PETERBOROUGH 8, SAGINAW 5 (IN KITCHENER)
Toronto Maple Leafs prospect Nick Robertson netted a hat-trick while Liam Kirk and Cameron Butler each had two goals and an assist, leading the Peterborough Petes past the Saginaw Spirit 8-5. Tied at five midway through the third, the Petes struck for three unanswered to claim victory. The see-saw affair also saw Petes captain Zach Gallant record a goal and an assist while New York Islanders prospect Blade Jenkins was a bright spot for Saginaw with a pair of goals in the loss. Newly acquired Spirit blueliner DJ King had a goal and a helper. Hunter Jones turned aside 38 shots as the Petes won despite being outshot 43-35.
OSHAWA 5, KINGSTON 4 – SO
The Oshawa Generals overcame a 4-2 deficit in the third period as Brett Neumann tied things up against his former club in the final minute of regulation. Danil Antropov and Ty Tullio converted on shootout opportunities for the Generals while Aidan Hughes shut the door to lock down a 5-4 road win. Shane Wright had an assist in his Frontenacs preseason debut while former Don Mills Flyers teammate Francesco Arcuri found the back of the net. Generals rookie Tye McSorley scored in his preseason debut.
KITCHENER 6, NORTH BAY 5
The Kitchener Rangers threw 61 shots the way of North Bay’s Joe Vrbetic in a 6-5 win on home ice. The Rangers wore down the Battalion, rallying back from a 5-2 deficit with four unanswered third period goals. Reid Valade netted the game winner with 5:22 left in the third period after Dallas Stars prospect Riley Damiani tied things up shorthanded. Vrbetic turned aside 55 of the 61 shots he faced for the Troops, even picking up an assist on a goal by rookie forward Alex Christopoulos. Kitchener’s Joseph Serpa joined Damiani with a goal and an assist on the night.
MISSISSAUGA 4, GUELPH 0 (IN ORANGEVILLE)
Joe Ranger and Justin Dilauro combined for a 24-save shutout as the Mississauga Steelheads skated to a 4-0 win over the Guelph Storm in Orangeville. Michael Stubbs opened the scoring before veteran winger Nick Isaacson scored twice and blueliner Duncan Penman found the back of the net midway through the third period. Owen Bennett and Tanner Wickware combined to make 34 saves for the Storm as they were outshot 38-24, going 0-for-7 on the power play.
BARRIE 3, NIAGARA 2 – SO (IN PORT COLBORNE)
The Barrie Colts recovered from a 2-0 deficit as sophomore forward Tyson Foerster tied things at two with 41 seconds remaining in regulation before scoring the shootout winner in a 3-2 road win. Jet Greaves turned aside all four IceDogs shooters he faced while Foerster made good on Barrie’s fourth attempt against Niagara rookie Josh Rosenzweig. Dalton Duhart also scored for the Colts while Jonah DeSimone and Phil Tomasino accounted for Niagara goals.
LONDON 5, SARNIA 2
The London Knights outgunned the Sarnia Sting, outshooting them 45-14 in a 5-2 win on home ice. Billy Moskal and Paul Cotter scored first period goals before newcomer Jonathan Gruden, Matvey Guskov and first-year defenceman Hunter Skinner also tallied. Veteran forward Cole Tymkin picked up a pair of assists. Sarnia’s Cameron Lamour stopped 40 of the 44 shots he faced while Sting markers came from Nolan Dann and Brayden Guy.