It was a busy night around the last Friday of January around the OHL rinks as nine games were on the schedule.
Brampton Battalion 0 (at) London Knights 1 (SO)
At the Budweiser Gardens, Seth Griffith, Matt Rupert and Max Domi all scored goals in the shootout rounds as the Knights won their second consecutive contest. Anthony Stolarz stopped all 34 shots as he earned his first OHL shutout while his counterpart Matej Machovsky stopped 28 shots in a losing cause for the Battalion.
Oshawa Generals 2 (at) Mississauga Steelheads 0
The Scotts contributed to the Generals road win at the Hershey Centre as Scott Sabourin scored two first period goals while Scott Laughton assisted on both of them. Daniel Altshuller turned aside all 20 shots for his OHL-leading 26th win and third shutout of the season while Spencer Martin stopped 30-of-32 shots in a losing effort for the Steelheads.
Barrie Colts 3 (at) Kingston Frontenacs 2 (SO)
Anthony Camara season scored the game-tying goal with 1:35 left in regulation and delivered the only goal in the shootout rounds as the Colts rallied from a 2-0 deficit to beat the host Frontenacs at the K-Rock Centre. Zach Hall scored the other Colts' regulation goal midway through the third period and also drew an assist while Spencer Martin and Sam Bennett scored for the Frontenacs, who are now winless in their past 10 games (0-7-0-3). Colin Furlong stopped 32 shots in a losing cause.
Sault Ste. Marie Greyounds 6 (at) Plymouth Whalers 5
Fans at the Compuware Arena got to see a preview of what's to come from Red Wings' prospect Ryan Sproul as he had an OHL-career high five-point night (two goals, three assists) as the Greyhounds rallied to beat the host Whalers. Andrew Fritsch scored twice and also added an assist for the Greyhounds, who have won four of their last five games and are one point behind the Whalers for first place in the West Division. Brandon Alderson scored the deciding goal early in the third period while Michael Schumacher also found the net for the Greyhounds. Justin Nichols replaced starter Matt Murray (10 shots, seven saves) at 11:30 of the first period and went on to make 34 saves for the Greyhounds. Vincent Trocheck scored two goals and added an assist for the Whalers while Ryan Hartman delivered his 20th goal of the season and drew an assist. The Whalers also got goals from Gianluca Curcuruto and Mitchell Heard. Matt Mahalak (14 shots, 12 saves) got the start in goal for the Whalers, but Alex Nedeljkovic took over to start the second period as he stopped 21-of-25 shots.
Sarnia Sting 3 (at) Ottawa 67's 4
Mike Vlajkov scored twice in the third period, including the deciding goal as the host 67's held off the visiting Sting at Scotiabank Place. Michal Cajovsky and Josh Urbanic also scored for the 67's, who has won two out of their last three games. Jacob Blair made 28 saves for the 67's, while counterpart JP Anderson returned to the Sting lineup and stopped 30-of-34 shots. Reid Boucher his 41st and 42nd goals of the season for the Sting while Charles Sarault added three assists. Anthony DeAngelo also scored for the Sting, who lost their second consecutive game.
Windsor Spitfires 3 (at) Guelph Storm 1
Kerby Rychel scored twice and Jordan DeKort stopped 46-of-47 shots for his second OHL win as they led the Spitfires past the host Storm at the Sleeman Centre in the first of a home-and-home weekend series. Alex Aleardi scored the insurance goal as he notched an empty-net tally late in the third period to seal the win for the Spitfires, who are four points behind the Saginaw Spirit for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference. Tanner Richard scored the lone goal for the Storm, who got 12 saves from Garret Sparks.
Owen Sound Attack 2 (at) Kitchener Rangers 1
Daniel Catenacci scored the go-ahead goal with 1:51 left in the third period as the visiting Attack notched the second win in a row with a road win against the Rangers at the Kitchener Memorial Auditorium. Jordan Binnington stopped 36-of-37 shots for the Attack, who also got a goal from Cameron Brace. Tobias Rieder scored the lone goal for the Rangers and Joel Vienneau made 33 saves in a losing cause.
Niagara IceDogs 5 (at) Erie Otters 1
At the Erie Insurance Arena, Brett Ritchie had a goal and three assists as the IceDogs bested the Otters, snapping an eight-game winless streak. Ryan Strome scored twice while Brendan Perlini and Steven Shipley also found the net for the IceDogs, who got 26 saves from Brent Moran. Jake Evans scored the lone goal for the Otters, who got 20 saves from Devin Williams.
Peterborough Petes 4 (at) Saginaw Spirit 2
Andrew D'Agostini made 31 saves and four different players had a goal each as the Petes left the Dow Event Center with their second consecutive win as they doubled-up the Spirit. Brandon Devlin, Jonatan Tanus, Josh Maguire and Derek Mathers each scored for the Petes, who got two assists apiece from Peter Ceresnak and Greg Betzold. Garret Ross and Jimmy Lodge scored for the Spirit, who are four points ahead of the Windsor Spitfires for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference. Nikita Serebryakov made 27 saves for the Spirit, whose three-game winning streak came to an end.
Photo of Ryan Sproul by Aaron Bell/OHL Images, 2010.