Six games were on the OHL schedule on a Saturday night as the Knights welcomed the Rangers, the Whalers brough in the Storm, the Sting and Otters collided in Erie, the Greyhounds stopped by the Yardmen as they took on the Bulls, the Spirit hosted the Attack and the 67's and Colts dueled it out in Barrie.
Kitchener Rangers 2 (at) London Knights 3
At the Budweiser Gardens, Matt and Ryan Rupert each had a goal and an assist while Jake Patterson made 40 saves as the host Knights notched back-to-back wins in 24 hours and posted their 25th victory in their past 26 games in which they've gone 25-0-1-0. Josh Anderson scored the deciding goal and Bo Horvat led all skaters with two assists for the Knights, who have not had a regulation loss since November 1. Eric Ming and Justin Bailey scored for the Rangers, who got a 41-save performance from Franky Palazzese in a losing effort. With the loss, the Rangers' two-game winning streak was snapped.
Guelph Storm 2 (at) Plymouth Whalers 3 (OT)
Connor Carrick scored the game-winning goal at 2:29 into overtime as the host Whalers rallied from a 2-0 deficit to beat the visiting Storm at the Compuware Arena. Rookie netminder Alex Nedeljkovic turned away 25 shots for his sixth OHL win and fourth straight for the Whalers, who have won their last four decisions and fifth in their last six games. Mitchell Heard and Garret Meurs found the net for the hosts while Justin Auger and Patrick Watling scored for the Storm, who lost are on a two-game winless streak.
Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 2 (at) Belleville Bulls 6
Brendan Gaunce had a two-goal, two-assist performance while Austen Brassard and newly-acquired Tyler Graovac each had a goal and three assists as the host Bulls stampeded past the Greyhounds at the Yardmen Arena. Aaron Berisha and Jake Worrad also found the net for the Bulls, who got 30 saves from Charlie Graham. With the win, the Bulls regain sole possession of first place in the East Division with a two-point lead. Nick Cousins and Ryan Sproul found the net for the Greyounds, whose two-game winning streak came to an end.
Sarnia Sting 5 (at) Erie Otters 4 (SO)
Reid Boucher and Charles Sarault scored goals in the shootout as the Sting won their third straight game and their sixth in their past eight contests. Along with Boucher (two goals, one assist) and Sarault (one goal, one assist), Nikolay Goldobin continues his hot play as he turned in a one-goal, two-assist performance and now has eight goals and four assists in his past four games. Sarault, who is now second in league scoring with 63 points in 39 games, has five goals and 14 assists in his past eight games. After relieving JP Anderson in net last night, Knicholas Dawe made his first OHL start and notched his second win by making 30 saves for the Sting. Dane Fox got the hat trick for the Otters, who got a one-goal, two assist performance of their own from Luke Cairns. Making his ninth consecutive start, Devin Williams stopped 25-of-28 shots for the Otters in a losing effort.
Owen Sound Attack 2 (at) Saginaw Spirit 6
Justin Kea scored two goals and added an assist while Nikita Serebryakov made 31 saves as they led the Spirit ended their two-game losing streak with a home win against the visiting Attack, who suffered their third straight loss, at the Dow Event Center. Jimmy Lodge and Eric Locke each had a goal and an assist for the Attack, who chased Attack starter Brandon Hope (15 shots, 11 saves) after Lodge's goal made it 4-0 4:42 into the second period. Greg Sutch and Andrey Alexeev also lit the lamp for the hosts while Gemel Smith and Keevin Cutting provided the scoring for the Attack with a goal each.
Ottawa 67's 2 (at) Barrie Colts 5
The Colts scored on both of their power play opportunites with goals from Zach Hall, who also added two assists, and Andreas Athanasiou, who netted the go-ahead goal midway thru the second period, as the Colts skated past the visiting 67's at the Barrie Molson Centre. Mathias Niederberger made 38 saves, including 16 in the second period, for the Colts, who also got goals fromJosh MacDonald, Tyson Fawcett and Brendan Lemieux. For the 67's, who lost their second straight game, Mike Vlajkov and Taylor Fielding scored a goal each, while Clint Windsor stopped 34 shots. Sergey Kuptsov, who was acquired from Belleville earlier in the day, was held without a point in his 67's debut.
Ohter OHL News: Earlier on Saturday, the Belleville Bulls acquired forward Tyler Graovac from the Ottawa 67's earlier in the day in exchange for Sergey Kuptsov, a second round pick in the 2014 OHL Priority Selection, a third round pick in the 2015 OHL Priority Selection and a conditional seventh round pick in the 2014 OHL Priority Selection. Graovac, who had a goal and three assists in his Bulls' debut, was the 67's leading goal scorer with 21 goals and was third on the team in points with 35.
Photo of Brendan Gaunce by Aaron Bell/OHL Images, 2010.