Thursday Highlights: Svechnikov nets first hat-trick
BARRIE 3 – NORTH BAY 1
Top 2018 NHL Draft prospect Andrei Svechnikov (4, 5, 6) has his first OHL hat-trick, providing all three goals in a 3-1 home ice win against the North Bay Battalion. Svechnikov scored twice in the first before hitting an empty net shorthanded to complete the trifecta as the Colts improved to 4-1-0-1. Overage goaltender Leo Lazarev dazzled with 34 saves as the Colts won despite being outshot 35-26 while holding North Bay to an 0-for-9 night on the power play. Veteran counterman Brett McKenzie returned to the North Bay lineup in the loss as Brady Lyle (2) provided the lone Battalion goal on a goalmouth scramble. The Troops now sit at 3-1-1-0 on the season.
SAULT STE. MARIE 4 – WINDSOR 3 – OT
The Soo Greyhounds overcame a late deficit to claim a 4-3 overtime win in Windsor as New York Rangers prospect Tim Gettinger (4) scored the game winner 1:58 into the extra frame. Tampa Bay Lightning second rounder Boris Katchouk (6) tied the score at three with 3:11 remaining in the third frame, setting the stage for Gettinger to come down his off-wing and snap a quick release past the blocker of Windsor’s Michael DiPietro. The Hounds improve to 4-1-1-0 as Katchouk (5, 6) scored twice on the night while Barrett Hayton (3) had a goal and an assist and Mac Hollowell recorded a pair of helpers in his season debut. The Greyhounds outshot the Spitfires 38-23 as DiPietro made 34 saves in the loss. Veteran captain Aaron Luchuk (4, 5) scored twice while rookie Mathew MacDougall (2) scored in the third period as the Spits now sit at 3-1-1-0.
SUDBURY 5 – NIAGARA 2
The Sudbury Wolves broke out for their first win of the season on Thursday as three second period goals powered them to a 5-2 win in Niagara. Montreal Canadiens prospect Michael Pezzetta (3) led the way with a goal and an assist while 2018 NHL Draft prospect David Levin (2) scored a highlight reel goal with 4:17 left in the second. Rookie defenceman Liam Ross’ (1) first OHL goal stood as the game winner while Troy Lajeunesse (2) and Darian Pilon (1) also had markers. Sudbury goaltender Jake McGrath earned first star honours with 25 saves on the night, surrending IceDogs goals by Ben Jones (2) and rookie Andrew Bruder (1) who scored the first of his OHL career. The Wolves improve to 1-3-2-0 in the Central Division.
PETERBOROUGH 3 – FLINT 1
A fast-paced, high-shooting affair saw the Peterborough Petes outgun the visiting Flint Firebirds 3-1 as the two clubs combined for 97 shots on goal. Logan DeNoble (3), Adam Timleck (2) and Jonathan Ang (4) all had goals for Peterborough while Nikita Korostelev recorded an assist in his season debut. Edmonton Oilers prospect Dylan Wells turned aside 46 of a Flint Firebirds record 47 shots sent his way, surrendering the lone marker off a redirection by Jake Durham (2). The Petes sent 50 shots the way of Flint’s Garrett Forrest as the overage goaltender stopped 47 on the night. The Petes improve to 3-2-0-0 while the Firebirds suffer their first loss of the season and sit at 3-1-0-0.