SAULT STE. MARIE 6 – SARNIA 3
Fresh off being ranked the top team in the Canadian Hockey League for the first time this season, the Soo Greyhounds put an exclamation point on the announcement, doubling up the nation’s third-ranked Sarnia Sting 6-3 on home ice. New York Rangers prospect Tim Gettinger (16, 17) scored twice while Boris Katchouk (24), Ryan Roth (8), Brett Jacklin (3) and Morgan Frost (14) added markers in the club’s 15th straight victory. The Hounds outshot the Sting 33-25 and scored twice shorthanded to improve to a CHL-best 24-3-2-0 record with 50 points. The Hounds led 6-1 before the Sting scored a pair of late goals to draw closer on the scoreboard. Hugo Leufvenius (12, 13) scored twice for Sarnia while Anthony Salinitri (13) also found the back of the net. Sting netminder Justin Fazio made 27 saves in the loss, setting a club record by playing his 148th career regular season game. The Sting trail the West Division-leading Greyhounds by four points.
GUELPH 6 – HAMILTON 3
Arizona Coyotes prospect Nate Schnarr (6, 7, 8) recorded his first career OHL hat-trick, leading the Guelph Storm over the Hamilton Bulldogs 6-3 on the road. Edmonton Oilers prospect Dmitri Samorukov (4) broke open a 3-3 tie 6:35 into the third period before Givani Smith (3) added insurance just 25 seconds later. Alexey Toropchenko (5) also scored for the Storm who won their third straight, pulling to within five points of first place Kitchener in the Midwest Division with a 15-10-1-2 record. Anthony Popovich made 30 saves on the night as the Storm won despite being outshot 33-28. Nicholas Caamano (14), MacKenzie Entwistle (1) and Ryan Moore (10) had goals for the Bulldogs who see a six-game home winning streak come to an end. Hamilton leads the East Division with a 16-7-3-3 record.