Thursday Highlights: Outshot but not outdone
ERIE 5 – OTTAWA 4 – SO
The Ottawa 67’s rallied back from a 4-1 deficit to force overtime but Erie Otters rookie Max Golod would be the hero on Thursday, scoring in the sixth round of a shootout to lead his team to a 5-4 win. The Otters climbed out to a 3-0 lead on the visiting 67’s as Ivan Lodnia (14), Taylor Raddysh (11) and Owen Headrick (6, 7) scored first period goals. Headrick would add another in the second period, extending his current point streak to eight games while Lodnia finished the night with a goal and two helpers. Hudson Wilson (1) scored a second period goal for Ottawa before Quinn Yule (1), Tye Felhaber (5) and Noel Hoefenmayer (3) scored three unanswered for the Barber Poles. Hoefenmayer tied the score at four with just 14 seconds left in regulation. Erie’s Troy Timpano made 32 saves, stopping all six Ottawa shooters he faced in the shootout as the Otters improved to 10-11-2-1. The 67’s fall to 13-9-1-1, kicking off a weekend three-in-three road trip as rookie Cedrick Andree made 21 saves and winger Sam Bitten recorded two assists. The 67’s outshot the Otters 36-25.
PETERBOROUGH 3 – HAMILTON 2 – OT
Edmonton Oilers prospect Dylan Wells made 35 saves including a pair on overtime breakaways to backstop the Peterborough Petes to a 3-2 home ice win over visiting Hamilton. Veteran captain Logan DeNoble (13) scored a pair of goals including the overtime winner off a setup from linemate Jonathan Ang (13). Ang accounted for Peterborough’s other goal as the Petes won despite being outshot 37-24. The Petes climb to within two points of the first place Bulldogs, snapping a three-game slide while improving to 13-11-0-1. Will Bitten (5) and Arthur Kaliyev (9) scored for the Bulldogs while Brandon Saigeon netted a pair of assists. Rookie winger Kaliyev and Philadelphia Flyers prospect Matthew Strome, who gathered an assist in the loss, push their current point streaks to eight games.
NORTH BAY 5 – KITCHENER 4
Third-year winger Justin Brazeau (16, 17) extended his goal-scoring streak to four games with a pair in a 5-4 win over the visiting Kitchener Rangers. Brazeau broke open a 4-4 tie with 54 seconds left in the third period on a setup by defenceman Cam Dineen as the Troops put an end to Kitchener’s four-game winning streak. Adam McMaster (2), Dineen (7) and Nick King (2) joined Brazeau in the goal-scoring department while Brett McKenzie and Luke Burghardt had a pair of assists. Dineen finished the night with a goal and two helpers while goaltender Julian Sime made 34 saves. The Troops were outshot 38-23 but went 3-for-4 on the power play, improving to 8-13-3-0 with their second straight win. Sophomore forward Riley Damiani (8, 9) scored twice for Kitchener while other Rangers goals came from Logan Stanley (6) and Jonathan Yantsis (2). Captain Connor Bunnaman had a pair of helpers as the Rangers continue to lead the Midwest Division with a record of 15-7-2-0.