Seven games were on tap around the OHL rinks as the Greyhounds' put their eight-game home winning streak on the line as they host the Spitfires, the Sting and Whalers fight for the lead in the West Division in Sarnia, the Rangers welcomed the Otters to the Aud, the 67's look to end a six-game losing streak in Kingston as they faced the Frontenacs, the Storm welcomed the Attack back to Guelph in a Midwest Division clash, the Spirit and Steelheads dueled it out in Mississauga and it was another Friday night in Sudbury as the Wolves hosted the Generals.
Windsor Spitfires 3 (at) Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 2 (SO)
Alexander Khokhlachev netted the deciding goal in the third round of the shootout as the visiting Spitfires regrouped from Thursday night's 8-2 loss to Plymouth as they ended the Greyhounds' eight-game home winning streak at the Essar Centre. Remy Gifotopolous and Ben Johnson scored regulation goals for the Spitfires while Brandon Alderson and Jared McCann responded for the Greyhounds who got 25 saves from Matt Murray. After surrendering five goals in the first period in the loss to Plymouth, Jaroslav Pavelka returded between the pipes for the Spitfires as he turned in a 32-save performance.
Ottawa 67's 5 (at) Kingston Frontenacs 4 (SO)
The 67's ended their six-game losing skid as they grabbed two points in a road win decided by the shootout. Brett Gustavsen and Joseph Blandisi scored goals in the shoootout rounds for Ottawa, who had four different players find the net in regulation. Sean Monahan, John Urbanic and Nevin Guy each had a goal and an assist, while Sean Callaghan also lit the lamp to open the scoring at 3:41 of the opening period. Rallying from a 3-0 deficit, Billy Jenkins got the Frontenacs on the board at 6:22 of the second period, but the 67's regained the three-goal lead, the Frontenacs came right back as Sam Schutt and Luke Hietkamp scored 23 seconds apart to make it a one-goal game. Henri Ikonen tied the game at 4-4 with his 15th goal of the season with 17 seconds left in the second period. Mike Morrison got the start in goal, but was pulled in favor of Colin Furlong shortly after the the 67's took a 4-1 lead midway thru the second period. Furlong stopped all 16 shots he faced but didn't stop Gustavsen and Blandisi in the shootout.
Erie Otters 1 (at) Kitchener Rangers 5
At the Kitchener Memorial Auditorium, Ryan Murphy scored a goal and added two assists as the Rangers won their second consecutive game at the Otters'expense. Joel Vienneau turned aside 31 shots for the Rangers, who also got goals from Justin Bailey, Tobias Rieder, Matia Marcantuoni and Derek Schoenmakers. Ben Thomson also led the Rangers with two assists. JP Labardo scored the lone goal for the Otters, who are now winless in their last three games. Devin Williams was back in goal for the Otters and made 41 saves in a losing cause.
Plymouth Whalers 4 (at) Sarnia Sting 5 (SO)
Charles Sarault scored the only goal in the shootout as the host Sting reclaimed the lead in the West Division from the visiting Whalers at the RBC Centre in the first of a home-and-home series. Reid Boucher led the Sting with two goals while Nikolay Goldobin had a goal and an assist with Alex Basso also providing the scoring with a tally. Knicholas Dawe made 26 saves for the Sting, who ended a two-game losing skid. For the Whalers, who rallied from a 3-1 early second period deficit, Garrett Meurs scored twice and added an assist, while Cody Payne and Sebastian Uvira each had a goal. Gianluca Curcuruto led all skaters with three assists. Matt Mahalak stopped 24 shots in a losing cause for the Whalers, whose two-game winning streak came to an end.
Saginaw Spirit 3 (at) Mississauga Steelheads 1
Nikita Serebryakov gave Jake Paterson the night off and made 24 saves as the Spirit won their second game in a row against the host Steelheads at the Hershey Centre. Brandon Lindberg, Jimmy Lodge and Jeremiah Addison scored for the Spirit, who remain four points ahead of the Windsor Spitfires for fourth place in the West Division. Craig Hottot scored the lone goal for the Steelheads, who got 28 saves from Spencer Martin.
Owen Sound Attack 1 (at) Guelph Storm 2
Brock McGinn provided all the scoring the Storm needed as they held off the visiting Attack for their sixth straight win at the Sleeman Centre. McGinn also ended Attack goaltender Jordan Binnington's shutout streak as he didn't surrender a goal in 168:17. Binnington, who made 26 saves, was outdueled by Garret Sparks, who turned away 22 shots. For Sparks, he notched his sixth in a row and has not suffered a regulation loss since December 14. Holden Cook scored the lone goal for the Attack, who suffered their first regulaion loss in six games.
Oshawa Generals 3 (at) Sudbury Wolves 2 (SO)
Boone Jenner netted the deciding goal in the shootout as the visiting Generals came from behind to defeat the host Wolves at the Sudbury Community Centre. With the win, the Generals moved back into a first place tie with the idle-Belleville Bulls in the East Division. Daniel Altshuller steered aside 20 shots to earn his 25th win of the seaon, tying Mathias Niederberger for the OHL lead in that category. Nick Baptiste and Dominik Kahun scored for the Wolves, who led 2-0 until Lucas Lessio put the Generals on the board with a power-play goal at 12:49 of the second period and then Justice Dundas tied the game with his seventh goal of the season just 3:37 later. Franky Palazzese turned in a 40-save performance in a losing cause for the Wolves.
Photo of Ryan Murphy by Terry Wilson/OHL Images, CHL Images 2012