Wednesday Highlights: Fronts gain valuable points
KINGSTON 2 – MISSISSAUGA 1 – SO
Overage defenceman Nathan Billitier scored the shootout winner as the Kingston Frontenacs snuck past the Mississauga Steelheads 2-1 on the road. A jam-packed School Day Game crowd of 4,235 in Mississauga saw a 28-save performance from Carolina Hurricanes prospect Jeremy Helvig as he backstopped the Frontenacs to victory. Jason Robertson (29) scored Kingston’s lone goal in regulation while Linus Nyman also converted in the shootout. Mississauga’s lone goal came off the stick of Jacob Cascagnette (13) as the Steelheads claimed one point in the loss, extending their streak to 10 straight games undefeated in regulation. Kingston climbs three points ahead of fifth place Hamilton for the fourth and final home ice spot in the first round of the Eastern Conference playoffs.
ERIE 5 – LONDON 1
The Erie Otters won a franchise record-tying 11th straight contest, taking a commanding 5-1 win over the visiting London Knights to take a four point lead atop the Western Conference. Otters captain Dylan Strome (14, 15) led the way with two goals and an assist while Chicago Blackhawks prospect Alex DeBrincat (47) became the OHL’s first 100-point scorer of the season, reaching the century mark for the third year in a row. Warren Foegele (19) and Darren Raddysh (15) also had goals as the Otters outshot the Knights 31-17, improving to 3-1 against them on the season. Evan Bouchard (8) scored the London goal as the Knights went 0-for-3 on the power play. The two clubs meet again on March 10th in London.
OWEN SOUND 4 – FLINT 0
Montreal Canadiens prospect Michael McNiven stopped all 16 shots he faced, extending his shutout streak to 134:47 in a 4-0 blanking of the visiting Flint Firebirds. McNiven’s 10th career regular season shutout makes him the new Attack franchise leader as the Bears won their fifth straight contest. Cordell James (22, 23) scored twice while Nick Pryce (6) and Petrus Palmu (31) also found the back of the net. Owen Sound went 2-for-4 on the power play and outshot Flint 35-16, ending the Firebirds’ run of six straight undefeated in regulation. The Attack trail the second place London Knights by just three points in the Midwest Division.
SARNIA 6 – GUELPH 2
The Sarnia Sting jumped back into seventh place in the Western Conference as 2017 NHL Draft prospect Adam Ruzicka (19, 20) scored twice in a 6-2 win over the visiting Guelph Storm. Blueliner Jordan Ernst (6) had a goal and an assist while Nick Grima (3), Louis Latta (3) and Franco Sproviero (12) also lit the lamp as the Sting got back on the winning track, outshooting Guelph 48-28. Justin Fazio made 26 saves in goal, allowing Guelph markers from Dmitri Samorukov (4) and Givani Smith (21). The Storm fall to 18-30-3-2 following their third straight loss.
SAULT STE. MARIE 7 – SUDBURY 2
The Sudbury Wolves have played the Soo Greyhounds tough this season, but not on Wednesday as the Hounds exploded for a 7-2 win on home ice. Zach Senyshyn (34, 35) and Blake Speers (11, 12) each scored twice while Conor Timmins had three assists as the Hounds went 3-for-5 on the power play and outshot Sudbury 54-25. Otto Makinen (7), Bobby MacIntyre (22) and Jack Kopacka (23) also scored as Sault Ste. Marie improved to 38-14-2-1, five points ahead of second place Windsor atop the West Division. Chandler Yakimowicz (9) and Macauley Carson (19) scored for Sudbury as the Wolves remain five points back of fifth place Hamilton in the Eastern Conference.