Only four games were on tap around the OHL rinks as the Knights and 67's squared off in the nation's capital, the Whalers stopped by the WFCU Centre for a West Division clash with the Spitfires, the Petes welcomed the Bulls back to Peterborough and the Colts and IceDogs met at St. Catharines in a Central Division matchup.
London Knights 11 (at) Ottawa 67's 1
The Knights got back on the winning track at the Scotiabank Place in convincing fashion as they blew out the host 67's at Scotiabank Place. Max Domi and Chris Tierney each got the hat trick while Bo Horvat scored two goals and added two assists for the Knights, who got a game-high four assists from Dakota Mermis. Anthony Stolarz made his fourth appearance and second start by making 19 saves against the same team that he beat in his OHL debut on January 11. Other multi-point performances came from Seth Griffith (one goal, two assists) and Josh Anderson (one goal, one assist). Tyler Ferry was the only blueliner to find the net as he opened the scoring 39 seconds into the second period. Brett Gustavsen scored the lone goal for the 67's, who have dropped six consecutive decisions. Clint Windosr got the start in goal for the home team, but was pulled after Horvat scored his second of the game to make it 5-1 4:21 of the second period.
Plymouth Whalers 8 (at) Windsor Spitfires 2
The Whalers came, saw and conquered at the WFCU Center as they regained first place in the West Division by spanking the host Spitifres. Vincent Trocheck and Matt Mistele each had two goals and an assist for the Whalers, who has scored 15 goals in their past two games. Zach Lorentz returned to Windsor since the January 10 trade for Alex Aleardi and contributed to the Whalers' offense with a goal and two assists. Cody Payne, Garret Meurs and Mithcell Heard also found the net, while Gianluca Curcuruto led all skaters with three assists. Matt Mahalak was between the pipes for the visitors as he stopped 25-of-27 shots. Kerby Rychel and Alex Aleardi each had a goal and an assist for the Spitfires, who suffered their first regulation loss since January 4. Jaroslav Pavelka got the nod in goal, but was pulled in favor of Jordan DeKort, who started the second period with the Whalers leading 5-0 after the the first 20 minutes. With the loss, the Spitfires remain four points behind the idle-Saginaw Spirit for fourth place in the West Division.
Belleville Bulls 2 (at) Peterborough Petes 3 (SO)
Nick Ritchie and Jonatan Tanus scored shootout goals as the host Petes rallied from a 2-0 deficit to beat the visiting Bulls at the Peterborough Memorial Centre. Derek Mathers and Brett Findlay scored regulation goals for the Petes 2:11 apart in the third period while Andrew D'Agostini made 32 saves. Charlie Graham held down the fort for the Bulls as steered aside 44 shots for the Bulls, who left Peterborough with a point and are two points ahead of the idle-Oshawa Generals in the East Division. The Bulls' got goals from the blueline as Brady Austin opened the scoring 5:01 into the game with his third goal of the season and Jake Cardwell extended the lead with his ninth of the season 7:47 into the second period.
Barrie Colts 2 (at) Niagara IceDogs 1 (OT)
Ryan O'Connor scored the game-winning goal 35 seconds into the overtime session as the visiting Colts left the Gatorade Garden City Complex with a road win against the IceDogs in a Central Division matchup. Mathias Niederberger made 29 shots for the Colts while his counterpart Christopher Festarini stopped 31 shots for the IceDogs, who are winless in their past five games. Steven Beyers had a goal and an assist in regulation while Steven Shipley scored the lone tally for the IceDogs.
Photo of Max Domi by Terry Wilson/OHL Images, CHL Images 2012