Thursday Highlights: First place 67’s battle back in Peterborough


Emerging 2020 NHL Draft prospect Marco Rossi (28) connected with Tye Felhaber for the overtime winner as the Ottawa 67’s edged the Peterborough Petes 3-2 on the road. Arizona Coyotes prospect Kevin Bahl (5) tied the score at three with just 15 seconds remaining in the third period. Petes netminder Hunter Jones turned in a 40-save effort to help his club earn a point and climb to within one of fifth place in the Eastern Conference. Draft eligible blueliner Nikita Okhotyuk (2) also scored for Ottawa as the 67’s outshot the Petes 43-20. Ryan Merkley (14) and Chris Paquette (29) scored Peterborough goals, beating Ottawa’s Cedrick Andree who made 18 saves for his 33rd win of the campaign. The Petes earn at least a point for a fourth straight game and own a 32-30-2-2 record on the season. The regular season champion 67’s climb to 49-12-3-2 for 103 points.


Dallas Stars prospect Jason Robertson (44, 45) climbed into the OHL scoring lead with two goals and two assists for 110 points on the campaign as the Niagara IceDogs doubled up the visiting Mississauga Steelheads 4-2. Los Angeles Kings prospect Akil Thomas (36, 37) climbed to 99 points on the season with a pair of goals while Ivan Lodnia picked up two assists as the Dogs pulled ahead of the Sudbury Wolves for sole possession of first place in the Central Division. Stephen Dhillon stopped 31 of the 33 shots that came his way as the IceDogs were outshot 33-25 in a physical, hard-hitting game. James Hardie (15) and Richard Whittaker (11) provided Mississauga goals as the Steelheads dropped their seventh of the last 10 games. Niagara is now 42-17-7-0 with two games remaining on the schedule. Mississauga sits one point up on the Peterborough Petes for fifth in the Eastern Conference, sporting a 31-28-5-2 record.


Justin Brazeau’s record-setting season keeps getting better. Decked out in North Bay Centennials black and gold, Brazeau sniped his 59th and 60th goals of the season as the Battalion defeated the visiting Hamilton Bulldogs 3-1. Brazeau becomes the third North Bay player in OHL history to reach the 60-goal mark in a single season joining Nick Kypreos (1985-86) and Vitali Yachmenev (1993-94). After Brazeau put the Battalion up 2-0, Hamilton’s Tim Fleischer (8) cut the lead in half. Patrick Brown (3) would add Battalion insurance as the Troops pulled even with Hamilton for seventh in the Eastern Conference, improving to 29-32-3-2. Christian Propp earned second star honours with 33 saves in the win. The 29-33-3-2 Bulldogs have lost seven of 10.


Arizona Coyotes prospect Barrett Hayton (23) scored the overtime winner in his first action since Feb. 19th as the Soo Greyhounds took a 2-1 win in Saginaw. Despite the win, the Spirit managed to stretch the game into overtime and earn a point, effectively clinching first place in the West Division. Jaromir Pytlik (10) also scored for the Hounds in front of Matthew Villalta, who stopped 33 of 34 on the night. Minnesota Wild prospect Damien Giroux (30) provided Saginaw’s lone goal as the Spirit’s record nine-game winning streak came to an end. The Spirit outshot the Hounds 34-27. Sault Ste. Marie improves to 42-16-7-1, four points back of 45-15-3-3 Saginaw. The two teams will close out the season on Sunday in Sault Ste. Marie.


The Flint Firebirds let a 3-0 lead get away but battled back in a shootout to defeat the Windsor Spitfires 4-3 road win. Evan Vierling (6), Dennis Busby (1) and Cody Morgan (12) put Flint up three early in the second before the Spits came back with three of their own. Captain Luke Boka (12) put the Spits on the board midway through the second period before Dallas Stars prospect Curtis Douglas (26, 27) scored twice. Emanuel Vella followed-up a 40-save performance by stopping all three Windsor shooters he faced in the shootout while Morgan scored the deciding goal. Windsor’s Kari Piiroinen stopped all 21 shots he faced in a relief appearance as Windsor earned a point, drawing even with seventh place Sarnia in the Western Conference with a 25-33-5-4 record. The 15-46-6-0 Firebirds have earned nine of a possible 12 points over their past six games.




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