Thursday Highlights: Colts run wild in opener
BARRIE 9, OWEN SOUND 2
For the second straight year, the Barrie Colts put up a crooked number in their home opener as newcomer Matej Pekar had two goals and an assist in his OHL debut. The Colts trounced the visiting Owen Sound Attack 9-2 as sophomore forward Ryan Suzuki also had three points with a goal and two helpers while St. Louis Blues prospect Tyler Tucker had a similar output. The Colts carried the play until the third frame when Owen Sound took the shooting column 19-8. Barrie outshot Owen Sound 40-37 on the game. Colts rookie Riley Piercey scored his first OHL goal while other tallies came from Lucas Chiodo, Jaden Peca, Ben Hawerchuk and Sam Rhodes while Maksim Zhukov made 35 saves for his first OHL win. Daylon Groulx and Markus Phillips scored for Owen Sound.
WINDSOR 4, GUELPH 3 – OT
Rookie forward Jean-Luc Foudy fed overage veteran Luke Kutkevicius on an overtime two-on-one to give the Windsor Spitfires a 4-3 triumph over the Guelph Storm in their home opener. The two clubs were knotted at two with seven minutes to go in the the third frame before Will Cuylle stepped up with his first OHL goal, setting the stage for overtime heroics. Spits netminder Kari Piiroinen earned first star honours, picking up his first OHL victory with a 43-save showing. Lev Starikov and Mathew MacDougall also scored for Windsor while the Guelph offence was powered by Dallas Stars prospect Liam Hawel with a pair of goals. Arizona Coyotes pick Nate Schnarr also found the back of the net.
PETERBOROUGH 4, KINGSTON 0
Hunter Jones’ season debut was a night to remember as he turned aside 38 shots for his first OHL shutout on the eve of his 18th birthday. The Peterborough Petes blanked the visiting Kingston Frontenacs as Nick Isaacson scored twice and Chris Paquette had a goal and an assist. Brady Hinz opened the scoring 1:56 into the opening frame for the Petes and they never looked back before a crowd of 3,238 at the Peterborough Memorial Centre. Brendan Bonello made 32 saves in the loss for Kingston.