Friday Highlights: Wild start to season’s final weekend

Ontario Hockey League


Flint Firebirds 6, Kitchener Rangers 5 – OT

  • Trailing 5-2 with 2:53 remaining in the third period, goals by Amadeus Lombardi, Ethan Hay and Riley Piercey forced overtime, knotting the score at five before Chicago Blackhawks prospect Gavin Hayes scored his 41st of the season 1:05 into OT
  • Detroit Red Wings prospect Lombardi finished the night with two goals, three assists and 13 shots on goal, setting a new Firebirds single season point record while becoming the first player in Firebirds history to eclipse the 100-point mark
  • Riley Piercey had two goals and an assist in the win
  • Flint outshot Kitchener 52-38, securing the fifth-seed and a first round matchup with the rival Saginaw Spirit as a result of the win
  • Flint’s third straight win is their ninth win in the past 10 games, improving them to 35-27-4-1

Game Centre | Firebirds Post-Game | Rangers Post-Game


Barrie Colts 5, Kingston Frontenacs 2

  • The Barrie Colts trailed 2-0 late in the second period, charging back to score five unanswered and eliminate Kingston from playoff contention
  • Rookie defenceman Kashawn Aitcheson tied the score at two in the third period with his first career OHL goal
  • Jacob Frasca scored the game winner on the power play before Ethan Cardwell and Evan Vierling hit the open net; Cardwell reached the 200-point mark on his OHL career
  • Vierling had a goal and two assists in the win, reaching 95 points (35-60–95) in his overage season
  • Barrie outshot Kingston 33-24, and didn’t dress prominent names in Brandt Clarke, Declan McDonnell or goaltender Anson Thornton in the win
  • Kingston drops to 26-38-1-2 and will participate in next week’s OHL Priority Selection Draft Lottery

Game Centre | Frontenacs Post-Game


Windsor Spitfires 6, London Knights 3

  • An Alex Christopoulos hat trick vaulted the Spits to their second straight West Division title as they doubled-up London on the road
  • Christopoulos finished with three goals and an assist while Shane Wright had a goal and two helpers and defenceman Rodwin Dionicio had three assists
  • George Diaco scored twice in the loss for London
  • Joey Costanzo improved to 26-6-0-2, stopping 37 of 40 shots as the Spits won despite being outdone on the shot clock
  • Windsor improve to 44-17-4-2, securing the first seed in the Western Conference

Game Centre | Spitfires Post-Game


Saginaw Spirit 3, Soo Greyhounds 7

  • The Soo Greyhounds struck for seven goals with a pair coming from veteran forward Kalvyn Watson, his 33rd and 34th of the campaign
  • Newly-signed New York Rangers prospect Bryce McConnell-Barker had a goal and two helpers while Marco Mignosa finished with a goal and an assist
  • Spirit rookie and product of nearby Garden River, Ont. Lincoln Moore scored twice in the loss, his first OHL multi-goal game
  • The Greyhounds outshot Saginaw 38-21 as the Spirit played without a few familiar names in the lineup
  • The Hounds win their second straight and close out the season on home ice Saturday against Sudbury
  • Saginaw will enter the playoffs as the fourth-seed in the Western Conference, preparing to face in-state rival Flint in the first round

Game Centre | Greyhounds Post-Game | Spirit Post-Game


Peterborough Petes 2, Ottawa 67’s 4

  • The Ottawa 67’s sealed the deal on their 50th win as Calgary Flames prospect Jack Beck scored the game winner in the second period
  • Vinzenz Rohrer, Will Gerrior and Logan Morrison rounded-out the Ottawa scoring while Jack Matier had a pair of assists
  • Ottawa outshot Peterborough 39-28 as Collin MacKenzie made 26 saves to improve to 20-2-3-0
  • Despite the loss, Peterborough clinched home ice advantage in the first round of the playoffs, entering the post-season as the fourth-seed
  • Ottawa’s fourth straight win improves the 67’s to 50-12-3-2 as they prepare to face the Oshawa Generals in the first round of the playoffs

Game Centre | 67’s Post-Game | Petes Post-Game


Owen Sound Attack 1, Sarnia Sting 4

  • The Sting extended their run of consecutive games with a point to 17 as Ty Voit had a goal and an assist to earn first star recognition
  • Easton Wainwright scored the game winner 6:24 into the second period
  • Columbus Blue Jackets prospect Luca Del Bel Belluz scored his 40th goal of the season into the empty net
  • Attack netminder Corbin Votary earned second star honours with 28 saves while Sarnia’s Ben Gaudreau stopped 25 of 26
  • Colby Barlow remained out of the Owen Sound lineup for the fourth straight contest
  • Owen Sound’s Tomislav Brennan was on the receiving-end of an open-ice hit and left the game on a stretcher; he would later be released from hospital and re-join his teammates
  • Sarnia improves to 40-17-5-4 and will enter the playoffs as the third seed in the Western Conference
  • Owen Sound’s fourth straight loss sees them sitting in eight place in the Western Conference with two games remaining

Game Centre | Attack Post-Game


Hamilton Bulldogs 3, Sudbury Wolves 4 (OT)

  • Quentin Musty set up David Goyette 1:28 into overtime as the Seattle Kraken prospect’s 41st goal of the season was the game winner
  • Musty and Landon McCallum both finished the night with two assists while Goyette and Nolan Collins each had a goal and a helper
  • Sahil Panwar had two goals and an assist for the Bulldogs, scoring twice in the third period to help Hamilton earn a point
  • Sudbury outshot Hamilton 32-22, gaining a point on the Bulldogs in the Eastern Conference standings
  • The Bulldogs wrap-up their regular season with a record of 33-30-5-0, currently sitting fifth in the Eastern Conference entering Saturday

Game Centre | Wolves Post-Game | Bulldogs Post-Game


Erie Otters 0, Guelph Storm 3

  • Goals from Braeden Bowman, Zackary Sandhu and Max Namestnikov fuelled a 3-0 Storm win over visiting Erie
  • Boston Bruins prospect Matthew Poitras tacked on three assists, giving him 77 in 62 games this season
  • Brayden Gillespie stopped all 14 shots he faced for his first career OHL shutout
  • Otters rookie Jacob Gibbons got the start, stopping 21 of 24 in the loss
  • The Storm sit sixth in the Western Conference entering their season finale in Saginaw on Saturday

Game Centre | Otters Post-Game


Oshawa Generals 3, Mississauga Steelheads 2

  • Tied at one to begin the third period, goals from Cameron Butler and Ryan Gagnier gave the Generals the offence they’d need to punch their ticket to the OHL Playoffs
  • Columbus Blue Jackets prospect Cameron Butler scored twice in the win while 2023 NHL Draft prospect Calum Ritchie picked up an assist in his first game since Mar. 3rd
  • Angus MacDonell and Zander Veccia scored Mississauga goals while Chas Sharpe had two helpers
  • Jacob Oster earned the win in goal, stopping 33 of 35
  • A Kingston Frontenacs loss to Barrie secured Oshawa’s trip to the playoffs, where they’ll face top-seeded Ottawa in the first round

Game Centre | Generals Post-Game | Steelheads Post-Game


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