SAGINAW 4, FLINT 3
The Saginaw Spirit got the better of their cross-state rival the Flint Firebirds for the second time in as many nights, wrapping up a perfect 5-0 exhibition schedule in the process. Down 3-2 to start the third, goals from Hayden Davis and Albert Michnac vaulted the Spirit into the lead for good as they outshot the Firebirds 35-21 on home ice. DJ Busdeker and Mason Millman also scored for Saginaw while rookie Tristan Lennox earned the win in goal with an 11-save showing. Evan Vierling, Kyle Harris and Riley McCourt scored for Flint as the Firebirds finished the pre-season with a 2-3-0 record.
GAME CENTRE • HIGHLIGHTS
ERIE 5, LONDON 4 (IN KOMOKA)
The Erie Otters edged the London Knights 5-4 in Komoka, Ont. has overage captain Kyle Maksimovich scored once and added two assists. Joseph Mack’s goal midway through the third period would stand as the game winner as he joined Otters teammates Danial Singer, Jamie Drysdale and Emmett Sproule on the scoresheet. The kids came to play for London as Antonio Stranges scored twice while Sahil Panwar and Emmet Pierce found the back of the net as well. Erie closes out the pre-season at 2-3-0 while London played to a 3-1-0 mark.
NORTH BAY 7, OWEN SOUND 4
The big boys were back in the lineup for the North Bay Battalion and they didn’t disappoint as Matthew Struthers buried a hat-trick against his former club the Owen Sound Attack in a 7-4 win on home ice. Justin Brazeau returned from San Jose Sharks camp to register a goal and two assists while sophomore forward Brandon Coe scored twice. Brazeau leads OHL Pre-Season scoring with 10 points (5-5–10) over three games. The Troops won despite being outshot 45-32 as Christian Propp turned aside 41 shots. Forward Cade Robinson led the Owen Sound offence with two goals and an assist. The two clubs meet again to close out the pre-season in Owen Sound on Sunday afternoon.
KITCHENER 6, NIAGARA 3 (IN BEAMSVILLE)
The Kitchener Rangers bested the Niagara IceDogs on a second straight night, this time doing so in Beamsville as former Dogs defenceman Justin MacPherson had a goal and two assists. Greg Meireles and Eric Guest each had a goal and an assist while goaltender Lucas Pfeil made 30 saves in the win. Jake Uberti, Oliver Castleman and Philip Tomasino scored Niagara goals as the IceDogs wrapped up their pre-season with a 1-2-1 record. Kitchener went 4-1-0 in the exhibition schedule.
OSHAWA 5, MISSISSAUGA 3 (IN AJAX)
Tied 3-3 to start the third, the Oshawa Generals pulled away in the final frame to defeat the Mississauga Steelheads 5-3 in Ajax. Eric Henderson and William Ennis scored third period markers to put things out of reach as the Gens won despite being outshot 30-20. Domenico Commisso had a pair of assists for Oshawa while other goals came from Nick Wong, Ian Blacker and Cole Resnick. Keean Washkurak scored twice for Mississauga Steelheads while Adam Varga provided their additional goal. Mario Peccia was the winning goaltender, stopping 27 of the 30 shots he faced. Oshawa is 2-0-1 headed into Sunday’s pre-season finale while Mississauga played to an exhibition record of 1-3-0.
GUELPH 4, HAMILTON 1
Nico Daws brought his ‘A’ game, stopping 45 of the 46 shots he faced to backstop the Guelph Storm past visiting Hamilton 4-1. Sophomore winger Tag Bertuzzi led the Storm offence with two goals and an assist while other tallies came from Barret Kirwin and Mark Woolley. The Storm prevailed despite dressing just 14 skaters as they were outshot 46-16. Overage defenceman Nicolas Mattinen scored the lone goal for the Bulldogs. Guelph went 3-1-0 in exhibition play while Hamilton finished up at 0-3-1.
BARRIE 5, PETERBOROUGH 1
Jason Willms scored twice and went 17-for-18 in the faceoff circle to lead the Barrie Colts over visiting Peterborough 5-1. St. Louis Blues prospect Tyler Tucker earned first star honours with a goal and an assist from the back end while 2018 NHL Draft prospect Ryan Suzuki produced similar totals. Chad Denault scored the lone goal for the Petes as Barrie goaltender Maksim Zhukov got the win with a 24-save showing. Barrie played to a pre-season record of 3-2-0 while Peterborough enters Sunday’s exhibition finale at 2-2-0.