Sunday Highlights: Storm gains ground with third straight win
GUELPH 5 – SUDBURY 1
2018 NHL Draft prospect Ryan Merkley had four assists while rookie forward Cam Hillis (5, 6) scored twice as the Guelph Storm pulled into a second place tie, defeating the Sudbury Wolves 5-1 on home ice. With an Owen Sound loss on Sunday, the Attack and Storm sit two points behind first place Kitchener in the Midwest Division as Guelph rounds out the weekend with a third straight win. Philadelphia Flyers prospect Isaac Ratcliffe (8) had a goal and two assists while Liam Hawel (3) and Nate Schnarr (5) also found the back of the net. Anthony Popovich stopped 30 of the 31 shots he faced, surrendering Sudbury’s lone goal off the stick of Macauley Carson (1). The Wolves suffer a fourth straight loss, falling to 6-12-4-0 on the campaign.
HAMILTON 4 – MISSISSAUGA 2
The Hamilton Bulldogs won their fourth straight contest as Kaden Fulcher made 40 saves in a 4-2 victory in Mississauga. Philadelphia Flyers prospect Matthew Strome (7, 8) scored twice while Arthur Kaliyev (6) and Connor Walters (2) also tallied as the Dogs won despite being outshot 42-26. Brandon Saigeon had a pair of assists as the Bulldogs improved to 10-5-1-3, remaining one point back of first place Peterborough in the East Division. Jacob Cascagnette (8) and Nicolas Hague (8) both scored for the Steelheads who fell to 8-10-0-1.
NIAGARA 4 – NORTH BAY 3
The Niagara IceDogs climbed out to a 3-0 lead and managed to hang on for a 4-3 win in North Bay, ending a seven game losing skid as Stephen Dhillon made 30 saves in goal. Matthew Philip (4, 5) scored twice while Johnny Corneil (4) and Ben Jones (10) also found the back of the net, improving the IceDogs to 8-6-3-1 on the season. Kirill Maksimov picked up a pair of assists as Niagara went 2-for-7 on the man advantage. Riley Bruce (3), Brett McKenzie (5) and Brad Chenier (3) all scored for the Battalion who drop their fourth straight decision and fall to 6-12-2-0 on the season.
SARNIA 7 – OWEN SOUND 0
Justin Fazio turned in a 39-save shutout and Jordan Kyrou (16, 17) scored twice as the Sarnia Sting blanked visiting Owen Sound 7-0. Swedish winger Hugo Leufvenius recorded three assists on the afternoon while Anthony Salinitri (7), Curtis Egert (1), Adam Ruzicka (14), Ryan McGregor (6) and Jordan Ernst (11) also scored. Drake Rymsha had a pair of assists as the Sting ended a three-game skid, improving to 16-3-1-0. The Attack lost despite outshooting Sarnia 39-32. They were held to 0-for-7 on the power play as compared to Sarnia’s 2-for-8 clip.
OTTAWA 6 – OSHAWA 2
East Division opponents headed in the opposite directions, the Ottawa 67’s claimed their third straight win, handing the Oshawa Generals their fifth straight loss in a 6-2 road victory. San Jose Sharks prospect Sasha Chmelevski (12, 13) scored twice while Austen Keating (10), Kody Clark (9), Oliver True (2) and Mathieu Foget (8) also found the scoresheet. Noel Hoefenmayer, Sam Bitten and Tye Felhaber all registered two assists as Ottawa outshot Oshawa 28-23 and went 2-for-5 on the power play. 2018 NHL Draft prospect Allan McShane (7, 8) scored both Oshawa goals in the loss while goaltender Nathan Torchia made his OHL debut in a relief appearance. The Generals fall to 8-10-2-0 while Ottawa sits tied atop the East Division with 25 points.
PETERBOROUGH 6 – KINGSTON 3
The Peterborough Petes exacted vengeance upon the Kingston Frontenacs, doubling up their East Division foe 6-3 on home ice after dropping a 7-1 contest in Kingston on Friday. Florida Panthers prospect Jonathan Ang (11, 12) led the way with two goals and two assists while Bobby Dow (4), Nick Robertson (4), Matyas Svoboda (2) and Nikita Korostelev (8) all had goals. Dylan Wells rebounded with a 37-save performance in the Peterborough crease while veteran defenceman Matthew Timms had a pair of assists. The Frontenacs had their five game winning streak snapped as Jakob Brahaney (2), Linus Nyman (9) and Bryan Laureigh (2) all found the back of the net while Brendan Bonello made his Fronts debut in a relief appearance.