Sunday Highlights: Otters back in the win column

(Photo Credit: Hayden Fowler – Matt Mead Photography LLC)

Elder statesman Patrick Fellows (7) tied the score with a third period marker before potting one in a shootout to lead the Erie Otters past the visiting Flint Firebirds 4-3. Ivan Lodnia sealed the deal with the shootout winner while Christian Girhiny (9) and Hayden Fowler (3) also scored for the Otters as they snapped a five-game losing skid. Erie’s fifth straight one-goal decision featured 25 saves in relief from goaltender Daniel Murphy who came on for Anand Oberoi after Flint took an early 2-0 lead. Ty Dellandrea (14), Maurizio Colella (15) and C.J. Clarke (8) all scored for the Firebirds while rookie Luke Cavallin turned aside 30 shots. Erie improves to 13-21-6-3, four points back of Owen Sound for the last playoff spot in the Western Conference. The Firebirds drop their third straight and fall to 12-25-3-1, seven points back of Erie.


The Saginaw Spirit carried the play, outshooting the Windsor Spitfires 48-17 before pulling out a 3-2 shootout win on the road. Cole Coskey (20) scored once in regulation and potted the shootout winner while Evan Cormier stopped all three Windsor shooters he faced to secure the win. Jake Goldowski (3) also scored for the Spirit as they improved to 22-16-3-0 and pulled to within one point of third place Windsor in the West Division. Spits netminder Michael DiPietro was brilliant, turning aside 46 shots to help his team earn a point. Mathew MacDougall (9) and Luke Boka (8) both scored for Windsor as the Spits lost their third straight, falling to 22-15-2-2.


The North Bay Battalion trailed 3-1 midway through the third period before goals from Riley Bruce (5) and Jake Henderson (7) forced overtime and eventually a shootout where the Troops would prevail and extend their winning streak to five games. Henderson’s goal came with the extra attacker as he lit the lamp with 11 seconds left in the third period. In the shootout, Adam McMaster and Justin Brazeau both tallied before Christian Propp stopped Nick Robertson to secure the North Bay win. McMaster (5) also scored for the Troops during regulation as they outshot Peterborough 32-19. Pavel Gogolev (17), Bobby Dow (7) and Semyon Der-Arguchintsev (7) found the back of the net for the Petes as they earned a point in the shootout loss. The Petes took five of a possible six points on the weekend and are 18-21-2-2 for fourth in the East Division. North Bay climbs to 18-19-5-1, three points back of fifth place Oshawa in the Eastern Conference.


Ryan Merkley (11) tied the game at four with 1:41 left in the third period before picking up an assist on Cam Hillis’ (16, 17) overtime winner as the Guelph Storm took a 5-4 road win in Ottawa. The Storm return home with wins in two of three on their East Division road trip as Hillis scored twice and added an assist while other goals came from Zach Poirier (3) and Owen Lalonde (1) while Liam Hawel and Garrett McFadden each had two assists. Guelph outshot Ottawa 41-34, going 2-for-6 on the power play. 67’s goals came from Sam Bitten (6), Sasha Chmelevski (17), Travis Barron (9) and Tye Felhaber (12) with Felhaber finishing the afternoon with a goal and two helpers. Cedrick Andree made 36 saves in his first start on home ice while Guelph’s Anthony Popovich got the win with a 30-save performance. Guelph improves to 21-17-1-3, three points away from home ice advantage in the Western Conference while Ottawa falls to 17-20-3-2, two points up on Mississauga for the last playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.


The Oshawa Generals struck back against the Kingston Frontenacs, taking vengeance for Saturday’s 4-1 loss as Boston Bruins prospect Kyle Keyser stopped all 34 shots he faced in a 3-0 home ice win. A scoreless game for 43 minutes, Serron Noel (17) opened the scoring on a hometown bounce off the end boards before Renars Krastenbergs (13) and Kenny Huether (19) also capitalized. The Generals were outshot 34-26 but had their share of scoring chances on Kingston’s Jeremy Helvig as he made 23 saves in the loss. Oshawa has won seven of 10, improving to 21-19-3-0, three points back of the second place Fronts in the East Division.


Nathan Dunkley set up Connor McMichael (6) for the eventual game winner as the London Knights took a 2-1 win in Kitchener thanks to a 38-save effort from goaltender Jordan Kooy. The Knights were outdone 39-30 on the shot clock but some big saves from Kooy paved the way to victory as Knights rookie Lucas Rowe (1) also found the back of the net for his first OHL goal. Kitchener’s Luke Richardson was also steady in goal for the Rangers with a 28-save showing. Riley Damiani (14) provided the lone goal for the Blueshirts as they dropped their second straight at home. London stops a three-game slide, improving to 23-17-2-1, seven points back of the Midwest Division-leading Rangers.


Twins Drake (8) and Darian (10) Pilon each had a goal and an assist as the Sudbury Wolves snuck past the visiting Owen Sound Attack 2-1. After Darian scored to tie the game at one with one second left in the second period, Drake followed up with the game winner 4:16 into the third period with an assist from his brother. Sudbury goaltender Jake McGrath made 33 saves as his club was outshot 34-25. The Wolves snap a five-game slide, handing Owen Sound a third straight loss as Kevin Hancock (11) provided the lone goal for the Attack. The Wolves are 12-25-6-0 while Owen Sound falls to 16-18-2-5, seven points back of third place Guelph in the Midwest Division.



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