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Ottawa and Kingston even things up, while Niagara, Kitchener and the Soo open things up

Niagara 6 – Oshawa 1 (NIA leads 2-0)

Sam Miletic (2g1a) had a big night to help the IceDogs open the series with a pair of wins. Akil Thomas (1g1a), Mirill Maksimoc(2a) and Danial Singer(2a) had multi-point nights while Stephen Dhillon made 34 saves in net. 

Allan McShane scored the lone goal for Oshawa.

The Generals had more than their fair share of chances with the man advantage,with McShane’s goal coming on one of their 11 powerplays.

Game three is Tuesday night in Oshawa.


Sault Ste Marie 8 – Saginaw 0 (SSM leads 2-0)

The Spirit were outmatched by the top ranked Greyhounds in game two, outshot 44-21 and outscored 8-0. The game was basically over by the end of the first period, with Sault Ste Marie up 4-0 and holding a 21-2 shot advantage. The game included highlight reel goals from Keeghan Howdeshell and Barrett Harton (1g 1a). Jack Kopacka and Morgan Frost (2g 1a) both scored twice, while Mac Hollowell and Tim Gettinger both had a pair of assists.

Matthew Villalta stopped all 21 shots he faced,

The Soo scored four powerplay goals in seven opportunities.

Game three is Monday night on Sault Ste. Marie.


Kingston 4 – North Bay 3 (series tied 1-1)

Jacob Paquette scored the game winner with just over ten minutes left in the third period as the Frontenacs were able to even their first round series with the Battalion. Linus Nyman scored a pair of goals in the first period before Kyle Potts got North Bay on the scoreboard with one second left in the opening frame.

Brett Neumann regained the two goal lead for the home side before the Battalion once again struck in the final minute. This time it was rookie Brandon Coe who made it a one goal game.

Brad Chenier tied the game in the third before Kingston took the lead for good.

Game three is Tuesday night in North Bay.


Kitchener 2 – Guelph 1 (KIT leads 2-0)

Mario Culina made 41 saves to help Kitchener establish a 2-0 series lead in their first round series against Guelph.

The Storm’s Cam Hillis opened the scoring in the opening two minutes before former teammate Givani Smith even the game with a powerplay goal at the midway point of the first period. 

The game remain tied until Kole Sherwood scored the winner with seven and a half minutes left in regulation. Logan Brown assist on both goals for Kitchener.

Anthony Popovich made 30 saves in the Guelph net.

Game three is Tuesday night in Guelph.


Ottawa 5 – Hamilton 4 (series tied 1-1)

The 67’s evened their series with the Bulldogs following a back and fourth third period Sunday.

With the game tied 1-1, Sahw Boomhower scored his second goal of the game to give Ottawa the lead 3:58 into the third period. Just 50 seconds later, Bulldogs captain Justin Lemcke tied the game at 2.

Ottawa then scored a pair of goals less than two minutes a part from Sasha Chmelevski and Travis Barron to pull ahead 4-2 with under eight minutes left. Just over a mintue after Barron’s goal, Rile Stillman made it a one goal game. Brandon Saigeon scored his third of the post season to tie the game with 3:04 mintues left in regulation.

But before the game could get to overtime, Sam Bitten scored the go ahead goal on the powerplay with 2:01 left.

Noel Hoefenmayer finished with three assists for the 67’s.

Game three is Tuesday night in Ottawa.

Photos:
Stephen Dhillon (Terry Wilson/OHL Images)
Kitchener Rangers (Aaron Bell/OHL Images)
Will Bitten (Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

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