Thursday Highlights: Knights even series with late counter-attack
LONDON 4 – ERIE 2 – Series tied 2-2
The London Knights rallied for a four-goal third period to come back and tie their series at two wins apiece with a 4-2 victory over visiting Erie in Game 4. Carolina Hurricanes prospect Janne Kuokkanen (6, 7) and Anaheim Ducks first rounder Max Jones (4, 5) each scored twice while Tyler Parsons made 26 saves to hold the Otters at bay. Troy Timpano made 29 saves in the Erie crease while first period Otters goals came from Warren Foegele (3) and Anthony Cirelli (6). The Knights and Otters are now down to a best-of-three showdown that continues with Game 5 on Saturday night in Erie.
MISSISSAUGA 4 – OSHAWA 3 – MISS leads series 3-1
The Mississauga Steelheads held on for a narrow 4-3 win in Oshawa, taking a 3-1 series lead but not before the Generals put forth a spirited third period effort with three goals to make things close. Spencer Watson (9, 10), Jacob Cascagnette (5) and Owen Tippett (4) all scored to put the Generals ahead 4-0 after two periods. Oshawa came out determined in the third, getting goals from Mason Kohn (3) and Medric Mercier (1, 2). The Generals couldn’t get that fourth one though as Mississauga’s Matthew Mancina made 20 saves to hold on for the win. The Generals went 2-for-3 on the power play as the Steelheads outshot them 42-23. Oshawa goaltender Kyle Keyser turned away 23 of the 24 shots he saw in relief of Jeremy Brodeur. Mississauga looks to close out the series in Game 5 on Saturday afternoon.
PETERBOROUGH 6 – KINGSTON 2 – PBO wins series 4-0
The Peterborough Petes are off to the Eastern Conference Final for the first time since 2006 after Dylan Wells (1) stole the show with 33 saves and became the ninth goaltender in OHL history to score a goal. Wells found the empty net from behind his own goal line with 42 seconds remaining as the Petes capped a 6-2 victory in Game 4 to sweep the series. Steven Lorentz (7, 8) and Jonathan Ang (6, 7) each scored twice for Peterborough while Chris Paquette (3) also lit the lamp. Draft eligibles Jason Robertson (5) and Linus Nyman (7) both scored for Kingston as the Frontenacs see their season come to an end. Overage veterans Stephen Desrocher, Cody Caron and Nathan Billitier each played their final OHL contest. The Petes start the OHL Playoffs with eight straight wins for the first time since 1989-90 when they swept Ottawa and Belleville before being ousted by Oshawa in the conference final.