Thursday Highlights: Wolves claw closer to Central Division lead
SUDBURY 3 – NORTH BAY 2 OT
Veteran defenceman Aiden Jamieson (1) scored his first goal of the season 2:53 into overtime as the Sudbury Wolves took a 3-2 win in North Bay to draw within two points of the Central Division lead. The Wolves haven’t won a division title since 2001, but are within striking distance after Zack Bowman made 37 saves to keep them in the game while Liam Dunda (5) and Shane Bulitka (3) also scored. Sudbury was outshot 39-31 but managed to hand North Bay its sixth straight loss. Brett McKenzie (17) and Brad Chenier (5) had goals for the Battalion.
KITCHENER 2 – WINDSOR 1
St. Louis Blues prospect Luke Opilka made 34 saves to help the Kitchener Rangers edge the Windsor Spitfires 2-1 on the road. The Rangers prevailed despite being outshot 35-18 as Adam Mascherin (25) and Jake Henderson (5) both scored to help Kitchener stay within a point of Owen Sound in the Midwest Division. Jeremiah Addison (14) scored for the Spitfires who now trail Sault Ste. Marie by five points in the West Division.
SAULT STE. MARIE 4 – SAGINAW 3
2017 NHL Draft prospect Conor Timmins (5, 6) scored twice as the Soo Greyhounds took a 4-3 win in Saginaw. New Jersey Devils prospect Colton White scored the game winner with just 1:04 left in the third period as the Spirit lost their second home ice heartbreaker in as many nights. David Miller (13) also scored for the Hounds, who improve to 17-3-0-0 on the road this season. Matthew Villalta made 28 saves in goal, allowing Saginaw goals by Kirill Maksimov (5), Brady Gilmour (10) and Hayden Hodgson (19). Liam Hawel had a pair of assists for Sault Ste. Marie as the Hounds added to their West Division lead. The Spirit sit two points behind Flint for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference.
NIAGARA 5 – BARRIE 3
The Niagara IceDogs overcame a 3-1 deficit as Matthew Philip (9) scored the game winner with 2:32 left in the third period as they defeated the Barrie Colts 5-3 on the road. Danial Singer (5) opened the scoring before Akil Thomas (13), Ondrej Machala (4), Philip and Johnny Corneil (11) all scored to complete the comeback. Stephen Dhillon made 35 saves in goal while Chris Paquette, Oliver Castleman and Ryan Mantha had two assists as the IceDogs pull into a tie with Mississauga for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. Ben Hawerchuk (3), Giordano Finoro (5) and Aidan Brown (2) all scored for Barrie.
PETERBOROUGH 7 – OTTAWA 5
Make it nine wins in a row. Zach Gallant (11, 12) had two goals and an assist as the Peterborough Petes got past the Ottawa 67’s 7-5 on home ice. Florida Panthers prospect Jonathan Ang (15) scored the game winner with 7:11 to go in the third period and added three assists as the Petes climb to within three points of first place Oshawa in the East Division. Kyle Jenkins (7), C.J. Clarke (6), Logan DeNoble (21) and Matthew Timms (4) also scored for the Petes who outshot Ottawa 38-30. Russian winger Artur Tyanulin (15) led the way for Ottawa in the loss, recording a goal and two helpers while Nolan Gardiner (1), Patrick White (14), Travis Barron (5) and Sam Bitten (2) also scored.