Thursday Highlights: 67’s make it six straight on Chmelevski’s late winner
OTTAWA 3, NIAGARA 2
San Jose Sharks prospect Sasha Chmelevski (4) struck with 4:39 remaining to give the Ottawa 67’s a 3-2 win in Niagara. Ottawa’s sixth straight win ties last season’s high as Tye Felhaber (12) and Graeme Clarke (5) also lit the lamp while Jack Quinn and Mitchell Hoelscher drew assists on Chmelevski’s game winner. Ottawa outshot Niagara 44-32 as goaltender Cedrick Andree made 30 saves. Kirill Maksimov (11) and Kyen Sopa (6) were Niagara scorers as Sopa finished the night with a goal and an assist. Stephen Dhillon made 41 saves in the loss as the Dogs fell to 5-4-2-0. Ottawa leads the East Division with a 9-3-0-0 record.
WINDSOR 4, BARRIE 3
The Windsor Spitfires overcame a 3-1 deficit, with Chris Playfair (1) netting the third period game winner in a 4-3 victory over visiting Barrie. Goaltender Michael DiPietro made 27 saves to tie Andrew Engelage for the Spitfires franchise lead in career goaltending victories with 78 on his OHL career. Down a pair, the Spits scored three unanswered as Daniel D’Amico (2) and Connor Corcoran (3) knotted the score for Playfair’s winner. Luke Kutkevicius (3) also scored for Windsor while rookie Jean-Luc Foudy had a pair of assists. Luke Bignell (2, 3) scored twice for the Colts while Ben Hawerchuk (6) also tallied and Aidan Brown recorded two assists. The Spitfires climb to .500 at 5-5-0-0 while Barrie sits at 5-5-1-0.
MISSISSAUGA 4, NORTH BAY 3
Sophomore forward Adam Varga (1) scored with 1:24 remaining in the second period, a goal that would stand as the difference maker in a 4-3 Mississauga Steelheads road win in North Bay. Richard Whittaker (2) and Cole Carter (11) opened the scoring for Mississauga in the first before the Battalion rallied to tie things up in pink. Ryan Barbosa’s (1) first OHL goal reinstated the Steelheads lead before North Bay knotted things at three. Cole Schwindt and Michael Little picked up assists on Varga’s winner while goaltender Jacob Ingham made 25 saves. Matthew Struthers (6), Justin Brazeau (9) and Brandon Coe (1) found the back of the net for North Bay while Egor Postnov picked up two assists. The Steelheads lead the Central Division at 7-2-1-0 while North Bay falls to 4-7-0-0.
OSHAWA 4, PETERBOROUGH 1
The Oshawa Generals got back at the Peterborough Petes, ending their five-game winning streak as Kyle Keyser stopped 29 of 30 shots in a 4-1 road win. Overage forward Eric Henderson (5, 6) scored a pair of goals while Danyk Drouin (1) and Jack Studnicka (4) also capitalized as the Gennies made up for a 2-1 loss at home to Peterborough last weekend. The CHL’s fifth-ranked Petes got their lone goal from defenceman Cole Fraser (2) while Hunter Jones made 40 saves in goal. Oshawa took the shooting column 44-30, improving to 4-4-1-0 on the campaign. The Petes fall to 8-3-0-0.