It was another busy Friday night around the OHL rinks with nine games on hand.
Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 3 (at) London Knights 4 (OT)
Alex Broadhurst scored the deciding goal at 2:38 into overtime as the host Knights skated away with a win against the visiting Greyhounds at the Budweiser Gardens for their third staight win. Scott Harrington led the Knights' offense with a goal and an assist, while Nikita Zadorov and Chris Tierney also lit the lamp with one goal apiece. Anthony Stolarz won his third game in a row by making 29 saves. For the Greyhounds, Sergey Tolchinsky had a goal and an assist, while Andrew Fritsch and Michael Schumacher scored one goal each. Matt Murray made 36 saves in a losing cause for the Greyhounds, whose three game winning streak came to an end.
Barrie Colts 3 (at) Sudbury Wolves 5
Dominik Kahun and Nathan Pancel scored two goals each as the host Wolves ended a three game losing streak by holding off the Colts at the Sudbury Community Arena. Danny Desrochers added a goal and an assist for the Wolves, who got 26 saves from winning goaltender Franky Palazzese. Andreas Athanasiou led the Colts with two goals and an assist, while Zach Hall chipped in with a tally and a helper. Mathias Niederberger (14 shots, 11 saves) started in net for the Colts and was pulled in favor of Alex Fotinos (12 shots, 11 saves) after Kahun's second goal of the game at 2:45 of the second period gave the Wolves a 3-0 lead. The Colts are now winless in their last four games.
Windsor Spitfires 1 (at) Plymouth Whalers 9
Rickard Rakell and Cody Payne each got the hat trick and helped the Whalers to their seventh consecutive game as they brought down the Spitfires at the Compuware Arena. In their last three games, the Whalers have scored 26 goals. Tom Wilson had a goal and an assist, while Ryan Hartman and Matt Mistele also chipped in with one goal apiece. Alex Nedeljkovic made 27 saves for the win. Former Whaler Alex Aleardi scored the lone goal for the Spitfires and Jordan DeKort went the distance as the stopped 42-of-51 shots in a losing effort.
Erie Otters 3 (at) Sarnia Sting 13
Reid Boucher scored four goals and added two assists, while Charles Sarault recorded a career-high seven assists as the host Sting scored five first period goals and didn't look back, ending a mini two-game losing streak at the Otters expense. With a league-leading 57 goals on the season, Boucher is one goal away from tying the franchise record of 58 goals in a season, which is held by Steven Stamkos, who accomplished the feat during the 2007-08 season. Other mulit-point performances from the Sting came from Nikolay Goldobin (two goals, three assists), Bryan Moore (two goals, one assist), Nickolas Latta (two goals, two assists), Tyler Hore and Anthony DeAngelo (one goal, one assist each). Brett Hargrave also scored for the Sting, who are tied with the Greyhounds for second place in the West Division. Hayden Hodgson, Dane Fox and Travis Wood scored for the Otters, who dropped their fourth straight decision. Oscar Dansk started between the pipes for the Otters and gave up five goals on 10 shots and was pulled at 15:33 of the first period in favor of Devin Williams, who finished the night with 19 saves on 27 shots.
Niagara IceDogs 3 (at) Guelph Storm 5
Brock McGinn recorded his first OHL hat trick and Tyler Bertuzzi scored twice as they provided the offense for the host Storm as they beat the visiting IceDogs at the Sleeman Centre. Robby Fabbri led the Storm with two assists and Garret Sparks stopped 19-of-22 shots to earn the win. Steven Shipley led the IceDogs with a goal and an assist, while Shayne Rover and Anthony DiFruscia chipped in with a goal each. Brent Moran stopped 36-of-40 shots for an IceDogs club that have lost four in a row.
Saginaw Spirit 6 (at) Kitchener Rangers 3
Jake Paterson made 45 saves as he backstopped the Spirit, who scored four goals in the second period, to their third straight win by doubling-up the Rangers at the Kitchener Memorial Auditorium. Jason Shaw scored twice and Gregg Sutch had three assists. Justin Kea, Dylan Sadowy Nathan Glass and Terry Trafford had one goal apiece for a Spirit club that are 11 points ahead of the Windsor Spitfires for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference. Eric Ming, Josh Sterk and Matt Puempel provided the Rangers' offense with a goal each. Joel Vienneau started in net for the Rangers and gave up two goals in a 1:40 span early in the second period, finishing the night with seven saves on nine shots. Jack Moylan relived Vienneau and stopped 12-of-16 shots.
Ottawa 67's 1 (at) Oshawa Generals 4
Boone Jenner scored twice as the Generals bested the visiting 67's at the GM Centre. Scott Sabourin and Michael Dal Colle also scored for the Generals, who have clinched a playoff berth. Ken Appleby made 17 saves and Tyler Biggs led the Generals with two assists. Dante Salituro netted the lone goal for the 67's, who got 46 saves, including 20 in the second period from Clint Windsor.
Brampton Battalion 3 (at) Mississauga Steelheads 1
Matej Machovsky made 35 saves as he backstopped the Battalion to their third straight win by beating the host Steelheads at the Hershey Centre. Mike Amadio had a goal and an asssit while Zach Bell and Matt MacLeod chipped in with two assists each. Nicholas Foglia and Blake Clarke also found the net for the Battalion. Riley Brace scored the lone goal and Tyson Teichmann made 24 saves for the Steelheads.
Photo of Sarnia Sting forward Reid Boucher by Terry Wilson/OHL Images, CHL Images