Thursday Highlights: Spirit get Wilde in overtime
SAGINAW 4, NORTH BAY 3 – OT
New York Islanders prospect Bode Wilde (4, 5) scored his second of the night 49 seconds into overtime as the Saginaw Spirit skated to a 4-3 win in North Bay. The 6-foot-3 defender went coast-to-coast for the highlight reel winner as newly named head coach Chris Lazary won in his debut. The Spirit overcame a 3-1 deficit behind third period goals from Brady Gilmour (6) and Damien Giroux (9). Wilde finished the night with two goals and an assist while goaltender Ivan Prosvetov turned aside 28 shots. Kurtis Evans (1), Justin Brazeau (21) and Brandon Coe (6) all scored for the Troops while Mason Primeau and Harrison Caines each picked up a pair of assists. Saginaw improves to 12-9-1-1 while the Battalion sit at the bottom of the Central Division following their fourth straight loss, falling to 10-11-1-1.
LONDON 7, MISSISSAUGA 4
The London Knights made it 10 straight wins on Team of the Century Night as Chicago Blackhawks first round pick Adam Boqvist (3, 4) starred with two goals and an assist in a 7-4 victory over the Mississauga Steelheads. The victory came on Sportsnet and NHL Network as newcomer Paul Cotter (1) scored his first as a Knight while Nathan Dunkley (8), Evan Bouchard (4), Billy Moskal (4) and Alex Formenton (7) also tallied. The Knights went 2-for-3 on the power play as Formenton finished with a goal and two helpers while Moskal and Cotter went a combined 23-for-31 in the faceoff circle. Owen Tippett (17), Cole Carter (19), Alan Lyszczarczyk (10) and Ryan McLeod (6) all had a goal and an assist for Mississauga. London’s Joseph Raaymakers made 33 saves for the win, stopping Lyszczarczyk on a third period penalty shot attempt. The Knights climb to 16-4-2-0 while Mississauga sees a four-game winning streak snapped and sits at 14-7-2-0.
BARRIE 7 – ERIE 5
Ben Hawerchuk (10, 11) returned from suspension to score twice and lead the Barrie Colts to a 7-5 win in Erie on American Thanksgiving. The Colts recovered from an early 2-0 deficit as Tyson Foerster (3), Tyler Tucker (6), Aidan Brown (4), Jacob Tortora (1) and Lucas Chiodo (16) joined Hawerchuk in the goal-scoring department. Buffalo Sabres prospect Matej Pekar picked up three assists for the Colts while Kai Edmonds picked up the win in relief with 16 saves. Gera Poddubnyi (10, 11) scored twice for Erie while Danial Singer (3), Chad Yetman (11) and Ryan Martin (2) also found the back of the net. Maxim Golod picked up three assists while captain Kyle Maksimovich had one, putting him ahead of Taylor Raddysh for seventh on the Otters all-time points list. Barrie improves to 12-10-1-0 while the Otters suffer a third straight loss, falling to 9-13-1-0.
PETERBOROUGH 8, KINGSTON 2
2019 NHL Draft prospect Nick Robertson (3, 4, 5) scored his first OHL hat-trick and added a pair of assists for five points in an 8-2 Peterborough Petes victory over visiting Kingston. Arizona Coyotes prospect Liam Kirk (3, 4) scored a pair of goals while Adam Timleck (8), Matt McNamara (2) and Austin Osmanski (1) provided singles. Toronto Maple Leafs prospect Semyon Der-Arguchintsev picked up three assists as the Petes outshot the Frontenacs 46-32. Ian Derungs (4) and Kallaway Mercer (1) scored Kingston goals while newly added Ian Martin and Billy Constantinou made their Fronts debuts. Hunter Jones turned aside 30 shots to earn the win for the Petes who improve to 13-11-0-0. Kingston falls to 7-17-1-0.