Thursday Highlights: IceDogs, Petes ride Robertsons to victory
NIAGARA 6, SAGINAW 5
Jason Robertson’s (28, 29, 30) fifth hat-trick of the season extended his point streak to 14 games and propelled him into the OHL goal-scoring lead as the Niagara IceDogs edged visiting Saginaw 6-5. Robertson scored three times in the opening half of the game to help the Dogs take a 5-2 lead before the Spirit made a game of things in the second half. Robertson’s hat-trick was part of a five-point night as the OHL Player of the Month for November now has 19 points (7-12–19) over six games with Niagara. Former Kingston Frontenacs teammate Jacob Paquette (2) scored his first as an IceDog while Lleyton Moore (2) also tallied and Ben Jones (12) scored the game winner. Akil Thomas and Kirill Maksimov both had three assists as the IceDogs outshot the Spirit 47-36, going 4-for-4 on the power play. Bode Wilde (6), Cole Coskey (12), Blade Jenkins (9), Cole Perfetti (13) and Reilly Webb (1) were Spirit goal-scorers, with Coskey leading the way with a goal and two assists. Saginaw falls to 14-11-1-2. Niagara’s fourth straight win puts them atop the Central Division with a 17-7-4-0 record.
PETERBOROUGH 4, HAMILTON 3 – OT
2019 NHL Draft prospect Nick Robertson (9) gave the Peterborough Petes a 4-3 overtime win over visiting Hamilton, putting home the game winner on a breakaway deke to the backhand. Robertson had a goal and two helpers on the night, setting up Adam Timleck’s (9, 10) first of two on the night for the Teddy Bear Toss goal at the Memorial Centre. Liam Kirk (8) also scored for Peterborough, knotting the score at three with one second remaining in the second period. Overage defenceman Nicolas Mattinen (10, 11) scored twice for the Bulldogs while sophomore forward Navrin Mutter (4) also capitalized and Brandon Saigeon had a pair of assists. Peterborough’s Hunter Jones made 31 saves as the Petes improved to 17-12-0-0. The Bulldogs fall to 13-14-2-0. The Petes have now won two of their five meetings with Hamilton this season.
SARNIA 5, WINDSOR 4 – OT
Young stars came out to play in Windsor on Thursday as Jacob Perreault (11, 12), Daniel D’Amico (11, 12) and Will Cuylle (7, 8) all scored twice. In the end, veteran Sarnia Sting defenceman Kelton Hatcher (5) would bang in a rebound for the overtime winner with 42 seconds left in the extra frame. Jamieson Rees earned his second assist of the night on the winner while other Sarnia goals came from Adam Ruzicka (9) and Ryan McGregor (11). Ethan Langevin made 31 saves for the win while Windsor’s Kari Piiroinen made 37 saves in defeat. Sarnia now trails Windsor by one point in the West Division, holding a 13-13-2-2 record. The two teams meet again on Friday in Sarnia.
OSHAWA 4, BARRIE 1
Goals from Anthony Salinitri (15), Tyler Tullio (6), Kyle MacLean (8) and Serron Noel (17) powered the Oshawa Generals to a 4-1 road win in Barrie. Boston Bruins prospect Kyle Keyser stopped 21 of 22 as the Generals won for the eighth time in the past 10 games, improving to 18-9-2-0. Jacob Tortora (7) scored the lone Barrie goal while netminder Kai Edmonds made 22 saves. The Colts fall to 14-13-1-0.