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OHL Roundup: Five games open up 2014

Wednesday, January 01, 2014   by: Brad Coccimiglio

The Ontario Hockey League opened 2014 on Wednesday with five games on the schedule.

In Kingston, Spencer Watson scored the shootout winner as the Kingston Frontenacs beat the Ottawa 67’s 6-5. Sam Bennett had two goals and an assist in the win. Watson, Ryan Verbeek and Evan McEneny also scored in regulation time. Dante Salituro had a goal and two assists while Joseph Blandisi scored twice for Ottawa in the loss. Brett Gustavsen added a goal and an assist for the 67’s while goaltender Philippe Trudeau stopped 41 shots.

In Owen Sound, Zack Mitchell had two goals and an assist as the Guelph Storm beat the Owen Sound Attack 3-2. Mitchell’s second goal of the night was the eventual game winner. Robby Fabbri chipped in with a goal and an assist for the Storm while goaltender Justin Nichols stopped 39 shots. Holden Cook scored both goals for Owen Sound in the loss.

In Oshawa, Josh Sterk had the overtime winner as the Oshawa Generals beat the North Bay Battalion 3-2. Sterk finished the night with a goal and an assist while Jacob Busch had a pair of goals for the Generals. Oshawa goaltender Daniel Altshuller stopped 32 shots in the win. Mike Amadio had a goal and an assist for North Bay while Alex Henriksson also scored in the loss.

In Belleville, Brandon Devlin had a goal and two assists as the Peterborough Petes beat the Belleville Bulls 5-1. Nelson Armstrong added a goal and an assist for the Petes while Nick Ritchie set up two goals in the win. Steven Varga, Josh MacDonald and Stephen Pierog also scored for Peterborough. Petes goaltender Andrew D’Agostini stopped 29 shots. Scott Simmonds had the lone goal for the Bulls in the loss.

In Sarnia, Matt Rupert scored four times as the London Knights beat the Sarnia Sting 8-6. Michael McCarron added a goal and three assists in the win while Max Domi set up four goals. Chris Tierney scored twice and assisted on another goal while Brett Welychka had a goal and two assists for the Knights. Davis Brown scored three goals for the Sting in the loss. Nikolay Goldobin and Jeff King had a goal and an assist each while Jimmy McDowell also scored. Tyler Hore picked up two assists for the Sting.

Standings (Conference ranking in brackets) (W-L-OTL-SL)

Eastern Conference
East Division

  1. Oshawa Generals (1) – 26-10-0-3; 55 points
  2. Kingston Frontenacs (3) – 21-12-2-2; 46 points
  3. Peterborough Petes (7) – 15-19-0-4; 34 points
  4. Ottawa 67’s (9) – 12-20-1-3; 28 points
  5. Belleville Bulls (10) – 10-24-2-2; 24 points

Central Division

  1. Sudbury Wolves (2) – 20-10-3-3; 46 points
  2. Barrie Colts (4) – 19-15-1-2; 41 points
  3. North Bay Battalion (5) – 18-16-3-1; 40 points
  4. Mississauga Steelheads (6) – 15-20-1-3; 34 points
  5. Niagara IceDogs (8) – 12-21-2-2; 28 points

Western Conference
Midwest Division

  1. Erie Otters (1) – 30-7-1-0; 61 points
  2. Guelph Storm (3) – 28-7-2-1; 59 points
  3. London Knights (4) – 27-7-1-3; 58 points
  4. Owen Sound Attack (6) – 19-13-3-3; 44 points
  5. Kitchener Rangers (10) – 13-22-0-1; 27 points

West Division

  1. Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (2) – 26-8-1-3; 56 points
  2. Windsor Spitfires (5) – 24-12-1-0; 49 points
  3. Saginaw Spirit (7) – 16-17-4-1; 37 points
  4. Plymouth Whalers (8) – 13-21-0-4; 30 points
  5. Sarnia Sting (9) – 12-22-1-3; 28 points
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