FLINT 7, SAGINAW 5
The Flint Firebirds roared back with five goals in the third period to topple the cross-state rival Saginaw Spirit 7-5 on the road. Overage winger Jake Durham returned from Columbus Blue Jackets rookie camp to pot a hat-trick as the Firebirds came back from 4-2 after 20 minutes with an explosive third frame. Sophomore defenceman Michael Bianconi scored the tying and winning goal before Brennan Othmann hit the empty net to seal the deal. Jack Wismer also scored for the Firebirds while newly added goaltender Peyton Grainer turned aside 41 of 46 with his team outshot 46-23. Davis Codd, Ilya Solovyov, Camaryn Baber, Cole Perfetti and Sebastian Bulovs scored Saginaw goals. The Firebirds improve to 3-0 in pre-season play.
LONDON 4, ERIE 3 – SO
Max McCue and Luke Evangelista scored shootout goals as the London Knights got past the visiting Erie Otters 4-3 in a shootout. Rookie McCue scored a second period goal, joining Sahil Panwar and Josh Nelson on the scoresheet while Antonio Stranges recorded a pair of assists. Brendan Sellan potted a pair for Erie while Brendan Hoffmann also found the back of the net. Brett Brochu got the win in goal for London, turning aside 28 shots opposite Erie’s Aidan Campbell who made 25 saves.
PETERBOROUGH 6, NIAGARA 5 – SO (IN BEAMSVILLE)
Big defenceman John Parker-Jones scored the shootout winner as the Peterborough Petes edged the Niagara IceDogs 6-5 in a shootout. Cameron Butler also scored a shootout marker for the Petes while Tye Austin stopped five of the six Niagara shooters he faced. IceDogs forward Kyen Sopa stretched things beyond regulation with his tying goal with 5:48 left in the third period. Peterborough youngsters got involved offensively as Dustin Hutton, J.R. Avon, Mason McTavish, Butler and Tucker Robertson accounted for goals. Jonah De Simone potted a pair for the Dogs while singles came from Sopa, Anthony Agostinelli and Dakota Betts. De Simone and Peterborough’s Butler now sit tied for the pre-season scoring lead with eight points over four games. Niagara outshot Peterborough 41-37.
KITCHENER 6, BARRIE 5
Mike Petizian came up with the game winner with 3:56 remaining as the Kitchener Rangers prevailed in a see-saw affair with the visiting Barrie Colts. Rookie blueliner Ville Ottavainen recorded two goals and an assist while Isaac Langdon had a goal and two helpers. Petizian finished the night with a goal and three assists as Kitchener showed shades of last season’s power play, going 3-for-8 on the night. Arber Xhekaj and Reid Valade also scored for the blue shirts while goaltender Nathan Torchia, whose father Mike was once a big-name goaltender for the Rangers, made 33 saves. Barrie’s Tyson Foerster had a big night, recording three goals and two assists while Riley Piercey had a goal and an assist in the loss.
GUELPH 4, HAMILTON 2
The Hamilton Bulldogs poured it on in the third period but couldn’t recover from a two-goal deficit as Nico Daws stood tall and secured a 4-2 home ice win for the Guelph Storm. Jacob Maillet, Pavel Gogolev, Ty Collins and Jacob Roach all scored while newly signed defenceman Colin Campbell had a pair of assists. Daws turned aside 29 shots for the win and 14 of the 15 he faced in the third period. Liam Van Loon and Cameron Supryka scored Hamilton goals while Zach Roy took the loss with 28 saves to his credit.
SUDBURY 7, ROUYN-NORANDA 2 (IN TIMMINS)
The Sudbury Wolves bested the defending Memorial Cup champion Rouyn-Noranda Huskies 7-2 in Timmins as Quinton Byfield and Shane Bulitka both broke out for two goals and two assists apiece. Newcomers Giordano Biondi and Phil Caron registered a goal and a helper while defenceman Isaak Phillips also lit the lamp. Sudbury outshot Rouyn-Noranda 38-19. Alexis Arsenault and Adrian Valigura scored for the Huskies as Mitchell Weeks made 17 saves for the Wolves.
WINDSOR 4, SARNIA 2
Overage winger Cole Purboo scored a pair including one shorthanded as the Windsor Spitfires doubled-up the Sarnia Sting 4-2 on the road. Will Cuylle and Daniel D’Amico also found the twine while Xavier Medina stopped 21 of 23 in the crease. Anthony Tabak and Nolan Burke scored Sarnia goals as the Sting were outshot 31-23.
OTTAWA 5, KINGSTON 4 – SO (IN NAPANEE)