Sunday Highlights: First half wraps up outdoors
GATINEAU 4 – OTTAWA 1
Mitchell Balmas (22, 23, 24) recorded the first outdoor hat-trick in CHL history, leading the Gatineau Olympiques to a 4-1 win over the Ottawa 67’s at TD Place Stadium in Lansdowne Park. Shawn Boudrias (7) also found the back of the net while Tristan Berube stopped 28 of the 29 shots he faced in goal. Kody Clark (13) provided the lone goal for Ottawa as the 67’s outshot the Olympiques 29-19. The win is Gatineau’s eighth in a row while the 67’s have dropped four of their last five. Ottawa closes out the first half with a record of 15-16-1-2 while Gatineau sits fourth in the QMJHL’s West Division at 20-10-2-2. The matchup was the first ever outdoor interleague matchup in CHL history and the first regular season interleague game since 2003.
KITCHENER 3 – KINGSTON 2
Joseph Garreffa (6) scored the game winner with 4:26 left in the third period as the Kitchener Rangers edged the visiting Kingston Frontenacs 3-2. Kole Sherwood (13) and Adam Mascherin (23) also converted for the Rangers, with Mascherin finishing the afternoon with a goal and two assists. Luke Richardson made 35 saves in goal as the Rangers were outshot 37-35 in the victory. Dallas Stars prospect Jason Robertson (19, 20) provided both Kingston goals while Linus Nyman drew assists on each. Jeremy Helvig made 31 saves in the loss as the Frontenacs round out the first half with a record of 17-10-3-3. Kitchener leads the Midwest Division at a mark of 21-11-2-0.
LONDON 1 – OWEN SOUND 0
Joseph Raaymakers stopped all 32 shots he faced as the London Knights blanked visiting Owen Sound 1-0. The Knights were outshot 32-14, but Raaymakers was the difference as London improves to 18-14-2-0. Draft eligible rearguard Evan Bouchard (12) scored the lone London goal on the power play unassisted with 4:08 left in the second period. Owen Sound suffers a third straight loss and has lost nine of the last 10 entering the break with a 14-13-1-4 record.
HAMILTON 5 – PETERBOROUGH 2
The Hamilton Bulldogs took out a 3-0 first period lead and never looked back, defeating the visiting Peterborough Petes 5-2 as Connor McMichael (3) and Ryan Moore (11) both had a goal and an assist. MacKenzie Entwistle registered a pair of assists while other Hamilton goals came from Brandon Saigeon (17), Arthur Kaliyev (14) and Zach Jackson (3). Nikita Korostelev (12, 13) scored both Peterborough goals as the Petes dropped their fifth straight, falling to 15-17-1-1. Hamilton ends the first half on a five-game winning streak including wins in nine of 10. They lead the East Division with a 21-7-3-3 record.
OSHAWA 6 – GUELPH 1
Kenny Huether (14, 15) and Domenico Commisso (8, 9) both scored twice as the Oshawa Generals trounced visiting Guelph 6-1 to close out the first half. The Generals outshot the Storm 37-28, going 2-for-3 on the power play as defencemen Alex Di Carlo (4) and Matt Brassard (6) also found the twine, improving Oshawa to 15-17-2-0. Givani Smith (5) provided the lone goal for the Storm as Oshawa’s Kyle Keyser turned aside 27 of the 28 shots he faced. Guelph falls to 17-13-1-2, one point back of second place London in the Midwest Division.
MISSISSAUGA 7 – SUDBURY 2
Vegas Golden Knights prospect Nicolas Hague (18, 19) wrapped up an impressive first half, scoring twice while adding an assist in a 7-2 win over visiting Sudbury. Trent Fox (10) brought teddy bears onto the Hershey Centre ice 4:08 into the first period, starting a goal-scoring parade as the Trout won big. Michael Little (4), Jacob Cascagnette (10), Ryan McLeod (9) and Owen Tippett (7) also found the scoresheet while Hague, Tippett, McLeod and Cascagnette all finished with three points. Darian Pilon (8) and Kirill Nizhnikov (6) scored Sudbury goals as the Wolves now sit at 10-19-5-0. Mississauga finishes the first half on a high note, improving to 13-20-0-1.