Sunday Highlights: Smereck steps up in overtime
FLINT 4 – WINDSOR 3 – OT
Ty Dellandrea sent Jalen Smereck (1) in alone and the overage rearguard made no mistake, scoring 28 seconds into overtime to give the Flint Firebirds a 4-3 win in Windsor. Rookie netminder Luke Cavallin made 30 saves to earn his first OHL victory while other Firebirds goals came from Connor Roberts (5), Maurizio Colella (9) and Jake Durham (4). Windsor outshot Flint 33-25 as William Sirman (3) and Aaron Luchuk (23) scored before Jake Smith (5) tied the game at three inside the final minute of the third period. The loss snaps Windsor’s three-game winning streak as the Spits fall to 15-10-2-0. Flint improves to 9-17-2-0 on the year.
KITCHENER 3 – ERIE 2 – OT
The Erie Otters opened up a 2-0 lead in the opening six minutes of the first period but saw it slip away as the Kitchener Rangers scored three unanswered capped off by Adam Mascherin’s (16) overtime winner in a 3-2 victory. Kyle Maksimovich (13) and Jordan Sambrook (6) scored first period markers for the Otters before Greg Meireles (7) and Adam Liska (6) answered for the Rangers to tie the score at two. Mascherin’s unassisted winner came 1:43 into overtime as the Rangers claimed their third straight win, improving to a Midwest Division-leading 18-9-2-0. The Otters drop their fourth straight decision, falling to 10-13-4-1.
KINGSTON 6 – BARRIE 2
Matt Hotchkiss (6, 7) scored twice while goaltender Jeremy Helvig made 41 saves as the Kingston Frontenacs continued their strong play, defeating the visiting Barrie Colts 6-2. Brett Neumann (9), Tyler Burnie (13), Ryan Cranford (11) and Nathan Dunkley (11) also provided Kingston goals while Toronto Maple Leafs prospect Eemeli Rasanen collected three assists. The Fronts went 2-for-6 on the power play and score one shorthanded goal on the afternoon, winning despite being outshot 43-35. Zachary Magwood (14) and Ryan Suzuki (5) had Barrie goals while Lucas Chiodo had a pair of assists. The Colts drop their second straight decision but continued to hold a two point lead atop the Central Division with a 15-9-2-1 record.
SARNIA 4 – OSHAWA 1
The Sarnia Sting rebounded from a rough night in Saginaw on Saturday, defeating the visiting Oshawa Generals 4-1 as Jordan Ernst (16, 17) had a pair of goals and an assist. Curtis Egert (4) brought down the bears with 3:55 left in the opening frame while Anthony Salinitri (12) also scored for the Sting as they improved to 22-5-2-0 on the season. Overage goaltender Justin Fazio kicked out 42 saves as the Sting won despite being outshot 43-34. Riley Stillman (1) ended Fazio’s shutout bid with 3:42 left in the third period as the Generals fell to 12-15-2-0.
SAULT STE. MARIE 4 – OTTAWA 0
The Soo Greyhounds won a franchise record 14th straight game behind a 32-save shutout from Tyler Johnson. The Hounds defeated the Ottawa 67’s 4-0 on the road as Tim Gettinger (15), Barrett Hayton (11), Jack Kopacka (16) and Boris Katchouk (23) all found the back of the net while Conor Timmins and Morgan Frost both recorded two assists. The Greyhounds improve to a CHL-best 23-3-2-0 record, continuing a winning streak that dates back to Oct. 28th. The 67’s fall to 14-13-1-1 on the season.
SAGINAW 3 – NIAGARA 1
The Saginaw Spirit continued their winning ways, claiming victory for the eighth time in the past 10 games as goaltender Evan Cormier made 37 saves in a 3-1 home ice win over the Niagara IceDogs. Blade Jenkins and Marcus Crawford both picked up two assists while Damien Giroux (11) launched the flight of the teddy bears just 1:04 into the first period. Duncan Penman (3) and Cole Coskey (15) provided other Saginaw goals as the Spirit improved to 11-5-1-0 on home ice this season. Newly acquired winger Jake Goldowski picked up his first OHL point with an assist in the win as Saginaw brought Niagara’s four game winning streak to an end. Former Spirit forward Kirill Maksimov (16) provided the lone goal for the IceDogs while Colton Incze made 26 saves in goal. The Dogs fall to 13-9-3-2 on the campaign.
HAMILTON 5 – MISSISSAUGA 3
The Hamilton Bulldogs were 5-3 winners over the visiting Mississauga Steelheads, extending their run of games undefeated in regulation to seven as Philadelphia Flyers prospect Matthew Strome (14) led the way with a goal and two assists. Brandon Saigeon (12, 13) scored twice while Justin Lemcke (5) and Marian Studenic (11) also tallied as the Bulldogs handed the Steelheads their sixth straight loss. Newly acquired forward Ryan Moore had three assists on the afternoon as the Bulldogs outshot the Steelheads 32-24, going 2-for-6 on the power play. Michael McLeod (5), Merrick Rippon (1) and Nicolas Hague (16) all had goals for Mississauga while Ryan McLeod collected three assists as the Steelheads fell to 11-16-0-1. The Bulldogs lead the East Division by two points, holding a 16-6-3-3 record after Sunday’s action.