HAMILTON 11, SUDBURY 10 – OT
Four-point nights from Tag Bertuzzi (8, 9, 10, 11) and Arthur Kaliyev (23, 24) and a first career hat-trick from Avery Hayes (5, 6, 7) were standout performances in Hamilton’s highly offensive 11-10 overtime win over the Sudbury Wolves. Avery’s shorthanded goal opened the scoring but the Wolves picked up three in a row to end the first period 3-1. Hamilton responded with three of their own within the first 3:10 of the second, before David Levin (9) and Nolan Hutchinson (7) put Sudbury ahead 5-4. The Bulldogs countered with four unanswered goals, three of which were scored within 41 seconds. Blake Murray (11, 12) and Bertuzzi traded goals toward the end of the second, rounding out an astounding eight-goal period for the Bulldogs with a 9-6 edge. The third period saw four more goals for the Wolves, including Murray’s second of the game with just 13 seconds remaining to tie things at 10 and send the game to overtime. Bertuzzi was the OT hero for the Bulldogs with eight seconds remaining, topping off a career-high four-goal night. Jan Jenik’s point streak hit its 20th game as the Arizona Coyotes prospect notched two assists, while linemate Arthur Kaliyev scored goals 23 and 24 and jumped into first place in OHL scoring. The Wolves’ single point lifts them to second place overall with 29 points and a 14-8-1-0 record, while Hamilton ends the weekend at 10-12-1-0. The game was the second-highest scoring contest in OHL history behind 22-goal episodes between Peterborough and Sault Ste. Marie on January 21, 1977 as well as Ottawa and Brantford on January 11, 1980.
MISSISSAUGA 4, ERIE 3 – SO
A couple of goals from Nicholas Canade (2, 3) led the Mississauga Steelheads to a 4-3 shootout win over the Erie Otters in the second of a weekend home-and-home. Max Golod (10) scored on the powerplay to get the Otters on the board just 2:17 in, before St. Louis Blues prospect Keean Washkurak fed Canade on a 2-on-1 to tie things up. Canade, a third-year Steelhead, responded in the second period with a breakaway goal to put his team ahead, thanks to assists from Washkurak and rookie Ethan Del Mastro, who earned his first OHL point. Erie’s Daniel D’Amato (9) evened the score at two before Liam Ham’s (2) second of the season put Mississauga back in the lead. A penalty shot goal from Hayden Fowler (11) with 3:45 left in the third sent the game to overtime, and Washkurak’s lone shootout goal proved to be the difference maker. Mississauga put 40 shots on Erie netminder Daniel Murphy, while the Steelheads’ Kai Edmonds stopped 24 of 27 shots. This is the Otters’ fourth straight game beyond regulation. Both teams battled to a 5-4 overtime game Saturday night in Erie, with the Otters coming out on top. Mississauga jumps to 7-12-1-0 while Erie falls to 10-6-2-4.
LONDON 5, KITCHENER 3
Connor McMichael (20) continues to light up the league, scoring his 20th of the season in one of four consecutive goals for the London Knights in a 5-3 decision over the Kitchener Rangers. Kitchener’s Jonathan Yantsis (12) scored with just under six minutes to go in the first, but goals from Matvey Guskov (5), McMichael, Columbus Blue Jackets pick Liam Foudy (8), and Billy Moskal (2) put the Knights up 4-1 after 40. Kitchener’s Michael Vukojvec (1) scored his first goal of the season, a wrist shot from the blue line, to cut London’s lead to 4-2, but Kirill Steklov’s (1) first OHL goal would give London another three-goal lead. A shorty from Kitchener’s Reid Valade (7) would make the final score 5-3 in favour of the Knights, with Dylan Myskiw stopping 39 of 42 shots to improve to 5-1. The Rangers’ Nathan Torchia made his first career OHL start at the age of 19, making 20 saves in the loss. This is London’s eighth straight win against Kitchener, as they improve to 11-5-1-1 on the season. Kitchener falls to 7-7-2-2.
NORTH BAY 5, BARRIE 4
The North Bay Battalion picked up their first win in 11 games, edging visiting Barrie 5-4 as Kyle Jackson set up Harrison Caines (4) for the game winner with 1:31 remaining in the third period. Luke Moncada (10) and Jackson (4) gave the Battalion an early 2-0 lead, but Barrie’s Victor Hadfield (2) scored a highlight reel shorthanded goal to get on the board. The Battalion regained their two-goal lead thanks to Brad Chenier (9) on the powerplay, before Josh Currie (1) redirected a shot past Jet Greaves, earning his first OHL goal to make it 4-1. Colts captain Jason Willms (7) cut the lead to 4-2, and goals from Riley Piercey (6) and Tyler Tucker (5) evened things up at 4-4 with five minutes left in the third. Caines notched the game winning goal for North Bay to help the Troops earn their first win since October 14th. The Colts, coming off a 2-0 win against Peterborough on Saturday, fall to 12-7-0-1. North Bay’s much-needed win puts them at 4-17-0-0, but they remain tied with the Kingston Frontenacs with a league-low 8 points.
OTTAWA 6, SARNIA 3
Joseph Garreffa’s (11, 12) impressive weekend continued with a four-point display in Sarnia, helping his 67’s climb into first place in the OHL with a 6-3 victory. Coming off a hat-trick Saturday night in Flint, Garreffa picked up two goals and two assists while second-year Marco Rossi (7, 8) also had a multi-point night, getting two goals past Sarnia’s Jordan Kooy and picking up an assist on Garreffa’s second goal. Adam Varga (1) scored his first goal of the season and his first as a 67, having been acquired from the Mississauga Steelheads last week. Jacob Perreault (7, 8) scored two of the three Sarnia goals, and Carolina Hurricanes pick Jamieson Rees collected two assists. Ottawa’s own Cedrick Andree stopped 22 of the Sting’s 25 shots as the 67’s improve to 14-6-0-0, ending their three-game road trip on a positive note. Kooy made 18 saves and the Sting now sit at 10-9-0-0.