Thursday Highlights: Paquette provides the finish as Petes win 40th
PETERBOROUGH 5 – OTTAWA 4 – OT
The Peterborough Petes have won 40 games for the first time since their last championship season in 2006, defeating the visiting Ottawa 67’s 5-4 in overtime. Rookie forward Semyon Der-Arguchintsev (7) tied the game at four with 5:42 to go before Tampa Bay Lightning prospect Chris Paquette (19) snapped a wrister past Leo Lazarev 3:24 into overtime to give the Petes their fifth straight win. Peterborough outshot Ottawa 46-39 as draft eligible centreman Zach Gallant (19, 20) earned first star honours with a pair of goals and a strong night in the faceoff circle. Tyler Rollo (6) also scored for the maroon and white while goaltender Dylan Wells made 35 saves. The 67’s earned a big point in the OT loss to help them in their pursuit of a playoff spot at the bottom of a tight Eastern Conference race. Mathieu Foget (8), Patrick White (22), Chris Martenet (4) and Ben Evans (8) all scored while Lazarev made 41 saves. The Petes can potentially clinch an East Division title this coming weekend while Ottawa sits two points ahead of seventh place Sudbury with five games left on the schedule.
MISSISSAUGA 3 – BARRIE 2
Rookie goaltender Jacob Ingham made 36 saves in front of a hometown crowd, backstopping the Mississauga Steelheads to a 3-2 win in Barrie. Mississauga’s seventh straight win featured goals from Trent Fox (12), Owen Tippett (43) and Spencer Watson (26). Barrie forward Jason Smith (6) had a goal and an assist against his former club while Zach Magwood (16) also found the back of the net for the Colts in their third straight loss. The Steelheads improve to an outstanding 15-1-1-3 against Central Division foes this season and hold an overall record of 31-19-6-7.
ERIE 4 – WINDSOR 2
Chicago Blackhawks prospect Alex DeBrincat (61) stretched his consecutive goal-scoring streak to 18 games, one shy of tying an OHL record as the Erie Otters doubled up the Windsor Spitfires 4-2 on the road. Owen Headrick (3), Anthony Cirelli (22) and Warren Foegele (24) added Otters goals as Erie outshot Windsor 32-18 to improve to 46-14-2-1. The Spitfires saw their three game winning streak come to an end as Julius Nattinen (11) and Connor Corcoran (5) both scored in the loss. Erie creates some breathing room atop the Western Conference, taking a three point lead over second place Sault Ste. Marie while continuing to lead the Midwest Division by four points over second place London. Windsor trails fourth place Owen Sound in their pursuit of home ice advantage by four points in the Western Conference.
OWEN SOUND 6 – NIAGARA 4
Draft eligible forward Kirill Maksimov (16, 17, 18) recorded his second consecutive hat-trick but the Niagara IceDogs were outdone by the visiting Owen Sound Attack, falling 6-4 as Finnish winger Petrus Palmu (34) had a goal and three assists. Overage captain Santino Centorame notched three assists while other Attack goals came from Jonah Gadjovich (41), Kevin Hancock (29), Cordell James (30), Maksim Sushko (15) and Nick Suzuki (40). Gadjovich and Suzuki give the Attack two 40-goal scorers in their lineup for the first time since 1998-99 when Wes Goldie and Peter Campbell both surpassed 40. The Attack went 3-for-5 on the power play and have now won five of their last six games. Ben Jones (12) scored Niagara’s other goal in the loss as they fail to record a point and miss out on an opportunity to overtake North Bay for sole possession of eighth in the Eastern Conference.
LONDON 8 – GUELPH 2
JJ Piccinich (23, 24) and Sam Miletic (32,33) stole the show on Sportsnet 360 as the London Knights trounced the visiting Guelph Storm 8-2. Piccinich finished the night with two goals and an assist while Miletic recorded two goals and two helpers as the Knights kept pace with first place Erie in the Midwest Division. London outshot Guelph 44-28 as Owen MacDonald (16) had a goal and an assist and Olli Juolevi (9), Victor Mete (15) and Josh Nelson (4) also tallied. Calgary Flames prospect Tyler Parsons made 26 saves, surrendering Guelph goals by James McEwan (17) and Nick Deakin-Poot (7). The Knights are 5-0 against Guelph this season. The two clubs will wrap up the season series on Sunday in Guelph.