#OHLOpening Week means OHL debuts and that usually means an abundance of milestone markers. Friday night saw nine OHL newcomers score first career goals and we document them all right here.
CONNOR LOCKHART (ERIE OTTERS):
The third overall pick of the 2019 OHL Priority Selection hit the empty net to seal the deal on Erie’s 5-2 win over Sudbury. Connor Lockhart scored 30 goals against older competition last season. This is just the first of many.
BRETT HARRISON (OSHAWA GENERALS):
Oshawa Generals first round selection Brett Harrison scored in his OHL debut, finding the back of the net 3:12 into the second period with an assist from big winger Daniel Walker. The Generals skated to a 4-1 win in Kingston and Harrison got onto the scoresheet, something last year’s ALLIANCE Minor Midget scoring champion is likely to do fairly often even as a 16-year-old in the OHL.
LAWSON SHERK (HAMILTON BULLDOGS):
It was a good night for Hamilton Bulldogs rookies as they found a way to contribute to the team’s 4-3 road win over the Sarnia Sting. Lawson Sherk took a feed from Arthur Kaliyev with 4:31 remaining in the second period for his first career OHL marker. The Halton Hurricanes Minor Midget graduate was last year’s OMHA SCTA Player of the Year.
RYAN WINTERTON (HAMILTON BULLDOGS):
Ryan Winterton scored the game winner in Friday’s 4-3 Hamilton Bulldogs road win over the Sarnia Sting, teaming up with Arthur Kaliyev and Cameron Supryka with 7:27 left in the third period. Winterton was the eighth overall pick of the 2019 OHL Priority Selection from the Whitby Wildcats Minor Midgets.
MARC BOUDREAU (SOO GREYHOUNDS):
Marc Boudreau scored the first goal of the Soo Greyhounds’ 2019-20 season, finding the back of the net past Flint’s Anthony Popovich just 2:48 into action with assists from Alex Johnston and Dominic Mufarreh. Boudreau finished the night as the game’s third star as the Hounds defeated visiting Flint 6-3. Boudreau was a third round pick from the Toronto Marlboros Minor Midgets.
DANNY ZHILKIN (GUELPH STORM):
Guelph Storm first round selection Danny Zhilkin scored his first career OHL goal with a rocket wrister past Ottawa’s Cedrick Andree 1:30 into his first contest. Zhilkin’s first shot lit the lamp as Ty Collins and Pavel Gogolev drew assists. The Storm would go on to drop a 3-2 shootout decision, but Zhilkin made his mark on Opening Night in Guelph.
FRANCESCO PINELLI (KITCHENER RANGERS):
Francesco Pinelli scored the game-tying goal in Kitchener’s 5-4 overtime win against the visiting Saginaw Spirit on Friday. Down 4-2, the Rangers rallied to come back and win on Ryan Stepien‘s game winner. Pinelli finished the night with six shots on goal, leaving quite an impression in his OHL debut. The 13th overall pick of the 2019 OHL Priority Selection was an OHL Cup Finalist with the Toronto Red Wings last season.
DUSTIN HUTTON (PETERBOROUGH PETES):
Dustin Hutton scored in last spring’s playoffs, but because we like milestone goals, this one counts. Hutton scored the first goal of the Petes season, connecting with Mason McTavish and John Parker-Jones with 1:14 left in the opening period of Peterborough’s 6-4 road win over the London Knights. The soon-to-be 18-year-old from Etobicoke, Ont. had an assist in 10 games with the Petes last season. He was the club’s first round (3rd overall) OHL U18 Priority Selection choice in 2018.
HUNTER SKINNER (LONDON KNIGHTS):
New York Rangers prospect Hunter Skinner was a bright spot in a home opening loss for the London Knights. The Pinckney, Mich. native scored twice in his OHL debut while recording five shots on goal. The 6-foot-2, 187Ib. defenceman was New York’s fourth round pick this past summer, joining the Knights after being a fifth round pick by the club in 2017.