Another seven games were on the OHL schedule on a busy Saturday night. Among them the Sting and Whalers wrapped up a home-and-home series in Plymouth while the Rangers and Otters did so likewise in Erie. Also, the Spirit wrapped their road trip in St. Catharines for a clash with the Icedogs, the Generals traveled to the Soo to face the Greyhounds, two of the top goaltenders in the league dueled it out in Owen Sound as the Attack hosted the Storm, the Colts brought the Petes to the BMC and the Knights look to make it two in a row as they stopped by the Yardmen to take on the Bulls
Sarnia Sting 2 (at) Plymouth Whalers 6
In a battle for the top spot in the West Division, the host Whalers regained sole possession of first place from the visiting Sting as they split the second game of a home-and-home series against their division foes in convincing fashion at the Compuware Arena. Vincent Trocheck and Mitchell Heard each had two goals and an assist for the Whalers, who gained three out of four points against the Sting in the two-game set. In his eight games with the Whalers since being acquired from Saginaw on January 10, Trocheck has made an immediate impact with his new team by collecting five goals and 11 assists for 16 points. Matt Mahalak was back between the pipes to make 23 saves for the Whalers, who also got goals from Garrett Meurs and Connor Carrick. For the Sting, Knicholas Dawe stopped 34 shots while Taki Pantziris and Craig Duininck scored a goal each.
Saginaw Spirit 5 (at) Niagara IceDogs 4
Dylan Sadowy scored the go-ahead goal, his first in the OHL, at 2:52 of the third period as the visiting Spirit won their third straight game by holding off the host IceDogs at the Gatorade Garden City Complex. Jimmy Lodge and Eric Locke each had a goal and two assists for the Spirit, who got a 33-save performance from Jake Paterson. Garret Ross and Brandon Lindberg also cashed in with a goal each for the Spirit, who are six points ahead of the idle-Windsor Spitfires for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference. Steven Shipley (one goal, two assists), Anthony DiFruscia (one goal, one assist) and Carter Verhaeghe (one goal, one assist) provided the scoring for the IceDogs as they scored their goals on the power play, in which they went 3-for-6 with the man-advantage. Christopher Festarini stopped 26 shots in a losing cause for the IceDogs, who are now winless in their past six games.
Kitchener Rangers 4 (at) Erie Otters 1
Jack Moylan made his 2012-13 season debut as he made 26 saves, backstopping the visiting Rangers to a home-and home series sweep of the host Otters at the Erie Insurance Arena. Brent Pederson had a goal and an asist in the first period for the Rangers, who fired 50 shots on Otters' goaltender Devin Williams (46 saves). For the Rangers, who won their third straight contest, Tobias Rieder also had a goal and an assist while Joshua Leivo and Josh Sterk also found the net. Jimmy McDowell spoiled Moylan's bid for a shutout as he scored with 2:04 left in the contest.
London Knights 1 (at) Belleville Bulls 3
Joseph Cramarossa and Stephen Silas each had a goal and an assist as the Bulls once again grabbed sole possession of first place away from the Oshawa Generals with home win against the league's top team, the Knights, at the Yardmen Arena. Malcolm Subban made 22 saves for the Bulls, who also got a goal from Daniil Zharkov, which turned out to be the deciding goal. Jake Patterson turned in a 37-save performance and Matt Rupert scored the lone goal for the Knights, who have lost their three out of their last four games.
Guelph Storm 5 (at) Owen Sound Attack 0
Scott Kosmachuk scored his 24th and 25 goals of the season while Garret Sparks stopped all 38 shots to notch his sixth shutout as the visiting Storm stifled the Attack at the Harry Lumley Bayshore Community Centre for their seventh straight win. In a battle of two of the top goalies in the OHL, Sparks outdueled Attack starting netminder Jordan Binnington (30 shots, 25 saves) and earned his sixth shutout of the season, which ties him with Binnington in that category. Zac Leslie had a goal and an assist while Brock McGinn and Zack Mitchell also lit the lamp for the Storm.
Oshawa Generals 4 (at) Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 5
Brandon Alderson reached the 20-goal plateau by getting his second hat trick in his last four games, including the deciding goal, as the host Greyhounds held off the visiting Generals at the Essar Centre. Matt Murray rebounded from last night's shootout loss to Windsor to make 23 saves for the Greyhounds, who also got two goals and an assist from Michael Schumacher, who ended a 12-game scoring drought. Andrew Fritsch also scored for the Greyhounds, who got a game-high three assists from Nick Cousins, who is now tied with London's Seth Griffith for the league lead in scoring with 76 points. Tyler Biggs led the Generals with two goals while Boone Jenner had a goal and an assist while also found the net. Daniel Altshuller got the start in goal for the Generals, but was pulled after Alderson netted his second of the game to make it 5-2 and was replaced by Ken Appleby (nine shots, nine saves). The Generals lost sole possession of first place in the East Division to the Belleville Bulls, who won their game against London.
Peterborough Petes 1 (at) Barrie Colts 4
Mathias Niederberger steered aside 39 shots for his OHL-leading 26th win of the season as he backstopped the host Colts past the Petes at the Barrie Molson Centre for their second straight win. Anthony Camara had two goals and an assist to lead the Colts offense. while Steven Beyers and Tyson Fawcett also chipped with a goal each. Andrew D'Agostini stopped 49-of-52 shots in a losing cause for the Petes, who got the lone goal from Stephen Pierog.
Photo of Matt Mahalak by Terry Wilson/OHL Images, CHL Images, 2012