Thursday Highlights: Petes stay perfect
PETERBOROUGH 5, NIAGARA 2
The Peterborough Petes are the first OHL team to 3-0 on the new season, defeating the CHL’s fifth-ranked Niagara IceDogs by a score of 5-2 on home ice. Arizona Coyotes prospect Liam Kirk (2) earned first star honours with the game winning goal while Brady Hinz (3), Chad Denault (1), Cole Fraser (1) and Chris Paquette (5) also tallied. The Petes outshot the Dogs 35-28 as Hunter Jones turned aside 26 shots in goal. Matthew Philip (1) and Ben Jones (2) scored for the 1-1 IceDogs.
OSHAWA 7, NORTH BAY 2
Serron Noel (2, 3, 4) and Eric Henderson (1, 2, 3) both netted hat-tricks as the Oshawa Generals filled the net in North Bay, taking a 7-2 victory. Danil Antropov (1) also lit the lamp while rookie winger Tyler Tullio picked up three assists. The Generals scored early and often, taking out a 6-0 lead before North Bay’s Justin Brazeau broke his club’s silence with five minutes left in the second period. Daniel Walker also scored for the Troops. Cole Ceci stopped 34 of 36 shots in the Oshawa crease while Battalion rookie Joe Vrbetic came on in relief of Christian Propp to surrender two goals on 14 shots in his OHL debut. Noel and Henderson become the first Generals teammates to score a hat-trick in the same game since March 2007.
WINDSOR 7, SAGINAW 5
The Windsor Spitfires and Saginaw Spirit combined for seven first period goals, both teams made goaltending changes, and the host Spits prevailed in a 7-5 decision. Saginaw led 4-3 after 20 minutes before the Spitfires came out and scored four consecutive goals to take a 7-4 lead. Rookie forward Jean-Luc Foudy (1) was the star of the show, scoring his first career goal while adding three assists. Jordan Frasca (1), Grayson Ladd (1), Connor Corcoran (1), Luke Boka (1), Nathan Staios (1) and Tyler Angle (2) joined Foudy on the scoresheet while rookie netminder Kari Piiroinen earned the win in relief of Michael DiPietro. On the Saginaw side of things Albert Michnac (3), Nicholas Porco (2), Jake Goldowski (1), Cole Coskey (1) and Blade Jenkins (1) were goal-scorers while rookie goaltender Tristan Lennox made his OHL debut in relief of Cameron Lamour. The Spitfires improve to 2-1 with the win.
BARRIE 10, SUDBURY 3
The Barrie Colts continued their early-season dominance at home, putting up a 10-spot against the Central Division rival Sudbury Wolves. Overage forward Lucas Chiodo (2, 3, 4) led the way with three goals and two assists, netting his first OHL hat-trick. Sophomore sensation Ryan Suzuki (2) equalled that output with a goal and four helpers. In addition to scoring a highlight reel goal, Buffalo Sabres prospect Matej Pekar (3) added two assists. Ben Hawerchuk (2, 3) scored twice while Joey Keane rounded out Barrie’s top performers with three assists. David Levin (1) opened the scoring for Sudbury 5:54 into action and they wouldn’t score again until 16:29 of the third period. Despite the lopsided score, Sudbury outshot Barrie 36-27 as Kai Edmonds got the win with a 33-save performance. Barrie improves to 2-1-0-0 while Sudbury is 1-2-0-0.