Wednesday Highlights: Maier mobilizes Troops in midweek win
NORTH BAY 4, OTTAWA 3
A late Ottawa 67’s comeback attempt fell short as the North Bay Battalion rode out a 4-3 home ice win behind two-goal performances from David Maier (1, 2) and Matthew Struthers (4, 5). Christian Propp made 41 saves to backstop to help the heavily outshot Troops shake a four-game slide without the presence of Stan Butler behind the bench. Veteran captain Justin Brazeau chipped in three assists while Brad Chenier recorded two helpers. The 67’s had goals from Quinn Yule (2), Tye Felhaber (5) and Noel Hoefenmayer (2) as they outshot the Battalion 44-26. North Bay improves to 2-4-0-0 while Ottawa falls to .500 at 3-3-0-0.
OWEN SOUND 5, SARNIA 2
The Owen Sound Attack sent 50 shots on the Sarnia Sting goal, scoring five times as the reunited duo of Kevin Hancock (2, 3) and Nick Suzuki conntected twice. The Bears took a 5-2 win over the visiting Sting as sophomore forward Mitchell Russell (2, 3) joined Hancock with two goals while Alan Lyszczarczyk (3) tacked on insurance in the final minute of the second period. Mack Guzda got the win in goal with a 30-save effort while Suzuki finished the night with three assists. Sean Durzi collected two assists in his season debut after returning from the Toronto Maple Leafs. Sean Josling (1) and Theo Hill (1) scored for Sarnia while Aidan Hughes made 35 saves through 40 minutes before being relieved by Ethan Langevin. The loss is Sarnia’s first of the season as they drop to 3-1-0-0 while Owen Sound improves to 2-3-0-0.
SAGINAW 6, FLINT 2
The Saginaw Spirit took the first of eight meetings against their cross-state rival the Flint Firebirds as Nicholas Porco (4, 5) scored twice in a 6-2 road win. Damien Giroux (1), Bode Wilde (1), Jake Goldowski (2) and Cole Perfetti (3) also got in on the offence as Saginaw outshot Flint 35-27, going 2-for-5 on the man advantage. Arizona Coyotes prospect Ivan Prosvetov made 25 saves including a penalty shot for his first OHL win as the Spirit improved to 2-2-1-0. Jacob Winterton (2) and Ethan Keppen (3) scored for the Firebirds as they dropped their fifth straight decision to start the season. Newly acquired forward Lucas Rowe made his Firebirds debut.