Five games were on the OHL schedule as two of the top teams in the league faced each other as the Attack hosted the Colts, the Generals and Bulls squared off in an East Division matchup, the Sting stopped by the Hershey Centre for a date with the Steelheads, the Otters brought the Spirit to Erie and the Wolves and Greyhounds dueled it out in Game Five of the Bell Challenge Cup.
Barrie Colts 0 (at) Owen Sound Attack 2
Jordan Binnington stopped all 16 shots to notch his OHL-leading sixth shutout of the season and third in his last four games as the host Attack blanked the visiting Colts at the Harry Lumley Bayshore Community Centre.
Binnington did get support on offense as Cameron Brace and Steven Janes each had a goal and an assist for the Attack while Gemel Smith also chipped in with his 19th goal of the season, which kicked off the scoring 2:09 into the game.
It was the fifth win in their last six games for the Attack, who took sole possession of the second best record in the OHL away from the Colts. Mathias Niederberger stopped 17-of-19 shots in a losing cause for the Colts, who suffered their first regulation loss in five games.
Oshawa Generals 1 (at) Belleville Bulls 4
The host Bulls got back on the winning track as they grabbed first place away from the visiting Generals with a 4-1 home win at the Yardmen Arena. Brendan Gaunce scored twice for the Bulls, who got 32 saves from Malcolm Subban. Joseph Cramarossa had a goal and an assist while Jake Worrad scored a short-handed goal in the third period. Niki Petti led all skaters with two assists. Cole Cassels scored the lone goal for the Generals, who got 31 saves from Daniel Altshuller.
Sarnia Sting 2 (at) Mississauga Steelheads 4
A couple of streaks were snapped at the Hershey Centre as the Steelheads ended a seven-game winless streak as they doubled-up the host Sting and Spencer Martin made 36 saves to notch his first win since November 23, ending an 11-game winless streak. Riley Brace scored twice for the Steelheads while Bobby MacIntyre added a goal and an assist with Kristoff Kontos scoring the lone power play goal for the home team. Nikolay Goldobin and Davis Brown scored a goal each while Knicholas Dawe made 28 saves for the Sting, who lost their seconds straight decision.
Saginaw Spirit 4 (at) Erie Otters 3 (SO)
Gregg Sutch scored the lone shootout goal in the second round as the Spirit left the Erie Insurance Arena with two points against the host Otters. With the win, the Spirit remain in fourth place in the West Division with a four-point lead over the Windsor Spirfires, who were idle. Jake Paterson turned aside 32 shots for the Spirit, who got regulation goals from Nick Moutrey, Andrey Alexeev and Garret Ross. For the Otters, Stephen Harper led all skaters with two goals while Connor Brown lit the lamp with his 25th goal of the season. Devin Williams made 19 saves in a losing cause.
Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 5 (at) Sudbury Wolves 4 (OT)
Sergey Tolchinsky netted the game-winning goal 1:21 into overtime as the Greyhounds won their second game in a row by skating away with a road victory at the Sudbury Community Arena. With the win, the Greyhounds, who rallied from a 3-1 first period deficit, take Game Five of the Bell Challenge Cup and trail 3-2 in the yearly series between the two Northern Ontario teams. The Greyhounds got a goal and an assist each from Colin Miller, Andrew Fritsch, Nick Cousins and Charlie Dodero while Darnell Nurse's 10th goal of the season 55 seconds into the second period. Ryan Sproul had two assists and Justin Nichols turned aside 35 shots for the Greyhounds. For the Wolves, who played the third of a five-game homestand, got goals from Dominik Kubalik, Matt Schmalz, Mathew Campagna and Charlie Dodero. Franky Palazzese got the start in goal for the Wolves and stopped 28 shots.
Photo of Jordan Binnington by Terry Wilson/OHL Images, CHL Images 2012