Six games wrapped up the third weekend of 2013 as the surging Spitfires hosted the Sting in a West Division matchup, the Rangers took the trip to Sudbury to face the Wolves, the Generals brought in the Steelheads, the 67's welcomed the Attack to the nation's capital, the Storm invaded the K-Rock Center and faced the Frontenacs and the Petes stopped by the Powerade Centre for a matchup against the Battalion.
Sarnia Sting 4 (at) Windsor Spitfires 5
The host Spitfires rallied from a two-goal deficit by scoring three times in the third period as they skated past the Sting at the WFCU Centre.
Remy Giftopolous netted the game-winning goal for the Spitfires, who are 5-0-0-1 in their past six games and are now two points behind the idled-Saginaw Spirit for fourth place in the West Division. Alexander Khokhlachev led the Spitfires offense with a goal and two assists while his linemates Kerby Rychel and Alex Aleardi each had a goal and an assist. Josh Ho-Sang scored the game-tying goal for his ninth of the season. Jaroslav Pavelka made 33 saves for the win.
For the West Division-leading Sting, Davis Brown, Reid Boucher, Charles Sarault and Nick Latta scored while JP Anderson made his second straight start as he stopped 43-of-48 shots in a losing effort.
The Sting jumped out to a 2-0 lead as Brown scored 1:38 into the game and Reid Boucher netted a short-handed goal for his league-leading 38th of the season before 4:38 into the game. The Spitfires cut the lead in half as Khokhlacev blasted a shot from outside the left face-off circle, but Aleardi quickly picked up a juicy rebound and fired a one-timer past Sting netminger JP Anderson (43 saves), making it 2-1.
The Sting regained the two-goal lead on another short-handed tally as Pavelka made a pad save on Boucher, but Sarault picked up the rebound and put the puck past Aleardi, who attempted to guard the Spitfire net. It was once again a one-goal game as Rychel got a pass from Khokhlachev and skated around the net and scored on a wraparound to make it 3-2.
Latta picked up his ninth goal of the season 60 seconds into the third period as Bryan Moore went in on towards Pavelka and missed the net, but Latta shot the puck which went off of Adam Bateman's skate as the Sting regained their two-goal lead.
The Spitfires began their rally when Khokhlachev stole the puck from Nikolay Goldobin inside the Sting's own zone and passed the puck to Aleardi and then passed it back to Khokhlachev, who scored his fifth goal of the season, making it 4-3 at 2:55. Minutes later, Ho-Sang tied the game as he shot the puck from the top right corner of the faceoff circle on a pass from Brady Vail. Thirty-six seconds after Ho-Sang's goal, Giftopolous got the game-winner as skated into the Sting's zone and fired a knuckler that went off a defender's skate, ending the Sting's two-game winning streak.
Owen Sound Attack 3 (at) Ottawa 67's 2
Zach Nastasiuk scored the go-ahead goal with 54 seconds left as the visiting Attack got past the host 67's at Scotiabank Place. Kurtis Gabriel and Daniel Catenacci scored for the Attack, who got 27 saves from Brandon Hope. The game also marked the return of former 67's defenseman Cody Ceci, who got an assist on Catenacci's first period tally. Ceci was traded from Ottawa to Owen Sound in a blockbuster trade on January 7. The Attack has won four out fo their last five games while the 67's have dropped five straight contests. Sean Monahan had a goal and an assist for the 67's and Michal Cajovsky also lit the lamp. Clint Windsor stopped 24-of-27 shots in a losing cause.
Peterborough Petes 1 (at) Brampton Battalion 2
Brandon Robinson netted the deciding goal for the Battalion as they got past the visiting Petes at the Powerade Centre. Barclay Goodrow scored his team-leading 24th goal on the power play midway through the first period for the Battalion, who got 14 saves from Matej Machovsky. Eric Cornel picked up his third goal of the season to tie it late in the second period for the Petes. Michael Giugovaz made 24 saves for the Petes, but one he didn't stop was Robinson, who scored his 13th of the season with 6:09 left in the third period.Kitchener Rangers 5 (at) Sudbury Wolves 4 (OT)
Josh Leivo returned to his old stomping grounds at the Sudbury Community Arena and scored the game-winner with 24 seconds left in overtime and also added two assits as the Rangers beat the Wolves. It was the first meeting between the two teams since they pulled off a blockbuster trade on January 8 that also involved both starting goalies as Joel Vienneau (29 shots, 24 saves) outdueled Franky Palazzese (47 shots, 42 saves). The Rangers also got goals from Derek Schoenmakers, Eric Ming, Matt Puempel and Tobias Rieder. Nick Baptiste scored twice to lead the Wolves, who also got goals from Michael Kantor and Mathew Campagna as he scored on a penalty shot late in the second period. For Campagna, who also added an assist, he has points in 20 out of his last 21 games.Mississauga Steelheads 1 (at) Oshawa Generals 4
Four different skaters scored a goal apiece and Ken Appleby made 24 saves as the host Generals skated past the visiting Steelheads at the GM Place. With the win, the Generals regained sole possession of first place and have a one point lead over the idled-Belleville Bulls in the East Division. Brian Hughes and Matt Petgrave each had a goal and an assist while Cole Cassels and Scott Sabourin also found the net. Andrew Goldberg ruined Appleby's bid for his first OHL shutout as he scored the lone goal for the Steelheads with 1:42 left in the game.Guelph Storm 5 (at) Kingston Frontenacs 4
Robby Fabbri scored his ninth goal of the season and also added an assist as the visiting Storm held off the host Frontenacs at the K-Rock Centre. Brock McGinn, Tanner Richard, Scott Kosmachuk and Tanner Richard each had a goal for the Storm, who have won five straight decisions. The Storm are also in a third place tie with the Kitchener Rangers in the Midwest Division. Ryan Kujawinski, Spencer Watson and Darcy Greenaway scored for the Frontenacs while Mike Morrison stopped 27 shots in a losing effort.Other OHL News
: Windsor Spitfires' defenseman Slater Koekkoek will be out for the rest of the season as he will undergo surgery on his left shoulder. It is the same left shoulder that he injured on November 27 of last season in Windsor while he was a member of the Peterborough Petes. The recovery time for Koekkoek will be four to six months. The decision to have Koekkoek shut down was made by the Tampa Bay Lightning, who selected him with the 10th overall pick in last year's NHL Entry Draft. Koekkoek, who was acquired by Windsor on January 10, played in only two games for Windsor and registered one assist.
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