It was a very busy afternoon with nine games on the OHL schedule as Canada celebrated Family Day as families headed to the rink to enjoy some Hockey.
Erie Otters 1 (at) London Knights 8
Max Domi posted his second hat trick of the season and also added an assist as the Knights slayed the visiting Otters by scoring five goals in the third period en route to a home win at the Budweiser Gardens. Anthony Stolarz made his second start in as many days and stopped 24-of-25 shots for Knights, who got a goal and an assist each from Bo Horvat, Nikita Zadorov and Matt Rupert. Also contributing to the Knights' offense were Josh Anderson and Alex Broadhurst as they scored one goal apiece, while Matt Rupert and Miles Liberati chipped in with two assists each. J.P. Labardo scored the lone goal for the Otters, who lost their second consecutive game. Oscar Dansk got the start for the Otters, but was pulled at 9:08 of the third period after Domi completed the hat trick to make it 7-1. Devin Williams came in to finish the game and finished the afternoon with five saves on six shots.
Plymouth Whalers 10 (at) Sarnia Sting 2
Stefan Noesen posted his fourth career hat trick and Cianluca Curcuruto led all skaters with three assists as the visiting Whalers, who scored seven goals in the second period, harpooned the Sting at the RBC Centre for their sixth straight win. For the Whalers, who fired 52 shots on Sting goaltending, Connor Carrick
and Tom Wilson also had a three point afternoon for the Whalers, as they each had a goal and two assists while Ryan Hartman, Matt Mistele, Cody Payne and Rickard Rakell each had a goal and an assist. Austin Levi also chipped in by recording his first goal of the season for the Whalers, who now have a six-point lead over the Sting in the West Division. Matt Mahalak returned to the Whalers' net and stopped 13 shots for the win. Alex Basso scored both goals for the Sting and with Charles Sarault assisting on both of them. JP Anderson got the start for the hosts, but was pulled at 8:06 in favor of Knicholas Dawe (30 shots, 25 saves) of the second period after Noesen' second goal of the game to make it 5-1.
Owen Sound Attack 3 (at) Peterborough Petes 2
Andrew D'Agostini's 44-save performance wasn't enough as the Petes' three-game winning streak came to an end as the Attack held off the hosts at the Peterborough Memorial Centre. Cody Ceci scored twice for the Attack while Kyle Hope scord the deciding goal and also added an assist as they jumped out to a 3-0 lead in a 4:58 span. The Petes responded with goals by Nick Ritchie and Stephen Pierog in a 1:43 minute span later in the period to make it a one-goal game. Brandon Hope gave Jordan Binnington the day off to make 34 saves, including 16 shots in the third period, for the Attack, who won their third straight game.
Kitchener Rangers 3 (at) Guelph Storm 5
Andrey Pedan and Zach Mitchell had a goal and two assists each while Garret Sparks made 29 saves as the host Storm skated past the visiting Rangers at the Sleeman Centre. Scott Kosmachuk and Hunter Garlent also had multi-point performances for the Storm with a goal and an assists apiece while Brock McGinn also chipped in with a tally. For the Rangers, who entered the game without a regulation loss in their last six games, Justin Bailey led the offense with a goal and an assist while Ryan Murphy and Domenic Alberga each had a goal. Joel Vienneau stopped 30 shots in a losing cause for the visitors.
Barrie Colts 0 (at) Belleville Bulls 3
In a battle between two of the top goaltenders in the league, Malcolm Subban shut the door on the visiting Colts by stopping all 29 shots for his third shutout of the season, outdueling Mathias Niederberger (30 shots, 28 saves) as the Bulls blanked the visitors at the Yardmen Arena for their sixth straight win. Tyler Graovac netted his 31st goal of the season early in the second period while Jospeh Cramarossa scored on a penalty shot to extend the Bulls lead and Brendan Gaunce sent the fans home happy scoring into an empty net with 1:31 left in the game.
Kingston Frontenacs 7 (at) Mississauga Steelheads 4
Henri Ikonen led all skaters with a career-high four assists on the afternoon, while Sam Bennett and Roland McKeown each had a goal and two assists as the visiting Frontenacs skated past the host Steelheads at the Hershey Centre. McKeown wasn't the only blueliner who had a goal on the afternoon as Michael Moffat scored twice and Dylan DiPerna scored a goal for the Frontenacs, who got a tally each from Spencer Watson and Sam Povorozniouk. Colin Furlong made 19 saves for the win. Dylan Smoskovitz netted his 30th of the season for the Steelheads, who also got goals from Andrew Goldberg, Kristoff Kontos and Sam Babintsev. Spencer Martin got the nod in goal for the Steelheads, but was pulled after making seven saves on nine shots and Tyson Teichmann finished the game as he he stopped 15-of-29 shots in a losing cause.
Brampton Battalion 5 (at) Ottawa 67's 3
Barclay Goodrow scored twice and Matej Machovsky made 25 saves as they led the visiting Battalion came from behind to score three goals in the third period as they skated past the host 67's at Scotiabank Place. Zach Bell, Matt MacLeod and Brandon Robinson also found the net for the Battalion, who won their second game in as many days. The 67's got goals from Sergey Kuptsov, Joseph Blandisi and Ryan Van Stralen, while Jacob Blair made 42 saves to take the loss.
Saginaw Spirit 4 (at) Windsor Spitfires 2
Garret Ross factored in on all the scoring for the Spirit as he nothced the hat trick and added an assist as the visitors doubled-up the host Spitfires at the WFCU Centre. Jake Paterson made 31 saves for the Spirit, who got the other goals from Eric Locke. Jimmy Lodge recorded a pair of assists for the Spirit, who are now 11 points ahead of the Spitfires for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference. Jordan DeKort stopped 31 saves in a losing cause for the Spitfires, who got goals from Josh Ho-Sang and Mitch Graham, his first in the OHL.
Other OHL News: Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds forward Nick Cousins was named the OHL Player of the Week for the week ending February 17. Cousins had two goals and added seven assists in two games
last week. Cousins, who was selected by the Philadelphia Flyers in the third round of the 2011 NHL Draft, leads the OHL in assists with 70 and scoring with 93 points in 56 games this season.
Photo of Max Domi by Terry Wilson/OHL Images