Ontario Hockey League
Erie Otters 4 @ Windsor Spitfires 3 (OT)
W Cristiano DiGiacinto, WSR: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
2014-15 totals: 63 GP, 21-24-45, -16, 100 PIM
No McDavid, no Strome, no problem for Erie. The defending Western Conference champs defeated the Spits in Windsor, 4-3 in a 3 on 3 overtime after tying the game with an extra attacker. Darren Raddysh (undrafted) had the winner. Alternate captain Cristiano DiGiacinto was scoreless for Windsor after a good showing at the Lightning’s camp.
Ottawa 67’s 4 @ Peterborough Petes 5
D Dominik Masin, PBO: Did not play
2014-15 totals: 48 GP, 7-19-26, -13, 68 PIM
D Matt Spencer, PBO: 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
2014-15 totals: 67 GP, 6-24-30, -15, 64 PIM
Peterborough opened their season by hanging on for a 5-4 win over the visiting 67’s. The Petes had a 4-3 lead with under two minutes to go when Spencer, an alternate captain, scored into an empty net from his own end to make it 5-3. Flyers first rounder Travis Konecny scored his second goal of the game with 15 seconds left for Ottawa to make things a little more interesting. Dominik Masin was assigned to Peterborough earlier in the day by Tampa Bay, so he was not available for the season opener. The move by the Lightning ensures ample playing time for Masin this season, which will undoubtedly be his final junior year. Masin was eligible for the AHL this season. He’s coming off surgery in February to repair facial injuries sustained in a Petes game, plus a wrist injury from a bike accident this summer. The Lightning remain high on the former second round pick.
Flint Firebirds 3 @ Saginaw Spirit 0
W Mitchell Stephens, SAG: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
2014-15 totals: 62 GP, 22-26-48, -17, 44 PIM
The Firebirds (formerly the Plymouth Whalers) made their OHL debut, defeating Saginaw on the road, 3-0, to open both teams’ seasons. Stephens, an alternate captain for the Spirit, is expected to have a breakout year offensively. Zack Bowman (undrafted) had a 23-save shutout for Flint.