KITCHENER 5, SAGINAW 4 – OT
Reid Valade and Francesco Pinelli scored third period goals to knot the score at four before Valade set up Ryan Stepien for the overtime winner with 50 seconds remaining as the Kitchener Rangers came back to beat the Saginaw Spirit 5-4 on home ice. Former Spirit forward Stepien completed the comeback as the Rangers overcame a 4-2 deficit to win their home opener before a crowd of 6,737. Los Angeles Kings prospect Jacob Ingham won his Rangers debut, providing a 39-save effort while overage winger Jonathan Yantsis scored twice and newcomer Liam Hawel had three assists. DJ King, Blade Jenkins, DJ Busdeker and Cole Coskey scored Saginaw goals in front of Tristan Lennox who helped his club earn a point with a 34-save showing. Rookie defender Ilya Solovyov saw lots of ice and earned two assists while Cole Perfetti also picked up a pair of helpers.
OTTAWA 3, GUELPH 2 – SO
The Ottawa 67’s won a rematch of last year’s Rogers OHL Championship Series as sophomore forward Cameron Tolnai scored the shootout winner a 3-2 road victory. The 67’s carried the play, outshooting the Storm 42-29 as Marco Rossi and Noel Hoefenmayer scored goals with Austen Keating collecting two assists. Danny Zhilkin scored his first OHL goal on his first shot, getting the Storm’s first goal of the season just 1:30 into action. Pavel Gogolev also lit the lamp while Nico Daws helped his team earn a point with a 40-save performance. Cedrick Andree stopped Andrei Bakanov to secure the win for Ottawa after turning aside 26 shots on the evening. The Storm raised their 2019 OHL Championship banner to the heights of the Sleeman Centre prior to puck drop.
PETERBOROUGH 6, LONDON 4
The Peterborough Petes knocked off the CHL’s top-ranked London Knights 6-4 on the road, getting their season started off on the right foot. Toronto Maple Leafs prospect Nick Robertson scored twice while Dustin Hutton, Brady Hinz, Liam Kirk and Chad Denault added singles, powering the maroon and white to victory before a capacity crowd in the Forest City. Minnesota Wild prospect Hunter Jones made 31 saves for the win as the Petes were outshot 35-23. Semyon Der-Arguchintsev and David Maier each tallied three assists on the night while Max Grondin had a pair of helpers. Knights newcomer Hunter Skinner scored a pair from the back end while Nathan Dunkley and Connor McMichael also touched twine and Matvey Guskov picked up two assists. Knights starter Jordan Kooy surrendered four goals on 16 shots before giving way to rookie Mathias Onuska who made fives saves in his OHL debut.
HAMILTON 4, SARNIA 3
Ryan Winterton’s first career OHL goal stood as the game winner as the Hamilton Bulldogs took a 4-3 road win in Sarnia. Zachary Roy stood tall in the third period, stopping 13 of 14 for a total of 28 saves on the night to backstop the Bulldogs to victory while other goals came from Arthur Kaliyev, Lawson Sherk and Tag Bertuzzi. Sam Bitten, Brayden Guy and Joseph Mack all finished with a goal and an assist in front of Ethan Langevin who made 28 saves in the loss. Hamilton’s Arthur Kaliyev earned first star honours with a goal and two assists.
BARRIE 3, NORTH BAY 0
Jet Greaves turned aside all 29 shots he faced as the Barrie Colts put a damper on Opening Night in North Bay in a 3-0 victory. Buffalo Sabres prospect Matej Pekar scored twice while Aidan Brown also found the back of the net shorthanded as the Colts outshot the Troops 33-29. Barrie captain Jason Willms recorded a pair of assists while Nathan Allensen and Tyler Tucker also chipped in. Battalion rookie Joe Vrbetic got the start, making 30 saves in the loss.
SOO 6, FLINT 3
The Soo Greyhounds won their home opener, skating to a 6-3 win over the visiting Flint Firebirds. Cullen McLean scored a pair of goals while 2020 NHL Draft prospect Jaromir Pytlik earned first star honours with two assists. Marc Boudreau’s first OHL goal got the scoring started before Tye Kartye, Ryan O’Rourke and Holden Wale also joined the scoring parade. The Hounds went 2-for-7 on the man advantage and got a 28-save performance from Christian Propp in his Soo debut. Flint’s Jake Durham and Cody Morgan each had a goal and an assist while Connor Roberts also scored and Anthony Popovich made 29 saves in his first game as a Firebird. Hounds forward Tanner Dickinson had a pair of helpers in his first OHL contest as the hometown club won before a crowd of 4,282.
ERIE 5, SUDBURY 2
The Erie Otters erupted for four third period goals, blowing open a closely matched contest to defeat the Sudbury Wolves 5-2 on home ice. Down 2-1 approaching the midway mark of the third, Kurtis Henry, Daniel D’Amato, Hayden Fowler and Connor Lockhart scored in quick succession to seal the victory before a crowd of 3,069 at Erie Insurance Arena. Daniel Murphy stopped 23 of 25 for the win as the Otters outshot Sudbury 38-25. Quinton Byfield had another productive night, accounting for both Sudbury goals while Chase Stillman picked up his first OHL point with an assist. Mitchell Weeks took the loss, turning aside 33 shots as the Wolves fell to 0-2 out of the gate.
OSHAWA 4, KINGSTON 1
The Oshawa Generals claimed victory in an East Division clash, defeating the Kingston Frontenacs 4-1 on the road. Danil Antropov, Daniel Walker, Brett Harrison and Ty Tullio all scored as the Gennies outshot the Fronts 40-26. Dawson Baker scored Kingston’s lone marker while Brendan Bonello made 36 saves in defeat. Oshawa’s Andrew MacLean earned the win in his Generals debut, making 25 saves in the process.
NIAGARA 3, MISSISSAUGA 1
The Niagara IceDogs won for the second time in as many nights as Kyen Sopa (2, 3) earned first star honours with a pair of markers. Sophomore winger Jonah De Simone also scored while Oliver Castleman picked up a pair of assists. Tucker Tynan came up big in the crease, turning aside 38 of the 39 shots he faced opposite Mississauga’s Kai Edmonds who stopped 33. Nick Isaacson scored the lone goal for the Trout as they fell before a crowd of 2,208 on home ice.