Friday Highlights: Frontenacs stun first place 67’s


Overage captain Ryan Cranford (15) scored the game winner midway through the third period as the Kingston Frontenacs stunned visiting Ottawa as the OHL’s 20th placed team defeated the league leader by a score of 3-2. Sophomore blueliner Adrien Beraldo (7, 8) scored a pair of power play goals while Brendan Bonello turned aside 37 shots as the Fronts ended their 15-game losing skid despite being outshot 39-13. ¬†The 67’s, who hadn’t lost in regulation¬†over a 15 game span dating back to Jan. 13th, had goals from Graeme Clarke (18) and Kody Clark (15). Kingston earns its first win since Jan. 13th, improving to 13-44-1-1. Ottawa drops to 44-10-3-2.


Barrie Colts captain Jason Willms (16) scored 2:09 into overtime, giving his team a 1-0 road win over the Central Division rival Sudbury Wolves as rookie netminder Jet Greaves turned in a 37-save shutout. St. Louis Blues prospect Tyler Tucker drew the lone assist on the Willms winner as he put Barrie’s 29th shot of the game past Sudbury’s Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen who was otherwise flawless. The Colts rebound from consecutive losses to earn two big points, pulling them back within three points of the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. Sudbury picks up a point and owns a 35-17-3-2 record for fourth in the Eastern Conference. The two teams wrap up their season series on Saturday night in Barrie.


Down 3-2 early in the third period, goals from Jonathan Yantsis (40) and Rickard Hugg (28) brought the Kitchener Rangers back to defeat visiting Sault Ste. Marie 4-3. Joseph Garreffa (22) and Greg Meireles (30) also scored Kitchener goals while rookie Reid Valade picked up a pair of assists. The Rangers carried the play, outshooting the Greyhounds 36-27. Hounds forward Morgan Frost became the OHL’s first 100-point scorer of 2018-19, also registering his 300th career OHL point in the process with a pair of assists. Ryan Roth (20), Keeghan Howdeshell (39) and Jaromir Pytlik (7) scored Sault Ste. Marie goals while Mac Hollowell chipped in with a pair of assists. Matthew Villalta turned aside 32 shots in the loss as the Hounds saw a three-game winning streak snapped. The Rangers shake off a 10-2 loss on Thursday, improving to 28-26-3-1 for fifth in the Western Conference. Sault Ste. Marie falls to 38-13-6-1, holding a four point lead atop the West Division.


The London Knights recovered from consecutive losses, returning to home ice to defeat the Hamilton Bulldogs 4-2. Adam Boqvist (17), Connor McMichael (34), Billy Moskal (12) and Kevin Hancock (47) scored London goals while Liam Foudy earned a pair of assists. The Knights outshot the Bulldogs 40-23 in a game that featured a combined 16 power plays. Rookie netminder Zachary Roy made 36 saves in the loss for the Bulldogs as goals came from Logan Morrison (12) and Isaac Nurse (13). The Knights earn their 40th win and remain in first place in the Western Conference with 87 points. Hamilton sits sixth in the Eastern Conference with a record of 27-27-3-2.


The Oshawa Generals stretched their winning streak to eight games as Florida Panthers prospect Serron Noel (31, 32) scored a pair of goals and 19-year-old defenceman Matthieu Franche (2) netted the game winner 5:43 into the third period. Oshawa stopped Mississauga’s three game run as Nando Eggenberger (23) and Nicolas Mattinen (17) also found the back of the net and Kyle Keyser made 33 saves. The Steelheads outshot the Generals 36-29, getting goals from Cole Carter (34), Richard Whittaker (7) and Nicholas Canade (5) in the loss. Anthony Salinitri and Allan McShane both had two assists as the Generals improved to 38-18-3-0 for third place in the Eastern Conference. Mississauga sits fifth with a record of 29-22-5-2.


Philadelphia Flyers prospect Isaac Ratcliffe (38, 39, 40) scored a natural hat-trick, becoming the first back-to-back 40-goal scorer in franchise history since 1995 (Jeff O’Neill) as the Guelph Storm clinched a playoff spot in a 4-1 win over visiting Erie. Ratcliffe scored in the final minute of the first, inside the first two minutes of the second and completed his hat-trick with 3:23 left in the second frame before Keegan Stevenson (18) added a third period goal for the Storm. Anthony Popovich stopped 28 of 29 in the crease, surrendering Erie’s lone goal off the stick of Alex Gritz. Nick Suzuki picked up a pair of assists for Guelph as the Storm became the fourth team in the Western Conference to clinch a playoff spot, improving to 31-16-6-4. Erie suffers a third straight loss, falling to 23-31-2-1 as the ninth place team in the Western Conference.


Hugo Leufvenius (33, 34) had two goals and an assist as the Sarnia Sting took care of visiting North Bay 6-2. Sean Josling (17, 18) scored a pair of goals while Nick Grima (4) and Franco Sproviero (20) also found the scoresheet and rookie Jacob Perreault recorded two assists. Harrison Caines (8) and Mitchell Russell (11) scored for the Battalion while Mat Hardwick picked up his first OHL point with an assist. Sarnia outshot North Bay 39-29 as Ethan Langevin made 27 saves for the win. Sarnia improves to 25-28-5-2, two points back of sixth place Owen Sound in the Western Conference. North Bay drops a third straight decision, falling to 25-27-3-2 for an eighth place tie with Peterborough in the Eastern Conference.



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