Sunday Highlights: Katchouk comes through again
SAULT STE. MARIE 2 – SUDBURY 1 – OT
Tampa Bay Lightning prospect Boris Katchouk (4) scored his second overtime winner of the weekend as the Soo Greyhounds snuck past the Sudbury Wolves 2-1 on the road. Katchouk was sprung on a 2-on-0 rush with teammate Morgan Frost who found him for a quick release that beat Sudbury’s Jake McGrath 2:23 into the extra frame. Keeghan Howdeshell (2) also scored for the Hounds while goaltender Matthew Villalta made 30 saves. McGrath was equally impressive across the ice with a 36-save performance to help his club earn a point. Minnesota Wild prospect Dmitry Sokolov (1) scored his first of the season for Sudbury as the Wolves fall to 0-3-2-0 on the campaign.
KINGSTON 4 – HAMILTON 3 – SO
First round foes from the 2017 OHL Playoffs, the Hamilton Bulldogs and Kingston Frontenacs had another spirited bout on Sunday afternoon. Dallas Stars prospect Jason Robertson (4) tied the score at three with 4:21 remaining in the third period, forcing an eventual shootout that saw him score the game winner in a 4-3 road victory. Frontenacs goaltender Jeremy Helvig made 28 saves before turning away all three shootout opponents he faced. Veteran winger Ryan Cranford (1, 2) scored twice while defenceman Eemeli Rasanen picked up a pair of assists as the Fronts came back from down a goal three different times. The Bulldogs featured goals from Will Bitten (1), Arthur Kaliyev (1) and Owen Burnell (1). Goals by Kaliyev and Burnell were the first of their OHL careers. The Frontenacs improve to 4-1-0-0 with the victory while Hamilton drops to 2-1-0-1.
OSHAWA 5 – LONDON 4
Nick Wong (6, 7) continued his hot start to the season on Sunday night in Oshawa, scoring twice as the Generals defeated the London Knights 5-4 in their home opener. Wong scored the game winner with 1:36 remaining in the second period as the Gennies improved to 3-2-0-0. Wong, Alex Di Carlo (2) and Serron Noel (5) scored first period goals to put Oshawa up 3-1 before the Knights charged back with three straight second period power play markers from Robert Thomas (1) and Max Jones (1, 2). Renars Krastenbergs (2) knotted the score at four with 2:51 left in the second frame before Wong scored his game winner off an Allan McShane feed through the slot. The Generals outshot the Knights 31-21 and went 3-for-8 on the power play to London’s 3-for-5 mark. Cole Tymkin (1) also scored for the Knights while 2018 NHL Draft prospect Evan Bouchard picked up three assists. The Knights are 1-4-0-0 through their first five games of the season.
SARNIA 7 – OTTAWA 2
Brady Hinz (1, 2) and Jordan Ernst (3, 4) both scored twice as the Sarnia Sting filled the net for a second straight day on home ice in a 7-2 victory over visiting Ottawa. Tye Felhaber (3) opened the scoring for the 67’s before the Sting rattled off six straight goals. Ryan McGregor (1), Drake Rymsha (3) and Jordan Kyrou (1) all found the back of the net for Sarnia while Philadelphia Flyers prospect Anthony Salinitri finished the game with three assists. The Sting took the shooting column 34-25 as goaltender Aidan Hughes made 23 saves. Arizona Coyotes prospect Noel Hoefenmayer also scored for the Barber Poles while Felhaber finished the afternoon with a goal and an assist. The Sting climbed to 3-1-0-0 in the standings while Ottawa sits at 2-3-1-0 following a Western Conference road trip.
PETERBOROUGH 8 – NIAGARA 4
The Peterborough Petes exacted revenge on the Niagara IceDogs following a Saturday night loss in St. Catharines. The Petes took the back half of the home-and-home by a score of 8-4 as sophomore forward Pavel Gogolev (1, 2) led the way with two goals and two assists. Florida Panthers prospect Jonathan Ang (3) continued his strong start to the season with a goal and two assists while Adrien Beraldo (1), Adam Timleck (1), Tyler Rollo (2), Matt McNamara (1) and Bobby Dow (1) also lit the lamp. Up 4-1 early in the second period, the Petes surrendered three straight goals at the IceDogs came back to knot the score at four early in the third. The Petes powered back ahead with four unanswered to improve to 2-2-0-0 on the young season. Kirill Maksimov (3), Akil Thomas (3, 4) and Zach Shankar (1) provided Niagara goals in front of goaltender Colton Incze who made his season debut. Niagara sits at 3-1-0-0 to close out the weekend.