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This 5th edition covers the two week period that was in the CHL from Tuesday November 30th – Sunday December 12th.
WHL (Western Hockey League)
Connor McClennon #94 (RW) – Winnipeg Ice (WHL)
- On Friday night (Dec. 3), the Winnipeg Ice hosted the Saskatoon Blades. It did not take long for the home team to get on the board as Mikey Milne finished off a nice passing play from his linemates Conor Geekie and Jakin Smallwood to score his 18th goal of the season only 50 seconds in to give the Ice a 1-0 lead. That line would be at it again as Cole Muir won a battle on the left boards for Smallwood to pick up the puck and shoot it from the slot for his 14th of the season at 11:06 to give Winnipeg a 2-0 lead. In the second period, projected top 10 pick in the upcoming 2022 NHL Draft Conor Geekie showed tremendous hands and patience by outwaiting Saskatoon’s Nolan Maier to fire home his 8th goal of the season for a 3-0 lead. Saskatoon would get one back through Kyle Crnkovic’s 13th goal as he shoved a rebound past Gage Alexander to make it 3-1. Connor McClennon was denied on a nice wrap around attempt, but would not be denied his 20th of the season while all alone in front to restore Winnipeg’s three goal lead at 19:09. In the third period, Saskatoon would score an even strength goal while Tristen Robins and a Winnipeg player coming close to dropping the gloves in the corner to make it 4-2. The Blades would add a powerplay goal less than three minutes later to make a late charge, but Saskatoon fell to the Winnipeg Ice by a score of 4-3. McClennon finished the game with 1 goal (GWG), a +1 rating, and 2 SOG.
- Saturday night (Dec. 4) had the Saskatoon Blades face the Winnipeg Ice in a grudge match looking to avenge the previous evenings loss. Saskatoon opened the scoring on the powerplay as Kyle Crnkovic one-timed a shot from the right dot to get the Blades a 1-0 lead despite only getting two shots on goal the entire period. In the second period, the floodgates opened as the Blades erupted for five goals on twelve shots chasing Gage Alexander after Crnkovic’s second of the night after some poor defensive effort and made it 3-0. Daniel Hauser did not fare much better allowing three goals in the remainder of the period (including a pair of goals for Brandon Lisowsky) as the Blades led 6-0. The sixth goal was emblematic for how the night went for the Ice as Lisowsky’s shot rang off the post and deflected into the net off defenseman Owen Boucher. In the third period, Winnipeg would get a goal back as Evan Friesen scored his 1st goal of the season off a deflection in front to make it 6-1 at 9:56. The Ice would get another late in the period as Matthew Savoie scored his 14th of the season at 18:02 by splitting the defense in a 1-on-3 rush with a very nice finish. Despite the Ice outshooting the Blades 36-18, the Savoie goal was really the only highlight as Winnipeg fell to Saskatoon 6-2. Connor McClennon finished the game with no points, a -1 rating, 3 SOG, and 2 PIMs (tripping penalty at 1:45 of the second period).
- A great matchup lay in store as the Winnipeg Ice hosted the Edmonton Oil Kings on Wednesday evening (Dec. 8). Winnipeg was looking to avenge their first loss of the season that took place earlier at the hands of Edmonton. Winnipeg got on the board only 2:02 into the game as Nolan Orzeck saw his point shot get through Detroit Red Wings prospect Sebastian Cossa for his 3rd goal of the season for the 1-0 lead. The Oil Kings responded with a powerplay goal at 9:21 through Simon Kubicek’s 9th of the season to tie the game 1-1. There was no scoring for the remainder of the period and the entirety of the second mainly due to multiple high danger stops by Anaheim Ducks prospect Gage Alexander to keep Winnipeg in the game. The tie was finally broken at 7:36 of the third period as Edmonton’s Josh Williams scored a powerplay goal for his 13th of the season to give the Oil Kings a 2-1 lead. Winnipeg would tie the game back up at 2-2 less than a minute later as Skyler Bruce scored his 9th after Conor Geekie did all the work with a great dump and chase to create the goal. Unfortunately for Winnipeg, Edmonton would score the winning goal at 13:04 as defenseman (and Montreal Canadiens prospect) Kaiden Guhle’s 3rd of the season with the man advantage handed the Winnipeg Ice a 3-2 loss. This is the first time this season that Winnipeg has lost two consecutive games. Connor McClennon was held pointless in this game, had an even rating, and 4 SOG.
- Looking to avoid a third consecutive defeat, the Winnipeg Ice looked to get a measure of revenge on Saturday night (Dec. 11) as they hosted the Edmonton Oil Kings. The Oil Kings dominated the shots on goal in the opening period (14-6) and got the opening goal at 9:56 as Josh Williams scored his 14th of the season. The Ice would tie the game 1-1 as Conor Geekie potted his 9th of the season at 17:27 with a deflection from a point shot to initiate the Teddy Toss from the fans. In the second period, Edmonton would retake the lead as Cole Miller did an excellent job shielding the puck while driving the zone and Chase Friedt-Mohr shot a puck off the post and in for his 1st of the season at 4:16. Once again with only 6 shots in the period (12 for Edmonton), Winnipeg would tie the game 2-2 as Benjamin Zloty scored his 3rd of the season at 16:01 with a backhand. In the third period, Winnipeg took their first lead of the game (and outshot Edmonton 15-4)as Matthew Savoie tipped in Zloty’s shot for his 15th of the season to lead 3-2 at 16:01. Mikey Milne’s 19th of the season on a great individual effort 1:33 later gave Winnipeg an insurance goal to make it 4-2, and Savoie’s second of the game off a stretch pass from Connor McClennon sealed the deal as the Winnipeg Ice defeated the Edmonton Oil Kings 5-2. McClennon finished the game with 1 assist, a +3 rating, and 6 SOG.
Ethan Samson #4 (D) – Prince George Cougars (WHL)
- On Tuesday (Nov. 30), the Prince George Cougars continued on their U.S. road trip as they stopped in Seattle to take on the Thunderbirds. Prince George would be challenged to find offense in this game as they ended up getting outshot in every period of the game to a final tally of 33-15 overall. In the opening period, both goaltenders had their moments in keeping the game scoreless; but it was Seattle that got on the board at 18:18 through Jordan Gustafson’s 10th of the season to take a 1-0 lead. The Cougars would tie the game 1-1 exactly 59 seconds later, as Carter MacAdams took a nice feed from the corner and slipped a shot in from the slot for his 4th of the season. In the second period, Seattle extended their lead with two even strength goals with both Jared Davidson and Mekai Sanders potting their 7th goals of the season a 8:17 and 17:31 respectively to take a 3-1 lead. Prince George would end up with only 4 shots on goal in the third period as Thunderbirds goaltender Thomas Milic had a very pedestrian evening as Seattle defeated Prince George 3-1. Ethan Samson finished the game with no ponts, a -1 rating, and 1 SOG. He also logged 2 PIMs and was assessed a minor penalty for cross-checking midway through the third period.
- Wednesday night (Dec. 1) the Prince George Cougars looked to ring in the new month with a win as they continued their road trip by visiting the Portland Winterhawks. The Cougars got off on the right foot as Liekit Reichle scored on a quick two-on-one off a nice feed by Koehn Ziemmer to make it 1-0 at 4:17. Prince George made it 2-0 at 8:23 as Hudson Thornton beat out a defender for a loose puck and the scramble in front that resulted allowed for Kyren Gronick to score his 3rd of the season on a rebound. The Winterhawks would get settled and control the remainder of the game for long stretches as Portland ended up tying the game 2-2 with goals at 10:00 and 13:49 and the Cougars getting outshot 23-9. Portland would dominate the remaining two periods as Prince George could only muster 3 shots in each of the remaining periods. Tyson Kozak scored at 17:57 of the second and 11:27 of the third period (his 8th and 9th goals of the season) to give Portland a 4-2 lead. In the latter portion of the third period, the Winterhawks would put the game away as Jaydon Dureau scored twice (at even strength and on a penalty shot) to hand the Cougars a 6-2 loss. Ethan Samson finished the game with no points, an even rating, 1 SOG, and 2 PIMs for a checking to the head penalty at 13:36 of the second period.
- The American road trip continued for the Prince George Cougars as they took on the Spokane Chiefs on Friday night (Dec. 3). Spokane opened the scoring at 5:40 to take a 1-0 lead through Carter Streek’s 3rd of the season and a goal that looked like Cougars goaltender Taylor Gauthier had difficulty tracking. The Cougars would respond as their Captain Jonny Hooker deflected in a point shot by Hudson Thornton for a powerplay goal that saw Ethan Samson get a secondary assist for his 7th of the season. The Chiefs would get the lead back with a powerplay goal of their own as Jack Finley scored his 8th to make it a 2-1 game at 15:35. In the second period, the Cougars held an 11-9 shot advantage and were rewarded on the scoreboard as Hudson Thornton rifled a powerplay goal to tie the game 2-2 at 8:38 with his 4th of the season. Prince George would take the 3-2 lead at 13:15 as Connor Bowie’s 6th of season on a goal that was nearly a carbon copy of the Cougars second goal. In the third period, Carter MacAdams banked a puck in off the back of the goaltender from behind the goal line to add an insurance marker at 9:30 to make it 4-2. 4-2 would be the final score in the game as the Cougars hung on for the win including a timely shot block by Samson in the final minutes of the game. Samson finished the game with 1 assist, an even rating, and 3 SOG.
- Saturday evening (Dec. 4) saw the road trip continue for the Prince George Cougars as they visited the Tri-City Americans. After being outshot most of this road trip, the Cougars began positively with a 12-9 shot advantage and were rewarded with the opening goal. Ryker Singer scored his 3rd of the season to put Prince George up 1-0 at 14:03. In the second period, the Cougars still managed to generate chances but Tri-City erupted with 4 goals on 15 shots. The Americans tied the game 1-1 at 4:33, and then scored three goals in a 4:08 second span which included two powerplay goals to take a 4-1 lead. Prince George never recovered s Tri-City goaltender Tomas Suchanek was good in the third period stopping all 15 Prince George shots to hand the Cougars a 4-1 loss. A major reason for the loss was the inability to score on the powerplay as the Cougars went 0 for 7 with the man advantage. Ethan Samson finished the game with no points, a -1 rating, and 3 SOG.
- The Prince George Cougars visited Kelowna on Friday night (Dec. 10) as they took on the Rockets. After a close call that saw Kelowna ring one off the crossbar, the Cougars opened the scoring as Ethan Samson had his shot from the point deflected in front by Connor Bowie who scored his 7th goal of the season at 3:31 to give Prince George a 1-0 lead. Kelowna would answer back to tie the game 1-1 with a powerplay goal at 7:43 as Andrew Cristall scored his 5th of the season as his shot went past Samson and Cougars goaltender Tyler Brennan. In the second period, Villam Kmec had his point shot tipped in front by Craig Armstrong whose 7th of the season at 5:16 gave the Cougars a 2-1 lead. Kmec would not be denied a goal on this night as e scored his 2nd of the season at 10:37 to give Prince George some insurance with a 3-1 lead. In the third period, it was all hands on deck as the Rockets smothered the Cougars with a 22-2 shots disparity, but Brennan was sensational in only allowing a late goal at 16:54 to Max Graham and helping Prince George hold on for a 3-2 win over Kelowna. Samson finished the game with 1 assist, a +1 rating, and 1 SOG.
- Saturday night (Dec. 11) had the Prince George Cougars face the Kamloops Blazers at home at the CN Centre. The highly ranked Blazers would always be a tough matchup for the Cougars and they outshot Prince George in every period of the game to a final total of 50-26. Ethan Samson scored the opening goal of the contest to trigger the Teddy Toss as his wrist shot from the right point eluded everyone in front (including a nice screen by Carter MacAdams) for his 3rd goal of the season at 4:07 to give the Cougars a 1-0 lead. Kamloops would tie the game 1-1 as Matthew Seminoff scored his 14th of the season at 10:19. No goals were scored in the second period as Taylor Gauthier in the Cougars net was particularly impressive in holding Kamloops at bay. In the third period, Riley Heidt had a shot deflect and knuckle up and over the Kamloops goaltender for his 5th of the season to give Prince George a 2-1 lead at 3:28. The Blazers wasted no time tying the game 2-2 as Reese Belton notched his 6th of the season only 31 seconds later as the announcer read the last goal scorer. The winning goal came at 6:09 as Samson took a puck off the boards at the point and slapped a shot into the top corner for the game-winner and his second goal of the game. Prince George defeated Kamloops by a score of 3-2 despite the lopsided shot totals. Samson finished the game with 2 goals (GWG), a +1 rating, and 4 SOG. Samson was also named the game’s Second Star for his performance.
QMJHL (Quebec Major Junior Hockey League)
Elliot Desnoyers #91 (C) – Halifax Mooseheads (QMJHL)
- Tuesday night (Nov. 30) saw the Halifax Mooseheads travelled to New Brunswick where they faced the Saint John Seadogs. Saint John took the 1-0 lead only 2:28 into the game as Josh Lawrence scored his 8th of the season. Elliot Desnoyers had a glorious opportunity to tie the game as he found himself alone in the slot, but was denied by Seadogs goaltender Noah Patenaude. Halifax would get the tying goal as Jordan Dumais snuck one past the goaltender for his 10th goal of the season at 16:30. In the second period, the Mooseheads would take the lead 2-1 on Zachary Beauregard’s shot that went in high just inside the post only 44 seconds in. The Seadogs got an equalizer of their own as Peter Reynolds scored his 6th of the season at 11:08 to make it 2-2. Early in the third period, Jeremie Poirier scored his 6th of the season to give the Seadogs a 3-2 advantage, but Attilio Biasca tied the game 3-3 at 15:23. With the game in overtime, Saint John would find the winner as William Dufour fired a beautiful cross-ice pass that found William Villeneuve who buried the winner and handed Halifax a 4-3 overtime loss. Desnoyers finished the game with no points, an even rating, 5 SOG, and won half of his faceoffs (9 of 18).
- The Halifax Mooseheads continued their road trip as they travelled to Victoriaville to face the defending QMJHL champion Tigres on Friday night (Dec. 3). Victoriaville jumped out to a 1-0 lead as Elliot Desnoyers and Robert Orr had a chance denied but the Tigres took it all the way down ice as Conor Frenette scored his 9th of the season 27 seconds in. The Tigres would be up 3-0 by the 5:44 mark as Maxime Pellerin scored twice at even strength while in transition. The Mooseheads would regroup as Robert Orr scored his 10th of the season from a sharp angle shot at 6:55 to make it 3-1. Halifax would get another before the end of the period as the Mooseheads pressured and won the puck in the offensive zone leading to Zachary L’Heureux getting his 9th of the season at 18:10 to make it 3-2 (although it probably should have been credited to Markus Vidicek). In the second period, Robert Orr scored his second of the night on the powerplay to tie the game 3-3 at 3:11. Halifax would take the 4-3 lead as Jordan Dumais scored his 11th goal of the season at 10:49. Victoriaville would even the game up at 4-4 with Conor Frenette’s second goal of the night at 14:28, but L’Heureux would score his second of the game 25 seconds later right off the offensive zone draw to restore Halifax’s lead to 5-4. In the third period, Halifax got an insurance goal from Jordan Dumais (his second of the game) to make it 6-4 at 7:18. The Tigres would get a fortunate bounce as the puck deflected up in the air and bounced past Mooseheads goaltender Brady James to make it a 6-5 game, but Victoriaville could not find another as the Mooseheads defeated the Tigres. Desnoyers finished the game with no points for the second straight game, a -2 rating, 2 SOG, and was 16 of 24 on faceoffs.
- The road trip continued for the Halifax Mooseheads on Saturday night (Dec. 4) as they travelled to Shawinigan to take on the Cataractes. Both teams traded goals in the opening period with the Cataractes scoring first on Xavier Bourgault’s 19th of the season at 4:10. The Mooseheads would tie the game 1-1 midway through the period as Jordan Dumais scored on a breakaway for his 13th of the season. The second period saw Shawinigan outshoot the Mooseheads 21-11 but once again both sides found the back of the net in the frame. Attilio Biasca knocked a puck in off of a defender’s skate in front on the powerplay at 5:39 to give Halifax a 2-1 lead. But the big guns for the Cataractes struck with a man advantage of their own as Bourgault scored his second of the game to make it 2-2 at 16:13. In the third period, Shawinigan’s powerplay clicked three times as Halifax’s Mathieu Cataford received a double-minor for a check from behind; with Bourgault getting his hat-trick (and fourth point of the game) to give the Cataractes a 5-2 lead by the 8:28 mark. Elliot Desnoyers scored his 15th of the season as he skated the puck out of the corner and into the slot with a wrist shot to make it a 5-3 game at 9:23. Just over a minute later, Markus Vidicek scored his 7th of the season on the powerplay at 10:37 to put the Mooseheads to within one. That was as close as Halifax would get though and the Mooseheads fell to the Shawinigan Cataractes by a final score of 5-4. Desnoyers finished the game with 1 goal, a +2 rating, 8 SOG, and was 13 of 23 on draws.
- For the third time in three days, the Halifax Mooseheads were back on the road on Sunday (Dec. 5) as they played the Quebec Remparts at the Centre Videotron. There were no goals scored in the first two periods of this game but the Remparts had the expected run of play against the Mooseheads considering their hectic schedule this weekend. Quebec outshot Halifax 30-17 in the opening two periods with both Fabio Iacobo of Quebec and Mathis Rousseau of the Mooseheads dueling each other to a standstill. Quebec thought they broke a stalemate in the second period, but unbelievably the puck rang off the post and then went off a Halifax defender’s helmet and stayed out. In the third period, Zachary L’Heureux gave Halifax a 1-0 lead with an even strength goal (his 11th of the season) at 1:03 after taking advantage of a poor clearing attempt. The Remparts responded right away as Zachary Bolduc skated the puck from behind his own net, entered the zone, and set up Evan Nause for his 2nd goal of th season to tie the game 1-1. Quebec used special teams to extend their lead to 3-1 with a powerplay goal at 7:45 (with Desnoyers in the box for hooking) and a shorthanded goal at 12:19. Elliot Desnoyers was able to take the puck down the right side, around a defender, and past Iocobo for his 16th of the season at 19:11, but the Mooseheads were not able to tie the game in the remaining 49 seconds and lost to the Quebec Remparts 3-2. Desnoyers finished the game with 1 goal, a +1 rating, 8 SOG, 2 PIMs, and was 11 of 26 at the faceoff circle.
- The Halifax Mooseheads were back in action on Thursday night (Dec. 9) as they hosted the visiting Drummondville Voltigeurs. The Mooseheads would play this game without Elliot Desnoyers who was invited to participate in Canada’s World Junior Hockey Championship Selection Camp. Halifax scored the only goal in the opening period as Zachary L’Heureux scored his 12th goal of the season after finishing a nice tic-tac-toe passing play at 9:44. In the second period, Drummondville tied the game 1-1 at 1:15, but Markus Vidicek scored his 8th goal of the season less than two minutes later to regain the 2-1 advantage for Halifax. Late in the period, the Mooseheads would capitalize on the powerplay as Senna Peeters scored his 3rd goal of the season by shoving in a rebound off the rush at 18:27. The Voltigeurs would get to within one with a shorthanded goal only 15 seconds into the third, and would tie the game at 11:01 at even strength with both goals scored by Jacob Dion. With the end of regulation tied 3-3, Halifax got the better of possession in overtime with a 5-2 shots advantage and Cameron Whynot slid home the winner from the top of the crease to give Halifax a 4-3 overtime win over Drummondville.
- On Saturday night (Dec. 11) the Halifax Mooseheads welcomed the defending QMJHL champion Victoriaville Tigres to the Scotiabank Centre. The Tigres pounced to an early 2-0 lead with an even strength goal and a powerplay goal 58 seconds apart (5:01 and 5:59). The Mooseheads would get a powerplay goal to make it 2-1 as Markus Vidicek wristed his 9th of the season from the slot. In the second period, Halifax would score three consecutive goals to take a 4-2 lead on only 9 shots. Zachry L’Heureux got the ball rolling with a powerplay marker at 1:44 for his 13th of the season, followed by Mathieu Cataford’s 6th only 18 seconds later. James Swan got his 1st of the season for Halifax at 14:58, but Victoriaville scored a powerplay goal in the dying seconds of the period to make it a 4-3 Mooseheads lead after forty minutes. In the third period, Halifax would score three times more with goals by Vincent Gauthier, Zack Jones (empty net), and Attilio Biasca to make it a 7-3 win for the Mooseheads over the Tigres. Elliot Desnoyers did not play in this game as he is away at Team Canada’s WJHC Selection Camp.
OHL (Ontario Hockey League)
Jon-Randall Avon #10 (C) – Peterborough Petes (OHL)
Brian Zanetti #9 (D) – Peterborough Petes (OHL)
- Thursday night (Dec. 2) saw the Peterborough Petes welcome Shane Wright and the Kingston Frontenacs to the Peterborough Memorial Centre. Although the shots were close in the opening period (15-14 in favor of Kingston) the Frontenacs were lethal in their finishing and scored four goals in the opening period between 11:15 and 15:53. The projected top prospect in the upcoming 2022 NHL Draft Shane Wright ripped a wrist shot for his 10th goal of the season to give Kingston a 1-0 lead. Lucas Edmonds (13th) and Francesco Arcuri (10th) scored even strength goals 1:59 apart to make it 3-0. On the powerplay, Kingston would make it 4-0 with Wright grabbing an assist on Los Angeles Kings prospect Martin Chromiak’s 9th of the season. In the second period, the Frontenacs would make it 5-0 as Jordan Frasca scored his 11th of the season on a shot that made its way through the five-hole that replacement goaltender Michael Simpson would want another crack at. The Petes would get on the board at 9:37 with Joe Carroll getting the teddy bear toss going with his 7th of the season on a wrap around to make it 5-1. Ryan Gagner scored his first OHL goal to make it 5-2, and Carroll blasted a shot from the point for a powerplay goal at 19:00 (with J.R. Avon grabbing a secondary assist) to make it a 5-3 deficit after forty minutes. The momentum continued to swing Peterborough’s way early in the third period as Josh Kavenagh scored his 1st goal of the season at 6:06, and Mason McTavish notched his 5th of the season only 26 seconds later to incredibly tie the game 5-5 after digging themselves a five-goal hole. The comeback could not be fully completed though, as Paul Ludwinski scored the winning goal for the Frontenacs at 12:03 to give Kingston a thrilling 6-5 win over Peterborough. Avon finished the game with 1 assist, an even rating, 5 SOG, and was 12 of 16 on draws. Brian Zanetti did not play once again and is sidelined with an upper body injury.
- Saturday night’s home game (Dec. 4) between the Peterborough Petes and the Mississauga Steelheads was postponed and will be rescheduled for a later date due to a confirmed positive COVID-19 case on the Petes.
- Wednesday night (Dec. 8) saw the Peterborough Petes travel to Ottawa to take on the 67’s. The opening period was one to forget for the Petes as they were outshot 14-5 and surrendered he opening goal of the game as Thomas Johnston scored his 4th goal of the season while shorthanded at 8:02 to lead 1-0. The second period saw a rebound for the Petes as Peterborough outshot Ottawa 19-7 but would also only get one goal. The Petes would tie the game 1-1 on Samuel Mayer’s 6th of the season at 12:50 with J.R. Avon getting a secondary assist. In the third period, Avon would score his 11th goal of the season on the powerplay at 1:40 off a nice feed from Nick Lardis to make it 2-1. Ottawa would then score three consecutive goals (2 powerplay and 1 even strength) to take a 4-2 lead with Thomas Johnston completing the hat-trick for the 67’s. Peterborough would get a late goal from Avon (his 12th) at 18:16 to make it 4-3 but the Petes could not find the tying goal and fell to the 67’s. Avon finished the game with an impressive 2 goals and 1 assist for 3 points, a +2 rating, and 4 SOG. Avon was also named the game’s Second Star. Brian Zanetti missed the game with an upper body injury.
- On Thursday night (Dec. 9) the Peterborough Petes took on the visiting Mississauga Steelheads. With Mason MacTavish invited to Canada’s WJHC Selection Camp, J.R. Avon was moved back to center on a line with Emmett Sproule. In the opening period, it was the Steelheads that got on the board first at 11:20 as Luke Misa went hard to the net to collect his 3rd goal of the season. The Petes were fortunate to not go down two goals, but Mississauga had a goal disallowed to only make it a one goal deficit after twenty minutes. In the second period, Avon took on a defender and stickhandled his way to a shooting position in the slot but could not find a way past Steelheads goaltender Roman Basran. Keegan McMullen would score his 4th goal of the season for the Petes to tie the game 1-1 at 7:51 with a quick shot right off the draw in the offensive zone. Both Basran and Petes goaltender Michael Simpson stopped all the shots they faced in the third period (with Basran being the busier of the two) and regulation ended with the score deadlocked 1-1. In overtime, the Steelheads got the winning goal from Luca DelBelBelluz as his 13th of the season gave Mississauga a 2-1 overtime win over the Petes in a very competitive contest. Avon finished the game with no points, an even rating, 2 SOG, and was 11 of 16 at the faceoff circle. Brian Zanetti missed the game once again due to injury, but it was announced that he would be taking part in Switzerland’s Selection Camp for the upcoming WJHC.
- The Peterborough Petes returned to action on Sunday (Dec. 12) as they visited the Oshawa Generals. Peterborough opened the scoring as James Guo did all the work by skating the puck from end to end and dished it to Sam Alfano who scored his 3rd of the season 4:34 in to make it 1-0. The Generals would strike on the powerplay before the end of the period as Calum Ritchie scored his 10th goal at 17:27 to make it 1-1. Oshawa would take the 2-1 lead late in the second period with another powerplay goal (they would finish 2 for 4 with the man advantage) as Brett Harrison scored his 14th of the season at 18:54. In the third period, Ty Tullio scored his 8th goal to add some insurance and Brett Harrison scored his second goal of the game (fourth point) into an empty net as the Oshawa Generals defeated the Peterborough Petes 4-1. Brian Zanetti did not play as he is at Switzerland’s WJHC Selection Camp. J.R. Avon finished the game with no points, a -2 rating, 0 SOG, and was 8 of 14 on draws.
Zayde Wisdom #74 (RW) – Kingston Frontenacs (OHL)
- On Sunday afternoon (Dec. 12) the Kingston Frontenacs travelled to Mississauga to face the Steelheads at the Paramount Fine Foods Centre. Zayde Wisdom made his season debut after being scratched for the last few games as he worked his way back from shoulder surgery. In the first period, Kingston had lots of jump as they outshot Mississauga 18-10 and scored five goals. Jordan Frasca scored the first two goals for the Frontenacs (even strength at 1:25 and powerplay at 7:21). Lucas Edmonds would score the third Kingston goal by banking in the puck off Steelheads goaltender Roman Basran at 9:17 and chased him from the game the score 3-0. Kingston would stay hungry and capitalize on the powerplay with goals from Francesco Arcuri (13th) and Jordan Frasca completed his hat-trick with his 19th of the season to make it a 5-0 lead. Mississauga would come back with more energy in the second period, but could not score on Frontenacs goaltender Leevi Merilainen with 19 shots. The Steelheads would get on the board with powerplay goals at 0:39 and 2:06 due to a double minor for high-sticking to make it 5-2. Mississauga would add an even strength goal at 17:03, but the Steelheads fell to the Kingston Frontenacs by a score of 5-3. For his season debut, Wisdom did not register a point, had an even rating, 2 SOG, and 4 PIMs (roughing with an unsportsmanlike conduct at 12:55 of the second period).
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