Thursday Highlights: New names swarm scoresheet in Sting premiere
SARNIA 5 – WINDSOR 3
All three new Sarnia Sting additions scored early goals as Jonathan Ang (16), Michael Pezzetta (16) and Cam Dineen (12) helped pave the way to a 5-3 win in Windsor. St. Louis Blues prospect Jordan Kyrou had a pair of assists while Drake Rymsha (20) had a goal and two helpers and Jordan Ernst (22) scored in a third straight game. Sarnia outshot Windsor 40-28, winning a third straight game to improve to 28-12-2-0. The Spitfires had a goal and assist from Curtis Douglas (12) who now has eight points in nine games since joining Windsor. Daniel D’Amico (6) and Cole Purboo (14) also scored while newcomer Cedric Schiemenz had a pair of assists in his Spitfires debut. Windsor remains two points ahead of fourth place Saginaw in the West Division.
NORTH BAY 3 – OWEN SOUND 2 – OT
Justin Brazeau (28) scored just 21 seconds into overtime, tipping an Adam Thilander pass to complete a 3-2 comeback as the Troops overcame a 2-0 deficit to defeat the visiting Owen Sound Attack. Big blueliner Riley Bruce (4) had a goal and an assist while Matthew Struthers (11) scored against his former club, helping the Battalion earn their third straight win and improve to 16-19-5-1. Attack blueliner Brady Lyle (6, 7) scored twice in his return to his hometown of North Bay but Owen Sound would be outdone despite outshooting the Battalion 32-17. Julian Sime provided 30 saves for the Battalion as the Attack recorded a single point in the OT loss. Owen Sound sits at 16-16-2-5, three points back of third place Guelph in the Midwest.
NIAGARA 5 – ERIE 4 – SO
Pittsburgh Penguins prospect Sam Miletic (17) picked up a goal, two assists and a shootout marker in his Niagara IceDogs debut, leading them to a 5-4 win over the visiting Erie Otters. Miletic and Akil Thomas scored shootout tallies to help the IceDogs stay within two points of first place Barrie in the Central Division with a record of 22-12-3-2. Ben Jones (15), Drew Hunter (4) and Danial Singer (20) also scored for the Dogs while defenceman Liam Ham had two assists. Both Jones (12 games) and Thomas (10 games) extended their respective point streaks in the win. Niagara trailed 4-2 late in the third period before Singer and Miletic scored in the third to knot the score at four. Newly named Otters captain Kyle Maksimovich (23, 24) scored twice in the loss while Max Golod (8) and Ivan Lodnia (19) also struck for Erie. The Otters earn a point despite suffering their fourth straight loss and now hold a record of 12-20-6-3.
KITCHENER 5 – LONDON 1
Winnipeg Jets prospect Logan Stanley (10, 11) opened the scoring with a pair of first period goals while newcomer Givani Smith (9) also found the back of the net in his Rangers debut as Kitchener took a 5-1 road win in London. Adam Mascherin (29) and Mike Petizian (2) also tallied while Mario Culina won his first game as a Ranger, turning aside 20 shots. Kitchener outgunned London 32-21 on the shot clock as Joseph Raaymakers made 27 saves in his return to the Knights crease. Cole Tymkin (6) provided the lone goal for the Knights as the fell to 22-16-2-1, seven points behind the first place Rangers in the Midwest Division.
PETERBOROUGH 4 – GUELPH 2
Edmonton Oilers prospect Dylan Wells starred with a 44-save performance as the Peterborough Petes doubled up the visiting Guelph Storm 4-2. Overage sniper Nikita Korostelev (17, 18) scored twice while other goals came from Pavel Gogolev (16) and Bobby Dow (6), helping the Petes end a four-game skid and earn their first win under interim head coach Andrew Verner. The Petes were outshot 46-29 but went 2-for-2 on the power play. Peterborough product Cedric Ralph (15) scored for visiting Guelph while 2018 NHL Draft prospect Cam Hillis (15) also got in on the scoring. The Storm drop to 19-17-1-3, five points behind second place London in the Midwest Division. Peterborough sits four points back of third place Oshawa in the East.
BARRIE 10 – SUDBURY 1
It was all Colts on Thursday in Barrie as they rolled over their Central Division rival the Sudbury Wolves by a score of 10-1 on home ice. Jaden Peca (7, 8) enjoyed a career night with two goals and three assists while Zach Magwood (17, 18) pitched in with two goals and two helpers. Dmitry Sokolov (21) scored against his former club while other Barrie goals came from Nathan Allensen (2), Andrei Svechnikov (16), Aaron Luchuk (34), Sam Rhodes (2) and Ryan Suzuki (8). Barrie outshot Sudbury 39-24, going 2-for-4 on the power play. Colts blueliner Tyler Tucker finished the game with a plus-minus rating of plus-6. Sudbury’s lone goal came off the stick of Darian Pilon (9) as the Wolves dropped a fourth straight decision, falling to 11-24-6-0. The Colts continue to lead the Central, improving to 24-13-2-1.