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Sunday Highlights: Firebirds climb into seventh

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FLINT 4 – GUELPH 2
Ryan Moore (30, 31, 32) had a productive afternoon, scoring three times and adding an assist to lead the Flint Firebirds over the visiting Guelph Storm 4-2. With the win, the Firebirds leapfrog the Sarnia Sting and climb into seventh place in the Western Conference. Maurizio Colella (11) also scored and added two assists for Flint while goaltender Garrett Forrest made 37 saves. Fedor Gordeev and Ty Dellandrea also pitched in with a pair of helpers each as Flint won for the fifth time in the last six games. Ryan Merkley (8) and Nate Schnarr (13) scored for the Storm while Liam Herbst turned aside 35 shots in the loss.
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ERIE 5 – WINDSOR 4 – SO
A pair of third period goals helped the Windsor Spitfires claw back from a two-goal deficit to force overtime, but Erie’s Ivan Lodnia gave his team a 5-4 triumph with his shootout winner as the Otters claimed their 10th straight victory. Lodnia (23) had a goal and an assist in the win while Alex DeBrincat (46), Warren Foegele (18) and Kyle Maksimovich (15) also scored Erie goals. Dylan Strome also scored in the shootout while Joseph Murdaca turned away Windsor’s Jeremy Bracco to secure the two points. Bracco (21, 22) and Gabriel Vilardi (21, 22) both scored twice for Windsor while goaltender Michael DiPietro made 28 saves in the loss. The Spits earn a point to remain within three points of first place Sault Ste. Marie in the West Division. The Otters end the weekend leading the Midwest Division with a record of 39-10-2-1.
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OWEN SOUND 5 – KINGSTON 0
Montreal Canadiens prospect Michael McNiven made 26 saves to tie Jordan Binnington for the Owen Sound Attack career shutouts record with nine as the Bears blanked the Kingston Frontenacs 5-0. 2017 NHL Draft prospect Nick Suzuki (27, 28, 29) recorded his first hat-trick of the season while Cordell James (21) and Nick Pryce (5) also scored in the road win as the Attack won their fourth straight contest. Kevin Hancock and Petrus Palmu each had a pair of assists as Owen Sound outshot Kingston 37-26. The Attack swept their three game Eastern Conference road trip and are seven points out of first place in the Midwest Division.
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KITCHENER 8 – SARNIA 4
The Kitchener Rangers and Sarnia Sting combined for 12 goals, several of them that made the highlight reel as the Rangers took an 8-4 win on home ice. Kitchener creates some distance between themselves and seventh place Sarnia in the Western Conference standings. 2017 NHL Draft prospects Greg Meireles (14, 15) and Joseph Garreffa (18, 19) scored twice while Florida Panthers prospect Adam Mascherin had four assists as the Rangers outshot the Sting 36-24. Dylan Di Perna (7), Frank Hora (4), Connor Bunnaman (28) and Eric Guest (2) also got on the scoresheet for Kitchener while St. Louis Blues prospect Filip Helt (3, 4), Sean Josling (9) and Adam Ruzicka (18) responded for Sarnia. Sting forward Jordan Kyrou extended his current point streak to 17 games with two assists in the loss. Sarnia slides into eighth place in the Western Conference behind the Flint Firebirds, trailing them by one point in the standings.
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OSHAWA 7 – NORTH BAY 4
Renars Krastenbergs (7) and Mason Kohn (9) each had a goal and two assists as the Oshawa Generals won for the eighth time in 10 games, defeating the visiting North Bay Battalion 7-4. Jack Studnicka (14), Kenny Huether (15), Domenic Commisso (17), Riley Stillman (8) and Grayden Gottschalk (3) also had Oshawa goals while goaltender Jeremy Brodeur made 33 saves. Justin Brazeau (16, 17) scored twice for the Battalion while Alex Robert (1) and Andy Baker (1) both scored their first OHL goal. The Troops suffered their fifth straight loss, falling three points out of the Eastern Conference playoff picture behind eighth place Ottawa. With the win, the Generals pull back into a first place tie with rival Peterborough atop the East Division.
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MISSISSAUGA 3 – SAGINAW 2
Matthew Titus’ (1) first OHL goal proved to be the game winner as the Mississauga Steelheads outlasted the Saginaw Spirit 3-2 on home ice. Matthew Mancina made 37 saves for the Trout as they remained undefeated in regulation for a ninth straight game, improving to 24-17-6-6 on the season. Michael McLeod (16) and Trent Fox (10) also had goals for Mississauga while Brady Gilmour (22) and Kris Bennett (18) responded for Saginaw. The Spirit outshot the Steelheads 39-31, but suffered their third straight loss and trail eighth place Sarnia by eight points for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference.
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SUDBURY 7 – OTTAWA 5
Dmitry Sokolov (37, 38) and Michael Pezzetta (7, 8) each scored twice to lead the Sudbury Wolves to a 7-5 win in Ottawa. Shane Bulitka (5), Patrick Sanvido (2) and Ryan Valentini (15) also scored while David Levin had three assists to help the Wolves remain within five points of fifth place Hamilton in the Eastern Conference. Ottawa goals came from Ben Evans (7), Travis Barron (11), Artur Tyanulin (19), David Pearce (3) and Patrick White (19) as the 67’s suffered their fourth straight loss. Ottawa sits three points ahead of North Bay for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
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