Thursday Highlights: Troops reverse fortunes with seventh straight win
NORTH BAY 4, OSHAWA 2
After seven straight losses the North Bay Battalion has turned things around, responding with seven straight wins to return to the .500 mark on the season. The Troops’ latest conquest, a 4-2 win over the visiting Oshawa Generals, set a new club record in the years since the franchise relocated to North Bay in 2013-14. Brad Chenier (19, 20) scored twice and added an assist while sophomore Brandon Coe (7) and newcomer Mitchell Russell (8) also capitalized. The Troops got a sterling performance from netminder Christian Propp who stopped 38 of 40 while blueliner Nick King finished with two assists and OHL scoring leader Justin Brazeau added one of his own. Anthony Salinitri (26) and Matt Brassard (7) both scored for Oshawa as the Generals went 2-for-2 on the power play and outshot the Battalion 40-28. Montreal Canadiens prospect Allan McShane finished with two assists as the Gens fall to 22-14-2-0. North Bay sits two points back of third place Mississauga in the Central Division, improving to 18-18-1-1.
LONDON 5, NIAGARA 4 – OT
The London Knights took their second overtime win over the Niagara IceDogs in recent weeks, this time on the road as Nathan Dunkley’s (15, 16) second of the night came on the power play with 27 seconds to go in the extra frame. London’s 5-4 win saw the Knights pull ahead 2-0 early before four straight Niagara goals put the IceDogs in control after two periods. London rallied in the third with a goal from Cole Tymkin (16) before Dunkley (15) tied the score with 7:10 remaining. Josh Nelson and Liam Foudy picked up assists on the OT winner as London outshot Niagara 48-35 and improved to 26-5-3-1. Rookies Matvey Guskov (6) and Sahil Panwar (3) also scored for the Knights while Joseph Raaymakers made 31 saves for the win. Vegas Golden Knights prospect Ben Jones (18, 19) scored twice for the IceDogs while Kirill Maksimov (25) and Akil Thomas (14) also tallied. NHL Draft prospect Philip Tomasino picked up two assists as the IceDogs saw their eight-game home winning streak snapped, falling to 22-8-6-0.
SAULT STE. MARIE 5, SARNIA 4 – OT
Down 4-2 with seven minutes to spare, Roman Pucek (3) and Joe Carroll (6) scored to tie things at four before overage standout Keeghan Howdeshell (29) scored his league-leading eighth game winning goal of the season as the Soo Greyhounds took a 5-4 overtime win in Sarnia. Howdeshell’s unassisted winner came 2:47 into overtime and stretches his point streak to 16 games as the Hounds outshot the Sting 38-31, extending their lead atop the West Division to three points over second place Saginaw. Jordan Sambrook (11) earned first star honours with a goal and an assist while Ryan Roth (11) also found the back of the net. Hugo Leufvenius (23) and Ryan McGregor (14) led the Sarnia attack with a goal and an assist each while Curtis Egert (10) and Colton Kammerer (1) also tallied. Sault Ste. Marie wins for the eighth time in the past 10 games, improving to 23-9-4-1 while Sarnia falls to 18-16-3-2. The two teams meet four more times on the season.
WINDSOR 5, SUDBURY 4 – OT
Quinton Byfield (15) sent things to overtime with a third period tying goal before Windsor’s Louka Henault set up Daniel D’Amico (15) in the slot for the game winner 1:16 into the extra frame. Windsor’s 5-4 victory snaps a three-game slide as rookie standout Will Cuylle (14, 15, 16) netted his first OHL hat-trick while Tyler Angle (10) also got onto the scoresheet. Cuylle found the back of the net for a sixth straight game while sophomore defenceman Nathan Staios picked up two assists. Darian Pilon (9), Nolan Hutcheson (13) and Cole Candella (6) joined Byfield on the scoresheet for Sudbury while Macauley Carson had a pair of assists. Sudbury’s fifth straight loss sees the Wolves sit five points back of first place Niagara in the Central Division with a 21-12-2-1 record.
MISSISSAUGA 6, PETERBOROUGH 5 – SO
Late goals from Cole Schwindt (8) and Alan Lyszczarczyk (18, 19) brought the Mississauga Steelheads back from down 5-3, forcing overtime and a shootout where overage captain Cole Carter scored the game winner in a 6-5 road triumph for the Fish. The Mississauga shootout win settles a score from last weekend when the Petes defeated the Steelheads 3-2 in a shootout at the PMC. The high-scoring back-and-forth contest included two goals and two assists from Lyszczarczyk while sophomore forward Keean Washkurak (6, 7) also scored twice. Draft eligible blueliner Thomas Harley picked up a pair of assists and scored in the shootout while goaltender Jacob Ingham made 42 saves and turned aside three of the four Petes shooters he faced. Detroit Red Wings prospect Zach Gallant (4) scored in his first action since Oct. 11th while other Peterborough markers came from Brady Hinz (11), Nick Robertson (12), Cameron Butler (9) and Chris Paquette (16). The Steelheads went 3-for-6 on the power play, improving to 18-15-3-1 with the win as C.J. Clarke and Duncan Penman both made their debuts. Peterborough falls to 20-16-0-1, trailing second place Oshawa by five points in the East Division.
BARRIE 3, ERIE 2
2019 NHL Draft prospect Ryan Suzuki (12) had a goal and an assist, scoring what would stand as the third period game winner as the Barrie Colts edged visiting Erie 3-2. Ben Hawerchuk (17) and Luke Bignell (5) joined Suzuki in lighting the lamp while St. Louis Blues prospect Tyler Tucker assisted on all three goals. Kai Edmonds stopped 26 of 28, surrendering Erie goals by Maxim Golod (11) and Danial Singer (9) as the Otters dropped a third straight decision, falling to 14-21-1-1. The Colts improve to 17-19-1-0.