Wednesday Highlights: New-look Bears get by Rangers
OWEN SOUND 4, KITCHENER 3
The new-look Owen Sound Attack got a 35-save performance from Mack Guzda while newcomers Andrew Perrott (1) and Mark Woolley picked up points in a 4-3 win over visiting Kitchener. The post-Suzuki, Phillips and Durzi era of Attack hockey got underway with a win as Manuel Alberg (1), Brady Lyle (8) and Kaleb Pearson (8) all scored before Perrott netted the game winner with 5:15 to go in the second period. Jonathan Yantsis (27, 28) scored twice for the Rangers while Joseph Garreffa (13) also found the back of the net. Kitchener outshot Owen Sound 38-21 but Guzda was a difference-maker, backstopping the Bears to a 22-15-1-2 mark in the Midwest Division standings. Kitchener suffers a third straight loss, falling to 17-20-3-0.
SAULT STE. MARIE 4, SARNIA 2
Sophomore forward Ryan Roth (14, 15) scored twice, netting the game winner 6:07 into the third period as the Soo Greyhounds doubled-up visiting Sarnia 4-2. Cole MacKay (15) and Morgan Frost (21) also got in on the scoring as the Hounds outshot the Sting 37-29. Second-year winger Brayden Guy (12, 13) accounted for both Sting goals while Cameron Lamour made 33 saves in the loss. Los Angeles Kings prospect Matthew Villalta picked up the win with 27 saves, helping the Hounds maintain their West Division lead with a 25-10-4-1 record. Sarnia suffers a fifth straight loss, falling to 18-17-5-2 on the season.
SAGINAW 3, HAMILTON 1
The Saginaw Spirit extended their winning streak to seven games, defeating the visiting Hamilton Bulldogs 3-1. New York Islanders prospect Bode Wilde (11) scored the game winner 3:19 into the second period while Jake Goldowski (7) and Justin Murray (7) also lit the lamp, helping the Spirit remain within a point of first place Sault Ste. Marie in the West Division. Newcomers Ryan McLeod and Owen Tippett both had assists as the Spirit outshot the Bulldogs 39-27. Michigan native Nick Donofrio made 36 saves in goal for Hamilton to earn third star honours while rookie Logan Morrison (3) scored the lone goal for his team. Newly added forward Jan Jenik made his OHL debut for Hamilton in the loss. Spirit netminder Ivan Prosvetov turned aside 26 shots for his ninth straight victory. Saginaw improves to 25-11-2-2 with an 11th win in the past 12 games while Hamilton falls to 18-19-3-1.