Wednesday Highlights: Generals escape with fifth straight win
OSHAWA 5 – MISSISSAUGA 4
Vancouver Canucks prospect Matt Brassard found Renars Krastenbergs (17, 18) busting through the middle to score the game winner on a breakaway with 1:17 left in regulation as the Oshawa Generals defeated visiting Mississauga 5-4. The Steelheads pitched a third period comeback, recovering from a 4-0 deficit to tie the score at four before Oshawa extended its winning streak to five games. Serron Noel (25), Danil Antropov (15) and Kyle MacLean (9) had additional goals for the Generals while Jack Studnicka picked up a pair of assists. Mississauga defenceman Nicolas Hague (30) became the first OHL defenceman to score 30 goals in a season since the year 2000 while other markers came from Cole Carter (21), Owen Tippett (30) and Trent Fox (20). Kyle Keyser stopped 40 of the 44 shots he faced to get the win as the Generals were outshot 44-32. Oshawa pulls into a fourth place tie with the Niagara IceDogs for home ice advantage, improving to 31-26-3-0. The Steelheads have their four-game winning streak snapped but remain nine points up on Peterborough for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
SAULT STE. MARIE 4 – SAGINAW 1
The Soo Greyhounds captured their 50th win and the Hamilton Spectator Trophy as OHL regular season champions with a 4-1 road win over the Saginaw Spirit. The Hounds secured their fourth West Division title in the last five years as rookies Ryan Roth (13) and Joe Carroll (7) opened the scoring before Taylor Raddysh (31) and Tim Gettinger (31) scored third period markers. Detroit Red Wings prospect Jordan Sambrook had two assists while Jack Kopacka extended his current point streak to eight games with an assist. The Greyhounds outshot the Spirit 32-20 as Tyler Johnson made 19 saves to get the win. Spirit rookie Nicholas Porco (5) provided Saginaw’s lone goal while goaltender Evan Cormier made 28 saves. The Hounds win their fifth straight game while Saginaw drops a fifth straight, falling to 27-25-8-0 for sixth in the Western Conference.