Thursday Highlights: DiPietro ties OHL mark for career shutouts
WINDSOR 2, LONDON 0
For the 16th time in his OHL career, Michael DiPietro blanked the opposition. The Vancouver Canucks prospect pulls into a tie with Tom McCollum for the most shutouts in OHL history, making 32 saves as the Spitfires defeated the rival London Knights 2-0 on home ice. Curtis Douglas (1) and Cole Purboo (1) scored in the victory as the Spits improved to 3-2. Joseph Raaymakers earned second star recognition with a 26-save performance as the Knights dropped to 2-2. Knights newcomer William Lochead made his season debut.
SUDBURY 3, NIAGARA 2
Peter Stratis (1) blasted home a point shot for the game winner with 4:33 left in the third period as the Sudbury Wolves took a 3-2 road win in Niagara. Buffalo Sabres prospect Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen was the difference, stopping 46 of the 48 shots that came his way to earn first star honours. Darian Pilon (2) and Blake Murray (1) also scored for Sudbury as the Wolves were victorious despite being outshot 48-21. Kyen Sopa (2) and Kirill Maksimov (4) provided Niagara goals as the Dogs fell to 3-2. Sudbury is off to a 4-2 start and currently leads the Central Division.
PETERBOROUGH 5, SAULT STE. MARIE 2
Detroit Red Wings prospect and newly named captain Zach Gallant (1, 2, 3) scored his first OHL hat-trick, connecting with linemate Nick Isaacson who netted three assists in a 5-2 win over the visiting Soo Greyhounds. Hunter Jones made 34 saves in goal while Pavel Gogolev (1) and Chad Denault (2) joined in on the offence. The Petes outshot the Hounds 44-36 as Matthew Villalta made 39 saves in a losing cause. Zack Trott (2) and Morgan Frost (3) were Sault Ste. Marie goal-scorers as the Hounds dropped their second straight decision, falling to 2-2-1-0. The Petes lead the East Division with a 4-1 record.
MISSISSAUGA 2, BARRIE 1
Rookie winger James Hardie (3) had a goal and an assist in front of the hometown crowd as the Mississauga Steelheads took a 2-1 road win in Barrie. The trio of Hardie, Cole Carter (4) and Ryan McLeod struck for a pair of early first period goals before the Trout rode a 30-save performance from Barrie native Jacob Ingham to victory. Matej Pekar (4) provided the lone Barrie goal while rookie Jet Greaves made 28 saves in his OHL debut. The Steelheads improve to 3-1-1-0 while Barrie falls to 2-2-1-0.