Three Stars: January 27, 2019


Overage winger Luke Burghardt thrived on a line alongside Matthew Struthers and Justin Brazeau, scoring twice while adding a nice assist as the North Bay Battalion blanked visiting Kingston 4-0. Both of Burghardt’s goals came on assists from Struthers with the first coming on a shot off the rush coming down the middle and the second on a partial breakaway. The 20-year-old from Bowmanville, Ont. had his season delayed due to an offseason injury, but has joined the Battalion and recorded 13 points (3-10–13) through his first 20 games. Burghardt is in the midst of his fifth OHL season after originally being Guelph’s sixth round pick in 2014.

Toronto Maple Leafs prospect Ryan McGregor finished with two goals and an assist in Sarnia’s 8-4 win over the Hamilton Bulldogs on YourTV’s Hockey Day in the OHL. The Sting captain assisted on a Curtis Egert first period goal before scoring early in both the second and third periods. McGregor also finished with a plus-5 rating and went 13-for-18 in the faceoff circle while extending his current point streak to five games. The 19-year-old from Burlington, Ont. has 52 points (18-34–52) over 43 games in this, his fourth OHL season. Originally Sarnia’s second round pick in 2015, McGregor is a graduate of the Burlington Eagles Minor Midget program. He was Toronto’s sixth round pick in 2017.

Buffalo Sabres prospect Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen turned aside 40 of the 41 shots he faced to backstop the Sudbury Wolves past the Mississauga Steelheads 2-1 on the road. The 6-foot-5 Finnish talent helped the Wolves win their third straight game, helping them remain within eight points of first place Niagara in the Central Division. Luukkonen owns a 25-7-1-1 record with a 2.44 goals-against average and a .921 save percentage and a league-leading five shutouts over 34 games. The second round pick of the Buffalo Sabres in 2017 recently won gold with Finland at the IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship.

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