Seven games were in the books on another busy night in the OHL. Among them, two hot teams collided at the Compuware Arena, the Bulls hosted the Frontenacs, the Storm return for another clash with the Knights, the league-leading Colts hosted the IceDogs, the Otters hosted the Sting, the Attack welcomed the Wolves and the Petes try to end a five-game winless streak at the expense of the Spirit.
Kitchener Rangers 1 (at) Plymouth Whalers 2 (OT)
Garrett Meurs provided the scoring as he netted both goals, including the game-winner 37 seconds into overtime, giving the Whalers their fifth win in a row at the expense of the visiting Rangers at the Compuware Arena. The win also moves the Whalers into a first place tie with the idle Windsor Spitfires. Matt Mahalak stopped 27 of 28 shots for the win, while his counterpart, Franky Palazzese, made 30 saves in a losing cause. Ben Thomson provided the lone goal for the Rangers, whose four-game winning streak came to a halt.
Guelph Storm 4 (at) London Knights 3 (SO)
Brock McGinn's scored the shootout winner and Garret Sparks made 42 saves as the visiting Storm moved into first place in the Midwest Division with a win over the host Knights at the Budweiser Gardens. The Storm got regulation goals from Tyler Bertuzzi, Ben Harpur and Andrey Pedan, who sent the game to overtime with 5:37 left in regulation. Seth Griffith scored twice and added an assist and Josh Anderson netted the other goal for the Knights, who went 1 for eight on the power play. Olli Maatta assistted on both Knights' goals.
Kingston Frontenacs 0 (at) Belleville Bulls 1
Malcolm Subban stopped all 31 shots for his first shutout of the season and Austen Brassard scored the lone goal as the Bulls blanked the visiting Frontenacs at the Yardmen Arena. Despite a 36-save performance from Mike Morrison, the loss extends the Frontenacs' winless streak at five games while the Bulls are two points behind the idle Oshawa Generals for first place in the East Division.
Niagara IceDogs 1 (at) Barrie Colts 4
Zach Hall netted the hat trick while Mathias Niederberger made 26 saves for his 10th win, which ties Daniel Altshuller for the lead league, as the Colts notched their OHL-leading 11th win as they beat the visiting IceDogs at the Barrie Molson Centre. Andreas Athanasiou registered the team's other goal and added an assist. Anthony DiFruscia netted the long goal for the IceDogs, who got 35 saves from Christopher Festarini.
Sarnia Sting 5 (at) Erie Otters 2
Nikolay Goldobin scored a goal and added two assists while Craig Dunnick found the net twice as the Sting beat the host Otters at the Erie Insurance Arena. JP Anderson stopped 30 shots for the Sting, who also got goals from Reid Boucher and Charles Sarault. Rookie Connor McDavid scored a goal and added an assist for as he extends his point streak to 14 games. Connor Brown scored the other goal for the Otters, who got 29 saves from Oscar Dansk.
Sudbury Wolves 1 (at) Owen Sound Attack 3
Daniel Catenacci scored the go-ahead goal early in the third peirod and also added an assist, while Jordan Binnington posted 34 saves as the Attack downed the visiting Wolves at the Harry Lumley Bayshore Community Centre. Kyle Hope and Cameron Brace also provided the scoring for the Attack, while Dominik Kahun provided the lone goal for the Wolves.
Saginaw Spirit 1 (at) Peterborough Petes 3
Francis Menard scored a goal and added an assist as the Petes, who fired 50 shots on Nikita Serebryakov, ended a five-game winless streak as they beat the visiting Spirt at the Peterborough Memorial Centre. Jonatan Tanus and Brett Findlay also scored for the Petes, who got 35 saves from Michael Giugovaz. Serebryakov stopped 47 shots, including 19 in the second period, in a losing cause, while Nick Moutrey scored the lone goal for the Spirit.
Photo of Garrett Meurs by Terry Wilson/OHL Images