Five games helped wrap up the first weekend of 2013 with three of them decided in the shootout. Among the stand near the edge of your seat games on Sunday, the Battalion brought in the 67's, the Frontenacs welcomed the Greyhounds, the Wolves stopped by the Hershey Centre for a Central Division matchup with the Steelheads, the Sting looked to keep up their momentum with a stop in St. Catharines for a tilt with the IceDogs and the Storm and Spirit clashed in Saginaw.
Ottawa 67's 6 (at) Brampton Battalion 5 (SO)
Cody Ceci had a goal and two assists plus the lone goal in the shootout while Sean Monahan had four assists as the visiting 67's rallied from two two-goal deficits as they skated past the Battalion at the Powerade Centre. In his second game with the 67's Sergey Kuptsov scored two goals and an assist, including the game-tying goal with 31 seconds left in regulation, while Taylor Fielding and Michal Cajkovsky found the net with a goal each. Jacob Blair replaced starter Clint Windsor (15 shots, 12 saves) at 15:30 into the first period after the Battalion took a 3-1 lead and got the win by stopping 27 shots. The Battalion, who are now winless in their past three games, got a goal and an assist each from Mathew Santos and Nick Paul and also got one-goal efforts from Nicholas Foglia, Connor Jarvis and Blake Clarke. Jake Smith took the shootout loss as he stopped 16 shots for the Battalion.
Sudbury Wolves 5 (at) Mississauga Steelheads 4
The host Steelheads scored four third-period goals, including two in the final minute, but it wasn't enough as they fell to the visiting Wolves at the Hershey Centre. With the win, the Wolves are now tied for fourth place in the Central Division with 43 points each. For the Wolves, who have not in regulation over their past 10 games (7-0-2-1), Joel Vienneau made 35 saves for the Wolves. The trio of Josh Leivo, Dominik Kubalik and Nicholas Baptiste had a goal and an assist each to lead the visitors, while Frank Corrado and Mathew Campagna lit the lamp with a tally each. The Steelheads went three-for-five on the power play, including goals 33 seconds apart in the final minute by Riley Brace (added one assist) and Stuart Percy (who added two assists). Spenser Cobbold and Josh Burnside also provided the scoring with a goal each in a losing cause.
Sarnia Sting 2 (at) Niagara IceDogs 1 (SO)
Reid Boucher and Charles Sarault scored goals in the shootout as the visiting Sting won their fourth straight decision as they clipped the host IceDogs at the Gatorade Garden City Complex. Dawe, who made his second straight start and third appearance in three days, stopped 23 shots for the Sting, who got a regulation goal from Jordan Addesi. With the win, the Sting maintain a five-point lead on the idled-Plymouth Whalers in the West Division. For the IceDogs, who are now winless in their past three games, got the lone goal from Trevor Petersen and Christopher Festarini stopped 35 shots.
Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 3 (at) Kingston Frontenacs 4 (SO)
Henri Ikonen scored the lone shoootout goal in the fourth round and Mike Morrison made 43 saves as the host Frontenacs beat the visiting Greyhounds at the K-Rock Centre. The Frontenacs got goals from Cody Alcock, Sam Povorozniouk and Roland McKeown, who made his first appearance since playing for Team Ontario at the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge. Ryan Sproul led the Greyhounds' offense with a goal and an assist, while Trent Mallette and Tyler Gaudet also provided the scoring with a goal each. Justin Nichols stopped 20 shots for the Greyhounds, who are 7-4-0-1 since Sheldon Keefe took over as head coach on December 3.
Guelph Storm 2 (at) Saginaw Spirit 3
Garret Ross netted the go-ahead goal with 15 seconds left in the third period as the host Spirit came from behind as they won their second straight contest with a win against the visiting Storm at the Dow Event Centre. Darien Ekblad's OHL debut was a successful one as he made 28 saves for the Spirit, who also got goals from Jason Shaw and Terry Trafford. For the Storm, who let another lead slip away, got goals from Cody McNaughton and Zack Mitchell. Keegan Wilson stopped 27 shots in a losing cause for the Storm.
Photo of Cody Ceci By Terry Wilson/OHL Images, CHL Images, 2012