Six games were on tap in the OHL on Saturday as the Bulls and Petes clashed in an East Division matchup, the Whalers and Sting faced off in another West Division battle in Plymouth, the Colts and Storm squared off in Barrie, the Spirit traveled to Owen Sound as they faced the Attack, the IceDogs welcomed the Frontenacs to St. Catharines and the Rangers danced with the Wolves in Kitchener.
Peterborough Petes 2 (at) Belleville Bulls 5
Joseph Cramarossa had a goal and three assists and Malcolm Subban stopped 36 shots, including all 20 in the first period, as the Bulls won their eighth straight game by skating past the visiting Petes at the Yardmen Arena. The Bulls also got offensive contributions from Daniil Zharkov and Tyler Graovac as they scored twice for the Bulls, who went three-for five on the power play. Stephen Pierog scored both goals for the Petes and now has six goals in his last five games, while Andrew D'Agostini made 30 saves. For D'Agostini, it marked the 16th straight game that he has stopped 30 or more shots.
Sarnia Sting 0 (at) Plymouth Whalers 4
At the Compuware Arena, Alex Nedeljkovic stopped all 20 shots for his first OHL shutout as he backstopped the host Whalers to their eighth straight win at the Sting's expense. Rickard Rakell led the way with a goal and an assist, while Tom Wilson, Mitchell Heard and Stefan Noesen also lit the lamp. After nothcing his first goal of the season in Sarnia on Family Day, Austin Levi's recorded two assists against the Sting. Knicholas Dawe got the start for the Sting and stopped 33-of-37 shots in a losing effort. The Whalers have clinched a playoff spot and has punched their ticket to the playoffs for the 22nd consecutive year, which is an OHL record.
Guelph Storm 0 (at) Barrie Colts 2
Mathias Niederberger steered aside all 44 shots for his second shutout of the season and became the third OHL netminder to join the 30-win club this season as the Colts ended their four-game winless streak by blanking the visiting Storm at the Molson Centre. Steven Beyers opened the scoring with his 14th goal of the season with 4:36 left in the second period and Tyson Fawcett closed it out with a power-play goal at 8:05 of the third period. One of the other two members of the 30-win club, Garret Sparks, stopped 33-of-35 shots for the Storm, whose two-game winning streak came to a close.
Saginaw Spirit 2 (at) Owen Sound Attack 6
Daniel Catenacci got the hat trick and added two assists as he led the host Attack to their fifth straight win as they bested the visiting Spirit at the Harry Lumley Bayshore Community Centre and ending the visitors' three-game winning streak. Jordan Binnington made 36 saves, including all 16 in the third period, for the Attack, who got a goal and an assist each from Holden Cook and Kurtis Gabriel. Cody Ceci also lit the lamp as he scored one of the two Attack power play goals. Eric Locke scored twice for the Spirit and now has 40 goals on the season. Nikita Serebryakov made his first start since February 1 as he stopped 30-of-35 shots in a losing effort.
Kingston Frontenacs 1 (at) Niagara IceDogs 4
Brett Ritchie broke out of a six-game goal-less drought by scoring twice as the IceDogs ended a four-game losing streak by besting the visiting Frontenacs at the Gatorade Garden City Complex. Jesse Graham had a goal and two assists and Ondrej Kopta netted the other tally for the IceDogs, who got 34 saves from Christopher Festarini. For the Frontenacs, Henri Ikonen scored the lone goal and Mike Morrison stopped 26 shots.
Sudbury Wolves 2 (at) Kitchener Rangers 3
In the lone afternoon matchup in the OHL, the host Rangers ended a two-game losing skid as they held off the visiting Wolves at the Kitchener Memorial Auditorium. Matt Puempel and Tobias Rieder scored power-play goals in the first period for the Rangers while Eric Ming scored the team's other goal, which stood out as the game-clincher. Jacob Harris got the Wolves' offense going with his 14th goal of the season at 7:20 of the third period and Mathew Campagna netted his 20th of the season with 1:42 left in regulation, making it a one-goal game and that's how it stood. In a battle of starting goaltenders that were traded for each other as part of a blockbuster deal on January 8, Rangers goaltender Joel Vienneau turned away 23 shots for the win while Franky Palazzese stopped 38-of-41 shots for the Wolves.
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