Friday Highlights: Hats off for Hayton


After scoring an overtime winner in Saginaw on Thursday, Barrett Hayton (24, 25, 26) scored his first career OHL hat-trick as the Soo Greyhounds defeated visiting London 6-3. Mac Hollowell (24), Jaromir Pytlik (11) and Joe Carroll (9) also scored for the Greyhounds while Matthew Villalta made 20 saves before leaving the game with an injury. Ethan Taylor relieved him, turning aside 19 of 21 as the Hounds won despite being outshot 42-31. Knights captain Evan Bouchard (14, 15) scored a pair of goals while Liam Foudy (36) also struck shorthanded as London lost its third straight game, falling to 45-15-6-1. The 43-16-71 Greyhounds will finish their season in Saginaw on Sunday.


Adam Timleck (23) scored 37 seconds into overtime as the Peterborough Petes¬†rallied back from a Thursday night overtime loss to Ottawa, defeating the 67’s in their own building 3-2. Nick Robertson (27) and Zach Gallant (13) also scored for the Petes while Ottawa-area native Tye Austin made 45 saves for the win. After winning 14 consecutive on home ice, the 67’s have dropped two straight in the nation’s capital as Kevin Bahl (6) and Sasha Chmelevski (32) both scored in the loss. Ottawa outshot Peterborough 47-28. Michael DiPietro left the game with an injury five minutes into the first period after taking a shot to the mask. The Petes leapfrog Mississauga into fifth place in the Eastern Conference, winning for the fourth time in the past five games to improve to 33-30-2-2. Ottawa falls to 49-12-4-2, earning a point to tie a franchise record with 104 points.


The Sarnia Sting let a 3-0 lead get away before recovering to defeat the Windsor Spitfires 4-3 in a shootout. Sean Josling (22), Brayden Guy (19) and Mitch Eliot (17) scored for the Sting, giving them a 3-0 lead after two. Jean-Luc Foudy (7, 8) scored twice along with Connor Corcoran (10) in the third period as the Spitfires forced overtime. Hugo Leufvenius and Franco Sproviero scored shootout markers while Ethan Langevin stopped both Will Cuylle and Foudy to give the Sting the extra point. Both teams clinched a Western Conference playoff spot in the three-point game, eliminating the Erie Otters from contention. Sarnia outshot visiting Windsor 35-28 as the two clubs split their season series with three wins apiece. The 27-32-5-2 Sting sit one point up on the eighth place Spitfires in the conference. Windsor owns a 25-33-5-5 record having dropped two straight shootout decisions.


The Oshawa Generals scored six consecutive goals en route to a 6-1 road win over the Kingston Frontenacs. The Gennies scored two in each period, getting a pair from Brett Neumann (42, 43) while Danil Antropov (15), Ian Blacker (2), Anthony Salinitri (47) and Kyle MacLean (18) added singles. Rookie defender Lleyton Moore picked up a pair of assists as the Generals were dominant, outshooting the Frontenacs 36-25. Billy Constantinou (10) ended Aidan Hughes’ shutout bid with 4:07 remaining in the third period as the Fronts dropped their final home game of the season, falling to 14-51-1-1. Oshawa remains one point up on Sudbury for third in the Eastern Conference, carrying a 43-20-4-0 record into their final game of the season against the Wolves on Sunday.


Brad Chenier (28, 29) and Brandon Coe (16, 17) each had two goals and an assist as the North Bay Battalion filled the net in Mississauga, taking a 7-4 win for their third straight victory. Justin Brazeau picked up three assists to bring his season total to 110 points while Luke Burghardt (9), Luke Moncada (8) and Matthew Struthers (30) found the back of the net. Mississauga’s Thomas Harley (11) opened the scoring before the Battalion struck for seven consecutive, taking control of the game. Adam Varga (5, 6) would add a pair in the third period while Keean Washkurak (16) also scored for the Trout as they suffered their eighth loss in the past 10 games. The Steelheads were without both Cole Carter and Liam Ham to injuries as they fell to 31-29-5-2, one point back of fifth place Peterborough in the Eastern Conference. North Bay owns a 30-32-3-2 record and sits two points up on eighth place Hamilton in the conference.


Isaac Ratcliffe (49, 50) became the fourth player in Guelph Storm history to hit the 50-goal mark, powering his team to a 5-2 win over the visiting Erie Otters. MacKenzie Entwistle (26, 27) also scored twice while adding two assists for a four point effort. Nick Suzuki (34) rounded out Guelph’s scoring, hitting the empty net as the Storm earned their eighth win in the past 10 games, improving to 39-18-6-4. Joseph Mack (11) and Brendan Sellan (4) scored for the Otters, who saw their playoff hopes slip away. The 39-18-6-4 Storm visit Erie on Saturday to wrap up their regular season schedule before facing the Kitchener Rangers in the first round of the OHL Playoffs. The Otters fall to 26-37-3-1, dropping their third straight decision.


Calgary Flames prospect Adam Ruzicka (30, 31, 32, 33) netted a career high four goals as the Sudbury Wolves kept pace with third place Oshawa in the Eastern Conference, skating to an 8-4 win over the visiting Hamilton Bulldogs.¬†Owen Robinson (9) scored and tacked on four assists while Shane Bulitka also racked up four helpers. Blake Murray (30), Owen Gilhula (5) and Macauley Carson (17) also touched twine as the Wolves struck for eight goals on 35 shots. Liam Stevens (6), Dylan D’Agostino (1), Logan Morrison (14) and Arthur Kaliyev (51) scored in the loss for Hamilton. Wolves netminder Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen made 27 saves for his 37th win of the season, surpassing Don Beaupre (1978-79) for the second on the franchise’s single season wins list. The Wolves trail the first place Niagara IceDogs by two points in the Central Division and the third place Oshawa Generals by one in the conference, owning a 42-19-3-2 record. Hamilton drops a third straight decision, falling behind North Bay and into eighth in the conference with a 29-34-3-2 record.


The Owen Sound Attack jumped out to a 2-0 lead inside the opening three minutes of action. The Kitchener Rangers responded fiercely, scoring nine straight goals as Jonathan Yantsis (47, 48, 49, 50) struck four times to hit the 50-goal milestone. Tampa Bay Lightning prospect Alexey Lipanov (11, 12) tacked on a pair of goals while Riley Damiani (30), Greg Meireles (35) and Reid Valade (4) also capitalized as the Rangers scored nine times on 42 shots and went 6-for-10 on their first ranked power play. Daylon Groulx (17), Maksim Sushko (18) and Sergey Popov (9) scored for Owen Sound as the Attack fell to 30-31-4-2. The Rangers have won four straight, improving to 34-29-3-1 for fifth in the Western Conference.



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