ERIE 5 – LONDON 3
Arizona Coyotes prospect Dylan Strome (9) scored the winning goal with 40 seconds remaining as the Erie Otters climbed ahead of the London Knights atop the Midwest Division, taking a 5-3 road win in London. The highly anticipated matchup didn’t disappoint as the Otters came away victorious, outshooting London 46-21. Kyle Maksimovich (14) and Darren Raddysh (13) each joined Strome with a goal and an assist in the win while Warren Foegele (16) and T.J. Fergus (2) also had markers. Knights veteran Owen MacDonald (11, 12) and rookie forward Liam Foudy (5) scored for London. The Knights suffer their first regulation loss on home ice since December 9th as Erie improves to 33-10-2-1. Dylan Strome sits two points back of Brad Boyes for the Otters franchise scoring lead. The two clubs meet again on February 15th in Erie.
SAULT STE. MARIE 4 – WINDSOR 1
David Miller (19) scored the winning goal 2:58 into the third period as the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds created some distance for themselves atop the West Division. The Hounds defeated the visiting Windsor Spitfires 4-1 to climb four points ahead of the Spits in the West. Tampa Bay Lightning prospect Boris Katchouk (21, 22) scored twice while Morgan Frost (14) also lit the lamp, improving the Greyhounds to 33-11-2-1. Joseph Raaymakers turned aside 37 of the 38 shots he faced, beating beaten just once on the night on a shot from Toronto Maple Leafs prospect Jeremy Bracco (18). Draft eligible netminder Michael DiPietro made 35 saves in the loss.
KITCHENER 5 – NORTH BAY 4 – SO
The Kitchener Rangers overcame a 4-1 deficit, scoring three times in the third period before Nick McHugh won the game in a shootout on home ice. The Blueshirts edged the visiting North Bay Battalion as Adam Mascherin (29), Joseph Garreffa (16) and Darby Llewellyn (15) scored third period markers. Llewellyn finished the night with a goal and three assists, tying the game at four with just 19 seconds to go in the third period. Philadelphia Flyers prospect Connor Bunnaman (24) also found the back of the net as Kitchener bounced back from a 5-0 loss to Erie earlier in the week. Luke Richardson made 31 saves in goal for the Rangers, stopping all four shootout attempts that came his way. Zach Poirier (11, 12) scored twice for North Bay while Steve Harland (21) and Brett McKenzie (22) also capitalized. The Troops suffer their third straight loss and trail second place Sudbury by four points in the Central Division.
PETERBOROUGH 5 – SUDBURY 4 – OT
Carolina Hurricanes prospect Steven Lorentz (18) ended a see-saw affair 1:09 into overtime, giving the Peterborough Petes a 5-4 victory in Sudbury. Logan DeNoble (28) tied the game at four midway through the third period as Peterborough went on to win their third straight game, getting a goal and three assists from Lorentz in the victory. Rookie forward Semyon Der-Arguchintsev (3, 4) had his first career multi-goal performance and Toronto Maple Leafs prospect Nikita Korostelev (23) also scored for the Petes who outshot Sudbury 34-30. Overage forward Chandler Yakimowicz (6, 7) was a bright spot for the Wolves, who managed to earn a point in the overtime loss. David Levin (16) and Macauley Carson (16) also scored while Kyle Capobianco and Michael Pezzetta each had two assists. The Wolves trail first place Mississauga by four points in the Central Division. With the win, the Petes keep pace with rival Oshawa in the East Division, trailing them by one point for first place.
MISSISSAUGA 4 – BARRIE 3 – OT
The Barrie Colts gutted out a point against a tough opponent for the second time in as many nights, but the Mississauga Steelheads proved too much as Stefan LeBlanc (4) scored the game winner 1:15 into overtime for a 4-3 Mississauga Steelheads win on home ice. The Steelheads continue their positive trend of late, earning at least a point for the ninth time in the last 10 games as draft eligible winger Owen Tippett (35, 36) scored twice while Detroit Red Wings prospect Vili Saarijarvi (8) also tallied. Ben Hawerchuk (8), Zach Magwood (13) and Kirill Nizhnikov (7) responded with goals for Barrie. Mississauga continues to lead the Central Division, improving to 19-17-5-5 on the season.
OSHAWA 6 – GUELPH 2
Medric Mercier (14) and Domenic Commisso (13) each had a goal and two assists as the Oshawa Generals took a commanding 6-2 win in Guelph. Overage netminder Jeremy Brodeur made 37 saves, backstopping the Generals to victory as Kenny Huether (12) and Allan McShane (11) both had a goal and an assist. Joe Manchurek (10) and Kyle MacLean (3) also lit the lamp, helping Oshawa improve to 26-14-3-2 atop the East Division. Cedric Ralph (5) and Garrett McFadden (10) had goals for the Storm who were defeated despite outshooting their opponent 39-33.
KINGSTON 3 – NIAGARA 0
Carolina Hurricanes prospect Jeremy Helvig made 28 saves for his fourth shutout of the season as the Kingston Frontenacs blanked the visiting Niagara IceDogs 3-0. Draft eligible forwards Linus Nyman (19) and Jason Robertson (24, 25) both contributed, with Robertson recording two goals and an assist on the night. The Frontenacs keep ahead of Hamilton in the Eastern Conference, maintaining a one point lead on the final home ice seed for the first round of the OHL Playoffs. IceDogs goaltender Stephen Dhillon turned in a solid 37-save outing as two of Kingston’s three goals went into an empty net late in the third period. The IceDogs have dropped three straight decisions.
SARNIA 6 – FLINT 1
The Sarnia Sting finally solved the Flint Firebirds, defeating them for the first time in five tries this season as Sean Josling (5, 6) recorded his first career multi-goal game with a pair of markers in a 6-1 decision. Though outshot 33-18, the Sting had strong goaltending from Justin Fazio who made 32 saves for his 18th win of the season. Blueliner Jeff King (7) finished the night with a goal and two assists while Troy Lajeunesse (15), Anthony Salinitri (19) and Adam Ruzicka (14) also found the twine for Sarnia. Jack Phibbs (1) scored his first OHL goal for Flint in the loss. Sarnia’s Jordan Kyrou continued an 11-game point streak with a pair of assists in the win.