SAGINAW 8 ERIE 3
The Saginaw Spirit had an impressive eight goal output, barraging the second ranked team in the CHL this week as Kirill Maksimov (3) led the way in an 8-3 win over the visiting Erie Otters. After a difficult start, the Spirit have turned things around of late, taking wins in four of their last five. Eight different players had goals as Matthew Kreis (2), Jesse Barwell (4), Brady Gilmour (6), Robert Proner (2), Damien Giroux (4), Hayden Hodgson (6) and Max Grondin (1) also found the back of the net. Kreis and Maksimov each had a goal and an assist while Marcus Crawford, Mitchell Stephens and Markus Niemelainen each had two assists. Taylor Raddysh (19, 20) became the OHL’s first 20-goal scorer while Allan McShane (5) also found the twine. The Otters have now lost three straight games.
WINDSOR 2 SARNIA 1 OT
2017 NHL Draft prospect Gabriel Vilardi (9) scored with 48 seconds remaining in overtime as the Windsor Spitfires edged the visiting Sarnia Sting 2-1. Sean Day (7) brought down the teddy bears 5:11 into the second period to knot the score at one. Anthony Salinitri (10) scored the lone goal for Sarnia while goaltender Aidan Hughes kept his club in the game, turning aside 39 shots to earn second star honours. The Spitfires have now collected at least a point in eight straight games as they sit atop the West Division with a record of 14-4-2-0.
KITCHENER 3 OSHAWA 2
Florida Panthers prospect Adam Mascherin (13, 14) scored twice, leading the Kitchener Rangers to a 3-2 win over visiting Oshawa. Dylan Seitz (6) also scored while Dawson Carty made 22 saves as the Rangers improved to 13-7-0-1. The Generals had their eight game winning streak snapped as Danil Antropov (3) and Riley Stillman (4) scored in the loss. Goaltender Jeremy Brodeur made 34 saves as Oshawa was outshot 37-24.
HAMILTON 3 SUDBURY 1
Trent Fox (3) snapped out of a 12-game goal drought, scoring the winner early in the second period as the Hamilton Bulldogs got by the Sudbury Wolves 3-1 on the road. Brandon Saigeon (4) and Connor Walters (1) also scored for the Dogs, who improve to 12-6-3-0 and trail first place Oshawa by four points in the East Division. Kaden Fulcher made 25 saves in goal, beaing beaten just once on the night on a shot from St. Louis Blues prospect Liam Dunda (3). The Wolves have dropped five straight.
OWEN SOUND 5 FLINT 2
The Owen Sound Attack jumped out to a 3-0 lead in Flint and never looked back, defeating the Firebirds 5-2 as five different scorers got on the board. Jacob Friend (1), Nick Suzuki (11), Kevin Hancock (7), Matt Schmalz (3) and Aidan Dudas (3) all scored while Montreal Canadiens prospect Michael McNiven made 28 saves. Nicholas Caamano (1) and Everett Clark (6) scored in the loss for Flint as the Firebirds outshot Owen Sound 30-25. The Attack improve to 12-10-1-0, ending Flint’s three game winning streak.
NIAGARA 5 OTTAWA 3
Matthew Philip (5, 6) earned first star honours with his first multi-goal game, scoring twice in a 5-3 Niagara IceDogs comeback win over visiting Ottawa. Aaron Haydon (3, 4) and Ondrej Machala (3) also scored for Niagara while Stephen Dhillon was steady, making 42 saves. The Dogs rallied back from down 3-1, scoring a total of five goals in the third period. Chase Campbell (7), Noel Hoefenmayer (7) and Jared Steege (5) replied with goals for Ottawa as the 67’s saw their four game winning streak come to an end. Niagara improves to 7-9-3-2 and sits five points back of first place North Bay in the Central Division.
GUELPH 7 MISSISSAUGA 3
The Guelph Storm were outshot 41-28, but prevailed 7-3 over the visiting Mississauga Steelheads as Isaac Ratcliffe (8, 9) and Jake Bricknell (3, 4) each scored twice. Veteran captain Garrett McFadden (4) had a goal and two helpers while Givani Smith (1) and Matt Hotchkiss (7) also found the back of the net. Rookie netminder Anthony Popovich stood tall, making 38 saves as the Storm improve to 8-11-2-1. Shaw Boomhower (3), Nathan Bastian (8) and Michael McLeod (4) scored for the Steelheads who suffer their fourth straight loss.
LONDON 8 NORTH BAY 3
Carolina Hurricanes prospect Janne Kuokkanen (12) had a goal and three assists as the London Knights outdueled the North Bay Battalion 8-3 on home ice. The Knights controlled the faceoff circle, with the efforts of Cliff Pu (14), Robert Thomas (7) and Liam Foudy (2) paying dividends down the middle. Max Jones (9), JJ Piccinich (10) and Sam Miletic (14) also got in on the scoring while Tyler Parsons made 37 saves. Justin Brazeau (4), Brady Lyle (3) and Maurizio Colella (6) had three straight goals in a second period scoring flurry from North Bay before the Knights re-took control of the game. The Knights have won four straight, improving to 14-3-2-1.
SAULT STE. MARIE 4 KINGSTON 1
Rookie goaltender Matthew Villalta turned aside 28 of 29 shots while Boris Katchouk (7), Jack Kopacka (2), Otto Makinen (4) and Tim Gettinger (9) had goals in a 4-1 Soo Greyhounds win over visiting Kingston. Linus Nyman (11) had the lone goal for the Frontenacs while Jeremy Helvig made 23 saves. The Hounds have won three straight and trail first place Windsor by one point in the West Division.