With six games slated on another busy night in the OHL, teams several teams are making statements while there are some that are losing ground early in the season and it could catch up with them later in the season.
Tonight, two games were decided in overtime while on had to be settled in a shootout. Meanwhile, a game was decided in the final minutes in Erie, Malcolm Subban returned to the Bulls lineup as the Eastern Conference-leading Generals paid a visit to Belleville and the Colts' six-game winning streak was on the line as they welcomed the Wolves.
Peterborough Petes 4 (at) Owen Sound Attack 5 (SO)
and Daniel Catenacci, who scored two regulation goals each, found the
net in the shootout as the Western Conference-leading Attack won their
fourth straight game with a home win against the visiting Petes at the
Harry Lumley Bayshore Community Centre. Catenacci sent the game to
overtime as he was in front of the Petes' net and deflected a Chris
Bigras' shot past Andrew D'Agostini, who stopped 42 shots in a losing
cause. Backup goalie Brandon Hope was busy between the pipes as he gave Jordan BInnington the night off and stopped 31 shots for the Attack. The visitors got regulation goals from Slater Koekkoek, Luke
Hieltkamp and Stephen Nosad.
Mississauga Steelheads 4 (at) Erie Otters 3
Dylan Smoskowitz scored twice, including the game winner with 2:20 left in the third period, as the Steelheads escaped the Erie Insurance Arena with their third straight win. Josh Burnside and Spenser Cobbold each registered a goal an an assist for the Steelheads, who held a 3-1 lead after 40 minutes of play. Spencer Martin entered the contest 10:15 into the third period as he relieved Tyson Teichmann, who had just given up Adam Pelech's game-tying goal.
Sudbury Wolves 1 (at) Barrie Colts 2
made 22 saves to earn his league-leading seventh win of the season as
the Eastern Conference-leading Colts moved atop the OHL standings with
their seventh straight contest, beating the visiting Wolves at the
Barrie Molson Centre. The Colts got goals from Erik Bradford and Andreas
Athanasiou while Aaron Ekblad and Josh MacDonald each had two assists.
Michael Kantor scored the lone goal for the Wolves, who got 24 saves
from Joel Vienneau.
Oshawa Generals 1 (at) Belleville Bulls 4
Malcolm Subban recorded 44 saves as the host Bulls downed the Generals at the Yardmen Arena. The Bulls jumped out to a early 2-0 first period lead as Brendan Gaunce and Austen Brassard scored in a 3:20 span while Danill Zharkov and Michael Curtis provided the scoring in the third period. Chris Carlisle scored the lone goal for the Generals, who lost their first game in regulation since September 21.
Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 3 (at) Plymouth Whalers 2 (OT)
Andrew Fritsch scored two goals, including the game-winner 1:50 into overtime as the visiting Greyhounds beat the Whalers at the Compuware Arena. Matt Murray, who stopped 31 shots for his sixth win of the season, has played in his ninth straight games with 31 or more saves. Nick Cousins registered a goal and an assist for the Greyhounds, who move into sole possession of first place in the West Division. Alex Aleardi and Garrett Muers scored for the Whalers, who have lost their third straight game.
Niagara IceDogs 3 (at) Sarnia Sting 4 (OT)
Craig Hottot scored the game-winning goal 2:16 into overtime as the sting won their stird straight game as they beat the visiting IceDogs at the RBC Centre. JP Anderson made 26 saves for the Sting, who got regulation goals from Daniel Nikandrov, Anthony DeAngelo and Justice Dundas. Ryan Strome and Mitchell Theoret each had a goal and an assist for the IceDogs, while Steven Shipley sent the game to overtime with his fifth goal of the season with 6:46 left in regulation.
Photo of Daniel Catenacci by Terry Wilson/OHL Images, CHL Images