There were only two games on the OHL front on Wednesday as the Bulls welcomed the Frontenacs back to Belleville while the Attack looked to get back on the winning track as they brought in the Colts.
Kingston Frontenacs 2 (at) Belleville Bulls 8
Daniil Zharkov notched his first OHL hat trick and Alan Quine scored a goal and added five assists as the Bulls scorched the visiting Frontenacs at the Yardmen Arena. Since being acquired from the Ottawa 67's on January 10, Quine has scored three goals and added 13 assists for 16 points in eight games with the Bulls. Five of those points came in his Bulls' debut on January 11, which was a career-high before tonight's game. Joseph Cramarossa drew three assists for the Bulls, who won their third straight decision. Jordan Subban was the other Bulls' player with a multi-point game as he had a goal and an assist while his older brother, Malcolm Subban, steered aside 33 shots. Carter Sandlak, Michael Curtis and Stephen Silas also found the net for the Bulls, who stretched their lead in the East Division by four points over the idle-Oshawa Generals. Jean Dupuy and Sam Bennett responded with goals for the Frontenacs, who are now winless in their past nine games (0-7-0-2).
Barrie Colts 1 (at) Owen Sound Attack 4
Daniel Catenacci scored twice and Jordan Binnington turned away 27 shots as they led the Attack past the visiting Colts at the Harry Lumley Bayshore Community Centre. The Attack snapped a two-game losing skid and now have sole possession of second place in the Midwest Division. Kurtis Gabriel and Gilbert Gabor also lit the lamp for the Attack while Erik Bradford scored the lone goal for the Colts, whose two-game winning streak came to an end. Mathias Niederberger made 42 saves in a losing cause for the Colts.
Other OHL News: The league has suspended OHL referee Joe Monette for the balance of the 2012-13 regular season and playoffs for posting inappropriate comments about Sault Ste. Marie on his Twitter account on January 25. In a press release, OHL Commissioner David Branch stated that Monette "displayed extremely poor judgment and the "tweet" not only contravened the League's Social Networking Policy, but as well was detrimental to the welfare of the League, the officiating staff and fans of the OHL. The League apologizes to those that may have been offended by such comments,"
Spitfires Suspended: The OHL suspended Windsor Spitfires' forward Ryan Verbeek five games and Patrick Sanvido tow games for their actions towards the end of an 8-4 road loss to the Sudbury Wolves on Sunday. To fill the roster spots, the Spitfires have brought up defenseman Graeme Brown and forward Mitchell Graham.
Photo of Alan Quine by CHL Images, 2013