Saturday Highlights: London locks up first in the West


Kevin Hancock (51, 52) finished the season strong, scoring twice to help the London Knights lock up first place in the Western Conference with a 5-2 road win in Saginaw. Vegas Golden Knights prospect Jordan Kooy stopped 35 of 37 while other London goals came from Evan Bouchard (16), Paul Cotter (9) and Nathan Dunkley (23). Saginaw’s Cole Perfetti scored his 37th goal of the season in highlight reel fashion while DJ Busdeker (15) also found the back of the net shorthanded. Ivan Prosvetov turned aside 38 shots as the Spirit were outdone 43-37 on the shot clock. The Knights finish the season with a 46-15-6-1 record for 99 points. he 45-16-3-3 Spirit have already secured the West Division title and will visit the Soo Greyhounds to close out their season on Sunday.


Chicago Blackhawks prospect MacKenzie Entwistle (28, 29, 30) scored his first OHL hat-trick as the Guelph Storm earned a third straight win to reach 40 on the season, defeating the host Erie Otters 5-2. Zachary Roberts (9) and Ty Collins (6) also scored for the Storm while Nico Daws stopped 30 of 32. Hayden Fowler (8) and Gera Poddubnyi (29) scored Erie goals while Cole Ceci made 28 saves. The Otters close out their season with a 26-38-3-1 record, missing the OHL Playoffs for a second straight year following their championship in 2017. The Storm finish the year 40-18-6-4 for fourth in the Western Conference. They’ll face the rival Kitchener Rangers in the first round of the OHL Playoffs.


Calgary Flames prospect Adam Ruzicka (34, 35) followed-up a four-goal night on Friday with two more as the Sudbury Wolves claimed a 3-1 win in Peterborough. Drake Pilon (10) also tallied while Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen stopped 33 of 34 for his league-leading 38th win. Liam Kirk (26) ended Luukkonen’s shutout bid 8:55 into the third period as the Petes wrapped up the campaign with a 33-31-2-2 record, currently seated in fifth place. Sudbury climbed a point ahead of the Oshawa Generals and into third place in the Eastern Conference. The 43-19-3-2 Wolves and fourth place Generals will meet to finalize their positioning on Sunday night in Oshawa.


The Flint Firebirds saluted their fans on Friday, putting up eight goals on 44 shots to defeat the visiting Sarnia Sting 8-4. The Firebirds led 8-1 before Sarnia scored three third period markers to close out the game. Hunter Holmes (12, 13) and Ethan Keppen (29, 30) both scored twice for Flint while rookie forward Evan Vierling hauled in three assists. Hakon Nilsen (3), Emmet Pierce (8), Cody Morgan (13) and Kyle Harris (8) also scored for the Firebirds in front of a 29-save performance from Luke Cavallin. Jacob Perreault (29), Alexandre Hogue (5), Curtis Egert (14) and Calvin Martin (13) all scored for Sarnia as the Sting were outshot 44-33. Sarnia has locked up seventh in the Western Conference and will face the Saginaw Spirit in first round action. The 27-33-5-2 Sting and 16-45-6-0 Firebirds will wrap up the season on Sunday in Sarnia.


The Niagara IceDogs fell behind 3-1 before clawing their way back, outshooting the Barrie Colts 58-25 in a 7-4 road win. Dallas Stars prospect Jason Robertson (46, 47) gave himself some breathing room atop the league’s scoring race with 114 points to his credit. Boston Bruins draftee Jack Studnicka (35, 36) enjoyed a five point night with two goals and three helpers while Daniel Bukac (4), Ivan Lodnia (16) and Philip Tomasino (33) also capitalized. Colts captain Jason Willms (19, 20) scored twice in the loss while Tyler Tucker (14) and Ryan Suzuki (24) also found the back of the net. Niagara forwards Ben Jones and Akil Thomas both crossed the 100 point barrier with assists while Stephen Dhillon made 21 saves for his 97th career win. The 43-17-7-0 IceDogs earn their fifth straight win to sit two points up on the Sudbury Wolves for the Central Division lead enteringĀ a Sunday visit to North Bay. The 26-37-3-1 Colts will close out their season in Mississauga.


The Owen Sound Attack rebounded from a lopsided Friday night loss in Kitchener, defeating the Rangers 4-2 behind a pair of goals from Daylon Groulx (18, 19). Barret Kirwin (21) and Sergey Popov (10) both tacked on Attack goals as the Bears outshot the Rangers 36-25, going 2-for-9 on the power play. Kitchener’s Greg Meireles (36) found the back of the net to extend his point streak to a league-leading 20 games. Joseph Garreffa (32) also scored for Kitchener while Lucas Pfeil made 32 saves before a hometown crowd. Attack veteran Zach Poirier played his 300th career regular season game as Owen Sound wrapped up the schedule with a 31-31-4-2 record for sixth in the Western Conference. The fifth place Rangers wind up at 34-30-3-1. Kitchener gets set to face Guelph in first round action while Owen Sound battles third place Sault Ste. Marie.




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