Thursday Highlights: Sharpshooting IceDogs strike for six
NIAGARA 6, OWEN SOUND 1
Draft eligible forward Philip Tomasino (9, 10) scored twice while Jason Robertson (25) and Akil Thomas (10) each had a goal and three assists as the Niagara IceDogs defeated visiting Owen Sound 6-1. Niagara racked up 44 shots against an Attack team that is rarely outdone on the shot clock, getting additional markers from Elijah Roberts (2) and Jonathon Schaefer (2). Niagara went 2-for-8 on the power play in the chippy affair while goaltender Stephen Dhillon provided 36 saves. Zachary Roberts (3) scored the lone Attack goal. Niagara pulls into a first place tie atop the Central with a 14-7-4-0 record. Owen Sound falls to 14-11-1-2.
BARRIE 4, MISSISSAUGA 2
Jacob Tortora (4, 5, 6) recorded his first OHL hat-trick as the Barrie Colts doubled-up visiting Mississauga 4-2. Aidan Brown (6) scored the game winner midway through the third period as the Colts came back from down 2-1 with three unanswered to win. Tortora’s tear continues, giving him eight points (6-2–8) through his first four games of the season while blueliner Joey Keane picked up two assists. Cole Carter (20) and Michael Little (7) picked up Mississauga goals as the Steelheads were outshot 40-32. Kai Edmonds made 30 saves for the win in goal for the Colts. Barrie pulls to within one point of Mississauga, improving to 14-11-1-0. The Trout are now 14-10-2-0.
WINDSOR 3, SAULT STE. MARIE 2
Jordan Frasca’s (5, 6) second of the night 5:49 into the third period was the game winner as the Windsor Spitfires edged visiting Sault Ste. Marie 3-2. Daniel D’Amico (9) also scored for the Spits while Michael DiPietro made 29 saves. Keeghan Howdeshell (17) and Ryan Roth (7) were Greyhounds goal-scorers while Morgan Frost had two assists and Matthew Villalta made 32 saves. Windsor improves to 13-12-1-1. The Hounds fall to 15-7-4-1 and remain four points ahead of second place Saginaw in the West Division.
PETERBOROUGH 4, NORTH BAY 1
The Peterborough Petes skated to a fourth-straight win, defeating visiting North Bay 4-1. Rookie forward Erik Cermak (4) had a goal and an assist while 2019 NHL Draft prospect Hunter Jones made 30 saves. Brady Hinz (9), Semyon Der-Arguchintsev (3) and Cameron Butler (6) also lit the lamp while Declan Chisholm picked up two helpers. Adam McMaster (11) provided the lone North Bay goal as the Troops fell to 11-13-1-1. Peterborough climbs into a second place tie with Oshawa in the East Division, sporting a 16-11-0-0 record.
SAGINAW 2, SARNIA 1
Arizona Coyotes prospect Ivan Prosvetov was excellent once again, providing 39 saves in a 2-1 Saginaw Spirit home ice win over Sarnia. Jake Goldowski (5) and Cole Perfetti (12) combined to give Saginaw a 2-0 lead before Sarnia’s Hugo Leufvenius (18) extended his current goal-scoring streak to a season-high nine games. The Spirit would hold on to win despite being outshot 40-31. Ethan Langevin made 29 saves in the loss for Sarnia. The Spirit pull to within four points of first place in the West Division with a 14-9-1-2 record. Sarnia falls to 11-12-2-2.