FLINT 4, GUELPH 3 – OT
The Flint Firebirds rallied from a 2-0 deficit to capture a new franchise record, winning their fourth straight on Friday. Evgeniy Oksentyuk set up Riley McCourt (1) for the overtime winner 2:56 into the extra frame as the Firebirds skated away with a 4-3 win. Flint carried the play, outshooting Guelph 37-23 as Oksentyuk (3), Connor Roberts (3) and Jake Durham (5) also got into the goal column while Anthony Popovich made 20 saves against his former club before picking up an assist on the overtime winner. Guelph sophomore Daniil Chayka (1, 2) scored twice for the Storm while Jacob Roach (1) scored his first OHL marker. Nico Daws made 33 saves in the overtime loss, also drawing an assist. The Firebirds improve to 4-1-0-0 through their first five games. The defending OHL champion Storm are off to a 1-1-1-1 start.
SAGINAW 4, ERIE 2
The Saginaw Spirit fell behind early but recovered with goals from DJ King (2), Danny Katic (2), Damien Giroux (6) and Jake Goldowski (1) in a 4-2 road win over the Erie Otters. Saginaw’s third straight win also included a pair of assists from Ethan Cardwell and a 27-save performance out of goaltender Tristan Lennox. The Spirit outshot the Otters 42-29 as Erie netminder Daniel Murphy made 38 saves. Maxim Golod (3, 4) accounted for both Otters goals while Jamie Drysdale had a pair of assists. The Otters fall back to .500 at 3-3 through their first six games. The Spirit improve to 4-2-1-0.
NIAGARA 8, KINGSTON 4
Phil Tomasino (3, 4, 5) and Kyen Sopa (5, 6, 7) both scored hat-tricks as the Niagara IceDogs took it to the visiting Kingston Frontenacs 8-4. The Dogs went 4-for-7 on the power play as Oliver Castleman (5) and Lucas Theriault (1) also found the back of the net. Akil Thomas finished his night with an impressive five assists to tie an IceDogs single game record also held by former teammate Ben Jones. Tomasino’s six points tied an IceDogs single game franchise record last accomplished by David Pacan in March 2011. Tucker Tynan turned aside 38 shots for the win as Kingston goals came from Jakob Brahaney (1), Shane Wright (2), Nick Wong (2) and Vitali Pinchuk (1). Rookie Francesco Arcuri finished the night with two assists as Kingston outshot Niagara 42-35 in the loss. The IceDogs improve to 3-2-1-1 while Kingston drops its fourth straight decision.
SUDBURY 9, PETERBOROUGH 6
The Sudbury Wolves defeated the visiting Peterborough Petes in a rollercoaster of a game that ended in a 9-6 score. The Wolves led 2-0 early, eventually fell behind 5-3 and proceeded to turn it on in the second half of the game, outscoring Peterborough 6-1 the rest of the way for the high-scoring victory. Wolves rookie Chase Stillman (2, 3, 4) scored his first OHL hat-trick while Quinton Byfield (7) and David Levin each finished with four points. Macauley Carson (2) and Jack Thompson (4) each had a goal and two assists while Blake Murray (4), Owen Gilhula (3) and Shane Bulitka (3) also found the back of the net. Arizona Coyotes prospect Liam Kirk (3, 4) and Toronto Maple Leafs pick Nick Robertson (6, 7) each scored twice and added an assist for Peterborough while Semyon Der-Arguchintsev finished with a goal and three helpers. Michael Little (1) also scored for the Petes as Peterborough went 2-for-4 on the power play compared to Sudbury’s 3-for-6 mark. Mitchell Weeks earned the win in relief of Christian Purboo, making 23 saves on the night opposite Peterborough’s Tye Austin. The Wolves earn their fourth straight win to improve to 4-2-0-0 while Peterborough falls to 3-2-0-0.
MISSISSAUGA 6, HAMILTON 2
The Mississauga Steelheads got the monkey off their back, defeating the Hamilton Bulldogs 6-2 for their first win as Richard Whittaker (2) led the way with a goal and two assists. Keean Washkurak (3), James Hardie (2), Liam Ham (1) and Thomas Harley (2) all had a goal and an assist while Max Dodig (1) scored his first career OHL goal, pushing the Trout past the Bulldogs on home ice. Cole Schwindt and Nicholas Canade both had two assists while Kai Edmonds made 26 saves for his first win as a Steelhead. Arthur Kaliyev (3) and Jan Jenik (2) scored Hamilton goals while Liam Van Loon picked up a pair of assists. Hamilton was outshot 44-28, falling to 1-4-0-0 on the season. The Steelheads improve to 1-4-0-0 as head coach James Richmond earned his 100th career OHL win.
OSHAWA 5, NORTH BAY 1
New York Rangers blue line prospect Nico Gross (1, 2, 3) recorded his first OHL hat-trick as the Oshawa Generals took it to the visiting North Bay Battalion in a 5-1 victory. Oshawa’s fifth-straight win gives them a 5-0 record to begin the season as Ty Tullio (3) and Ryan Gagnier (1) also found the back of the net. Oshawa outshot North Bay 42-25 as Battalion forward Luke Moncada (2) scored his team’s lone goal shorthanded. Giovanni Vallati and rookies Oliver Suni and Brett Harrison each had two assists for the Generals in front of goaltender Andrew MacLean who made 24 saves. North Bay rookie Joe Vrbetic made 37 saves in the loss. The Battalion drop a third straight contest, falling to 1-5-0-0.
BARRIE 6, SARNIA 4
Buffalo Sabres prospect Matej Pekar (6, 7) scored twice, netting the game winner with 5:24 left in the third period as the Barrie Colts skated to a 6-4 win in Sarnia. Third-year defenceman Nathan Allensen (2, 3) also scored twice while Jacob Frasca (1) and Aidan Brown (2) also found the scoresheet. Jacob Perreault (2), Calvin Martin (3), Colton Kammerer (2) and Sam Bitten (2) scored Sarnia goals while Sean Josling and Eric Hjorth each picked up two assists. The Colts outshot the Sting 33-22, with Sarnia going 2-for-8 on the power play. Sting blueliner Justin Nolet made his OHL debut as Sarnia fell to 0-4-0-0 out of the gate. Barrie improves to 4-1-0-0.
KITCHENER 6, OWEN SOUND 4
Dallas Stars prospect Riley Damiani (2, 3, 4) scored the third hat-trick of his OHL career, helping the Kitchener Rangers dig out of a 2-0 hole to defeat visiting Owen Sound 6-4. Greg Meireles (1) score the game winner 1:14 into the third period in his 2019-20 debut while Francesco Pinelli (5) and Ryan Stepien (2) also lit the lamp. Deni Goure (1) scored his first OHL goal for the Bears before Kaleb Pearson (2) also struck to put the Attack up 2-0 midway through the first. That lead would evaporate however as Daylon Groulx (4) and Barret Kirwin (2) also scored in the loss. Owen Sound outshot Kitchener 41-37 as Los Angeles Kings prospect Jacob Ingham earned first star honours with a 37-save showing for the Rangers. The Blueshirts improve to 2-1-1-1 before a crowd of 6,504 at The Aud. Owen Sound falls to 2-2-0-1.
LONDON 3, OTTAWA 0
Rookie netminder Brett Brochu kept right on rolling, making 18 saves for his first OHL shutout as the London Knights blanked the defending Eastern Conference champion Ottawa 67’s 3-0 on home ice. Josh Nelson (1), Connor McMichael (8) and Ryan Merkley (1) all scored for the Knights as London outshot Ottawa 47-18. 67’s netminder Cedrick Andree earned second star honours with a 44-save showing. The CHL’s top-ranked 67’s fall to 4-2-0-0, remaining without the services of suspended forward Marco Rossi. London improves to 3-2-0-0 with a third straight win. Connor McMichael recorded his 100th OHL point in the win while Ryan Merkley hit the 200-point milestone.