Wednesday Highlights: Generals taking charge in the East
OSHAWA 5 – KINGSTON 3
Entering play just 1-5 against them on the season, the Oshawa Generals rose to the challenge to defeat the Kingston Frontenacs 5-3 on home ice and climb into fourth place in the Eastern Conference. Jack Studnicka (17), Serron Noel (26) and Renars Krastenbergs (19) each had a goal and an assist as the Generals won for the eighth time in the last 10 games. Domenico Commisso (19) scored the game winner midway through the third period while Matt Brassard (15) added an empty netter. Gabriel Vilardi (18), Jason Robertson (40) and Tyler Burnie (17) scored Kingston goals while Sean Day registered three assists. Robertson becomes the first Frontenacs player to record back-to-back 40-goal seasons since Mike Zigomanis in 2000 & 2001. The Fronts remain six points up on Oshawa for third in the conference with five games remaining for both clubs.
BARRIE 6 – HAMILTON 3
The Barrie Colts locked down their third Central Division title in the past four seasons, stringing together their fifth straight win in a 6-3 doubling-up of the Hamilton Bulldogs on the road. Lucas Chiodo (27, 28) had two goals and two assists while Aaron Luchuk (46) and Dmitry Sokolov (44) both had a goal and two helpers. The Colts climbed out to a 3-0 lead before the Bulldogs battled back to knot things up at three midway through the third period. Sokolov scored the game winner on a power play one-timer at 13:14 of the third period. Andrei Svechnikov (35) and Zach Magwood (23) added Barrie goals while Leo Lazarev made 43 saves. Barrie improves to 39-21-2-1, climbing to 3-0-0-1 against the Bulldogs this season. St. Louis Blues prospect Robert Thomas (23) had a goal and two helpers for Hamilton while Justin Lemcke (9) and Isaac Nurse (16) both found the back of the net. The Bulldogs outshot the Colts 46-28 but Barrie managed to go 2-for-3 on the man advantage.
LONDON 5 – GUELPH 2
Down 2-1 with four minutes remaining, the London Knights scored twice less than a minute apart before adding a pair of empty netters to defeat the visiting Guelph Storm 5-2 for their fourth straight win. 2018 NHL Draft prospect Evan Bouchard (23) had a goal and three assists, tying the score at two before setting up Cole Tymkin (8) for a tip on the game winner. Nathan Dunkley (20), Alex Formenton (24) and Liam Foudy (24) also scored for London while Billy Moskal, Tyler Rollo and Tymkin each had a pair of assists. The Storm have won just once in their last 10 games, seeing victory escape their grasp on Wednesday as Cedric Ralph (22) and Isaac Ratcliffe (38) found the back of the net. London outshot Guelph 36-24 and went 2-for-4 on the power play. The Knights hold a four-point cushion on Owen Sound for fourth in the Western Conference while the Storm are one point up on Saginaw for sixth in the conference.
FLINT 7 – ERIE 4
The Flint Firebirds have won back-to-back road games for the second time this season as defenceman Riley McCourt (5) scored the go-ahead goal 4:05 into the third period in a 7-4 win over the Erie Otters. Flint led 4-1 with five minutes remaining in the second before Erie scored three consecutive to tie things up at four. McCourt, Connor Roberts (17, 18) and Hunter Holmes (8, 9) scored three unanswered to put things out of reach and help the Firebirds improve to 19-39-3-2. 2018 NHL Draft prospect Ty Dellandrea (26) had a goal and two assists while Ethan Keppen (9) also found the back of the net. Flint was outshot 33-31 but went 2-for-4 on the power play. Owen Headrick (12) and Kyle Maksimovich (28) had a goal and an assist each for the Otters while other goals came from Emmett Sproule (5) and Gera Poddubnyi (15). Flint earns a third straight win while Erie falls to 21-33-7-3.