Thursday Highlights: Close quartet decided by a goal


2020 NHL Draft prospect Cole Perfetti’s (8, 9) talents were on full display as he led the Saginaw Spirit to a 5-4 win over visiting Owen Sound. The Attack rounded out the game with three straight goals, a solid effort to climb back from a 5-1 lead, but they fell one goal short of matching the Spirit’s offence. Owen Sound’s four goals came from four different scorers, with Aidan Dudas (11) and Sergey Popov (5) finishing the night with two points (1-1-2) each. Dalton Duhart (1-1-2) and Cole Coskey (0-2-2) also picked up two points on Saginaw’s end while local product Mitchell Smith (3) found the back of the net as did forward Ethan Cardwell (6). The Spirit have now won eight consecutive matches at home against Owen Sound as the Bears haven’t won at the Dow since Dec 2, 2012. The Attack fall to 10-8-2-1, and the Spirit sit second in the West Division at 13-7-1-1.


It was a close one in Peterborough, but the Kingston Frontenacs came out winners in a 4-3 shootout decision as rookie phenom Shane Wright picked up the difference maker. The Petes found early success with goals from Brady Hinz (9), Max Grondin (5), and John Parker-Jones (3), but the Frontenacs had tied things up midway through the third, led by a pair of goals from Zayde Wisdom (11, 12). Dennis Golovatchev (3) knotted the score at three beyond the midway point of the third period, setting the stage for Wright to seal the deal for the Frontenacs with a high-flying shootout goal. While they couldn’t nab the win, the Petes’ single point sneaks them into the Eastern Conference’s first place slot, tied at 32 points with the Ottawa 67’s. Kingston’s record lifts to 3-14-2-2.


The Erie Otters forced yet another game past regulation for the fifth straight time, but it wasn’t enough to finish in the win column as the Niagara IceDogs took it 5-4 in a shootout. The cross-conference match headed to OT with eight goals from eight different scorers, but overtime wasn’t enough to solve things. Philip Tomasino (12), Andrew Bruder (4) and Kyen Sopa (12) staked the IceDogs to a 3-0 lead before the Otters made a goaltending change and clawed back to make a game of things. Kurtis Henry (5), Connor Lockhart (2) and Emmett Sproule (7) found the back of the net before Daniel D’Amato (10) tied things up at four in the latter half of the third period. Jake Uberti (5) rounded out Niagara’s scoring while LA Kings prospect Akil Thomas, who also picked up two assists on the night, was the lone scorer in the shootout to lift the IceDogs to victory. Erie’s Daniel Murphy stopped 34 of 35 in a relief appearance, helping his team grab a point in the loss while IceDogs rookie Tucker Tynan turned aside 43 shots that came his way. The Otters hope to break their two-game losing skid in Oshawa Friday night, while Niagara looks to carry their momentum to Barrie on Saturday.


The Oshawa Generals came out strong with an early goal as Allan McShane (7, 8) picked up his 200th career point with his first of two on the night. Goals from Brad Chenier (10), Cameron Peters (2), and Brandon Coe (6) weren’t enough to get the Battalion the W, as Oliver Suni (6) and Brett Neumann (16) gave the Generals the edge in a 4-3 decision. Oshawa’s league-leading ninth one-goal win of the season saw Andrew MacLean turn aside 21 shots to earn the win in his first start since Nov. 3rd. Oshawa outshot North Bay 35-24, improving to 15-5-0-1 in a tight East Division while the Battalion falls to 4-18-0-0.


A pair of goals from 2020 NHL Draft Prospect Jack Quinn (11, 12) powered the Ottawa 67’s to a 6-3 win over the visiting Sudbury Wolves in their annual School Day match. Though the Wolves came flying out of the gate with two goals from rookie Chase Stillman (7, 8), the Barber Poles responded before the end of the first period. After trading goals in the second, the 67’s had an explosive final 20 minutes, scoring four in a row as Kevin Bahl (4), Marco Rossi (9), Yanic Crete (3) and Mitchell Hoelscher (16) all lit the lamp. The 67’s earn their third straight win to improve to 16-6-0-0, good for a first place tie with Peterborough atop the East Division. Sudbury leads the Central with a 14-9-1-0 record.


Liam Foudy (9, 10) and Ryan Merkley (5, 6) both scored twice as the London Knights overcame a 2-0 deficit to take a 5-2 win in Mississauga.  Calvin Martin (6) and Cole Schwindt (5) gave the Steelheads a 2-0 lead before London responded with five unanswered. Washington Capitals prospect Connor McMichael picked up three assists while recent Chicago Blackhawks signee Alec Regula (9) had a goal and two assists from the back end. Knights netminder Dylan Myskiw stopped 30 of 32 to improve to 6-1 since coming over from the Western Hockey League. The Knights have won eight of 10, improving to 12-5-1-1 while Mississauga falls to 7-13-1-0.


The Windsor Spitfires earned points in an 11th straight game, picking up two in a 6-3 victory at home over Sault Ste. Marie, putting an end to the Greyhounds’ three-game winning streak. The Spits maintained a strong lead from the start, coming out flying with four consecutive goals in the first. The Hounds played a hard-fought second period, scoring three of their own, but the Spits never faltered and held on to their lead all the way through.  Connor Corcoran had three assists on the night along with a plus-5 rating, while fourth-year veteran Cole Purboo (8, 9) notched two goals. Curtis Douglas (10), Tyler Angle (13), Dylan Robinson (2) and Will Cuylle (7) rounded out the Windsor offence while Tye Kartye (9), Jaden Peca (9) and Robert Calisti (6) responded for the Greyhounds. Windsor’s record improves to 12-3-3-0 as the CHL’s sixth-ranked Spitfires hold down top spot in the Western Conference. Sault Ste. Marie’s Bailey Brkin saw his run of undefeated OHL play come to an end as the Hounds fell to 9-13-1-0.

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