Sunday Highlights: Kaliyev continues strong rookie campaign
HAMILTON 6 – OSHAWA 4
The Hamilton Bulldogs climbed out to a 3-0 lead before the Oshawa Generals made a game of things, coming up short on home ice. The Bulldogs took a 6-4 win to improve to 42-18-3-3, being led by overage forward Ryan Moore’s (18) goal and two assists. Rookie forward Arthur Kaliyev (30, 31) scored twice, becoming the OHL’s first underage rookie to score 30 goals in a season since Sarnia’s Alex Galchenyuk did so in 2011. Riley Stillman (5) scored against his former club while Robert Thomas (24) and Will Bitten (20) also found the back of the net. Kaden Fulcher earned the win in relief, turning aside 13 of the 14 shots he faced. Oshawa goals came from Nick Wong (17), Kenny Huether (29), Jack Studnicka (21) and Hayden McCool (14). Hamilton swept Oshawa with a 6-0-0-0 record during the season series. The Generals fall three points back of fourth place Niagara for home ice advantage in the first round of the OHL Playoffs while the Bulldogs hold a six-point cushion on Barrie atop the Eastern Conference.
OWEN SOUND 6 – SAULT STE. MARIE 5 – SO
The Owen Sound Attack saw a 5-2 lead slip away in the third period but managed to defeat the visiting Soo Greyhounds 6-5 in a shootout thanks to a Maksim Sushko game winner. The Greyhounds scored three third period goals in a span of 1:07 to knot things at five and force overtime, earning a single point in the loss. Vancouver Canucks prospect Brett McKenzie (18, 19) scored twice for the Attack while Aidan Dudas (30), Jonah Gadjovich (24) and Nick Suzuki (36) also lit the lamp. Philadelphia Flyers prospect Morgan Frost (39, 40) scored twice for the Hounds and was joined by Keeghan Howdeshell (16), Conor Timmins (7) and Rasmus Sandin (11) on the scoresheet. The Attack outshot the Greyhounds 43-33 to earn their third straight win, remaining within two points of fourth place London in the Western Conference.
KITCHENER 3 – SAGINAW 2
Austin McEneny (6), Adam Mascherin (40) and Joseph Garreffa (12) had goals to pace the Kitchener Rangers to a 3-2 home ice win over the Saginaw Spirit. Luke Richardson turned aside 32 shots in goal, helping Kitchener improve to 43-20-2-0 on the season. Cole Coskey (27) scored a first period goal for Saginaw before Mason Kohn (19) scored against his former club to bring the Spirit within a goal late. The Spirit outshot the Rangers 34-25 but fall to 29-28-8-0, sitting tied for sixth with the Windsor Spitfires in the Western Conference.
NIAGARA 3 – WINDSOR 2
Three second period goals but the Niagara IceDogs up 3-0 and they held on to defeat the visiting Windsor Spitfires 3-2 for their fourth straight win. Pittsburgh Penguins prospect Sam Miletic (35, 36) scored twice while 2018 NHL Draft prospect Akil Thomas (22) had a goal and two assists for Niagara. Cole Purboo (20) and Luke Kutkevicius (13) scored third period goals for the Spitfires who were outshot 35-26. Michael DiPietro made 32 saves in defeat while Niagara’s Colton Incze picked up the win with a 24-save effort. Windsor sits tied for sixth with the Saginaw Spirit in the Western Conference while Niagara climbs three points ahead of the Oshawa Generals for fourth in the Eastern Conference.
MISSISSAUGA 5 – OTTAWA 1
2018 NHL Draft prospect Ryan McLeod (22, 23) scored twice, leading the Mississauga Steelheads to a 5-1 road win over the Ottawa 67’s. The Trout pull into an eighth place tie with Ottawa as Keean Washkurak (6), Cole Carter (23) and Trent Fox (24) added goals while Michael McLeod had a pair of assists. Ottawa’s Merrick Rippon (4) ended Emmanuel Vella’s shutout bid 7:12 into the third period as the 67’s suffered their fifth straight loss. Vella stopped 28 of 29 on the afternoon while Ottawa’s Olivier Tremblay took the loss with 28 saves. Mississauga went 2-for-4 on the power play while holding Ottawa to 0-for-6 on the afternoon. The two teams both have three games remaining on the schedule and will meet again on Friday in Mississauga.
SUDBURY 4 – PETERBOROUGH 0
Marshall Frappier made 27 saves for his first OHL shutout as the Sudbury Wolves blanked visiting Peterborough 4-0. Rookie defenceman Liam Ross (3, 4) scored twice while Macauley Carson (10) and Blake Murray (19) also found the scoresheet, helping the Wolves improve to 17-39-9-0. Shane Bulitka picked up two assists as Sudbury outshot Peterborough 46-27. Rookie netminder Hunter Jones made 42 saves in the loss for the Petes as they dropped their seventh straight decision.