The Ontario Hockey League season continues to wind down and teams battle for playoff positioning down the stretch.
With nine games on the schedule on Monday, some teams had an opportunity to close the game while others had a chance to move up.
In Belleville, Malcolm Subban stopped all 29 shots he faced as the Belleville Bulls blanked the Barrie Colts 3-0. Joseph Cramarossa had a goal and an assist in the win. Tyler Graovac and Brendan Gaunce also scored. Mathias Niederberger stopped 27 shots for the Colts. With the win, the Bulls passed the Colts for top spot in the OHL’s Eastern Conference. The game was delayed about two hours after the Colts bus was stuck on the 401 highway due to an accident.
In Guelph, Andrey Pedan and Zack Mitchell had a goal and two assists each as the Guelph Storm beat the Kitchener Rangers 5-3. Hunter Garlent and Scott Kosmachuk added a goal and an assist each in the win. Brock McGinn also scored. Justin Bailey had a goal and an assist for Kitchener. Domenic Alberga and Ryan Murphy also scored for the Rangers in the loss. With the win, the Storm move two points ahead of the Sarnia Sting in the Western Conference.
In London, Max Domi had three goals and an assist as the London Knights beat the Erie Otters 8-1. Nikita Zadorov, Bo Horvat and Matt Rupert added a goal and an assist in the win. Alex Broadhurst and Josh Anderson also scored in the win. Miles Liberati and Ryan Rupert chipped in with a pair of assists each. J.P. Labardo had the lone goal for Erie.
In Mississauga, Roland McKeown and Sam Bennett had a goal and two assists each as the Kingston Frontenacs beat the Mississauga Steelheads 7-4. Henri Ikonen assisted on four goals for Kingston. Michael Moffat added a pair of goals in the win. Dylan DiPerna, Sam Povorozniouk and Spencer Watson also scored in the win. Mikko Vainonen chipped in with a pair of assists for Kingston. Kristoff Kontos had a goal and an assist for Mississauga. Dylan DeMelo and Stuart Percy had a pair of assists each in the loss. Andrew Goldberg, Sam Babintsev and Dylan Smoskowitz also scored for Mississauga.
In Ottawa, Barclay Goodrow scored a pair of goals as the Brampton Battalion beat the Ottawa 67’s 5-3. Zach Bell added a goal and an assist while Brandon Robinson and Matt MacLeod also scored. Francis Menard and Blake Clarke added two assists each for the Battalion. Ottawa goaltender Jacob Blair stopped 42 shots in the loss. Ryan Van Stralen, Joseph Blandisi and Sergey Kuptsov scored for Ottawa in the loss.
In Oshawa, defenceman Geoffrey Schemitsch scored twice and assisted on another goal as the Oshawa Generals beat the Sudbury Wolves 6-2. Boone Jenner picked up four assists in the win. Matt Petgrave, Scott Sabourin, Lucas Lessio and Michael Dal Colle also scored for the Generals. Nathan Pancel and Danny Desrochers scored for Sudbury.
In Peterborough, Cody Ceci scored a pair of goals as the Owen Sound Attack beat the Peterborough Petes 3-2. Goaltender Brandon Hope stopped 34 shots in the win. Keevin Cutting added two assists while Kyle Hope had a goal and an assist in the win. Nick Ritchie and Stephen Pierog had a goal and an assist each for the Petes. Goaltender Andrew D’Agostini stopped 44 shots.
In Sarnia, the Plymouth Whalers extended their lead atop the West Division with a 10-2 win over the Sarnia Sting. Stefan Noesen scored three times while Tom Wilson and Connor Carrick had a goal and two assists each in the win. Gianluca Curcuruto picked up three assists for Plymouth. Cody Payne, Ryan Hartman, Matthew Mistele and Rickard Rakell had a goal and an assist each. Vincent Trocheck chipped in with a pair of assists. Austin Levi also scored for the Whalers in the win. Alex Basso scored both goals for Sarnia in the loss.
In Windsor, the Saginaw Spirit gave the Windsor Spitfires playoff hopes a hit with a 4-2 road win. Garret Ross scored three times and added an assist in the win. Eric Locke had the other goal for the Spirit in the win. Jimmy Lodge had three assists. Goaltender Jake Paterson stopped 31 Windsor shots. Mitch Graham and Kerby Rychel scored for Windsor in the loss.