Six games were on tap for a Saturday night of hockey in the OHL. Among the games, the Spitfires looked to beat the Otters for the second time in three days, a Storm was coming to Saginaw, the Knights looked to avenge their shootout loss by snapping the Colts' eight-game winning streak, the Frontenacs paid a visit to the Niagara for a clash with the IceDogs, two of the top teams in the "O" squared off in Owen Sound as the Generals faced the Attack and the Rangers avoided to get stung by the Sting.
Windsor Spitfires 3 (at) Erie Otters 2
Kerby Rychel scored twice, including the go-ahead goal with 6:57 left in the third period as the Spitfires won the second of their two-game set with the Erie Otters at the Erie Insurance Arena. Both of Rychel's goals came on the power play that went two-for-five. Derek Schoenmakers scored the game's first goal for the Spitfires, who got 17 saves from Jaroslav Pavelka. Devin Williams was in net for the Otters and stopped 36 of 39 shots, while Jimmy McDowell scored the team's lone power play goal, as the home team went one-for-three with the man-advantage. Connor McDavid scored his sixth goal of the season at 15:54 of the first period, extending his point streak to 11 games.
Oshawa Generals 2 (at) Owen Sound 1
Scott Laughton scored the deciding goal midway thru the second period as the Generals were back in the win column with a road victory at the Harry Lumley Bayshore Community Centre. Daniel Altshuller made 26 saves, including 13 in the second period for his seventh win, while Geoffrey Schemitsch also found the net for the Generals. Gemel Smith opened the scoring with his fourth goal of the season on the power play, while Jordan Binnington stopped 25 shots for the Attack, butwas denied his eighth win of the year.
London Knights 3 (at) Barrie Colts 2 (SO)
Matt Rupert scored the only goal in the third round of the shootout as the Knights recovered from a loss to the Otters Friday night with a road win at the Barrie Molson Centre and snapped the Colts' eight-game winning streak in the process. In his first game of the season, Jake Patterson gave Kevin Bailie the night off as he made 26 shots for the win while Kyle Platzer and Josh Anderson scored regulation goals for the Knights in the second period with Alex Broadhurst assisting on both Knights' goals. Anthony Camara opened the scoring 39 seconds into the third period to make it a one-goal game and Aaron Ekblad tied the game 3:17 later with his first goal fo the season. Steven Beyers assisted on both Colts goals while despite making 37 saves, Mathias Niederberger was denied his ninth win of the season.
Kingston Frontenacs 2 (at) Niagara IceDogs 4
Brett Ritchie scored the game-tying goal with one second left in the first period and also scored the go-ahead goal on the power play midway through the second period as the IceDogs doubled-up the visiting Frontenacs at the Gatroade Garden City Complex. Dougie Hamilton assisted on both of Ritchie's goals while Shane Rover and Joel Wigle also scored for the IceDogs, who got 35 saves from Christoper Festarini. Billy Jenkins and Trevor Morbeck scored for the Frontenacs while Colin Furlong stopped 37 shots in a losing cause.
Kitchener Rangers 5 (at) Sarnia Sting 3
Tobias Rieder scored two goals, including a short-handed goal that decided the game early in the third period as the visiting Rangers beat the Sting at the RBC Centre. Darby Llewellyn, Eric Ming and Ryan Murphy also scored for the Rangers, who got 26 saves from John Gibson. Nikolay Goldobin, Alex Galchenyuk and Reid Boucher provided the goal-scoring for the Sting, while Brodie Barrick stopped 26 shots in a losing cause.
Guelph Storm 8 (at) Saginaw Spirit 5
Matt Finn scored twice and added an assist while Hunter Garlent scored a goal and notched three assists as the Storm, who went three-for-five on the power play, beat the host Spirit at the Dow Event Center for their fourth straight win. Garret Sparks held down the fort for the Storm as he made 41 saves, including 19 in the first period. Jason Dickson registered a goal and two assists while Robby Fabbri, Andrey Pedan and Brock McGinn each had two helpers. Eric Locke led the Spirit with two goals and two assists, while Garret Ross, Vincent Trocheck and Sam Povorozniouk also found the net for the home team.
Photo of Matt Rupert Courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images