HAMILTON 6 – PETERBOROUGH 3
An action-packed 10-game winning streak for the Peterborough Petes has come to an end as Los Angeles Kings prospect Matt Luff (11, 12) scored twice to lead the Hamilton Bulldogs to a 6-3 win in Peterborough. Overage veteran Michael Cramarossa had two assists while Connor Roberts (3), MacKenzie Entwistle (11), Matthew Strome (19) and Will Bitten (11) all had goals for Hamilton. Kaden Fulcher made 37 saves to backstop the Bulldogs to their third straight win, helping them pull ahead of Kingston in the East Division. Adam Timleck (10), Pavel Gogolev (3) and Kyle Jenkins (8) scored in the loss for Peterborough while Dylan Wells made 38 saves in goal. The loss is Peterborough’s first since November 25th as they trail first place Oshawa by three points in the East Division.
LONDON 5 – SARNIA 3
The London Knights began the new year the same way they ended the old one, defeating the Sarnia Sting as Adrian Carbonara (7) scored with 2:29 left in the third period to make the difference in a 5-3 road win. The Knights bounced back from down 3-2 early in the third period to take a win away from the rival Sting. London’s fourth straight win featured other goals from Alex Formenton (10), JJ Piccinich (14, 15) and Owen MacDonald (8). Knights goaltender Tyler Johnson made 29 saves as the Knights stretched their Midwest Division lead to four points over second place Erie. Ryan McGregor (12), Jordan Kyrou (14) and Franco Sproviero (5) scored in Sarnia’s fourth straight loss.
KITCHENER 5 – ERIE 2
Philadelphia Flyers prospect Connor Bunnaman (15, 16) scored twice as the Kitchener Rangers handed the Erie Otters their third straight loss, defeating them 5-2 on home ice. Mason Kohn (6), Greg Meireles (8) and Darby Llewellyn (8) also had goals for the blueshirts while Luke Opilka made 33 saves. Allan McShane (7) and Jordan Sambrook (6) scored in the Erie loss. The Rangers went 2-for-3 on the power play and now trail third place Owen Sound by three points in the Midwest Division.
OWEN SOUND 5 – BARRIE 1
Chase Campbell (10, 11) and Kevin Hancock (15, 16) each scored a pair of goals while Sean Durzi, Santino Centorame and Maksim Sushko all had two helpers in a 5-1 Owen Sound Attack win over the visiting Barrie Colts. The Attack outshot Barrie 39-23, holding the Colts to 0-for-7 on the man advantage. Michael McNiven’s shutout streak came to an end 1:23 into the second period when Lucas Chiodo (12) broke the silence for Barrie. McNiven’s perfect run lasted a span of 174:38. Nick Suzuki (21) also had a goal for the Attack as they win their seventh straight contest, improving to 21-12-1-1 on the season. The Colts have now lost three straight.
OSHAWA 4 – OTTAWA 1
The Oshawa Generals sent 49 shots on goal, scoring four times in a 4-1 win over the visiting Ottawa 67’s. Domenic Commisso (11), Joe Manchurek (8), Kenny Huether (10) and Mitchell Vande Sompel (16) all scored as the Gens improved to 22-11-1-2. Oshawa held Ottawa to 0-for-7 on the power play as Jeremy Brodeur made several key saves, racking up 32 on the afternoon. Ottawa’s Olivier Lafreniere turned aside 45 shots while Artur Tyanulin (16) provided the lone goal in the loss.