Wednesday Highlights: Maggio becomes first to reach 50-goal mark
Saginaw Spirit 5, Windsor Spitfires 6 – OT
- Matthew Maggio became the eighth player in Spitfires history to reach the 50-goal mark, the first since 2001 (Steve Ott); his 50th came against fellow NY Islanders prospect Tristan Lennox.
- Saginaw overage blueliner Mitchell Smith recorded his first career OHL hat trick in the loss.
- Jacob Maillet was the overtime hero, scoring the game-winner 52 seconds into the extra frame to cap off a three-point night.
- Shane Wright racked up a pair of assists in the winning effort.
- The Spitfires become the first OHL team to eclipse the 300-goal mark.
- Rookies Michael Misa, Zayne Parekh and Lincoln Moore were all back in the Spirit lineup while Brett Harrison returned for Windsor.
Game Centre | Spitfires Post-Game | Spirit Post-Game
Oshawa Generals 3, Ottawa 67’s 8
- Will Gerrior recorded his first career OHL hat trick; Gerrior has seven goals in his past seven games.
- Logan Morrison returned from a six-game absence to the 67’s lineup, recording three assists in the victory.
- Pavel Mintyukov also recorded three assists for the 67’s, extending his point streak to a career-high nine games.
- Stuart Rolofs opened the scoring for Oshawa in his 150th career OHL game.
- The loss was Oshawa’s seventh consecutive, still clinging on to the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference over Kingston by one point.
- With the win the Ottawa 67’s can clinch the Hamilton Spectator trophy with a Peterborough win tomorrow night in North Bay.
Game Centre | 67’s Post-Game | Generals Post-Game
Niagara IceDogs 3, Erie Otters 2
- Owen Flores stole the show on Wednesday night, stopping 48 of 50 shots in the winning effort.
- Zak Lavoie notched his 25th and 26 goals, including the go-ahead goal with 58 seconds left in regulation.
- Declan Waddick scored in his second consecutive game, tallying his 26th of the season to open the third period.
- Bruce McDonald had a goal and an assist in the loss for Erie.
- The Niagara win ends a 10-game losing streak while Erie has now lost their last five.
Game Centre | IceDogs Post-Game | Otters Post-Game
London Knights 4, Guelph Storm 7
- Guelph climbed out to a 4-0 lead before London battled back to tie; Max Namestnikov’s second of the night was the third period game winner.
- Namestnikov and St. Louis Blues prospect Michael Buchinger each collected a pair of goals.
- Boston Bruins prospect Matthew Poitras’ four-point night improved his regular season totals to 84 points in 58 games.
- Storm captain Cooper Walker notched a goal and three assists, his most productive night of the season thus far.
- Draft eligible blueliner Oliver Bonk collected three primary assists for London.
- Guelph outshot London 35-27, going 3-for-6 on the power play.
- The Storm snap a three-game slide, remaining in a sixth-place tie with Owen Sound in the Western Conference.
- Guelph went 3-2-1-0 against London in the season series.
Barrie Colts 5, Mississauga Steelheads 6 – SO
- The Steelheads booked their ticket to the OHL Playoffs with the 6-5 victory as rookie defender Parker Von Richter scored the shootout winner.
- James Hardie recorded a goal and an assist to became the Steelheads’ all-time leader in points in a single season with 79.
- Rookie netminder Ryerson Leenders made 39 saves in the winning effort.
- Colts captain Brandt Clarke had four points (2-2–4) and 10 shots on goal, tying the score with 4:21 remaining to force overtime.
- Barrie outshot Mississauga 44-30 but saw their four-game winning streak snapped.
Game Centre | Steelheads Post-Game
Flint Firebirds 3, Owen Sound Attack 4
- Montreal Canadiens prospect Cedrick Guindon had a goal and an assist, scoring the eventual game-winning goal late in the third.
- Carter George continued his impressive rookie season, making 34 saves to improve his record to 7-3.
- Deni Goure and Sam Sedley also had a goal and an assist for Owen Sound.
- Tristan Bertucci and Amadeus Lombardi each had a goal and an assist for the Firebirds, who saw their seven-game winning streak snapped.
- The win pulls Owen Sound to within two points of fifth place Flint in the Western Conference.
Game Centre | Attack Post-Game | Firebirds Post-Game
Hamilton Bulldogs 0, Sarnia Sting 6
- Ben Gaudreau stopped all 21 shots he faced to collect his first shutout of the season.
- Christian Kyrou continued his strong play, putting up a three-point performance and extending his point streak to seven games.
- Nolan Burke’s multi-goal night moves him one-goal shy of 50 on the season.
- Sarnia outshot Hamilton 36-21, skating to an eighth straight win and their 13th consecutive game recording a point.
- The Bulldogs saw a four-game winning streak snapped.
Game Centre | Sting Post-Game | Bulldogs Post-Game
Soo Greyhounds 3, Sudbury Wolves 7
- The Sudbury became the latest team to book their ticket to the OHL Playoffs.
- Landon McCallum led the way offensively, tallying two goals and two assists.
- Evan Konyen scored a pair of third period goals, giving him 16 on the season.
- Nicholas Yearwood recorded three primary assists in the win.
- Kevyn Brassard made 32 saves for the win as the Wolves handed the Hounds their fourth straight loss.
Game Centre | Wolves Post-Game | Greyhounds Post-Game