PETERBOROUGH 2 – KINGSTON 1
It was a big night for the Robertson family as relatives came from as far as California to witness the first OHL meeting of brothers Jason and Nick in an East Division rivalry. It would be younger brother Nick Robertson (1) who enjoyed a big night on Thursday, scoring the game winning goal with 9:16 left in the third period as the host Peterborough Petes defeated the Kingston Frontenacs 2-1. The younger Robertson also set up Peterborough’s first goal, finding Adam Timleck (5) in the slot 2:58 into the second period to knot the score at one. The Petes outshot Kingston 47-23 to improve to 5-2-0-1 as Frontenacs goaltender Mario Peccia turned in a 45-save effort. Brett Neumann (3) provided Kingston’s lone goal in the loss as the Frontenacs are 5-2-0-0.
OTTAWA 4 – NORTH BAY 3 – OT
The Ottawa 67’s stayed hot beyond regulation, taking their third straight win beyond the 60-minute mark as Mathieu Foget (3, 4) scored 25 seconds into overtime. The 67’s took a 4-3 road win over the North Bay Battalion as Tye Felhaber set up Foget for his second of the night that stood as the game winner. Kody Clark (2) and rookie Graeme Clarke (4) also scored for the Barber Poles while goaltender Olivier Tremblay made 27 saves. Felhaber finished the game with two assists to extend his point streak to four games. The Battalion earned a point but suffered their fourth straight loss as Daniel Walker (2) and Justin Brazeau (2) found the back of the net while 2017 third overall OHL Priority Selection choice Brandon Coe (1) scored his first career OHL goal. The Troops outshot Ottawa 30-22 but fall to 3-2-2-0.
BARRIE 7 – ERIE 5
The Barrie Colts and Erie Otters scored in bunches on Thursday, but it would be the host Colts who took a 7-5 win thanks to a four-point night from 2018 NHL Draft prospect Andrei Svechnikov (9, 10). Svechnikov took over the OHL scoring lead with two goals and two assists while teammates Alexey Lipanov (3) and Lucas Chiodo (4) both recorded a goal and two helpers. The Colts climbed out to a 4-0 lead but the Otters made a game of things, pulling to within a goal to end the second period down 4-3. The Colts would outpace the Otters in the third as Kyle Heitzner (1) scored the game winner with 4:21 to go on a beautiful feed from Svechnikov. Zach Magwood (5) and Curtis Douglas (4) also scored for Barrie as the Colts won despite being outshot 39-31. The Colts improve to 6-2-0-1 to lead the Central Division with 13 points while their 39 goals for leads the league. The Otters dropped to 2-6-1-0 as Minnesota Wild prospect Ivan Lodnia (4, 5) scored twice and Kyle Maksimovich recorded three assists. Other Erie goals came from Owen Headrick (3), Stephane Patry (1) and Cade Robinson (1).
WINDSOR 3 – LONDON 1
The Windsor Spitfires raised their 2017 Mastercard Memorial Cup championship banner pre-game and carried that momentum into action as veteran captain Aaron Luchuk (7, 8) scored twice in a 3-1 win over the visiting London Knights. Vancouver Canucks prospect Michael DiPietro turned aside 28 of 29 shots and Cole Purboo (3) hit the empty net as the Spits rebounded from a lopsided loss to improve to 5-2-1-0. London’s Harrison Cottam (1) opened the scoring with his first career OHL goal, but that’s all the Knights could manage as they fell to 1-7-0-0 to open the season.