Eight games were on the schedule around the OHL rinks as the Knights dueled it out with the Otters in Erie, the Spitfires brought the Sting back to Windsor to close out their season series, the Generals stopped by Saginaw as they took on the Spirit, the Storm welcomed the Attack back to the Sleeman, the Whalers paid another visit to the Aud as they were seeking their fourth win in a row against the Rangers, the Bulls and Steelheads clashed in Mississauga, the Petes and 67's squared off at the nation's capital and the Wolves welcomed the Frontenacs back to Sudbury.
London Knights 3 (at) Erie Otters 4
In a Midwest Division matchup, Dane Fox scored twice and added an assist while Connor Brown had three assists, leading the Otters past the visiting Knights at the Erie Insurance Arena. Luke Cairns and Connor McDavid each scored a goal for the Otters, who ended their two-game losing streak. Otters' goaltender Oscar Dansk made 31 saves to record his first win since December 7. Jake Patterson got the start in goal for the Knights, but was pulled at 5:12 into the game after letting in two goals on five shots. Anthony Stolarz came in to finish the game as he stopped 29-of-31 shots in a losing effort for the Knights, who are now winless in their last four games. Matt and Ryan Rupert along with Bo Horvat provided the scoring for the visitors with a goal each while Max Domi and Alex Broadhurst chipped in with two assists each.
Sarnia Sting 2 (at) Windsor Spitfires 1
A miscue by Spitfires' goaltender Jaroslav Pavelka led to the game-winning by Daniel Nikandrov with 12.3 seconds left in regulation as the visiting Sting stung the host Spitfires at the WFCU Centre. Pavelka (24 shots, 22 saves) attempted to clear the puck along the end boards, but Sting forward Charles Sarault picked up the puck to set up Nikandrov for his fifth goal of the season. For the Sting, Reid Boucher became the first player to score 50 goals in the OHL this season as he started the scoring at 8:29 on the power play. JP Anderson stopped 31 shots for the win and Alex Basso assisted on both Sting goals. Remy Giftopolous scored the lone goal for the Spitfires early in the third period to tie the game at 1-1. With the Saginaw Spirit falling to the Oshawa Generals, the Spitfires remain seven points behind the Spirit for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference.
Plymouth Whalers 3 (at) Kitchener Rangers 2 (SO)
Stefan Noesen scored the lone goal in the shootout rounds and Alex Nedeljkovic made 52 saves as they led the visiting Whalers to their fourth consecutive win by skating past the Rangers at the Kitchener Memorial Auditorium. Vincent Trocheck had a goal and an assist for the Whalers and now has at least a point in 14 of his 15 games for Plymouth. Zach Lorentz also responed with a goal for the Whalers. Matt Peumpel scored both regulation goals for the Rangers with Matia Marcantuoni assisting on both tallies. Joel Vienneau made 21 saves for the Rangers, who suffered their second shootout loss in their last five games.
Belleville Bulls 1 (at) Mississauga Steelheads 0
Daniil Zharkov's 17th goal of the season at 12:56 of the second period was all that the visiting Bulls needed as they won their fourth straight game by blanking the host Steelheads at the Hershey Centre. In a battle of two NHL draft eligible goaltenders, Charlie Graham stopped all 37 shots for the Bulls as he outdueled Spencer Martin, who turned aside 31-of-32 shots in a losing effort for the Steelheads.
Owen Sound Attack 4 (at) Guelph Storm 2
Daniel Catenacci scored twice as the visiting Attack ended a two-game losing streak by doubling-up the Storm at the Sleeman Centre. In another battle between two of the top goaltenders in the league, Jordan Binnington made 24 saves for the Attack and outdueled Storm goaltender Garret Sparks, who turned in a 25-save performance. Chris Bigras and Holden Cook also found the net for the Attack while Ryan Horvat and Brock McGinn responded for the Storm, whose two-game winning streak came to an end.
Kingston Frontenacs 3 (at) Sudbury Wolves 1
At the Sudbury Community Arena, Mike Morrison turned aside 33 shots as the visiting Frontenacs downed the Wolves and handed them their first regulation loss since November 30, spanning 15 games. The Frontenacs got goals from Sam Povorozniouk, Ryan Kujawinski and Henri Ikonen, who scored on an empty net with 13 seconds left, sending the fans in Sudbury to the parking lot. Jacob Harris spoiled Morrison's bid for a shutout with 40 seconds left in regulation with a power-play goal for the Wolves, who got 38 saves from Franky Palazzese in a losing effort.
Oshawa Generals 6 (at) Saginaw Spirit 4
Jimmy Lodge's four-point game, which included his first OHL hat trick, wasn't enough for the host Spirit as they dropped their second straight game with a home loss to the visiting Generals at the Dow Event Center. Scott Laughton responded with a hat trick of his own for the Generals, who won their third straight game. Daniel Altshuller stopped 28 shots to become the first OHL goaltender to reach 30 wins this season. Scott Sabourin (one goal, two assists), Boone Jenner (one goal, one assist) and Bradley Latour also had multi-point games for the Generals while Colin Suellentrop also lit the lamp. Eric Locke had a goal and two assists while Jake Paterson stopped 33 shots in a losing cause for the Spirit.
Peterborough Petes 5 (at) Ottawa 67's 1
Michael Giugovaz picked up where Andrew D'Agostini left off Thursday night by turning aside 36-of-37 shots as he backstopped the visiting Petes to a road win at Scotiabank Place for their third consecutive win. Stephen Pierog led the Petes with a goal and two assits while Jonatan Tanus also chipped in with a goal and an assist. Brett Findlay and Michael Clarke also found the net for the Petes, who remain four points behind the Kingston Frontenacs for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. Sean Monahan netted his 24th goal of the season and Jacob Blair stopped 37 shots for the 67's, who lost their third straight decision.
Other OHL News: Barrie Colts forward Anthony Camara was handed a six-game suspension by the league on Thursday for a cross-check in a game against the Plymouth Whalers on Feburary 8. Camara is eligible to return to the Colts on Feburary 23.
Kitchener Rangers: According to the Rangers' radio analyst Mike Farwell, forward Tobias Rieder was involved in a minor car accident prior to the Whalers/Rangers game on Friday. The team has said that Rieder's injuries were not considered serious.
Photo of Scott Laughton by Terry Wilson/OHL Images, CHL Images 2012