Eight games were on tap on a busy Sunday to wrap up another weekend of OHL Hockey. With the regular season winding down, things are getting more interesting, so here we go.
Saginaw Spirit 2 (at) London Knights 3
Alex Broadhurst scored the go-ahead goal at 13:38 of the third period as the host Knights won their fourth straight contest with a come-from-behind win against the Spirit at the Budweiser Gardens. Max Domi netted his 35th goal of the season on the power play midway through the third period to tie the game for the Knights, who also got a tally from Olli Maatta. Anthony Stolarz made his fourth straight start and turned away 22 shots for the win while his counterpart Jake Paterson made 25 saves in a losing cause for the Spirit. Eric Locke and Garret Ross had a goal and and an assist each for Spirit, and for Ross, he netted his 40th goal of the season.
Belleville Bulls 6 (at) Ottawa 67's 3
The Bulls won their ninth straight game as they doubled up the host 67's at Scotiabank Place. Jordan Subban was one of five Bulls' players who had a goal and an assist, joining Daniil Zharkov, Alan Quine, Brady Austin and Aaron Berisha, but Subban completed the Gordie Howe Hat Trick as he dropped the mitts with 67's forward Joseph Blandisi late in the third period. Tyler Graovac netted his 35th goal of the season for the Bulls, who lead the idle-Barrie Colts by four points for the top spot in the Eastern Conference. Malcolm Subban made 34 saves to win his sixth straight decision. Sean Monahan led the 67's with two goals and Brett Gustavsen also found the net and added an assist. Jacob Blair made 24 saves in a losing effort for the 67's, who dropped their seventh game in a row.
Plymouth Whalers 5 (at) Windsor Spitfires 6
Brady Vail scored the game-clincher with 2:30 left in the third period as the host Spitfires snapped the Whalers' eight-game winning streak as they avenged Friday's road loss to complete the home-and-home series at the WFCU Centre. Alex Aleardi lead the Spitfires' offense with two goals and three assists against his former Whaler teammates, including the game-tying goal at 11:18 of the third period. Kerby Rychel notched his 35th goal of the season, which chased Whalers' netminder Matt Mahalak (18 shots, 14 saves) to the showers at 12:12 of the second period and also added two assists for the Spitfires, who got a goal and an assist each from Alexander Khokhlachev and Emerson Clark. Jaroslav Pavelka made 38 saves to earn his first win since February 7. Tom Wilson led the Whalers with two goals and Rickard Rakell also had a goal and an assist, while Stefan Noesen and Mitchell Heard chipped in with a tally each. Alex Nedeljkovic relieved Mahalak to stop eight of 10 shots to take the loss. With the win, the Spitfires trail the Saginaw Spirit by nine point for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference.
Sudbury Wolves 2 (at) Guelph Storm 7
The host Storm got back on the winning track as they skated past the visiting Wolves at the Sleeman Centre. Patrick Watling led the Storm with a goal and two assists, while Scott Kosmachuk, Jason Dickinson and Ryan Horvat had a goal and an assist apiece. Brody Milne, Zac Leslie and Cody McNaughton also chipped in with a tally each for the Storm, who got 24 saves from Garret Sparks as he notched his 31st win of the season. Michael Kantor scored both goals for the Wolves, who dropped their second straight decision. Taylor Dupuis started in net for the Wolves, but was pulled at 3:47 into the second period after Leslie's goal on the power play made it 6-2 in favor of Guelph. Franky Palazzese finished the game as he stopped 14-of-15 shots.
Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 4 (at) Mississauga Steelheads 3
Andrew Fritsch netted the go-ahead goal with 2:35 left in the third period as the visiting Greyhounds rallied to beat the host Steelheads at the Hershey Centre. Sergey Tolchinsky led all skaters with three assists, while Matt Murray made 28 saves for the Greyhounds, who have sole possession of second place in the West Division. Michael Schumacher, Colin Miller and Ryan Kirkup scored one goal each for the visitors, who has not had a regulation loss in their last five games. Kristoff Kontos led the Steelheads with two goals while Lucas Venuto also lit the lamp. Spencer Martin made 22 saves in a losing cause for the Steelheads.
Kitchener Rangers 2 (at) Brampton Battalion 1
Josh Leivo's 26th goal of the season stood out as the deciding goal as the Rangers won their second game in as many days as the held off the host Battalion at the Powerade Centre. Joel Vienneau made 27 saves for the Rangers, who also got a goal from Max Iafrate. Barclay Goodrow netted his team-leading 32nd goal for the Battalion, who got 29 saves from Matej Machovsky.
Kingston Frontenacs 6 (at) Erie Otters 3
Sam Bennett recorded his first four point game in the OHL with two goals and two assists and Spencer Watson scored twice and added an assist as they led the Frontenacs past the host Otters at the Erie Insurance Arena. Henri Ikonen and Cody Alcock also found the net for the Frontenacs, who got 25 saves from Mike Morrison. Luke Cairns, JP Labardo and Stephen Harper scored a goal each for the Otters, who got 30 saves from Oscar Dansk. Connor McDavid had two assists against the Frontenacs, and for McDavid, it was his first multi-point game since January 17.
Peterborough Petes 1 (at) Oshawa Generals 4
Scott Sabourin's first of two goals in the game broke a 1-1 tie midway through the third period as the host Generals skated past the visiting Petes at the GM Centre. Tyler Biggs and Cole Cassels also found the net for the Generals along with Sabourin's second tally of the game with 30 seconds left that sealed the win. Daniel Altshuller made 22 saves for his league-leading 32nd win of the season. Chase Hatcher scored the lone goal for the Petes, who got 48 saves from Michael Giugovaz in a losing effort.
Photo of Sam Bennett by Terry Wilson/OHL Images, CHL Images