Thursday Highlights: Wolves open March with a win
SUDBURY 4 – WINDSOR 3
The Sudbury Wolves overcame an early 2-0 deficit to open the month of March with a 4-3 win in Windsor. Drake Pilon (11, 12) scored twice while Liam Ross (2) and Nolan Hutcheson (6) also tallied, helping the Wolves snap a 13-game road winless streak dating back to Dec. 10th. The win sees Sudbury rebound from seven straight losses as goaltender Marshall Frappier made 21 saves, helping his club improve to 15-37-8-0. Mathew MacDougall (16), Curtis Douglas (20) and Luke Kutkevicius (11) all scored for Windsor as the Spitfires fell to 28-27-3-2. The win is Sudbury’s first ever at the WFCU Centre, with the last victory coming Dec. 7th, 2006 at the old Windsor Arena.
HAMILTON 5 – NIAGARA 4 – OT
Sixteen-year-old Arthur Kaliyev (28) scored the game winner on a power play one-timer 30 seconds into overtime as the Hamilton Bulldogs managed to solve the Niagara IceDogs in a 5-4 road win. The back-and-forth affair saw the Bulldogs beat the IceDogs for the first time in four tries this season. Arizona Coyotes prospect MacKenzie Entwistle (11) tied the score on a deflection with 6:19 left in the third period to force overtime. Ryan Moore (15), Brandon Saigeon (34) and Kade Landry (4) also had goals while Kaliyev finished the night with a goal and two assists. Ben Jones (21), Akil Thomas (20), Sam Miletic (32) and Kirill Maksimov (31) countered with goals for Niagara as Thomas and Miletic both finished with a goal and two assists. Both teams connected on the power play with Niagara going 3-for-4 to Hamilton’s 2-for-4 mark. The Bulldogs took the shooting column 42-34 as they won their fourth straight game and lead the East Division by 11 points. The IceDogs earn a point and move one ahead of Oshawa for fourth in the Eastern Conference.
LONDON 4 – PETERBOROUGH 3
The London Knights trailed for 47 minutes of play before Nathan Dunkley (19) tied the score at three and Ottawa Senators prospect Alex Formenton (22) scored the game winner with 3:31 remaining. The Knights skated to a 4-3 road win in Peterborough as Liam Foudy (21) and Sergey Popov (8) also scored while Cole Tymkin had two assists. Joseph Raaymakers was sharp, turning aside 38 shots as the Knights were outdone 41-29 on the shot clock. The Petes fall to 22-32-3-3 as captain Logan DeNoble (24, 25) scored twice while Bobby Dow (10) also tallied. London improves to 33-23-2-2, one point back of fourth place Owen Sound in the Western Conference.
OTTAWA 4 – NORTH BAY 2
The North Bay Battalion clawed back after falling behind 2-0 before Jacob Cascagnette (15) deflected home the game winner late in the second period as the Ottawa 67’s took a 4-2 road win. San Jose Sharks prospect Sasha Chmelevski (32, 33) scored twice while Travis Barron (15) picked up an empty netter. Tye Felhaber had two assists in the Ottawa win while Olivier Tremblay stopped 34 of the 36 shots he faced. Ottawa’s third straight victory helps them climb ahead of North Bay into sixth in the Eastern Conference with a 28-24-5-3 record. Adam Thilander (9) had a goal and an assist while Justin Brazeau (37) also lit the lamp as the Troops suffered their third straight loss. North Bay outshot Ottawa 36-28 as the Battalion went 2-for-6 on the power play to Ottawa’s 2-for-3 mark.
OWEN SOUND 4 – ERIE 0
The Owen Sound Attack earned their fourth straight road win as Olivier Lafreniere stopped all 21 shots he faced in his first OHL shutout. The Attack defeated the Erie Otters 4-0 behind goals from Brady Lyle (10), Jonah Gadjovich (21), Ethan Szypula (14) and Mitchell Russell (2). Erie’s Daniel Murphy made 37 saves, holding the Attack to just one goal through 40 minutes of play. Erie falls to 20-31-7-3, 11 points back of Guelph and Windsor in the Western Conference. Owen Sound holds down fourth in the West with a 32-21-2-5 record and wins in eight of their last 10.