KITCHENER 3, OWEN SOUND 2 – SO
Matthew Philip (14) tied the score at two with 5:44 left in the third period to help the Owen Sound Attack earn a point, but the visiting Kitchener Rangers would prevail in a shootout, skating to their sixth consecutive win by a score of 3-2. Interim head coach Mike McKenzie’s run of perfect hockey continued as Rangers co-captain Riley Damiani scored the lone shootout marker, helping the Rangers climb to 13-10-2-2, one point back of third place Owen Sound in the Midwest. Los Angeles Kings prospect Jacob Ingham was a difference-maker for the Rangers, making 51 saves through 65 minutes of action before stopping all three shooters he faced in the shootout. Declan McDonnell (5) and Michael Vukojevic (3) scored Kitchener goals while Adam McMaster (9) joined Philip in the goal-scoring department for Owen Sound. The Bears outshot the Rangers 53-37 as rookie netminder Nick Chenard stopped 35. Owen Sound sees a three-game winning streak snapped as they sit at 13-10-3-2.
MISSISSAUGA 3, HAMILTON 0
Kai Edmonds made 20 saves for his first shutout in a Mississauga Steelheads uniform, backstopping the Fish to a 3-0 win in Hamilton. Richard Whittaker (8, 9) scored a pair of goals while Duncan Penman (4) also found the back of the net, helping Mississauga improve to 9-17-2-0. Arizona Coyotes prospect Jan Jenik nearly kept his lengthy point streak alive in the game’s final moments, only to have a goal waived off as his run of success ended at 26 contests, the longest in the five-year OHL history of the Hamilton Bulldogs. Mississauga outshot Hamilton 41-20 as Bulldogs goaltender Zachary Roy turned aside 38 shots. Hamilton falls to 13-15-2-0 for fourth in the East Division.
WINDSOR 3, SAGINAW 0
Kari Piiroinen stopped 23 shots to earn his first shutout of the season as the Windsor Spitfires blanked the Saginaw Spirit 3-0 on the road. Piiroinen, who will be heading to Finland’s World Junior Selection Camp next week, was big when called upon as goals from Will Cuylle (9), Kyle McDonald (7) and Connor Corcoran (10) paved the way to victory. Saginaw’s Marshall Frappier stopped 29 in the loss including a second period penalty shot attempt by Windsor’s Jean-Luc Foudy. The Spits snap a three-game slide, improving to 16-6-3-0 atop the West Division while the Spirit drop their fourth in the last five, falling to 15-10-2-2.
NIAGARA 6, SARNIA 5
The Niagara IceDogs were decked out in their ugly Christmas sweaters for Teddy Bear Toss Night and managed to prevail in an evenly matched back-and-forth tilt with the Sarnia Sting. Los Angeles Kings prospect Akil Thomas (15) capitalized on the power play in the game’s final minute, scoring the game winner in a 6-5 IceDogs victory. Niagara rallied back from down 5-4 midway through the third period as Ivan Lodnia (14, 15) who scored the Teddy Bear Toss goal to get things going, netted his second of the night to tie things at five. Oliver Castleman (10, 11) also scored twice while Andrew Bruder (7) rounded out the Niagara offence. Despite the close score, Sarnia came up empty as Colton Kammerer (3), Marek Berka (2), Eric Hjorth (6), Sean Josling (23) and Jamieson Rees (15) provided goals. Niagara outshot Sarnia 42-30, shaking off back-to-back losses to improve to 12-13-4-1. The Sting drop their third straight decision, falling to 12-16-0-0.
PETERBOROUGH 3, KINGSTON 1
The Peterborough Petes bounced back from a 7-2 loss on Friday in Kingston, outshooting the Fronts 42-27 in a 3-1 win back at home on Saturday. A chippy affair saw a combined 17 power play opportunities as the Petes managed to hold the Frontenacs to 1-for-10 on the night. Kingston’s Shane Wright (14) scored in a fourth straight contest to put the Fronts on the board first before Peterborough replied with three unanswered coming from Nick Robertson (21), Zach Gallant (15) and Cameron Butler (9). Semyon Der-Arguchintsev picked up a pair of assists in front of a 26-save showing from Hunter Jones. Kingston’s Christian Propp earned third star honours, making 39 saves for the Frontenacs. The Petes improve to 21-7-1-1 opposite Kingston’s 8-16-2-2 mark as the Fronts saw a three-game winning streak come to an end.