SUDBURY 7, ROUYN-NORANDA 6 – SO (IN TIMMINS)
The Sudbury Wolves gave their fans in Timmins plenty to cheer about in a 7-6 shootout thriller over the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies. Down 6-4 with three minutes to go, rookie phenom Quinton Byfield found the back of the net with an assist from David Levin to pull Sudbury within one before Levin scored the equalizer just over two minutes later with 1:06 left on the clock. The five round shootout came to an end when defenceman Drew Wawrow beat Rouyn-Noranda’s Samuel Richard to give the Wolves a 7-6 decision and their first win of the pre-season. Marshall Frappier stopped all five Huskies shooters he faced. The line of Byfield, Levin and Macauley Carson combined for 10 points on the night. Byfield had a goal and three helpers while Levin finished with two goals and an assist and Carson had three points as well. Huskies veteran Peter Abbandonato led his club with two goals and an assist. The game was played before a crowd of 1,433 at the McIntyre Community Centre.
OTTAWA 4, GATINEAU 3 – OT
Austen Keating scored the winner 2:37 into overtime as the Ottawa 67’s edged their QMJHL rival the Gatineau Olympiques 4-3 at the Branchaud Briere Complex. The 67’s battled back from down 3-2 early in the third as Quinn Yule tied things up at three with 3:42 left in the third frame to force OT. Yule finished with a goal and two assists while Sam Bitten and newcomer William Sirman both had a goal and an assist. Kieran Craig led on the scoresheet for Gatineau with a goal and an assist of his own. 67’s rookie Will Cranley got the win in goal with a 24-save performance as his team improved to a perfect 4-0-0 in exhibition play.
KITCHENER 4, NIAGARA 3 – SO
Joseph Garreffa and Greg Meireles scored shootout markers to lift the Kitchener Rangers over the Niagara IceDogs 4-3 on home ice. The Rangers trailed 3-1 before rookie Isaac Langdon drew the blue shirts within one just beyond the midway point of the second. Rookie defenceman Arber Xhekaj tied the score at three less than a minute later. Meireles earned first star honours with a goal, five shots and a 17-for-23 night in the faceoff circle. Oliver Castleman, Ian Martin and Matthew Philip scored for Niagara while defender Billy Constantinou had a pair of assists. Kitchener is 3-1-0 in pre-season play while Niagara is 1-1-1.
GUELPH 4, MISSISSAUGA 2 (IN PORT CREDIT)
The Guelph Storm only iced 14 skaters but still managed to hold off the Mississauga Steelheads by a score of 4-2 in Port Credit. Rookie defender Daniil Chayka had a solid night with a goal and and assist while Barret Kirwin, Ty Collins and Zach Poirier also found the back of the net. Mississauga mounted a comeback attempt in the latter half of the second as Czech newcomer Filip Reisnecker scored twice but couldn’t close the gap for his club. Mississauga outshot Guelph 41-21 as Storm netminders Tanner Wickware and Nico Daws combined to get the win. Guelph improves to 2-1-0 while Mississauga is 1-2-0.
SAGINAW 6, FLINT 4
The Saginaw Spirit dominated the second half of a see-saw affair, defeating the rival Flint Firebirds 6-4 on the road. Trailing 4-2, Saginaw exploded for four unanswered in the latter half of the game as Danny Katic, Camaryn Baber, Nicholas Porco and DJ Busdeker put the Spirit in the lead for good. Sophomore Aidan Prueter picked up his third goal of the pre-season while rookie Cole Perfetti notched three assists. Saginaw’s six goals came on 23 shots. Hunter Holmes and C.J. Clarke were bright spots for Flint as both registered three assists in the loss. Saginaw holds a perfect 4-0-0 record while Flint sits at 2-2-0.
GAME CENTRE • HIGHLIGHTS
WINDSOR 5, SARNIA 2
The Windsor Spitfires avenged a Thursday night loss at home to Sarnia, taking a 5-2 road win behind a four-point performance from Cole Purboo. The big winger had two goals and two assists while rookie Will Cuylle lit the lamp twice for Windsor. Finnish netminder Kari Piiroinen turned aside 31 of the 33 shots he faced, surrendering Sarnia goals from Sean Josling and Jamieson Rees. Windsor improves to 4-1-0 while Sarnia is 1-3-0 in exhibition play.
LONDON 5, ERIE 0
Overage goaltender Zach Springer stopped all 16 shots he faced as the London Knights blanked the visiting Erie Otters 5-0. Veteran forward Josh Nelson scored twice for London while Dalton Duhart had a pair of assists. Power forward Cole Tymkin finished with a goal and an assist as the Knights outshot Erie 24-16. Otters goaltender Daniel Murphy made 19 saves in the loss. London is 3-0 in pre-season play while Erie sits at 1-3-0.