WINDSOR 9, PETERBOROUGH 6
Scoring came fast and furious in the Windsor Spitfires’ home opener, a game that saw the host Spits overcome a 4-0 deficit to roar back and defeat the Peterborough Petes 9-6. Tyler Angle (1, 2), Jean-Luc Foudy (1, 2) and Curtis Douglas (1, 2) all scored twice while rookie Wyatt Johnston (1), Daniel D’Amico (1) and captain Luke Boka (1) added singles. Grayson Ladd, Connor Corcoran, Egor Afanasyev, Will Cuylle and Ruben Rafkin all recorded two assists as the Spits outshot the Petes 36-25. Peterborough saw an early lead slip away as rookie Mason McTavish (1, 2) scored the first two goals of his OHL career. Nick Robertson (3), Cameron Butler (1), Liam Kirk (2) and Tucker Robertson (1) rounded out the Peterborough scoring while Toronto Maple Leafs prospect Semyon Der-Arguchintsev racked up four assists.
FLINT 4, SAGINAW 1
The Flint Firebirds rebounded from a Friday night loss and claimed victory over their biggest rival in the process. Jake Durham (2, 3, 4) scored the season’s first hat-trick, guiding the Birds to a 4-1 road win over the Saginaw Spirit. Anthony Popovich backstopped Flint to victory with a 34-save effort while rookie Brennan Othmann scored his first career OHL goal. Saginaw outshot Flint 35-21 as Cole Coskey (2) provided the Spirit’s lone goal with 4:15 left in the first period. The Firebirds claim victory in their first of eight meetings against the Spirit this season. Defending West Division champion Saginaw remains in search of its first win.
OTTAWA 4, OWEN SOUND 3 – SO
Another night and another shootout win for Cedrick Andree and the Ottawa 67’s. Marco Rossi and Graeme Clarke scored shootout markers to push the Barber Poles to a 4-3 win over the Owen Sound Attack, sending the 67’s home with four points on the weekend. Clarke tied the score at three with 4:10 remaining in the third period to force overtime. Rossi (2) and Austen Keating (1) also tallied while Andree made 33 saves on the night. Stepan Machacek (1), Carter Robertson (1) and Daylon Groulx (1) scored Attack goals while Mack Guzda made 30 saves to help his team earn a point in the home opener.
BARRIE 6, LONDON 2
Buffalo Sabres prospect Matej Pekar (2, 3, 4) scored his first career OHL hat-trick as the Barrie Colts pulled away from the visiting London Knights with four goals in the third period. The 6-2 home opening win also featured markers from Jason Willms (1), Tyson Foerster (1) and Luke Bignell (1). Vancouver Canucks prospect Arturs Silovs made 37 saves in his OHL debut. The 11th overall pick in the 2019 CHL Import Draft earned second star honours for his part in the victory while defenceman Tyler Tucker picked up three helpers. Antonio Stranges (1) and Connor McMichael (1) accounted for London goals while Jordan Kooy made 26 saves in the loss. The Colts improve to 2-0, winning their home opener before a Saturday night crowd of 3,168.
SOO 6, NORTH BAY 4
Tied at four five minutes into the third period, 2020 NHL Draft prospect Jaromir Pytlik (1, 2) scored twice to lift the Soo Greyhounds to a 6-4 win over the visiting North Bay Battalion. Sault Ste. Marie’s second consecutive six-goal night on home ice also included goals from Zack Trott (1), Rory Kerins (1), Ryan Roth (1) and Cole MacKay (1). Trott and Roth each had a goal and two helpers while Christian Propp turned aside 20 shots to earn the win against his former club. Mason Primeau (1), Mitchell Russell (1), Alex Christopoulos (1) and Liam Arnsby (1) scored for North Bay while defenceman Braden Henderson notched a pair of helpers. Christian Cicigoi made 21 saves in his first career OHL start. The Troops fall to 0-2 out of the gate.
ERIE 8, HAMILTON 5
Draft eligible defenceman Jamie Drysdale (1) led the Erie attack, recording a goal and four assists in an 8-5 road win over the Hamilton Bulldogs. The Otters stayed a step ahead throughout the night, leading 2-0 early before scoring four consecutive goals to carry a 6-2 edge into the third period. Chad Yetman (1, 2) scored a pair while Danial Singer (1), Emmett Sproule (1), Daniel D’Amato (2), Max Golod (2) and Hayden Fowler (2) also found the scoresheet. Elias Cohen and Austen Swankler tacked on a pair of assists each as Erie outshot Hamilton 31-24, going 2-for-6 on the power play. Avery Hayes (1, 2) scored twice and added an assist for the Bulldogs. Bradey Johnson (1), Kade Landry (1) and Arthur Kaliyev (2) also provided Hamilton goals. Erie’s Aidan Campbell earned his first career OHL win with a 19-save effort as the Otters improved to 2-0 to start a season for the first time since 2015-16.