place in the Western Conference with a 3-2 road win over the Guelph Storm. Foudy has points in eight of his last nine games, finishing the weekend with five goals and two assists over seven games. Fellow sophomore Billy Moskal (5) tied the score at two with 7:53 left in the third period as the Knights were backed by a 33-save performance from Joseph Raaymakers in the win. London climbs to 29-20-2-2 with a third straight victory while Guelph sees a three-game winning streak snapped and sits three points back of London in fifth. Alexey Toropchenko (11) and Isaac Ratcliffe (31) scored for the Storm while Anthony Popovich made 28 saves in goal.
OTTAWA 4 – OWEN SOUND 3
The Ottawa 67’s erased a 3-0 deficit in the third period, roaring back for their fourth straight win as San Jose Sharks prospect Sasha Chmelevski (27, 28) rose to the occasion against the visiting Owen Sound Attack. The 4-3 win saw Chmelevski tie the score 5:49 into the third before netting the winner less than three minutes later as Ottawa improved to 23-21-5-3, two points back of fifth place North Bay in the Eastern Conference. Tye Felhaber (20) and Mitchell Hoelscher (6) scored in quick succession to start the third period as Ottawa put an end to Owen Sound’s six-game winning streak. Overage goaltender Olivier Tremblay was steady with a 41 save performance as the Barber Poles won despite being outshot 44-28. Nick Suzuki (27), Brett McKenzie (15) and Aidan Dudas (27) scored for the Attack as they missed out on an opportunity to climb ahead of Saginaw in the Western Conference, remaining in seventh with a 25-20-2-5 record.
KINGSTON 3 – NORTH BAY 2
The Kingston Frontenacs were another home team that pulled out a big comeback on Sunday, erasing a 2-0 deficit with three unanswered third period goals to defeat the North Bay Battalion 3-2. Jason Robertson (34), Ryan Cranford (14) and Linus Nyman (31) all scored in the final frame to give the Fronts their seventh win in eight games. Brendan Bonello was solid in goal, turning aside 30 of the 32 shots he faced while blueliner Jakob Brahaney picked up two assists. Justin Brazeau (34) and Adam Thilander (6) provided North Bay goals while Julian Sime took the loss in a 30-save performance. North Bay sits one point up on sixth place Oshawa in the Eastern Conference and trails fourth place Niagara by four points. The 29-16-5-3 Frontenacs are eight points back of first place Hamilton in the East Division.
SARNIA 5 – SUDBURY 4
The Sarnia Sting fell behind 4-1 on home ice, only to rattle off four unanswered goals in a 5-4 victory over the Sudbury Wolves. Jordan Ernst (26) broke open a 3-3 tie 3:39 into the third period to put the Sting ahead for good as they won for the 13th time in 15 games, improving to 38-12-4-0. Anthony Salinitri (24), Jordan Kyrou (29), Connor Schlichting (6) and Jonathan Ang (20) provided other Sting goals, with both Schlichting and Ang finishing the afternoon with a goal and two assists each. Sarnia outshot Sudbury 36-26 as Justin Fazio picked up the win in a relief appearance, turning aside 16 of the 17 shots he faced. Blake Murray (15), Drake Pilon (10), Darian Pilon (12) and Shane Bulitka (7) scored for the Wolves as they suffered their 10th straight road loss. Sarnia won 71% of the faceoffs in the game as the Wolves fell to 14-34-6-0 on the campaign.
OSHAWA 7 – PETERBOROUGH 5
The Oshawa Generals fell behind 3-0 out of the gate but proceeded to score five second period goals and overtake the visiting Peterborough Petes in an eventual 7-5 win. The Generals scored four power play goals in the second and a total of five on the night, going 5-for-8 on the man advantage while outshooting the rival Petes 38-34. Allan McShane (13, 14) and Danil Antropov (9, 10) both scored twice while captain Jack Studnicka earned first star honours with three assists. Serron Noel (21), Renards Krastenbergs (16) and Kenny Huether (25) also lit the lamp for Oshawa while Matt Brassard and Domenico Commisso each notched two assists. The Petes went 3-for-3 on the power play as Matthew Timms (3), Nikita Korostelev (24) and Semyon Der-Arguchintsev (9) scored on the man advantage. Rookie forward Nick Robertson (10, 11) scored twice in the loss while Korostelev and Timms both finished with a goal and two assists. The Generals improve to 26-25-3-0 for sixth in the Eastern Conference while Peterborough falls to 19-29-3-3, six points out of a playoff spot. Oshawa leads the season series with a 6-1 record against Peterborough as one game remains between the two clubs on Mar. 16th.
ERIE 3 – MISSISSAUGA 2 – SO
Daniel Murphy made 36 saves before turning away Mathieu Foget, Nicolas Hague and Owen Tippett in a shootout to backstop the Erie Otters to a 3-2 shootout win over the Mississauga Steelheads on home ice. Minnesota Wild prospect Ivan Lodnia scored the shootout winner while Patrick Fellows (8) and Jack Duff (1) scored second period goals. The Otters snap a three-game slide and improve to 16-29-6-3. Tippett (23) and Michael McLeod (14) scored Mississauga goals while Jacob Ingham made 32 saves in the shootout loss. The Trout earn a point, pushing them six points ahead of ninth place Peterborough in the Eastern Conference.
HAMILTON 5 – SAULT STE. MARIE 2
The Hamilton Bulldogs used a four-goal second period to climb ahead of the CHL’s top-ranked Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds for good, defeating them 5-2 on home ice. Philadelphia Flyers prospect Matthew Strome (30) and Arizona Coyotes pick MacKenzie Entwistle both had a goal and three assists on the afternoon while Ben Gleason (6), Isaac Nurse (13) and Will Bitten (19) also scored for the Dogs. The Bulldogs bounce back from consecutive losses to end Sault Ste. Marie’s eight-game winning streak. Detroit Red Wings prospect Kaden Fulcher made 29 saves, surrendering Greyhounds goals off the sticks of Boris Katchouk (35) and Hayden Verbeek (21). Hamilton remains at the top of the Eastern Conference with a 34-14-3-3 record, handing the Western Conference-leading Greyhounds a loss that sees them fall to 45-6-2-1.
WINDSOR 2 – NIAGARA 0
Vancouver Canucks prospect Michael DiPietro stopped all 24 shots he faced to earn his 13th career OHL shutout, blanking the visiting Niagara IceDogs 2-0. Curtis Douglas (17) broke open a scoreless game 9:39 into the third period before Mathew MacDougall (13) hit the open net to give the Windsor Spitfires a much-needed two points. The Spits remain within three points of seventh place Owen Sound in the Western Conference, handing the visiting IceDogs their seventh straight loss. Niagara rounds out the weekend sitting fourth in the Eastern Conference with a record of 26-19-5-3.