Thursday Highlights: Sime slams the door as Troops win a big one
NORTH BAY 4 – SUDBURY 0
Julian Time stopped all 23 shots he faced to backstop the North Bay Battalion took a key victory in their quest for an Eastern Conference playoff berth. Brett Hargrave (15), Brett McKenzie (29), Zach Poirier (14) and Adam McMaster (5) all had goals as the Troops silenced the Central Division rival Sudbury Wolves 4-0 on home ice. Zach Shankar had two assists from the back end as the Battalion outshot Sudbury 39-23, holding the Wolves to 0-for-6 on the power play. The win brings the Battalion to within one point of ninth place Sudbury in the Eastern Conference as the two teams meet again in the back end of a home-and-home on Friday in Sudbury.
OWEN SOUND 6 – WINDSOR 1
The Owen Sound set a new franchise record with their 47th win of the season, overpowering the Windsor Spitfires 6-1 on the road. Veteran rearguard Santino Centorame had a goal and two assists to earn first star honours while Nick Suzuki (44), Cordell James (33), Jonah Gadjovich (43), Nick Pryce (7) and Petrus Palmu (39) also lit the lamp. The Attack took the shooting column 29-20 while Windsor rookie Tyler Angle (2) scored the lone goal for the Spits. The Attack climb three points ahead of fourth place London in the Western Conference though the Knights hold a game in hand. Owen Sound is just one point back of the first place Erie Otters in the Midwest Division.
PETERBOROUGH 4 – HAMILTON 0
After Scott Smith led by example with his first OHL shutout on Tuesday, Dylan Wells followed in his footsteps with a flawless 37-save performance to help the Petes clinch an East Division title with a 4-0 win over visiting Hamilton. Nikita Korostelev (29), Logan DeNoble (34), Matthew Timms (11) and Jonathan Ang (27) provided the scoring while overage veteran Kyle Jenkins gathered a pair of assists. Hamilton’s Kaden Fulcher made 39 saves in the loss as the Bulldogs missed an opportunity to pad their lead over Kingston for home ice advantage in their first round playoff series. Peterborough’s East Division title is the first by the franchise since their last OHL Championship in 2006.
MISSISSAUGA 4 – NIAGARA 1
Rookie netminder Jacob Ingham made 43 saves to lead the Mississauga Steelheads to a 4-1 road win in Niagara. Ryan McLeod (8), Michael McLeod (23), Brendan Harrogate (16) and Spencer Watson (27) took care of the scoring for the Fish who win for the eighth time in the past 10 games. Johnny Corneil (31) provided the lone goal for Niagara as the IceDogs missed out on an opportunity to further solidify themselves in a four-way logjam with Ottawa, Sudbury and North Bay at the bottom of the Eastern Conference. The Steelheads have won all five meetings with the IceDogs this season as the two clubs will wrap up the season series on Sunday in Mississauga.