Wednesday Highlights: Fired up in Flint
FLINT 7 – GUELPH 1
It was all Firebirds on Wednesday night in Flint as Ethan Keppen (2, 3) and Max Kislinger (2, 3) each scored twice in a 7-1 win over the Guelph Storm. The Birds climbed out to a 4-0 lead after 40 minutes and never looked back, improving to 4-2-1-0 while putting last weekend’s road trip behind them. Maurizio Colella (3), Nicolas Mattinen (2) and Nicholas Caamano (3) also scored for Flint while Ryan Moore collected three assists. Flint outshot Guelph 39-25 as goaltender Garrett Forrest made 24 saves on the night. Guelph’s lone goal came off the stick of Matt Hotchkiss (1) while Anthony Popovich surrendered three goals on 20 shots before giving way to Cole Ceci. The Storm are now 3-3-0-1 as they return home to face Niagara on Friday.
OWEN SOUND 5 – ERIE 2
2018 NHL Draft prospect Aidan Dudas (3, 4) scored twice as the Owen Sound Attack proved too much for the Erie Otters in a 5-2 home ice victory. Veteran captain Jacob Friend (1) had a goal and an assist while Alan Lyszczarczyk (4) and Kevin Hancock (2) also found the back of the net as the Bears outshot the Otters 39-24. Rookie goaltender Mack Guzda made 22 saves to record his first OHL win, surrendering Erie goals by Ivan Lodnia (3) and Kyle Maksimovich (5) while defenceman Owen Headrick had a pair of assists. The Attack improve to 4-1-0-2 while the Otters fall to 2-5-1-0.
SAULT STE. MARIE 6 – SAGINAW 3
Veteran defenceman Mac Hollowell (1, 2) recorded a career-high four points including two goals and two assists, leading the Soo Greyhounds past the visiting Saginaw Spirit 6-3. Philadelphia Flyers prospect Morgan Frost (2) recorded a goal and two assists while OHL scoring leader Boris Katchouk (9) stretched his point streak to eight games with a goal and an assist. Ryan Roth (2) and Jack Kopacka (2) also found the twine as the Greyhounds overcame a 3-1 deficit, winning despite being outshot 41-35. Los Angeles Kings prospect Matthew Villalta made 38 saves to record the win while Saginaw’s Evan Cormier turned aside 29 shots at the other end. Damien Giroux (2, 3) scored twice for the Spirit while rookie forward Ryan Stepien (1) scored his first career OHL goal. The Hounds improve to an OHL-best 6-1-1-0 record while the Spirit drop their third straight and sit at 1-4-1-0.