Sunday Highlights: Knights gaining ground
LONDON 5 – GUELPH 1
2018 NHL Draft prospect Evan Bouchard (8) and Buffalo Sabres prospect Cliff Pu (12) both had a goal and two helpers while Anaheim Ducks first rounder Max Jones (12, 13) scored twice as the London Knights took a 5-1 win in Guelph. London’s seventh win in the past 10 games sees the Knights climb to 12-11-2-0 on the season, closing the gap on Kitchener, Owen Sound and Guelph in the Midwest Division after all three teams suffered recent losses. Alex Formenton (8) also scored for London while Joseph Raaymakers made 28 saves. The Knights went 3-for-8 on the power play to Guelph’s 0-for-2 mark. Cliff Pu extended his current point streak to 10 games and found the back of the net in his sixth straight contest. Cedric Ralph (9) scored the lone goal for the Storm as they fell to 12-10-1-2, one point ahead of London.
BARRIE 3 – NORTH BAY 2
Lucas Chiodo (9) scored the game winner 10:24 into the third period with help from rookie Ryan Suzuki as the Barrie Colts took a 3-2 victory in North Bay. Jason Willms (13) and Luke Bignell (6) added Barrie markers while goaltender Leo Lazarev made 33 saves as the Colts won despite being outshot 35-28. Brad Chenier (7) had a goal and an assist for the Battalion while Kyle Potts (4) also scored, putting home a second period rebound. The Colts continue to lead the Central Division with a 14-7-2-1 record while North Bay falls to 8-14-3-0.
SUDBURY 4 – KITCHENER 2
Montreal Canadiens prospect Michael Pezzetta (12) broke open a 2-2 game 6:56 into the third period on a pass from Troy Lajeunesse as the Sudbury Wolves defeated the visiting Kitchener Rangers 4-2. Twin brothers Drake (3) and Darian Pilon (6) both scored shorthanded markers while Reagan O’Grady (5) hit the empty net to seal the deal as the Wolves shook off a five game home losing skid. Mario Culina made 33 saves to earn his first win of the season, surrendering Kitchener goals by Rickard Hugg (1) and Adam Mascherin (12). The Rangers outshot Sudbury 35-21, suffering their third loss of the weekend. Sudbury improves to 8-16-4-0 while Kitchener remains atop the Midwest Division at 15-9-2-0.
OSHAWA 6 – MISSISSAUGA 0
Cole Ceci stopped all 35 shots he faced to earn his first career OHL shutout as the Oshawa Generals spread out the scoring in a 6-0 romp over the visiting Mississauga Steelheads. Jack Studnicka (8), Danil Antropov (6), Serron Noel (14), Eric Henderson (4), Kenny Huether (12) and Hayden McCool (2) all had Oshawa goals while defenceman Matt Brassard had a pair of assists. The Generals hand the Steelheads their third straight loss as Mississauga took the shooting column 35-29. The Generals improve to 11-13-2-0 while Mississauga sits at 11-13-0-1.
KINGSTON 9 – FLINT 1
The Kingston Frontenacs closed out a three-game Western Conference road swing in style, filling the net in a 9-1 win over the Flint Firebirds. Linus Nyman (10) led the way with a goal and three assists while Nathan Dunkley (7, 8) and Brett Neumann (7, 8) each scored twice. Tyler Burnie (12) scored in a fourth straight game while Matt Hotchkiss (4), Cody Morgan (4) and Jason Robertson (17) accounted for other Kingston markers. The Frontenacs were actually outshot 46-30 as Brendan Bonello made 45 saves on the afternoon to earn his first win as a Frontenac. Ty Dellandrea (8) scored the lone goal for Flint while Connor Roberts earned an assist in his Firebirds debut. The Birds drop their fifth straight and fall to 7-16-2-0. Kingston improves to 13-7-2-3, two points back of first place Hamilton in the East Division.