Friday Highlights: Hillis’ first hat-trick carries Storm to victory


A high-scoring back-and-forth duel went the way of the Guelph Storm on Friday as they held off the Erie Otters for a 7-5 win on home ice. Montreal Canadiens prospect Cam Hillis (2, 3, 4) finished with three goals and two assists, netting his first OHL hat-trick along with a career-high five points. Pavel Gogolev (3, 4) ended the night with two goals and two assists to his credit while other Guelph goals came from Matthew Papais (1) and Ty Collins (2). Luke Profaca picked up a pair of assists for the Storm in front of a 28-save performance from rookie Owen Bennett. Erie never quit in this one, falling behind 6-3 to cut the deficit to just one before time ran out on their comeback bid. Brendan Sellan (1), Chad Yetman (10), Jamie Drysdale (5), Daniel D’Amato (5) and Max Golod (6) provided Otters goals as Erie outshot Guelph 33-28. Guelph improves to 3-3-1-1 while Erie sits at 6-5-0-0.


Florida Panthers prospect Vladislav Kolyachonok (4)¬†took a pass from Cody Morgan two minutes into overtime, ripping a shot up over the shoulder of Kitchener’s Jacob Ingham as the Flint Firebirds skated to a 4-3 road win. Flint handed Kitchener its first loss of the season on home ice as Riley McCourt (3), Brennan Othmann (4) and Evan Vierling (2) joined Kolyachonok in the goal-scoring department. Morgan and Ethan Keppen each recorded two assists in the victory while Anthony Popovich stopped 27 of 30. Jonathan Yantsis (6, 7) scored a pair of goals for Kitchener, recording his 100th career point in the process. Finnish blueliner Ville Ottavainen (2) also found the back of the net as the Rangers fell to 5-1-2-2, being outshot 39-30. Flint improves to 6-3-0-0 to begin the season.


The Sarnia Sting handed the Oshawa Generals their first loss of the season as overage winger Sean Josling (5, 6, 7) recorded a career-high five points including his first career hat-trick. Carolina Hurricanes prospect Jamieson Rees (2, 3) enjoyed a four-point night while Eric Hjorth (3), Joseph Mack (2), Ryan Roth (6) and Theo Hill (2) also scored Sarnia goals. Ethan Langevin made 41 saves in front of a hometown crowd to secure Sarnia’s second straight win following an 0-7 start to the season. Oshawa’s Brett Neumann (7, 8, 9) was a bright spot in the loss, draining a hat-trick while Allan McShane and Kyle MacLean each finished with two assists. Dawson McKinney (3) and Ty Tullio (7) also scored Oshawa goals as the Generals outshot the Sting 46-25. Sarnia improvs to 2-7-0-0 while Oshawa remains atop the East Division with a 9-1-0-0 record.


Los Angeles Kings prospect Arthur Kaliyev (12, 13) had another multi-point night, scoring twice while adding an assist as the Hamilton Bulldogs doubled-up Kingston 4-2 on the road. Kaliyev scored in the first period before later sinking an empty-netter for his league-leading 13th goal of the season. Isaac Nurse (2) and Liam Van Loon (1) also scored for the Dogs while Jan Jenik picked up a pair of assists. Down 3-0 after one period, Kingston rallied with a pair of goals to make things interesting but couldn’t come all the way back. Lucas Peric (1) and Zayde Wisdom (5) scored Frontenacs goals in front of Ryan Dugas who earned third star honours with 39 saves. Zachary Roy picked up the win, making 26 saves as the Bulldogs outshot the Frontenacs 43-28. Hamilton improves to 5-6-0-0 while Kingston drops a third straight decision, falling to 1-6-2-1.


Minnesota Wild prospect Hunter Jones stopped 32 of 33, crashing the party on Friends Night in Ottawa as the Peterborough Petes skated to a 3-1 road win. Liam Kirk (8), Cameron Butler (4) and Max Grondin (3) scored Petes goals as the men in maroon claimed victory despite being outshot 33-18. Austen Keating (4) scored Ottawa’s lone goal, spoiling Jones’ shutout bid with just 1:28 to go in the third period. The 67’s were without injured forward Graeme Clarke who will miss considerable time with an upper body injury. Peterborough’s Nick Robertson extended his current point streak to 11 games with an assist late in the third period. Peterborough improves to 8-3-0-0 while Ottawa falls to 6-4-0-0.


London Knights forward Liam Foudy (1) scored in his season debut, but it was another Columbus Blue Jackets prospect who stole the show as Tyler Angle (8, 9) scored twice, netting a highlight reel marker late in the third period to push the Windsor Spitfires past the London Knights 4-2 on the road. Down 2-1 early in the third period, Cole Purboo (3), Jean-Luc Foudy (4) and Angle scored goals to boost Windsor to victory while Nashville Predators prospect Egor Afanasyev recorded a pair of assists. Kari Piiroinen was steady in the crease, making 31 saves for Windsor opposite London’s Jordan Kooy who stopped 30. Jonathan Gruden (4) joined Foudy in the goal-scoring department for the Knights as they suffered their third straight loss, falling to 3-4-1-0. Windsor improves to 7-3-1-0 following a third straight win.


The Mississauga Steelheads saw a 2-0 lead slip away before Dallas Stars prospect Thomas Harley (4) notched his third point of the night, blasting home the third period game winner in a 3-2 victory over the visiting Niagara IceDogs. Harley finished with a goal and two assists while sophomore goaltender Joe Ranger made 33 saves, helping the Trout defeat a Central Division foe. Richard Whittaker (3) and Keean Washkurak (4) joined Harley in the goal-scoring department as the Steelheads outshot the IceDogs 54-35. Niagara netminder Christian Sbaraglia gave his club a chance to win, making 51 saves in the loss as Akil Thomas (2) and Philip Tomasino (8) both scored on the power play. The Steelheads get back in the win column, improving to 3-6-0-0 while Niagara suffers a fourth straight loss, falling to 3-5-2-1.


OHL scoring leader Quinton Byfield (9, 10) enjoyed a four-point night while Kosta Manikis’ (1) first career OHL goal stood as the game winner, pushing the Sudbury Wolves past visiting Barrie 4-2. Shane Bulitka (5) hit the empty net to secure the win after Manikis recorded a goal and two assists on the night. Mitchell Weeks stopped 24 of 26 to record the win for Sudbury while overage winger David Levin finished the night with four assists. Tyler Tucker (2) and Tyson Foerster (8) scored to help the Colts dig out of a 2-0 hole but they’d come no closer, dropping their third straight decision to fall to 5-4-0-1. Sudbury leads the Central Division with a record of 7-4-0-0.


The Saginaw Spirit ran wild on the visiting North Bay Battalion, skating to a 9-1 victory for their third straight win. Saginaw spread the scoring around as Philadelphia Flyers prospect Mason Millman (2) earned first star honours with a goal and three assists, doing so alongside 2020 NHL Draft prospect Cole Perfetti (3). Dallas Stars draftee Nick Porco (3, 4) scored twice and added an assist while other Saginaw goals came from Blade Jenkins (4), T-Bone Codd (1), Cole Coskey (9), Ethan Cardwell (3) and DJ Busdeker (3). Marshall Frappier turned aside 22 of 23 for Saginaw in the win as the Spirit outshot the Battalion 37-23 and went 2-for-4 on the power play. Luke Moncada (5) scored the lone goal for the Troops as they surrendered six in the second period alone. It was a long night for North Bay goaltenders as Christian Cicigoi was in the game for six against before Reece Proulx made his OHL debut, allowing three. The Spirit improve to 7-4-1-0 while North Bay falls to 3-7-0-0.

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