Thursday Highlights: Generals escape the Bay with sixth straight win
OSHAWA 6 – NORTH BAY 5 – SO
It was a little closer than they would have liked, but the Oshawa Generals escaped North Bay with a sixth straight win on Thursday as Kyle MacLean (8) had a third period goal and the shootout winner in a 6-5 victory. The Gens let a pair of leads get away as the Battalion scored four times in the third period including a pair of late Adam Thilander (3) point blasts that resulted in goals to tie the score at five and force overtime. Domenico Commisso (11) led the way for Oshawa offensively with a goal and two assists while Matt Brassard (7) scored and had a shootout marker, Hayden McCool (8) found the back of the net and Renars Krastenbergs (11) also tallied. Jack Studnicka and Serron Noel had two assists each and Kyle Keyser made 39 saves as the Gennies were outshot 44-33. Luke Burghardt (16, 17) scored a pair of goals for the Battalion while other markers were provided by Justin Brazeau (25), Brandon Coe (4) and the aforementioned Thilander. The Generals climb to within two points of second place Kingston in the East Division, improving to 19-17-2-0 while North Bay falls to 13-19-5-1, one point back of third place Mississauga in the Central. New addition Matthew Struthers recorded an assist in his Battalion debut.
NIAGARA 6 – GUELPH 3
Danial Singer (17, 18) scored a pair of goals including the game winner with 5:53 left in the third period to break open a 3-3 tie as the Niagara IceDogs doubled up the visiting Guelph Storm 6-3 for their fourth straight win. Edmonton Oilers prospect Kirill Maksimov (24) had a goal and an assist while Akil Thomas (11), William Lochead (2) and Oliver Castleman (8) also found the scoresheet. Reigning OHL ‘On the Run’ Player of the Week Ben Jones and sophomore blueliner Liam Ham both had two assists while Stephen Dhillon stopped 32 of 35 shots in goal. The IceDogs hand the Storm their third straight loss as James McEwan (9), Dmitri Samorukov (5) and Liam Hawel (5) provided goals for Guelph. The win came before 4,551 at the Meridian Centre as the IceDogs climb to within four points of first place Barrie in the Central Division. Meanwhile, the 18-15-1-3 Storm fall five points back of second place London in the Midwest.
LONDON 5 – BARRIE 3
Jordan Kooy won his third straight start, making 40 saves to backstop the London Knights to a 5-3 triumph in Barrie. The Knights were outshot 43-21 but had a three-point performance from rookie defenceman Alec Regula (4) while Shane Collins (2), Richard Whittaker (2), Cole Tymkin (5) and Sam Miletic (13) also scored. The Knights have now won five of their last six and had a pair of assists from sophomore forward Liam Foudy as they continue to climb in the standings. New acquisition Nathan Dunkley made his Knights debut in the win. Top NHL Draft prospect Andrei Svechnikov (15) scored in his return from the World Juniors while Jaden Peca (6) and TJ Fergus (5) picked up other Barrie goals. The Colts drop consecutive decisions and sit four points ahead of second place Niagara in the Central.
WINDSOR 2 – PETERBOROUGH 1
Vancouver Canucks prospect Michael DiPietro earned first star recognition with 32 saves in a 2-1 Winsdsor Spitfires road win in Peterborough. The Petes outshot the Spitfires 33-26 but had trouble solving DiPietro as overage forward Jake Smith (8) scored the game winner for Windsor with 4:03 left in the second period. Recent acquisition Curtis Douglas (10) also scored for the Spitfires while new face Cody Morgan picked up an assist on Smith’s game winner. Detroit Red Wings prospect Cole Fraser (2) scored the lone goal for Peterborough while goaltender Dylan Wells made 24 saves. The Spitfires improve to 20-13-3-0 while handing the Petes their third straight loss as they fall to 16-20-2-1.
MISSISSAUGA 4 – SAULT STE. MARIE 3 – SO
The streak is over. Florida Panthers prospect Owen Tippett (13, 14, 15) stole the show with a natural hat-trick and the shootout winner as the Mississauga Steelheads put the Soo Greyhounds’ 23-game winning streak on ice with a 4-3 home ice win. The Hounds outshot the Steelheads 34-28 but sophomore netminder Jacob Ingham stood tall with a 31-save effort before stopping Jack Kopacka and Morgan Frost in the shootout. New Mississauga addition Mathieu Foget earned third star honours with two assists and a shootout marker, helping the Steelheads improve to 16-22-0-1 and climb into third in the Central Division. Sault Ste. Marie overcame a 3-0 first period deficit as Keeghan Howdeshell (12), Noah Carroll (3) and Morgan Frost (22) scored goals to knot the score at three and earn a single point in the shootout loss. Sault Ste. Marie’s 23-game run stands as the third-longest winning streak in OHL history following the 1984 Kitchener Rangers (25) and the 2013 London Knights (24). The Greyhounds hold a 32-3-2-1 record atop the West Division.