Wednesday Highlights: Spirit take I-75 Divide opener


The Saginaw Spirit took the first of eight clashes of the season between I-75 rivals on Wednesday, staging a third period comeback to defeat the visiting Flint Firebirds 5-3. Down 3-1 to start the third, the Spirit got goals from Blade Jenkins (3), DJ Busdeker (1), Keaton Middleton (2) and Damien Giroux (7) to charge ahead and put an end to a three¬†game slide. Kyle Bollers (7) also scored for the Spirit while goaltender Evan Cormier made 24 saves. Giroux led the way with a goal and two assists as Saginaw improved to 4-8-2-0. The Firebirds had goals from Jake Durham (3), Nicholas Caamano (6) and Maurizio Colella (8), with Colella finishing the night with a goal and two helpers. The loss is Flint’s fifth straight as the Firebirds¬†to 6-8-1-0.


Tampa Bay Lightning prospect Boris Katchouk (15, 16) scored his league-leading fifth game winner of the season, cleaning up a loose puck with just 36 seconds remaining in overtime as the Soo Greyhounds outlasted the visiting Sudbury Wolves 5-4. The Hounds overcame a 4-2 deficit as Cole MacKay (1, 2) scored his second of the night 19 seconds into the third period before Katchouk tied the score at four with his first of two in the game 2:45 into the frame. Katchouk was in on all five Sault Ste. Marie goals, finishing the night with two goals and three assists to take over sole possession of the OHL goal-scoring lead. Swedish defenceman Rasmus Sandin (1) scored his first career OHL goal while Matthew Villalta picked up the win in relief. Sudbury’s Jake McGrath made 40 saves across the ice as the Wolves earned a point. Sudbury goals came from Owen Gilhula (4, 5), Noah Serre (1) and Dmitry Sokolov (9). The Greyhounds improve to 11-3-2-0 while Sudbury falls to 5-9-3-0.


Columbus Blue Jackets prospect Kole Sherwood (1, 2) scored his first goal as a Kitchener Ranger and led the way with two goals and two assists in a 7-3 School Day Game victory in Erie. Teammates Connor Bunnaman (7, 8) and Cole Carter (2, 3) also scored a pair of goals each while Adam Mascherin (8) rounded out the scoring summary for Kitchener. The Rangers outshot the Otters 44-27 as Giovanni Vallati, Kyle Gentles and Joseph Garreffa all had two assists. The Otters saw their six-game home winning streak snapped as Gera Poddubnyi (6), Taylor Raddysh (7) and Kyle Maksimovich (7) scored in the loss. Raddysh extended his current point streak to 10 games with the goal. Kitchener improves to 9-6-1-0 while Erie falls to 7-7-1-1.


Another School Day Game saw the visiting Kingston Frontenacs prevail over the Ottawa 67’s in front of 13,567 screaming students at the Canadian Tire Centre. The Fronts climbed out to a 4-0 lead midway through the second period as Linus Nyman (6), Sergey Popov (2), Ted Nichol (1) and Jakob Brahaney (1) all scored. Dallas Stars prospect Jason Robertson (9) would add one more late in the second period as Kingston improved to 7-5-1-2. Carolina Hurricanes prospect Jeremy Helvig turned away 28 of the 29 shots he faced, surrendering the lone Ottawa goal off the stick of rookie defenceman Lucas Peric (2). Ottawa’s Olivier Lafreniere made 28 saves in the loss as Ottawa dropped to 9-7-1-0.



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