Wednesday Highlights: Hounds first to reach 30-win mark
SAULT STE. MARIE 5 – SUDBURY 4 – OT
Veteran centreman David Miller (15) scored unassisted 3:25 into overtime to lead the Soo Greyhounds to a 5-4 road win over the northern rival Sudbury Wolves. The Hounds become the CHL’s first team to reach the 30-win mark this season. Sudbury clawed back from a 4-1 deficit, scoring three times in the final six minutes of the third period to knot the score at four and earn themselves a point in the overtime loss. New Jersey Devils prospect Blake Speers (2) had a goal and an assist in the win while Tim Gettinger (20), Boris Katchouk (20) and Jack Kopacka (14) also lit the lamp. The Hounds scored a pair of shorthanded goals in the win while Joseph Raaymakers made 37 saves, helping his club win its third straight game and become the OHL’s first 30-game winner. Minnesota Wild prospect Dmitry Sokolov (31, 32) registered his fifth straight two-goal contest while Michael Pezzetta (6) and Ryan Valentini (12) also had goals. Sudbury climbs one point ahead of Mississauga atop the Central Division.
OWEN SOUND 8 – GUELPH 2
2017 NHL Draft prospect Jonah Gadjovich (22, 23, 24) netted a natural hat-trick and added an assist as the Owen Sound Attack set a new franchise record with their 11th straight win. Kevin Hancock (18) and Zachary Roberts (5) each had a goal and two assists as Owen Sound defeated the visiting Guelph Storm 8-2. The Attack outshot Guelph 42-23, going 2-for-7 on the power play while staying out of the box as the Storm didn’t have a single power play opportunity on the night. Owen Sound defenceman Sean Durzi had three assists while Markus Phillips (6), Matthew Struthers (4) and Petrus Palmu (24) also found the back of the net. Guelph goals came from Nick Deakin-Poot (3) and Isaac Ratcliffe (19) while rookie defenceman Nolan Makkonen had an assist in his OHL debut. Attack goaltender Michael McNiven made 21 saves to earn his 58th career victory, pushing him into third on the franchise’s all-time list. Owen Sound’s winning streak surpasses 10-game trends set during the 1996-97 and 2004-05 seasons. They haven’t lost a game since December 4th and improve to 27-13-1-0, two points out of first place in the Midwest Division.
SARNIA 4 – HAMILTON 2
Overage captain Kevin Spinozzi (8) had a goal and an assist, registering his 100th career OHL point as the Sarnia Sting doubled up visiting Hamilton 4-2. Jordan Kyrou (15), Ryan McGregor (13) and Jaden Lindo (13) also tickled the twine as the Sting outshot the Bulldogs 41-21. 2017 NHL Draft prospect Matthew Strome (21, 22) scored both Hamilton goals in the loss while Kaden Fulcher turned aside 37 shots against his former club. Sarnia sits seventh in the Western Conference with a record of 19-16-5-1, three points back of the Kitchener Rangers.