Wednesday Highlights: Home ice wins close out January
FLINT 3 – SAGINAW 2 – OT
2018 NHL Draft prospect Ty Dellandrea (19, 20) tied the score at two with his second of the night inside the final minute of the third period before Toronto Maple Leafs prospect Fedor Gordeev (5) scored the game winner 49 seconds into overtime. The Flint Firebirds defeated the rival Saginaw Spirit 3-2 as Gordeev finished the night with a goal and an assist while goaltender Garrett Forrest made 37 saves. Flint’s second straight win saw both clubs register 39 shots in a free-flowing game that featured odd-man rushes and breakaways in abundance. Cole Coskey (24) and Damien Giroux (15) both scored while goaltender Evan Cormier made 36 saves as the Spirit earned a point in the OT loss. Saginaw sits one point ahead of sixth place Guelph and trails fourth place London by three points in the Western Conference. Flint improves to 15-29-3-1.
OWEN SOUND 4 – BARRIE 2
A pair of third period goals from Andrei Svechnikov (22, 23) brought the Colts within one, but the Owen Sound Attack would hold on to defeat visiting Barrie 4-2 behind goals from Jackson Doherty (5), Brett McKenzie (13), Maksim Sushko (22) and Kevin Hancock (14). Blueliner Cole Cameron earned first star honours with a pair of assists while Olivier Lafreniere made 23 saves in goal. Barrie’s Leo Lazarev made 43 saves in the loss as the Colts were outshot 47-25. The Attack beat the Colts for the first time in four tries this season, pulling to within a point of seventh place Windsor with a 21-19-2-5 record. The Colts drop their second straight decision and continue to trail first place Niagara by two points in the Central Division.
SAULT STE. MARIE 4 – SUDBURY 0
Philadelphia Flyers prospect Morgan Frost (29) had a goal and two assists while Matthew Villalta stopped all 22 shots he faced as the Soo Greyhounds earned their fourth straight win, blanking visiting Sudbury 4-0. Brett Jacklin (4). Taylor Raddysh (22) and Jordan Sambrook (9) also scored for the Hounds while Jack Kopacka had a pair of assists. Sault Ste. Marie outshot Sudbury 30-22, handing the Wolves their fourth straight loss. The Greyhounds improve to an OHL-best 41-5-2-1 with wins in eight of their last 10 outings.