WINDSOR 4, SAGINAW 1
The Windsor Spitfires took two points from the Saginaw Spirit in a big game featuring two teams sitting atop the West Division. A 34-save showing from Kari Piiroinen limited the host Spirit to just one goal while Cole Purboo (10), Kyle McDonald (6), Curtis Douglas (11) and Luke Boka (9) fired home Windsor goals. What was a 2-1 game for much of the contest saw the Spitfires pull away in the third, claiming at least a point in their 12th straight game to improve to 14-3-3-0. Saginaw falls to 13-8-1-1. The Spitfires and Spirit will meet six more times this season.
OTTAWA 2, MISSISSAUGA 0
Second-year netminder Will Cranley stopped all 31 shots he faced for his first career OHL shutout as the Ottawa 67’s blanked visiting Mississauga 2-0 before a national audience on Sportsnet. Goals from Marco Rossi (10) and Jack Quinn (13) gave Ottawa all they’d need to get past Mississauga while Steelheads netminder Kai Edmonds stopped 27 of 28. The Barber Poles earn their fourth straight win to improve to 17-6-0-0 while Mississauga falls to 7-14-1-0.
HAMILTON 4, GUELPH 3 – SO
The Hamilton Bulldogs continue to find a way in the shootout, improving to 3-0 on the season as a Tag Bertuzzi game winner halted the Guelph Storm’s winning streak at 10 games. The host Bulldogs had goals from Nathan Staios (2), Navrin Mutter (2) and Logan Morrison (10) while Arthur Kaliyev and Cameron Supryka each picked up helpers. Jan Jenik extended his point streak to 23 games with an assist on the afternoon while Bulldogs netminder Marco Costantini stopped 29 of 32 before turning aside all three shootout opponents he faced. Eric Uba (7), Fedor Gordeev (1) and Keegan Stevenson (10) scored Guelph goals as the Storm picked up a single point and sit at 13-4-1-3 atop the Midwest Division. Hamilton inches closer to .500, improving to 12-13-1-0.
FLINT 5, OWEN SOUND 4
The Flint Firebirds fell behind 3-0 but rallied back with five consecutive goals to defeat visiting Owen Sound 5-4. Evgeniy Oksentyuk (12) put Flint in the lead for good with 22 seconds remaining in the second period, finishing the night with a goal and two assists to his credit. Connor Roberts (6), Cody Morgan (6), Vladislav Kolyachonok (6) and Riley McCourt (9) added Flint goals while Anthony Popovich turned aside 26 of 28 in a relief appearance. The Firebirds outshot the Attack 50-37 as Mack Guzda made 45 saves for the Bears. Brady Lyle (5), Matthew Philip (11), Sergey Popov (6) and Barret Kirwin (10) all scored Owen Sound goals as the Attack lost their fifth straight contest, falling to 10-9-2-1. Flint owns a 15-8-0-0 record for second in the West Division.
PETERBOROUGH 3, KITCHENER 1
Hunter Jones stopped 43 of 44 and had his shutout bid ended with just 1:47 left in the third period as the Peterborough Petes bested visiting Kitchener 3-1. Declan Chisholm (3), Tucker Robertson (4) and Zach Gallant (11) scored goals to put the Petes up 3-0 but Kitchener came out strong in the third, outshooting Peterborough 26-11 as Jonathan Yantsis (13) finally solved Jones inside the game’s final two minutes. Kitchener’s Lucas Pfeil made 25 saves as the Blueshirts dropped their fourth straight decision, falling to 7-10-2-2. The Petes sit tied atop the East Division with a 16-6-1-1 record.
NIAGARA 6, BARRIE 2
Ivan Lodnia’s (10, 11, 12) first career OHL hat-trick powered the Niagara IceDogs to a 6-2 win in Barrie. The Minnesota Wild prospect scored in the first, second and third periods to help the IceDogs claim their third straight victory. Jonah De Simone (3), Philip Tomasino (13) and Akil Thomas (11) also tallied while Christian Sbaraglia kicked out 34 of 36 shots that came his direction. Ian Lemieux (1) and Victor Hadfield (3) were Barrie scorers as the Colts dropped their second straight. Niagara sits three points back of second place Barrie in the Central Division with a 9-11-3-1 record. Barrie is now 12-8-0-1.