Thursday Highlights: Big night for Bowen
SUDBURY 4 – NORTH BAY 2
Rookie netminder David Bowen turned in a first star performance, turning away 36 shots to earn his first OHL win as the Sudbury Wolves doubled up North Bay 4-2 on the road. Dawson Baker (4, 5) scored a pair before Nolan Hutcheson (7) struck for a shorthanded tally to put Sudbury up 3-0. The Troops battled back to within a goal and Swedish rearguard Adam Thilander (11, 12) scored twice in the third period. Vancouver Canucks prospect Cole Candella (5) put things out of reach on a blast from the point to give the Wolves their second win against the Battalion in seven tries this season. North Bay outshot Sudbury 38-27, with Thilander registering nine shots on goal. Emmett Serensits had a pair of assists for Sudbury as the Wolves wrapped up seven straight on the road. North Bay falls to 28-26-7-3, three points back of fifth place Oshawa in the Eastern Conference. The two teams battle again on Friday in Sudbury.
OWEN SOUND 6 – BARRIE 5 – OT
Los Angeles Kings prospect Markus Phillips (9, 10) scored his second of the night 1:49 into overtime to give the Owen Sound Attack a 6-5 win in Barrie. Owen Sound snaps Barrie’s five-game winning streak but not before the Colts overcame a 4-1 deficit to make a game of things and earn a point in the overtime loss. Ethan Szypula (16) collected a goal and three assists while other goals came from Kevin Hancock (24), Aidan Dudas (29) and Alan Lyszczarczyk (18). Minnesota Wild prospect Dmitry Sokolov (45, 46) continued his torrid goal-scoring pace with another two on the night while Andrei Svechnikov (36, 37) also scored twice and Jason Willms (25) found the back of the net. Svechnikov extended his current point streak to 19 games while Aaron Luchuk saw his 20-game trend come to an end. The Attack outshot the Colts 45-32 and went 2-for-5 on the power play. Rookie Mack Guzda earned the win in a relief appearance, turning aside all 13 shots he faced. Owen Sound improves to 33-22-3-5, two points back of fourth place London in the Western Conference.
MISSISSAUGA 8 – PETERBOROUGH 7
Nikita Korostelev (26, 27, 28) and Trent Fox (21, 22, 23) both had hat-tricks in a wild one on Thursday in Peterborough. The visiting Mississauga Steelheads swam to victory with a third period surge to claim the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference, officially eliminating Peterborough from postseason contention in an 8-7 decision. Down 6-4, Fox, Ryan McLeod (20, 21) and Mathieu Foget (20, 21) scored four in a row to put the Steelheads up for good as they improved to 30-30-1-2. Michael Little (13) also scored for Mississauga while Michael McLeod collected three assists. Semyon Der-Arguchintsev (10), Pavel Gogolev (27), Bobby Dow (11) and Declan Chisholm (3) joined Korostelev, who had five points, in the goal-scoring department for Peterborough. The two teams combined to score 15 goals on a total of 66 shots.
WINDSOR 3 – SAULT STE. MARIE 2
The Windsor Spitfires pulled two big points away from the CHL’s first-ranked Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds as Igor Larionov (5) led the way with a goal and an assist in a 3-2 home ice win. Curtis Douglas (21) put the Spits ahead for good 6:14 into the third period before Daniel D’Amico (11) hit the empty net. Vancouver Canucks prospect Michael DiPietro stopped 26 of 28 shots while Luke Boka collected two assists. Ryan Roth (15) and Tim Gettinger (33) scored for the Greyhounds as they saw their seven-game winning streak snapped. The Hounds fall to 52-7-2-2 while Windsor climbs into a sixth place tie with Guelph in the Western Conference.
NIAGARA 8 – FLINT 2
The Niagara IceDogs charged to an 8-0 lead thanks to two-goal performances from Matthew Philip (15) and Ben Jones (23), eventually defeating the visiting Flint Firebirds 8-2. Bradey Johnson (11), William Lochead (5), Ian Martin (2) and Liam Ham (5) also found the scoresheet for the Dogs while Edmonton Oilers prospect Kirill Maksimov picked up three assists. Niagara outshot Flint 48-23, going 2-for-4 on the power play to improve to 30-23-7-3 for fourth in the Eastern Conference. The Firebirds see their three-game winning streak snapped as Jack Wismer (7) and Maurizio Colella (22) scored third period goals.