Eight players scored their first OHL goal on Friday as seven different home openers were played across the league. Here’s a look at those milestone markers.
ALEXEY TOROPCHENKO (GUELPH STORM):
St. Louis Blues prospect Alexey Toropchenko wasted little time finding an OHL scoresheet, lighting the lamp just 2:52 into the first period of his first contest. Ryan Merkley and Garrett McFadden drew assists on the power play marker as Toropchenko was eventually named the game’s first star with a goal and an assist despite a 4-3 shootout loss to visiting Sarnia.
CODY MORGAN (KINGSTON FRONTENACS):
2017 first round (12th overall) selection Cody Morgan provided the Kingston Frontenacs’ first goal of the 2017-18 season. The 16-year-old Richmond Hill native banged in a rebound off the pad of Erie’s Troy Timpano 2:49 into the second period after linemate Bryan Laureigh blazed down the wing and sent a puck goalward. The Frontenacs would go on to win the game 3-2 in overtime.
ADAM LISKA (KITCHENER RANGERS):
Slovakian forward Adam Liska opened the scoring 6:15 into the first period on Friday, deflecting a Connor Hall point shot past Flint’s Garrett Forrest. The 17-year-old was Kitchener’s first round (29th overall) selection in the 2017 CHL Import Draft.
LUKE MONCADA (NORTH BAY BATTALION):
Offseason acquisition Luke Moncada scored in his first game as a member of the North Bay Battalion, helping them defeat the visiting Barrie Colts 5-2 on opening night at the Gardens. Moncada opened the scoring on a nice passing play with rookie winger Brandon Coe, lifting a quick release over Barrie netminder Christian Propp 8:56 into the first frame. Moncada spent the 2016-17 season with the Guelph Storm after being a third round pick in 2016.
DANIEL WALKER (NORTH BAY BATTALION):
Daniel Walker‘s first OHL goal put the Battalion up 3-1 on visiting Barrie 11:16 into the second period. The Val Caron native took a feed from linemate Andy Baker before beating Barrie’s Christian Propp across the crease for the eventual game winner in a 5-2 home ice triumph. The 18-year-old Walker was North Bay’s 10th round pick in 2015 and appeared in 56 games with the Troops last season.
NICK WONG (OSHAWA GENERALS):
Nick Wong didn’t score just once, he put up a hat-trick in Oshawa’s 8-2 win in Sudbury. The 16-year-old former second round pick this past April scored just over five minutes apart in the opening half of the second period before capitalizing on a third period power play to complete the trifecta. Two of Wong’s three goals came on assists from Generals captain Jack Studnicka who finished the game with two goals and two helpers.
IGOR LARIONOV (WINDSOR SPITFIRES):
The son of former NHL great Igor Larionov, Igor Larionov Jr. looked a lot like his father on Friday in London as the Windsor Spitfires defeated the Knights 5-2. Larionov opened the scoring on the power play 2:58 into the first period with assists from Luke Boka and Connor Corcoran. The 19-year-old was initially a draft pick of the Saginaw Spirit in 2014 but spent last season with the QMJHL’s Quebec Remparts.
CHRIS PLAYFAIR (WINDSOR SPITFIRES):
Sophomore forward Chris Playfair potted the game winner with 48 seconds to spare in the second period as the Windsor Spitfires defeated the London Knights 5-2. Kirill Kozhevnikov and Austen McEneny drew assists on the goal that helps the defending Mastercard Memorial Cup champion Spits improve to 2-0 out of the gate this season. Playfair was Windsor’s fourth round pick in 2016 and split last season between the Spitfires and the LaSalle Vipers Jr. B club.