Saturday Highlights: Dellandrea delivers in overtime


Canadian World Junior gold medalist Ty Dellandrea (18) scored shorthanded and unassisted 3:05 into overtime as the Flint Firebirds skated to a 4-3 win over visiting Windsor. Flint nearly let one get away as the Spitfires rallied from a 3-1 deficit, getting goals from Jean-Luc Foudy (13) and Connor Corcoran (13) to tie things up, but captain Dellandrea came through in the end to help Flint edge closer to second place Windsor in the West Division. Evgeniy Oksentyuk (20) opened the scoring, stretching his franchise record point streak to 16 games while other Firebirds goals came form Cody Morgan (11) and Jake Durham (15). Luke Cavallin stopped 37 of 40 in goal for the Flint victory opposite Windsor’s Kari Piiroinen who helped the Spits earn a point with 29 saves. The Spitfires outshot the Firebirds 40-33 and own a 24-9-5-0 record for 53 points in the West Division. Flint is now 22-16-1-0. The two teams have split the season series thus far with two wins apiece.


The Sarnia Sting shook-off a nine-game losing slide as Jacob Perreault (26) had a goal and an assist along with the shootout winner in a 4-3 road win over the Hamilton Bulldogs. The Sting prevailed despite being outshot 44-22 due in large part to the fine goaltending of rookie Benjamin Gaudreau as he made 41 saves and stopped all three shootout opponents he faced. Rookie Ty Voit (3) joined Perreault with a goal and an assist while Sam Bitten (9) also found the back of the net. Tag Bertuzzi (20) finished with a goal and an assist for the Bulldogs and was joined in the goal-scoring department by Gavin White (1) and Jake Gravelle (3) who scored the game-tying goal with 1:53 left in regulation. Sarnia improves to 16-21-4-0 while Hamilton sees a three-game winning streak snapped, falling to 18-19-2-1.


Rookie forward Martin Chromiak (3) earned first star honours as the Kingston Frontenacs handed the Guelph Storm their fourth straight loss. The Fronts took a 3-1 decision as Maddox Callens (3) scored the game winner with 6:21 remaining in the third period. Shane Wright (20) hit the empty net to seal the deal while Vitali Pinchuk finished the night with two assists. Pavel Gogolev (31) provided Guelph’s lone goal, pulling into a tie for the league goal-scoring lead while stretching his point streak to 14 games. Christian Propp turned aside 22 of 23 in goal for the Frontenacs, who won their second straight. Guelph’s Owen Bennett made 25 saves in the loss as the Storm fall to 22-12-1-4 for third in the Midwest. Kingston improves to 12-23-2-2 on the season.


Riley Damiani (16), Greg Meireles (18) and Reid Valade (14) all had a goal and an assist as the Kitchener Rangers skated to a 5-2 win in Barrie. Mike Petizian (9) also lit the lamp while Lucas Pfeil made 18 saves as the Blueshirts increased their cushion to three points atop the Midwest Division. Dallas Stars prospect Nicholas Porco (7) and defenceman Matthew Sredl (3) scored Barrie goals and Jet Greaves made 38 saves as the Colts were outshot 43-20. The Rangers are now 24-11-3-2 for 53 points. Barrie has lost three straight, falling to 16-19-2-1.


All good things come to an end, and the Ottawa 67’s’ franchise-best winning streak is no more. Nick Robertson (26) had a goal and an assist and Hunter Jones made 23 saves as the Peterborough Petes blanked the visiting 67’s 4-0, halting their winning streak at 17 games. The Petes dictated the pace in the latter half of the game as Max Grondin (9), Zach Gallant (21) and Semyon Der-Arguchintsev (5) joined Robertson on the scoresheet while Akil Thomas had an assist in his Petes debut. Ottawa’s Cedrick Andree made 30 saves in the loss as the 67’s were shutout for the second time this season. The Petes have now taken three of five from Ottawa this season, improving to 26-12-2-1 in the East Division. Ottawa holds a five-point cushion on first place in the division with a 30-7-0-0 record.


New York Islanders prospect Cole Coskey (23, 24, 25) buried a hat-trick as the Saginaw Spirit came out on top of a close one, defeating the visiting London Knights 6-5. The Knights led 4-3 before third period goals from Cole Perfetti (23) and Dalton Duhart (7) put the Spirit ahead for good. Damien Giroux (27) hit the empty net for what would stand as the game winner as the Spirit won their eighth in the past 10 games, reclaiming first place in the West Division. Washington Capitals prospect Connor McMichael (26, 27, 28) netted a hat-trick of his own while Billy Moskal (9) and Ryan Merkley (10) also scored London goals. Spirit sophomore Tristan Lennox made 30 saves for the win opposite London’s Dylan Myskiw who turned aside 32 shots as the Knights came up short. Saginaw improves to 25-12-2-2 while London sees a five-game winning streak come to an end, falling to 24-13-1-1.


Kyen Sopa (15) had a goal and an assist in his Erie Otters debut, helping them double-up his old Niagara IceDogs teammates 4-2 at Erie Insurance Arena. 2020 NHL Draft prospect Jamie Drysdale (7) earned first star honours with a goal and an assist while Hayden Fowler (14) had a goal and two helpers while going 13-for-16 in the faceoff circle. The Otters carried a 1-0 lead into the third period as Niagara captain Ivan Lodnia (21) got the IceDogs on the board before goals from Drysdale and Max Golod (17) put the Otters in front for good. IceDogs blueliner AJ Cook (1) scored his first OHL goal but that’s as close as Niagara would come as the IceDogs were outshot 33-16. Andrew MacLean turned aside 29 shots as the IceDogs dropped their fourth in a row, falling to 15-19-4-1. Erie improves to 17-14-2-6 in a fourth-place tie with Owen Sound in the Midwest Division.

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