Sunday Highlights: IceDogs come through in key matchup
NIAGARA 7 – NORTH BAY 1
The Niagara IceDogs got the better of the North Bay Battalion in a crucial Central Division matchup as rookie winger Akil Thomas had a goal and four assists in a 7-1 home ice victory. The Dogs scored seven times on 36 shots, going 2-for-3 on the power play as Johnny Corneil (29, 30) and Kirill Maksimov (19, 20) each scored twice and Ben Jones (13) had a goal and three assists while going a perfect 15-for-15 in the faceoff circle. Kyle Langdon (12) also scored for Niagara as the IceDogs jumped ahead of the Sudbury Wolves for seventh place in the Eastern Conference and now hold a four point edge on ninth place North Bay. Stephen Dhillon made 33 saves in goal, surrendering the lone North Bay goal off the stick of Brett Hargrave (14). Dhillon joins Philippe Trudeau and Alex Nedeljkovic (2014) as just the third OHL goaltender in the past 10 seasons to make over 2,000 saves in a campaign. The Dogs finish the season series with a 3-2-0-1 record against North Bay. The Battalion sit three points out of the Eastern Conference playoff picture with three games left on their schedule.
WINDSOR 4 – FLINT 3 – OT
The Windsor Spitfires roared back from a 3-0 deficit, scoring three times in the third period before Aaron Luchuk (25) scored 2:32 into overtime in a 4-3 win over the visiting Flint Firebirds. New York Rangers prospect Sean Day (15) had a goal and two assists while Anaheim Ducks draftee Julius Nattinen (12, 13) also found the back of the net as the Spits earned their 40th win of the season for a second straight year. Windsor outshot Flint 36-22, but the Firebirds managed to come away with a point in the overtime loss as Everett Clark (15) and Nicholas Caamano (33, 34) provided goals. Flint stretches its lead over eighth place Sarnia to five points in the Western Conference standings and remains two back of sixth place Kitchener.
HAMILTON 3 – OTTAWA 2 – OT
After a five-point night on Saturday, Los Angeles Kings prospect Matt Luff (23) played hero on Sunday, being sprung on an up-ice pass from goaltender Dawson Carty to score 47 seconds into overtime as the Hamilton Bulldogs edged the visiting Ottawa 67’s 3-2. Brandon Saigeon (21) tied the game just over the midway mark of the third period as the Bulldogs collected at least a point in a fifth straight game to climb three points ahead of fifth place Kingston in the Eastern Conference. 2017 NHL Draft prospect Matthew Strome (34) also found the back of the net as the Bulldogs outshot the 67’s 35-25. Artur Tyanulin (24) and Mathieu Foget (10) scored for Ottawa as the 67’s pick up a valuable point in the overtime loss. They hold a two point edge on sixth place over the Niagara IceDogs to close out the weekend.
OSHAWA 4 – KINGSTON 2
Veteran captain Joe Manchurek (13, 14) scored twice before Allan McShane (17) scored the eventual game winner 7:17 into the third period as the Oshawa Generals doubled up the Kingston Frontenacs on home ice. Kyle MacLean (6) also scored while Mason Kohn recorded two assists as the Gennies improved to 38-22-3-2, four points back of first place Peterborough in the East Division with three games remaining. The Fronts had goals from Josh Supryka (1) and Stephen Desrocher (10) in their second straight loss as they fall three points back of fourth place Hamilton in the Eastern Conference.
LONDON 6 – GUELPH 2
Adrian Carbonara (11) and Dante Salituro (10) each had a goal and an assist as the London Knights took a 6-2 win in Guelph. Janne Kuokkanen (24), Sam Miletic (34), Brandon Crawley (7) and Mitchell Vande Sompel (20) also scored for the green and gold as the Knights kept pace with Owen Sound in the Midwest Division, sitting one point back of the Attack for third place to close out the weekend. Tyler Parsons made 30 saves in the London crease as Guelph goals came from Nate Schnarr (7) and Givani Smith (26). The Knights played to a perfect 6-0 mark against Guelph this season.
OWEN SOUND 9 – SARNIA 3
The Owen Sound Attack took a bite out of the Sarnia Sting, winning 9-3 on the road as Petrus Palmu (36, 37) and Matt Schmalz (15, 16) each scored twice. Owen Sound’s fourth straight win also saw Zachary Roberts (7), Maksim Sushko (16) and Cordell James (31) record a goal and an assist. Ethan Szypula (10) and Markus Phillips (12) also got in on the scoring while Santino Centorame, Kevin Hancock and Aidan Dudas all notched two assists. The Attack outshot the Sting 35-24, going 3-for-6 on the man advantage while remaining a point ahead of fourth place London in the Western Conference. Anthony Salinitri (25), Franco Sproviero (14) and Drake Rymsha (35) all had goals for the Sting who fall five points back of seventh place Flint in the Western Conference. St. Louis Blues prospect Jordan Kyrou had an assist in the loss to stretch his current point streak to 30 games. Sarnia holds a six point edge over ninth place Saginaw with two games left on their schedule.
ERIE 7 – PETERBOROUGH 0
Carolina Hurricanes prospect Warren Foegele (26) had a goal and two assists as the Erie Otters blanked visiting Peterborough 7-0. The Otters improve to 48-14-2-1 and maintain their three-point lead atop the Western Conference as Dylan Strome (22), Kyle Maksimovich (16), Taylor Raddysh (40) and Kyle Pettit (25) all had a goal and an assist. Ivan Lodnia (24) and Anthony Cirelli (23) also had goals while Alex DeBrincat saw his OHL record-tying 19-game goal-scoring streak come to an end. Otters netminder Troy Timpano recorded a 12-save shutout as the Petes were held scoreless for just the second time this season. The Petes close out the weekend holding a four point lead over second place Oshawa in the East Division with three games left on the schedule.
SAULT STE. MARIE 5 – SUDBURY 2
Boris Katchouk (33), Tim Gettinger (30) and Jack Kopacka (29) all had a goal and an assist as the Soo Greyhounds defeated the northern rival Sudbury Wolves 5-2 on the road. Bobby MacIntyre (27) and David Miller (21) also found the back of the net as the West Division champs won their fifth straight game. Joseph Raaymakers made 23 saves in goal to record his first win since January 27th while Hayden Verbeek recorded a pair of assists. Alan Lyszczarczyk (10) and Owen Lalonde (2) scored for the Wolves, who have lost 8 of their last 10 and fall a point back of seventh place Niagara in the Eastern Conference. The Wolves hold a three point edge on North Bay for the eighth and final playoff spot in the conference. The Wolves and Troops face each other two more times next week. The Greyhounds win the season series between the two clubs with a record of 3-2-1-0.