SOO 6, OSHAWA 5 – SO
The Oshawa Generals battled back to force overtime as Brett Neumann (38, 39, 40) potted a third period hat-trick but the visiting Soo Greyhounds would skate away with an extra point on Rory Kerins’ shootout winner. The Hounds took a 6-5 decision as 2020 NHL Draft prospect Nick Malik stopped all three Oshawa shooters he faced to secure the win. Greyhounds captain and Durham region product Ryan O’Rourke (7) had a goal and two assists to lead his team to victory while other Soo goals came from Jaden Peca (15), Kalvyn Watson (2), Jaromir Pytlik (18) and Joe Carroll (18). Neumann was joined in the goal-scoring department by teammates Brett Harrison (17) and Philip Tomasino (37) as both teams made a goaltending change before all was said and done. The Hounds start their weekend road trip on a high note, improving to 25-27-2-0 to climb within a point of eighth place Erie in the Western Conference. Oshawa falls to 27-18-4-3, picking up a point to remain within four of third place Peterborough in the Eastern Conference.
FLINT 5, SAGINAW 4
Top NHL Draft prospect Cole Perfetti (31, 32, 33) buried his first hat-trick of the season, one that was overshadowed in a 5-4 Saginaw Spirit loss to the visiting rival Flint Firebirds. The ‘Birds extended their winning streak to 11 games as Jack Wismer (20, 21) scored twice and added an assist while Braeden Kressler (5), Ty Dellandrea (31) and Evgeniy Oksentyuk (26) also pitched in with goals. The Spirit took the play to the Firebirds, outshooting them 48-23 including a lopsided figure of 21-3 in the third, but goaltender Luke Cavallin stood tall to pick up the win with a 44-save performance. Cody Morgan picked up a pair of helpers as. the Firebirds climbed to within two points of the first place Spirit in the West Division, improving to 33-17-1-1. Philadelphia Flyers prospect Mason Millman (13) joined Perfetti in the scoring department for Saginaw as the Spirit fell to 33-16-2-2. The Spirit have won four of the seven meetings between the two clubs this season, with the last encounter set for March 18th in Flint.
WINDSOR 6, KINGSTON 5
Columbus Blue Jackets prospect Tyler Angle (25) scored the game winner with 4:18 remaining as the Windsor Spitfires won for the second time in as many nights on their East Division road trip. The Frontenacs had rallied back from down 5-3 to knot things at five before Angle scored the deciding goal with assists from Daniel D’Amico and Cole Purboo. Luke Boka (16), Purboo (19), Egor Afanasyev (24), D’Amico (20) and Wyatt Johnston (10) were other Windsor goal scorers as the Spits stayed one step ahead of the Frontenacs throughout the game, outshooting them 37-27. 2020 NHL Draft prospect Zayde Wisdom (25, 26) scored a pair for Kingston and added an assist while Dawson Baker (18), Shane Wright (33) and Vitali Pinchuk (8) also found the scoresheet. Martin Chromiak picked up a pair of assists and goaltender Christian Propp made 31 saves in the loss. Windsor’s Xavier Medina turned aside 22 shots for the win, helping Windsor improve to 31-15-5-0, one point back of second place Flint in the West Division. Kingston drops a third straight, falling to 17-31-2-2, one point out of a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
OTTAWA 6, MISSISSAUGA 5
Overage defenceman Noel Hoefenmayer (23) scored the game winner with three minutes remaining as the Ottawa 67’s defeated the Mississauga Steelheads 6-5 on the road. Top 2020 NHL Draft prospect Marco Rossi (31, 32) scored twice and added an assist while Joseph Garreffa (28) scored his 100th OHL goal and Mitchell Hoelscher (29) and Austen Keating (27) also tallied. Hoefenmayer’s 23rd of the season gives him the most goals by an Ottawa defenceman since Chris Snell back in 1990-91. The Trout led 2-0 out of the gate, surrendered four straight before countering for three to lead 5-4 beyond the midway point of the third before things came undone. St. Louis Blues prospect Keean Washkurak (16, 17) scored twice and added an assist while Charlie Callaghan (2), Richard Whittaker (17) and James Hardie (32) provided other goals. Ottawa’s Will Cranley made 28 saves for his 13th consecutive win opposite Kai Edmonds who made 26 saves in defeat. The 67’s improve to a CHL-leading 42-8-0-0 while Mississauga falls to 24-25-3-1, good for sixth in the Eastern Conference.
LONDON 6, KITCHENER 3
San Jose Sharks prospect Ryan Merkley was dishing out the assists, collecting four of the primary variety as the London Knights doubled up on visiting Midwest Division rival Kitchener 6-3. The Knights went 4-for-8 on the power play and outshot the Rangers 35-23 as London pulled away after the score was tied 3-3 five minutes into the third frame. Chicago Blackhawks prospect Alec Regula (19) scored the game winner before Liam Foudy (21) scored in his return to the Knights lineup after suiting up for the Columbus Blue Jackets in Buffalo on Thursday. Regula (20) would hit the empty net to seal the deal. Ottawa Senators prospect Jonathan Gruden (24, 25) finished the night with a pair of goals while Connor McMichael (39) also converted and tacked on two assists. Riley Damiani (22, 23) scored twice for Kitchener as the Rangers saw their four-game winning streak snapped. Greg Meireles (27) also tallied while Jacob Ingham made 29 saves in the loss. Rookie goaltender Brett Brochu improved to 24-6-0-0 as London pulled to within one point of the Midwest-leading Rangers, boasting a record of 35-14-1-1. Kitchener drops to 33-13-5-2. The Knights have taken three of the five meetings between the two clubs so far this season. Merkley’s four assists push him into an eighth-place tie for the most career points by a defenceman (260) in OHL history.
GUELPH 2, OWEN SOUND 0
Nico Daws stole the show, stopping all 40 shots he faced as the Guelph Storm edged visiting Owen Sound 2-0 despite being heavily outshot. Goals from Cam Hillis (19) and Pavel Gogolev (37) were all the Storm would need to collect two big points and pull ahead of the Attack and into third place in the Midwest Division. Gogolev’s goal came on a penalty shot as the Storm, who were outshot 40-14, managed to hang on for the win, improving to 27-19-2-4 with victories in three of the past four. Owen Sound’s four-game winning streak came to an end as the Bears now own a 26-20-3-3 record.
SUDBURY 5, SARNIA 3
Carolina Hurricanes prospect Blake Murray (23, 24, 25) scored the game winner with 7:46 remaining as part of a hat-trick, guiding the Sudbury Wolves past visiting Sarnia 5-3. The Wolves were one step ahead of the Sting throughout the night as Murray opened the scoring 2:17 into action before other Sudbury goals came from David Levin (25) and Jack Thompson (12) in the win. Christian Purboo turned aside 28 of 31 as Sarnia’s Brayden Guy (12, 13) scored a pair along with a single from 2020 NHL Draft prospect Jacob Perreault (33). The Wolves has now won three in a row, improving to 28-24-1-0 atop the Central Division. Sarnia falls to 18-30-5-1, 11 points out of playoff contention in the Western Conference. Sudbury remained without forward Quinton Byfield, who missed his third straight game to injury.
HAMILTON 5, NIAGARA 3
2020 NHL Draft prospect Jan Mysak (9) scored the winning goal 8:06 into the third period, breaking up a 3-3 game as the Hamilton Bulldogs skated to a 5-3 victory in Niagara. Lawson Sherk (4), Ryan Winterton (11), Arthur Kaliyev (38) and Isaac Nurse (12) also lit the lamp, helping Hamilton climb out of an early 2-0 hole to come back and win. Hamilton outshot Niagara 38-35, going 3-for-5 on the man advantage. Zach Roy stopped 32 of 35, surrendering a pair of Niagara goals from Jake Uberti (15, 16) while Ivan Lodnia (23) scored in his second game back from injury. Kade Landry and Logan Morrison both had a pair of helpers as Hamilton improved to 22-24-6-1, just two points out of fifth in the Eastern Conference. Niagara suffers an 11th straight loss, falling to 17-32-4-1. Hamilton wins the season series between the two clubs, taking four of the six meetings.