Sunday Highlights: Going the distance
LONDON 5 – WINDSOR 3 – Series tied 3-3
The London Knights rose to the challenge on Sunday, going into Windsor to defeat the Spitfires 5-3 and force a Game 7 back in London on Tuesday night. The Knights overcame a Jeremiah Addison (3, 4, 5) hat-trick, outshooting the Spits 44-28 as 2017 NHL Draft prospect Robert Thomas (2, 3) led the way with two goals and an assist. Mitchell Stephens (4), Janne Kuokkanen (3) and JJ Piccinich (1) also scored for London while Tyler Parsons made 25 saves. Michael DiPietro was stellar at the other end, turning aside 39 shots in the loss. Julius Nattinen had a pair of assists for Windsor, going 16-for-20 in the faceoff circle. The Knights and Spitfires will play their first Game 7 since 2003 on Tuesday night in London.
HAMILTON 5 – KINGSTON 2 – Series tied 3-3
Down 2-1 facing elimination early in the second period, the Hamilton Bulldogs came back strong as Matthew Strome (1) had a goal and three assists in a 5-2 win over the visiting Kingston Frontenacs in Game 6. The Dogs stemmed the tide of Kingston momentum in the series, stopping their losing skid at three games to tie the series 3-3 and set up a Game 7 on Tuesday night in Kingston. Luke Kutkevicius (1), Will Bitten (3), MacKenzie Entwistle (1) and Matt Luff (3) also had goals for the Bulldogs while Dawson Carty made 28 saves. Eemeli Rasanen (1) and Nathan Dunkley (4) scored for Kingston as the Frontenacs lost despite having five power plays in the game to Hamilton’s one. Tuesday’s Game 7 is one you won’t want to miss.
OSHAWA 3 – SUDBURY 1 – OSH wins series 4-2
Kenny Huether (2) scored the game winner, tipping home a William Ennis point shot 6:34 into the third period as the Oshawa Generals defeated the Sudbury Wolves 3-1 on the road in Game 6. Renars Krastenbergs (3) and Joe Manchurek (3) also found the scoresheet for Oshawa as the Generals close out the series and advance to the second round of the OHL Playoffs. Jeremy Brodeur was stellar in goal once again, turning aside 26 shots in the victory. Sudbury’s Dmitry Sokolov (6) scored in a sixth straight game as his lone goal wasn’t enough for the Wolves, who reached the playoffs for the first time in three years. Their season comes to an end after having played to a 27-34-7-0 mark during the season. Overagers Aiden Jamieson, Chandler Yakimowicz and Patrick Sanvido played their final OHL contests.
MISSISSAUGA 5 – OTTAWA 1 – MISS wins series 4-2
New Jersey Devils prospect Michael McLeod (5, 6) had a game to remember as the Mississauga Steelheads captain had two goals and three assists in a 5-1 victory in Game 6. The Trout advance to the second round as Spencer Watson (3, 4) had two goals and two assists while Jacob Cascagnette (2) also scored and the Steelheads outshot Ottawa 44-20. Ryan McLeod finished the afternoon with four assists while rookie netminder Jacob Ingham made 19 saves. Ottawa’s lone goal came off the stick of Mathieu Foget (2). Mississauga takes the series 4-2, setting up a second round date with the Oshawa Generals. The Ottawa 67’s end their season after playing to a 26-34-7-1 mark. Overagers Patrick White, Jared Steege and Chris Martenet played their final OHL contests.