Oshawa Generals 5 @ Belleville Bulls 3
G Michael Zador, OSH: Win, 34 saves on 37 shots
Season: 6 GP, 4-1-1-0, 3.49 GAA, .896 sv%, 1 SO
Zador won his third straight game, defeating the division-rival Bulls in Belleville. With the win, Oshawa (5-3-2-0) climbed into a first place tie with Peterborough and Kingston in the East Division. Zador was complimented by his coach in the Oshawa Express for his good play recently (Click here to read).
Meanwhile, with Jaroslav Janus making his pro debut last night for Norfolk, his junior team in Erie lost yet again and have the leagueâ€™s fewest points at 6. Erie has been plagued by the relatively unexpected losses of Janus and center Ryan Oâ€™Reilly (2009 second round pick/33rd overall), whoâ€™s still with the Colorado Avalanche.
Chilliwack Bruins 1 @ Lethbridge Hurricanes 0
RW Carter Ashton, LET: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM (high sticking)
Season totals: 9 GP, 6-2-8, -6, 18 PIM
Lethbridge outshot Chilliwack 31-29, but couldnâ€™t beat Bruin goaltender Lucas Gore (undrafted), who won his first game of the season.
Lewiston MAINEiacs 0 @ Moncton Wildcats 2
D Mark Barberio, MCT: 0-1-1, E, 2 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 9 GP, 0-4-4, E, 10 PIM
Barberio assisted on the insurance goal scored on the power play late in the third period.
Sault Ste Marie Greyhounds 3 @ Owen Sound Attack 6
RW Kyle DeCoste, SSM: 1-0-1, +2, 2 PIM (holding)
Season totals: 6 GP, 1-0-1, -1, 10 PIM
After winning seven to start the year, the Soo has now lost two straight. DeCoste scored his first goal of the season. He had 15 in 65 games last year.
Erie Otters 4 @ Barrie Colts 7
LW/C Alex Hutchings, BAR: 1-1-2, +2, 2 PIM (slashing)
Season totals: 9 GP, 6-7-13, +5, 4 PIM
Hutchings has a five game point streak in which heâ€™s scored eight points. He has three goals in his last two games. Erie, who outshot Barrie 46-40, misses goalie Jaroslav Janus, who remains with the Norfolk Admirals on a tryout contract.
Saskatoon Blades 3 @ Lethbridge Hurricanes 2 (OT)
RW Carter Ashton, LET: 0-0-0, E, 15 PIM (major for checking-from-behind, game misconduct)
Season totals: 8 GP, 6-2-8, -6, 16 PIM
Ashton was kicked out at 3:58 of the first period after a checking-from-behind major penalty. His four game goal streak was snapped.
Sault Ste Marie Greyhounds 1 @ Guelph Storm 2
RW Kyle DeCoste, SSM: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 5 GP, 0-0-0, -3, 8 PIM
After winning seven to start the year, DeCoste and Sault Ste Marie took their first loss of the season Friday night. DeCoste is still trying to find that illusive first point of the season.
Kingston Frontenacs 3 @ Ottawa 67â€™s 1
LW Matais Sointu, OTT: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 9 GP, 2-3-5, +5, 2 PIM
Ottawa failed to move out of last in the East Division, losing to the team that finished there last season.
Erie Otters 0 @ Oshawa Generals 3
G Michael Zador, OSH: Win, 37 saves on 37 shots, Shutout, *First Star*
Season: 4 GP, 2-1-1-0, 4.02 GAA, 8.86 sv%, 1 SO
Now thatâ€™s how you reclaim the No.1 goaltender spot. After sitting for four games, Zador (pictured) finally got the nod for Oshawa and was stellar in a 37-save shutout - especially early. He dropped his GAA a full goal and a half with the effort. It was his first career shutout in 33 OHL games.
Edmonton Oil Kings 2 @ Lethbridge Hurricanes 5
RW Carter Ashton, LET: 1-2-3*
Season totals: 7 GP, 6-2-8, -9, 11 PIM*
Lethbridge won their third straight game, scoring four third period goals to beat former Lightning prospect Torrie Jung and Edmonton. Carterâ€™s goal was scored in highlight-reel fashion when he â€œswooped through the Oil Kings' crease, out-waited Jung, and then slid the puck low to make it 3-1 (Lethbridge Herald).â€ This was the â€˜Canes home opener after starting the year with eight straight road games (2-6). Ashton has scored in four straight games.
*Final official stats not yet available on whl.ca.
Ashton has five goals in his last three games ... The Soo keeps rolling ... Hutchings vs. Sointu.
Rimouski Oceanic 3 @ Moncton Wildcats 4
D Mark Barberio, MCT: 0-1-1, +1, 2 PIM, 4 SOG
Season totals: 5 GP, 0-3-3, +2, 4 PIM
The Wildcats squandered a 3-0 lead, but scored on a penalty shot with no time left on the clock in the third period to win. Barberioâ€™s assist came on the power play.
Peterborough Petes 1 @ Sault Ste Marie Greyhounds 4
RW Kyle DeCoste, SSM: Did not play (suspended).
Season totals: 3 GP, 0-0-0, -2, 6 PIM
Make that six wins in a row to start the season for the (formerly last place) Soo. DeCoste served the second game of his two game suspension for abuse of an official.
Ottawa scored three unanswered goals in the third period to steal the win from the defending league champs. Panikâ€™s assist came on the power play.
Lethbridge Hurricanes 5 @ Prince George Cougars 2
RW Carter Ashton, LET: 2-0-2, -1, 2 PIM (tripping), *First Star*
Season totals: 5 GP, 3-0-3, -10, 11 PIM
Ashton celebrated his NHL contract with a First Star effort, leading Lethbridge to their first win of the season. Both of Ashtonâ€™s points came on the power play.