Thursday Highlights: Steelheads swim to fifth straight win
MISSISSAUGA 6 – GUELPH 5
A team that surged in the second half last season, the Mississauga Steelheads look poised to do it again. Albert Michnac (18, 19) scored twice against his former club in a back-and-forth affair as the Trout took their fifth straight win in a 6-5 decision over the visiting Guelph Storm. Owen Tippett (21), Michael Little (8) and Nicholas Canade (4) all had a goal and an assist while blueliner Nicolas Hague (26) also found the back of the net. Keean Washkurak and Michael McLeod both had a pair of assists while Mathieu Foget stretched his point streak to 11 games with a helper. The Storm made things interesting after falling behind 6-3 as Nate Schnarr (12) and Isaac Ratcliffe (27) scored third period goals to bring them within one. Zach Poirier (4), Mason Primeau (4) and Cam Hillis (19) also provided Guelph goals as the Storm fell to 24-20-1-3, one point back of fifth place Saginaw in the Western Conference. The Steelheads are riding high with wins in eight of 10, improving to 23-24-0-1, two points back of sixth place Oshawa in the Eastern Conference.
HAMILTON 4 – PETERBOROUGH 3
Quick third period goals from Isaac Nurse (11) and MacKenzie Entwistle (7) put the Hamilton Bulldogs ahead of the Peterborough Petes for good as they took a 4-3 win on the road. Will Bitten (18) and Arthur Kaliyev (22) also scored while Ryan Moore picked up two assists as Hamilton improved to 32-11-3-3 atop the East Division. The Bulldogs outshot the Petes 37-27, going 2-for-4 on the power play while Peterborough managed a 3-for-6 night, scoring all three of their goals on the man advantage. Logan DeNoble (21), Pavel Gogolev (19) and Semyon Der-Arguchintsev (8) all lit the lamp while Nikita Korostelev and Matt Timms both had two assists. The Petes suffer their seventh straight loss, falling to 18-25-3-3, four points out of a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
SARNIA 5 – WINDSOR 3
Jordan Ernst (24) scored the game winner 1:41 into the third period as the Sarnia Sting overcame a 3-1 deficit on the road to come back and defeat the Windsor Spitfires 5-3. Philadelphia Flyers prospect Anthony Salinitri (19, 20) scored twice in his hometown while Franco Sproviero (8) also found the twine and Jordan Kyrou (27) also tallied. The Sting win for the 10th time in the past 11 games as Aidan Hughes made 31 saves, helping Sarnia triumph despite being outshot 34-26. Luke Boka (11), Daniel D’Amico (8) and Chris Playfair (4) had Windsor goals while rookie defenceman Nathan Staios picked up two assists. Sarnia improves to 35-12-3-0 for third in the Western Conference. The Spitfires have lost four in a row and nine of their last 10, falling to 23-21-2-2 for seventh in the Western Conference.
ERIE 2 – NORTH BAY 1
Anand Oberoi turned in a 31-save performance, helping the Erie Otters snap a 14-game road losing streak with a 2-1 win over the North Bay Battalion. Erie’s first road win since Nov. 18th featured goals from Emmett Sproule (2) and Maxim Golod (9) in a game that featured just one minor penalty. The two sides both had 32 shots on goal as North Bay rookie Brandon Coe (6) provided the lone Battalion goal 4:42 into the first period. The Battalion sees a three-game winning streak come to an end as they fall to 22-21-5-1, one point up on sixth place Oshawa in the Eastern Conference. The Otters improve their record to 14-26-6-3, 12 points out of a playoff spot in the Western Conference.