Three games start off another weekend around the OHL rinks as the Petes paid a visit to the WFCU Centre as they took on the Spitfires, the Wolves stopped by St. Catharines as they dueled it out with the IceDogs and the Battalion welcomed the Steelheads back to Brampton in a Central Division clash.
Peterborough Petes 7 (at) Windsor Spitfires 5
A pair of former Spitfire players returned to the WFCU Centre to haunt their old club as Michael Clarke scored twice, including the go-ahead goal midway through the third period, and Brandon Devlin had two assists to help the visiting Petes grab two points in Windsor despite blowing a 5-2 lead. Clarke and Devlin were acquired by the Petes in separate deals with the Spitfires this season. Michael Giugovaz notched his first win since December 6 by stopping 30-of-35 shots for the Petes, who got a goal each from Chase Hatcher, Stephen Pierog, Jonatan Tanus, Stephen Nosad and Greg Betzold. Nick Ritchie led all skaters with three assists. The Spitfires top line combined for six points as Kerby Rychel had a goal and an assist, while Alexander Khokhlachev and Alex Aleardi each had two helpers. Brady Vail got the "Gordie Howe Hat Trick" as he got a goal, an assist and a fight with Petes' defenseman Steven Trojanovic shortly after Nosad's goal made it 5-2 midway through the second period. The scrap seemed to give the Spitfires a jolt as Remy Giftopolous, Vail, and Ben Johnson scored three goals 7:54 apart to tie the game late in the period. The Petes regained the lead as Clarke scored on a pass from Devlin at 10:45 of the third period, while Betzold netted the insurance goal with 62 seconds left to seal the win.
Mississauga Steelheads 3 (at) Brampton Battalion 4
Blake Clarke scored two goals and an assist, including the deciding goal, while Matej Machovsky made 35 saves as the host Battalion held off the visiting Steelheads at the Powerade Centre. Nick Paul and Barclay Goodorow also scored for the Battalion, who won their fourth game in their last five contests. Stuart Percy, Riley Brace and Trevor Carrick scored for the Steelheads, who got 17 saves from Spencer Martin.
Sudbury Wolves 4 (at) Niagara IceDogs 1
The IceDogs' winless streak hit eight games as they fell to the visiting Wolves at the Gatorade Garden City Complex. Jeff Corbett led the Wolves with two goals while Franky Palazzese made 31 saves. Evan de Haan notched his second OHL goal and Ray Huether finalized the scoring with a power play goal late in the third period. Ryan Strome scored his 25th goal of the season for the IceDogs, who got 21 saves from Christopher Festrini.
Photo of Nick Ritchie by Terry Wilson/OHL Images, CHL Images