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This 9th edition covers the period that was in the CHL from Sunday February 13th – Monday February 28th.
WHL (Western Hockey League)
Connor McClennon #94 (RW) – Winnipeg Ice (WHL)
- Friday night (Feb. 18) had the Winnipeg Ice travel to Alberta as they faced the Calgary Hitmen. In the opening period, Calgary got on the board as Riley Fiddler-Schultz scored his 23rd of the season at 13:38. While Winnipeg held a 16-12 shot advantage, they would dominate the shots 18-9 and 21-8 for the remainder of the game (55-29 in total). In the second period, Conor Geekie potted his 13th of the season only 1:50 in to tie the game 1-1. The score would stay that way thanks to the stellar play of Hitmen goaltender Ethan Buenaventura. In the third period, the Ice would finally break through as Zachary Benson scored his 15th of the season at exactly 2:00 in with the assist going to Geekie. At 17:52, Benson would score his second of the game with Geekie grabbing his third point of the evening (as he was in on all three Ice goals) and the Winnipeg Ice defeated the Calgary Hitmen 3-1. Connor McClennon did not register a point and finished with a -1 rating, 4 SOG, and 2 PIMs.
- On Saturday night (Feb. 19) the Winnipeg Ice continued their road trip as they visited the Red Deer Rebels. Winnipeg would draw first blood in the opening period as Zachary Benson scored his third goal in the last two games (17th overall) on the powerplay to give the Ice a 1-0 lead at 7:44. In the second period, Winnipeg would once again take advantage on the powerplay with Connor McClennon sneaking a back door pass to Jack Finley who converted his 15th goal at 5:19 to make it 2-0. It looked like Winnipeg was in control but the third period would see Red Deer hold a 13-9 shots advantage and turn the game on its head. Red Deer got on the board at 1:30 as Ben King scored his 36th of the season to make it 2-1. At 8:12, the Rebels would tie the game 2-2 as a point shot was stopped by Gage Alexander but the rebound was potted in by Dallon Melin for his 6th of the season. The comeback would be complete at 11:07 as Ben King scored his second of the game and WHL leading 37th goal in what would end up being the game winner as the Red Deer Rebels came back to stun the Winnipeg Ice by a score of 3-2. McClennon finished the game with 1 assist, a -1 rating, 4 SOG, and 2 PIMs (Tripping).
- A matinee game on Monday (Feb. 21) had the Winnipeg Ice continuing their road trip as they faced fellow WHL powerhouse the Edmonton Oil Kings. In the first period, Connor McClennon would draw a secondary assist on a powerplay goal by Carson Lambos who scored his 8th of the season at 6:21 to give the Ice a 1-0 lead. Winnipeg would double the lead to 2-0 as Matthew Savoie was taken down by the right boards but got up and headed to the slot where he converted his 21st of the season at 11:26. The Oil Kings would get on the board with a powerplay goal of their own as Justin Sourdif scored his 14th at 16:02. In the second period, Winnipeg only managed six shots on goal but the Oil Kings managed to put four past goaltender Daniel Hauser. Two goals in 30 seconds (one even strength at 7:28 and the other a powerplay goal at 7:58) turned it into a 3-2 lead for Edmonton. Josh Williams would score his second of the game (25th overall) at 11:25 and Sourdif would also grab his second with the Oil Kings shorthanded to make it 5-2. In the third period, Skyler Bruce would get a powerplay goal back for Winnipeg as his 12th of the season at 5:30 cut the lead to 5-3, but St. Louis Blues prospect Jake Neighbours would score his 15th of the season into an empty net as the Edmonton Oil Kings defeated the Winnipeg Ice 6-3. McClennon finished the game with 1 assist, an even rating, and 1 SOG.
- Wednesday night (Feb. 23) had the Winnipeg Ice continuing their road trip as they travelled to Lethbridge to take on the Hurricanes. In the first period, Hurricane’s goaltender Bryan Thomson came up huge in the early going by denying Zachary Benson on a breakaway and also stopping Matthew Savoie on the rebound of the same play. At 3:33, the Ice would capitalize on another breakaway chance as Skyler Bruce scored his 13th of the season to give Winnipeg a 1-0 lead. Late in the period, Conor Geekie would score his 14th of the season at 19:48 as he slid a shot in short side to give the Ice a 2-0 lead. Just prior to the second goal, Connor McClennon was denied a goal as Thomson cut off the short side on a quick on-timed snap shot. In the second period, McClennon was once again robbed by Thomson (this time from the left side) but Matthew Savoie would score his 22nd off a nifty dangle and feed by Geekie to make it 3-0. In the third period, Lethbridge would finally get on the board at 8:38 and follow it up with another even strength goal at 10:35 to make it 3-2; but that was as close as the Hurricanes came as the Winnipeg Ice defeated the Lethbridge Hurricanes 3-2. McClennon finished the game with no points, an even rating, and 6 SOG.
- On Friday night (Feb. 25) the Winnipeg Ice travelled to Medicine Hat to take on the Tigers. In the opening period, Chase Wheatcroft showed great second effort and hand-eye coordination as he batted the puck in midair for his 7th of the season at 15:06 to make it 1-0 for Winnipeg. The Ice would extend their lead to 2-0 as Connor McClennon scored his 34th of the season as he just got the puck across the goal line at 17:41. In the second period, McClennon would be in a passing mood as he would assist on all three Winnipeg goals in the period. Zachary Benson scored his 18th on the powerplay at 1:40 after receiving a cross-ice feed from McClennon to make it 3-0. At 4:34, Conor Geekie scored his 15th of the season at even strength as he potted in a rebound after McClennon was stopped in front. Benson would score his second goal of the game off a defender in front at 7:47 with the man advantage as McClennon picked up his fourth point of the contest in a 5-0 game. The Tigers would finally get on the board at 9:46 with a powerplay goal of their own, and would add an even strength marker at 1:41 of the third period to make it 5-2. Mikey Milne would finish the scoring with yet another powerplay goal for his 26th of the season as the Winnipeg Ice would cruise to a 6-2 win over the Medicine Hat Tigers. McClennon had a great game finishing with 1 goal and 3 assists for 4 points, a +1 rating, 3 SOG, and 2 PIMs (Tripping). McClennon was named the First Star of the game.
- Saturday night (Feb. 26) had the Winnipeg Ice travel to Swift Current to take on the Broncos. Winnipeg got on the board only 47 seconds in as Conor Geekie deflected a puck in for his 16th of the season. The Ice would extend their lead to 2-0 as Connor McClennon was sent in on a breakaway with a stretch pass and made some nifty dekes to tuck in his 35th goal of the season at 3:09. Jack Finley made it 3-0 with his 16th of the season at the 7:36 mark. Swift Current would get on the board at 11:28 with a powerplay goal, but Carson Lambos one-timed a shot to capitalize on a 5-on-3 powerplay for his 9th of the season and a 4-1 Winnipeg lead after twenty minutes. Looking at the scoreboard, it would have been easy to bet that the game would really turn lopsided. But in the second period, the Broncos began chipping away at the Winnipeg lead. Swift Current would score two even strength goals on 10 shots (7:51 and 13:33) to cut the lead to 4-3. In the third period, Swift Current would tie the game 4-4 only 1:19 in as Benjamin Zloty was too passive on a puck retrieval leading to an open man in the slot tying the game. With under two minutes remaining, the Swift Current Broncos would complete the comeback as Mathew Ward scored the game winner as the Winnipeg Ice would blow a 4-1 lead and lose this game 5-4. McClennon finished the game with 1 goal, a +1 rating, and 3 SOG.
- On Sunday (Feb. 27) the Winnipeg Ice looked to rebound after blowing a three goal lead as they took on the Swift Current Broncos for the second consecutive game. The Broncos struck first at 3:52 finishing a nice transition play to take a 1-0 lead. Winnipeg would tie the game 1-1 as Connor McClennon fed a nice cross-ice saucer pass to Jack Finley who in turn set up Matthew Savoie for his 23rd of the season at 15:11. In the second period, Swift Current would outshoot the Ice 12-6, and Mathew Ward would score a powerplay goal at 3:37 to go along with an even strength goal at 8:28 to pace the Broncos to a 3-1 lead. In the third period, Winnipeg looked to flip the script and make a comeback as McClennon would score his 36th of the season only 10 seconds in after picking off an errant pass to make it 3-2. The Ice would press hard for the tying goal as they would outshoot the Broncos 12-3 in the final stanza, and were rewarded as Chase Wheatcroft’s 8th of the season made it 3-3 at 10:07. Regulation time elapsed as did overtime with no winner being decided. In the shootout, McClennon would miss but Zachary Benson would be the hero as the Winnipeg Ice came back to secure a 4-3 shootout win over the Broncos. McClennon finished the game with 1 goal and 1 assist for 2 points, a +2 rating, and 5 SOG. He was also named the game’s Second Star.
Ethan Samson #4 (D) – Prince George Cougars (WHL)
- Wednesday night (Feb. 16) had the Prince George Cougars on the road as they faced the Kelowna Rockets. In the opening period, Prince George would score on their first shot on goal as Cayden Glover fired his 5th of the season from the high slot at 2:32. The Cougars would get outshot 19-11 in the period but would maintain a 1-0 lead. In the second period, Ethan Samson would start the play as Jonny Hooker drove the net hard and Carter MacAdams sliding in his 8th of the season with the man advantage to make it 2-0 at 3:59. MacAdams would be at it again as he scored his second of the game at 10:52 by pouncing on a rebound in front to extend the lead to 3-0. Cougars goaltender Tyler Brennan was very sharp through two periods, stopping all 31 shots that he faced. In the third period, Kelowna would break the shutout with an even strength goal at 8:25; but MacAdams would get his hat-trick only 58 seconds later off a nice breakaway feed from Hudson Thornton to make it a 4-1 game. Samson would get his 10th goal of the season on the powerplay at 11:51 as he let a shot go from the right faceoff dot to make it 5-1. The Rockets would get a goal in the final minute of play, but the Prince George Cougars defeated Kelowna by a final score of 5-2. Samson finished the game with 1 goal and 1 assist for 2 points, a +2 rating, and 4 SOG. He was also named the game’s Third Star.
- The rematch between the Prince George Cougars and the Kelowna Rockets happened on Friday night (Feb. 18) with the Cougars hosting. There was no scoring for almost the first two-thirds of the game as both Talyn Boyko of the Rockets (20 saves) and Ty Young (16 saves) shut the door with some great stops in a goaltenders duel. The deadlock was finally broken with 1:11 remaining in the second period as Kelowna’s Mark Liwiski turned and fired a blistering wrist shot to give the Rockets a 1-0 lead. In the third period, Kelowna would extend the lead to 2-0 only 1:06 in, but Koehn Ziemmer scored his 20th of the season for the Cougars only 1:13 later to pull it back to 2-1. Kelowna nabbed a third goal off a juicy rebound that was potted in by Adam Kydd at 5:00 to make it 3-1. Prince George would cut the deficit to 3-2 at 11:01 with Riley Heidt’s 13th of the season, but they could not tie it as the Kelowna Rockets would defeat the Prince George Cougars by that same score. Ethan Samson did create a few chances in this game but finished with no points, an even rating, and 3 SOG.
- For the third consecutive game, the Prince George Cougars faced the visiting Kelowna Rockets on Saturday night (Feb. 19). In the opening period, Kelowna opened the scoring as Turner McMillan scored his 7th of the season as his pass attempt deflected in off a sprawling Hudson Thornton to make it 1-0 at 6:19. Kelowna threatened to double their lead, but Cougars goaltender Tyler Brennan made a huge stop off a cross crease pass to keep Prince George in the game. In the second period, the Cougars would tie the game under unique circumstances as Connor Bowie was credited with his 10th of the season on the powerplay as his shot was looking like it was going to enter the net before it was knocked off its moorings. After a quick review, Prince George indeed did tie the game 1-1 at 8:32. In the third period, Kelowna scored a powerplay goal only 27 seconds in, and added an insurance marker at 12:49 to take a 3-1 lead. Prince George would get a goal back courtesy of Hudson Thornton’s 10th at 17:31, but they could not find the tying goal as Kelowna defeated Prince George by a score of 3-2. Ethan Samson finished the game with 1 assist, an even rating, and 7 SOG.
- On Friday night (Feb. 25) the Prince George Cougars were back in action as they welcomed the Portland Winterhawks to the CN Centre. In the opening period, the Winterhawks won the shots on goal battle 18-12 but managed to score at even strength (6:40) and on the powerplay (19:26) to take a 2-0 lead. In the second period, Ethan Samson had his point shot on the powerplay redirected in front by Connor Bowie for his 11th goal of the season at 8:06 to make it 2-1. Only 1:40 later, Samson registered an assist on Hudson Thornton’s 11th of the season off a wrist shot from the point to tie the game 2-2. Portland would respond right away at 10:26 to retake the 3-2 lead and never really looked back. The Winterhawks would score twice more in the period only 30 seconds apart to take a 5-2 lead into the intermission. The third period saw Portland outshoot Prince George 19-7 (52-27 for the game), and scored twice more with the man advantage at 9:53 and 11:46 to blow out the Cougars by a 7-2 score. Samson finished the game with 2 assists, a +1 rating, and 4 SOG.
- Saturday night (Feb. 26) had the Prince George Cougars host the visiting Portland Winterhawks looking to not repeat the drubbing they received the last time these teams met. In the first period, Portland got on the board first with a powerplay goal at 14:23 to take the 1-0 lead. In the second period, Ethan Samson and another Cougar sandwiched a Winterhawk in the offensive zone leading to a goal, but it was promptly waved off due to Koehn Ziemmer crashing into the goaltender. The Winterhawks would extend the lead to 2-0 as Gabe Klassen scored his 24th of the season at 4:14. Just 1:34 later, Prince George would get on the board as Hudson Thornton scored his 12th of the season with Samson drawing an assist. Klassen would score his second of the game at 7:15, and the Winterhawks would add a goal 17 seconds into the third period to take a 4-1 lead. 13 seconds later, the Cougars would take advantage of some sloppy defensive play as Riley Heidt scored his 14th of the season to cut the lead to 4-2. Heidt would score his second of the game at 2:40 to make it 4-3, but Portland would grab the insurance that they needed as James Stefan deked around Samson and scored his 28th of the season. The Portland Winterhawks once again defeated the Prince George Cougars by a score of 5-3. Samson finished the game with 1 assist, a +1 rating, and 3 SOG.
QMJHL (Quebec Major Junior Hockey League)
Elliot Desnoyers #91 (C) – Halifax Mooseheads (QMJHL)
- Tuesday night (Feb. 15) had the Halifax Mooseheads travel to Moncton to face the Wildcats. In the first period, Moncton drew first blood as former Victoriaville Tigre Brooklyn Kalmikov scored his 19th of the season to give Moncton the 1-0 lead at 8:47. Elliot Desnoyers had a nice sequence in the neutral zone forcing a turnover, but the chance created would be denied and Mooseheads goaltender Brady James made some big saves to keep Halifax in it. In the second period, the Wildcats would execute a three on one to perfection as Kalmikov fed Vincent Labelle for his 13th of the season to make it a 2-0 lead at 11:37. Robert Orr would score his 14th on a nice backhand shot to make it 2-1 at 15:37, but Kalmikov would score his second of the game at 1:26 of the third period to extend the Moncton lead to 3-1. Cue the comeback. Attilio Biasca would deflect his 8th of the season at 6:20, and Logan Crosby would deflect another goal for his 1st to tie the game 3-3 at 13:18. Regulation time would end and wth the game in overtime, the comeback would be completed by Halifax as Markus Vidicek scored his 10th of the season on a breakaway to give the Mooseheads a 4-3 overtime victory over the Wildcats. Desnoyers finished the game with no points, a -1 rating, 3 SOG, 4 PIMs (Double Minor for Roughing), and was 16 of 26 on faceoffs.
- On Friday night (Feb. 18) the Halifax Moosehads hosted the visiting Saint John Seadogs. In the opening period, Mooseheads Captain Elliot Desnoyers opened the scoring with his 21st of the season on the powerplay as he corralled the puck around the goaltender from in tight in the crease to make it 1-0 at 4:51. Desnoyers almost picked up a second goal as he drove hard to the net and ended up colliding heavily with the Sea Dogs netminder. In the second period, Saint John would tie the game 1-1 as Philippe Daoust would wrist home his 4th of the season at 2:10. In the third period, Halifax would get the go ahead goal at 2:09 as Zachary Beauregard scored his 4th of the season at 2:09 to make it a 2- hockey game. But Daoust had other ideas as he would score his second of the game off a rebound in front at 3:23 to tie the game 2-2, and would complete his hat-trick while Saint John was shorthanded with a breakaway goal (as the puck hopped over Jake Furlong’s stick) to give the Sea Dogs a 3-2 lead at 7:57. That would end up being the game winner as Saint John downed Halifax on this night by a score of 3-2. Desnoyers finished the game with 1 goal, a -1 rating, 3 SOG, and was 7 of 30 on faceoffs.
- Sunday (Feb. 20) featured a matinee contest as the Halifax Mooseheads continued their slate of Maritime games as they travelled to face the Moncton Wildcats. In the opening period, Moncton would open the scoring as the Mooseheads could not clear the zone and the Wildcats capitalized with a powerplay goal to lead 1-0 only 2:53 in. Halifax would tie the game 1-1 as Elliot Desnoyers had his shot stopped, but the puck went out front from behind the net where Evan Boucher scored his 6th of the season at 8:28. Monctom would retake the lead late in the period with a goal at 19:32 to take the 2-1 lead after the opening period. In the second period, the Wildcats would take advantage on a powerplay opportunity once again to take a 3-1 lead at 8:09 after Mooseheads goaltender Mathis Rousseau made three big stops on the last two powerplays. With a powerplay of their own, Desnoyers was deployed on the point and registered an assist as his point shot was deflected in by Boucher for his second of the game to make it 3-1. The Wildcats claimed that it was knocked down by a high-stick, but the call on the ice stood. In the third period, Boucher would complete the hat-trick (8th of the season) at 4:42 to tie the game up 3-3. Unfortunately, the winning goal would come late in the game as Moncton had a shot deflect off a Mooseheads defender in front right on the stick of Vincent Labelle whose 14th goal at 17:59 turned out to be the game winner as the Halifax Mooseheads fell to the Moncton Wildcats by a score of 4-3. Desnoyers finished the game with 2 assists, a +1 rating, 8 SOG, and was only 8 of 27 on faceoffs.
- Monday (Feb. 21) had he return grudge match between for the second straight game between the host Halifax Mooseheads and the Moncton Wildcats. It did not take long for the hosts to get on the board as Elliot Desnoyers was credited with a secondary assist on Jordan Dumais’ 18th of the season only 24 seconds in. The Mooseheads would take a 2-0 lead at 5:53 as James Swan would score his 2nd of the season off a brutal turnover by the Wildcats. A third Mooseheads goal was waved off as the play was offside, and Moncton would get a goal back on a mishandled puck my a Mooseheads defender at 15:10 to make it a 2-1 game. There would be no scoring in the second period despite an 11-6 shots on goal advantage for the Mooseheads. In the third period, Desnoyers would score his 22nd of the season as a point shot fortuitously deflected in off him in front at 1:46 to extend the Halifax lead to 3-1. The lead would not last as the Wildcats would tie the game 3-3 with an even strength marker at 3:13 and a powerplay goal at 7:02. Halifax would regain their composure and the big line came through once again as the red hot Evan Boucher scored his fourth goal in the last two games (9th of the season) off a feed from Desnoyers to give Halifax the 4-3 lead at 8:18. Mathieu Cataford would score his 7th of the season 14:26 to add some insurance as the Halifax Mooseheads exacted some revenge on the Moncton Wildcats with a 5-3 win. Desnoyers finished the game with 1 goal and 2 assists for 3 points, a +2 rating, 4 SOG, 2 PIMs (Roughing), and was 9/17 on faceoffs. Desnoyers was also named one of the Three Stars for the game.
- On Wednesday night (Feb. 23) the Halifax Mooseheads travelled to Prince Edward Island as they faced the Charlottetown Islanders. Halifax would jump out to a 1-0 lead at 3:23 as Markus Vidicek won an offensive zone faceoff right to Brandon Abbass who scored his 1st of the season through a maze of players in front. The Islanders would charge back with a powerplay goal at 8:53 and an even strength goal at 16:18 to take a 2-1 lead after twenty minutes. In the second period, Elliot Desnoyers was absolutely robbed off a wrist shot from the slot as Charlottetown goaltender Oliver Satney flashed the glove to maintain the Islander lead. The Mooseheads would tie the game 2-2 on a powerplay as Jordan Dumais scored his 19th of the season at 12:44 after Desnoyers fanned on a shot that was potted in afterwards. Charlottetown got the lead right back at 14:22 with a powerplay goal once again (with Desnoyers in the penalty box for Holding) to take a 3-2 lead into the third period. In the third period, the Mooseheads would be buzzing in the offensive zone but could not find the tying goal. That would biteIslanders would capitalize on a 5-on-3 powerplay to add some insurance at 7:16 to extend the lead to 4-2. With the Mooseheads net empty, Charlottetown would add an empty-netter to give the Islanders a 5-2 win over the Mooseheads. Desnoyers finished the game with 1 assist, a -1 rating, 7 SOG, 2 PIMs, and was 6/14 on draws.
- Thursday night (Feb. 24) had the Halifax Mooseheads return home to face the visiting Saint John Sea Dogs. In the opening period, Halifax got on the board first as Liam Welsh took advantage of some sloppy defensive play for his 1st of the season at 2:34 to give the Mooseheads a 1-0 lead. Only 1:40 later, the Mooseheads would extend the lead to 2-0 as Zachary Beauregard pounced on a rebound and crashed the crease after Zachary L’Heureux’s shot was stopped for his 5th goal of the season. L’Heureux would make it 3-0 with his 17th of the season at 7:43 and chase the Sea Dogs netminder from the game. Saint John would grab an even strength goal at 13:05 to make the game 3-1 at the intermission. In the second period, Halifax would only manage four shots on goal but managed to score on two of them. L’Heureux would score his second of the game at 5:05 with a slapshot from the wing, and Elliot Desnoyers would get a secondary assist from the point on the powerplay as Evan Boucher notched his 10th of the season at 7:40 to make it 5-1. The Sea Dogs would get one back through Vincent Sevigny’s 11th of the season at 17:09, but late in the third period the result would be cemented as Beauregard’s second of the gae came on the powerplay at 19:28 to cement a 6-2 win for Halifax over Saint John. Desnoyers finished the game with 1 assist, an even rating, 4 SOG, and was 6/17 on draws.
- Saturday night (Feb. 26) had the Halifax Mooseheads visit the Charlottetown Islanders. The opening period it was all Islanders. Charlottetown enjoyed a 19-6 shots advantage and ended up scoring four goals (three even strength and one powerplay) to take a commanding 4-0 lead with four different goal scorers. It certainly looked like it was going to be a long night for the Mooseheads. Halifax would strike quickly in the second period as Markus Vidicek scored his 11th of the season at 1:48 by slamming a rebound home to make it 4-1. Charlottetown’s Brett Budgell would score his second goal of the game (21st overall) to restore the four goal lead. But Halifax would strike twice in the final two minutes with a powerplay goal by Zachary L’Heureux (his 19th) at 18:03 and Zack Jones’ (6th) with one second left in the period to make it a 5-3 game. The Mooseheads were inspired in the final period and Jones would score his second of the game at 2:45 to put them within one. The Mooseheads would then capitalize on the powerplay as Evan Boucher scored his 11th of the season at 8:09 to tie the game 5-5. The comeback would be completed as Markus Vidicek would score the game winner with his second goal of the game at 12:34 to start and finish the comeback as the Halifax Mooseheads stormed back from a 5-1 deficit to defeat the Charlottetown Islanders 6-5. Elliot Desnoyers did not get any points in this game and finished with an even rating, 6 SOG, and was 10 of 24 on faceoffs.
OHL (Ontario Hockey League)
Jon-Randall Avon #10 (C) – Peterborough Petes (OHL)
Brian Zanetti #9 (D) – Peterborough Petes (OHL)
- On Sunday (Feb. 13) the Peterborough Petes hit the road to face the Oshawa Generals. In the opening period, the Petes were chasing the game from the outset as they could only manage 4 shots on goal. Oshawa got on the board first at 7:19 to take a 1-0 lead. In the second period, Peterborough got back on track as Emmett Sproule tied the game 1-1 at 12:19 with his 18th of the season off a rebound in front after being absolutely robbed on a post to post save minutes earlier. The lead would not last though as the Generals responded 1:23 later with an even strength goal, and a powerplay marker 1:08 seconds later to put Peterborough down 3-1 after forty minutes. In the third period, Sam Alfano scored his 11th of the season with a deflection with J.R. Avon getting a secondary assist to make it 3-2 at 2:01. Oshawa would get that goal back as Oskar Olausson scored his second of the game on the powerplay at 9:37 to retake the two goal lead. With the Petes net empty, Olausson would get his hat-trick (19th of the season) at 17:39 to make it 5-2. Jax Dubois would make it 5-3 with his 6th of the season at 18:28, but another empty net goal at 18:44 would see the Peterborough Petes fall to the Oshawa Generals 6-3. Avon finished the game with 1 assist, a -3 rating, 1 SOG, and was 6 of 14 on faceoffs. Brian Zanetti finished with no points, a -1 rating, and 2 SOG.
- Thursday night (Feb. 17) had the Peterborough Petes continue on the road as they travelled to Sudbury to face the Wolves. Despite the shots on goal being just about even in the opening two periods, it was the Sudbury Wolves that jumped out to a lead and never looked back. In the first period, the powerplay struck at 4:40 and the Wolves added a late goal (18:09) at even strength to jump out to a 2-0 lead. In the second period, Peterborough would find themselves down even further as Sudbury scored three even strength goals to grab a 5-0 lead. After a powerplay goal extended the lead to 6-0 at 7:50 of the third period, the Petes finally got on the board as J.R. Avon set up Chase Stillman for his 15th of the season against his former team at 8:45 to break the shutout. Sudbury would add another at 12:26 to defeat Peterborough by a score of 7-1. Avon finished the game with 1 assist, a -1 rating, 3 SOG, and was 6/13 on faceoffs. Brian Zanetti did not get any points, a -2 rating, and 4 SOG.
- On Friday night (Feb. 18) the Peterborough Petes road trip continued as they made their way to North Bay to take on the Battalion. In the first period, North Bay would strike first with an even strength goal at 5:00, but Tucker Robertson would score his 26th of the season off a nice shot from the slot at 13:56 to tie it 1-1. In the second period, the Battalion would take the 2-1 lead at 10:06 but Samuel Mayer would score his 9th of the season with the man advantage to tie the game 2-2. Before the end of the period, North Bay would score a powerplay goal of their own to take a 3-2 lead after forty minutes. In the third period, J.R. Avon would grab a loose puck and moving east to west would elude a poke check to lift home his 18th goal of the season at 6:01 to tie the game 3-3. With the rest of regulation unable to find a winner (due to Petes goaltender Michael Simpson making a few wonderful stops on the goal line) the game would head to overtime. In overtime, North Bay would get the winning goal on the only shot of the extra period as Edmonton Oilers prospect Matvey Petrov scored his 29th of the season by going five-hole at 0:55 to give the Battalion a 4-3 overtime victory over the Petes. Brian Zanetti finished the game with no points, a +1 rating, and 1 SOG. Avon registered a goal, an even rating, 4 SOG, 2 PIMs (Holding), and was 7 of 16 on faceoffs.
- On the Family Day holiday (Feb. 21) the Peterborough Petes hosted the visiting Barrie Colts. Peterborough enjoyed a 13-7 shots on goal advantage in the opening period, and were rewarded with the opening goal as Emmett Sproule pounded home his 19th of the season on the powerplay to get the 1-0 lead at 16:10. In the second period, Barrie wasted no time evening the score 1-1 only 53 seconds after the intermission. The Colts would take a 2-1 lead at 3:12 as Oliver Smith scored a shorthanded goal that squeezed past Michael Simpson and trickled past the goal line. The Petes would respond with three unanswered goals as Jax Dubois tied the game 2-2 with his 7th of the season at 3:38. Peterborough grabbed the 3-2 lead on the powerplay as Chase Stillman scored his 16th at 8:39 by taking the puck off the left wall, worked his way into the slot, and fired a wrist shot that hit paydirt. J.R. Avon made it 4-2 by finishing off a nifty passing play in front for his 19th of the season at 16:54. In the third period, Barrie dominated play with a 16-2 shots advantage but could only muster one goal as the Peterborough Petes held on to defeat the Colts 4-3. Avon finished the game with 1 goal, a -1 rating, 2 SOG, and was 13 of 16 on faceoffs. Brian Zanetti had no points, an even rating, no shots on goal, and 2 PIMs (Roughing).
- On Thursday night (Feb. 24) the Oshawa Generals rolled into Peterborough to take on the Petes. Although there were no goals in the opening period it was an entertaining one as both sides combined for 30 shots on goal (16-14 in favor of Oshawa). The Generals nearly opened the scoring as Edmonton Oilers prospect Ty Tullio rang a shot off the crossbar. In the second period, Emmett Sproule nearly put the Petes ahead with a shorthanded breakaway opportunity, but the play would go the other way and eventually Tullio would score his 27th to give Oshawa the 1-0 lead at 7:38. Peterborough would tie the game 1-1 at 13:46 with a powerplay goal of their own as Nick Lardis scored his 14th with J.R. Avon and Brian Zanetti getting assists on the play. The Petes powerplay would strike again in the third period as Justin DeZoete’s 7th at 4:00 made it a 2-1 game. With the Generals looking to tie the game late with the net empty, Peterborough iced the game as Sproule scored his 20th to secure a 3-1 win for the Petes over the Oshawa Generals. Zanetti finished the game with 1 assist, a +1 rating, and 2 SOG. Avon collected 1 assist, an even rating, 4 SOG, and was 16 of 31 on draws.
Zayde Wisdom #74 (RW) – Kingston Frontenacs (OHL)
- On Sunday (Feb. 13) the Kingston Frontenacs hosted the visiting Hamilton Bulldogs. In the first period, Hamilton opened the scoring with goals by Logan Morrison at 6:56 and Ryan Humphrey at 10:41 to grab a 2-0 lead. Late in the period, Shane Wright won a tough faceoff and contributed to some great forechecking behind the net with Zayde Wisdom as Paul Ludwinski scored his 9th of the season to cut the lead to 2-1 with both of the aforementioned players drawing assists on the play. In the second period, Hamilton would continue to lead in generating shots on goal (17-10) and began the frame with three glorious chances but Leevi Merilainen bailed them out on a Wright giveaway and a two-on-none opportunity to deny Hamilton. It was the Frontenacs that would do all of the scoring in the period. Kingston would tie the game 2-2 with a powerplay goal by Jordan Frasca (29th) at 4:10 as he knocked the puck in off a defender in the crease. Kingston would grab the 3-2 lead at 9:04 as Ludwinski would score his second of the game on a rebound from a Wisdom shot in the slot. The Frontenacs would make it 4-2 with another powerplay goal as Lucas Peric had a wrist shot from the point deflected in by Frasca for his second of the game at 16:02. In the third period, it was all hands on deck for the Frontenacs as the Bulldogs would outshoot them 22-6 (57-29 overall). Hamilton scored two goals in 1:07 as Humphrey notched his second at 4:48 and Avery Hayes tallied on the powerplay at 5:55 to tie the game 4-4. Kingston would pull ahead at 12:29 as Gage Heyes would score his 1st of the season and it would turn out to be the game winner as the Kingston Frontenacs defeated the Hamilton Bulldogs 5-4. Wisdom finished the game with 2 assists, a +1 rating, and 3 SOG.
- Friday night (Feb. 18) had the Kingston Frontenacs welcome the Ottawa 67’s to Leon’s Centre. The Frontenacs would open the scoring on a bizarre play that saw Lucas Edmonds score his 22nd of the season at 13:48 as his shot careened off a defenders skate, hit the other defenseman in front, and went into the net. Shane Wright would make it 2-0 as he would bring the puck out of the corner to score his 20th of the season at 18:27 with Zayde Wisdom drawing the assist. In the second period, the Frontenacs spent the first two minutes hemmed in their own zone until Jordan Frasca decided to take the puck end to end for his 31st of the season to make it 3-0 at 2:04. Ottawa would get a goal back with a nice dummy play to fake receiving a pass so that Brady Stonehouse would convert his 13th to make it 3-1 at 2:58. Late in the period, Lucas Edmonds scored his 23rd of the season at 19:00 to give Kingston a 4-1 lead. In the third period, Ottawa would cut the lead to 4-2 at 6:55 but Jackson Stewart’s 2nd of the season at 11:07 squeezed through the pads to restore the three goal lead at 5-2. Francesco Arcuri scored his 23rd only 41 seconds later, and would score on an odd man rush with Kingston on a two-man advantage to make it a lopsided 7-2 win for Kingston over Ottawa. Wisdom finished the game with 1 assist, a +1 rating, and 1 SOG.
- Saturday night (Feb. 19) had the Kingston Frontenacs travel to Hamilton to face the Bulldogs for the second time in six days. The opening period saw both teams register 13 shots apiece, but it was Hamilton that opened the scoring at 19:49 to take a 1-0 lead just before the intermission. In the second period, Avery Hayes scored a pair of goals for Hamilton off the rush with the first coming on the powerplay at 8:01 and the second coming shorthanded on a nearly identical play at 14:09 to make it a 3-0 lead. In the third period, Hamilton would add an insurance marker at 1:05 but Kingston would get on the board a minute later as Lucas Peric scored a powerplay goal (his 10th) to make it 4-1. The powerplay goal was preceded by a fight, and after the Frontenacs goal the penalty boxes filled as additional penalties for abuse of an official were called. The extracurricular activities seemed to motivate Hamilton, as they scored another even strength goal and a powerplay goal to extend their lead to 6-1. Peric would score his second of the game at 9:35 with a wrist shot through a crowd on the powerplay to make it 6-2. Hamilton would not be denied on this night as goals at 13:19 and 19:08 would end this game with the Hamilton Bulldogs defeating the Kingston Frontenacs 8-2. Zayde Wisdom finished the game with no points, an even rating, and 3 SOG.
- Family Day Monday (Feb. 21) had the Kingston Frontenacs host the Ottawa 67’s. Kingston would waste no time getting the lead (which would be a harbinger of things to come) as Jake Murray scored his 2nd of the season at 1:57 to make it 1-0. After nearly scoring on a shorthanded breakaway, Zayde Wisdom would score his 3rd of the season with a tip in front of the goal at 13:19. The Frontenacs would add two more even strength goals as Murray would snag his second of the game and Francesco Arcuri would get his 25th to give Kingston a 4-0 lead after twenty minutes. In the second period, Ottawa Senators prospect Tyler Boucher scored his 1st of the season on the powerplay at 4:50 to make it 4-1. Kingston would do the rest of the scoring in this game as Lucas Edmonds (24th at 0:12) and Jordan Frasca (32nd at 0:51) made it 6-1 in short order. Mitchell Brooks would get his 1st of the season on the powerplay (with an assist to Wisdom) to close out the scoring at 10:27 to give the Kingston Frontenacs a lopsided 7-1 win over the Ottawa 67’s. Wisdom finished the game with 1 goal (GWG) and 1 assist for 2 points, a +1 rating, 6 SOG, and 2 PIMs.
- Wednesday night (Feb. 23) had the return match of the back to back as the Kingston Frontenacs travelled to Ottawa to face the 67’s. In the opening period, Ottawa would take the 1-0 lead as Anthony Costantini hammered his 3rd of the season at 11:22. A Zayde Wisdom pass back from the neutral zone was a too hot to handle for Thomas Budnick but Aiden Spooner was able to bail his teammates out with a save. 46 seconds into the second period, Tyler Boucher would finish off a three-on-two rush with a laser shot to make it 2-0 with his 3rd of the season. Kingston would get to within one as Jackson Stewart would score his 3rd of the season at 4:33 to make it 2-1. But Jack Beck would score at 8:32 of the second period and add a shorthanded empty net goal for his 15th of the season to exact some revenge as the Ottawa 67’s defeated the Kingston Frontenacs by a score of 4-1. Wisdom finished the game with no points, a -1 rating, and 3 SOG.
- On Friday night (Feb. 25) the Kingston Frontenacs donned special military jerseys as they welcomed the Oshawa Generals to Leon’s Centre. The opening period saw the Frontenacs kill a 5-on-3 and they outshot the Generals 21-4 as Oshawa did not get credited with a shot in the final two-thirds of the period. The period was scoreless until Francesco Arcuri scored from the corner goal line with his 26th at 19:29 on the powerplay to give Kingston a 1-0 lead. Only one goal was scored in the second period with another man advantage as Shane Wright gave the Frontenacs a 2-0 lead with his 21st at 17:29. In the third period, Ty Tullio would get Oshawa on the board with his 28th of the season on the powerplay at 3:04 to make it a 2-1 game. But Martin Chromiak’s 21st of the season 28 seconds later with assists from Wright and Zayde Wisdom provided some much needed insurance to make it 3-1. Alec Belanger had his screen shot from the point go in for his 5th of the season at 5:21, and Wisdom would pot his 4th at 10:33 by finishing a two-on-one with Chromiak to put Kingston up 6-1. Oshawa would get a consolation goal at 11:56 but the Generals would fall to the Kingston Frontenacs by a final score of 6-2. Wisdom finished the game with 1 goal and 1 assist for 2 points, a +2 rating, and 6 SOG.
- Sunday (Feb. 27) featured the rematch with a change in venue as the Kingston Frontenacs visited the Oshawa Generals looking to sweep the home and home. Kingston would outshoot Oshawa in all three periods (40-23 overall) but the game would not see many goals. Kingston opened the scoring at 9:25 of the second period as Martin Chromiak scored his 22nd to give the Frontenacs a 1-0 lead. Lucas Edmonds would double the lead to 2-0 at 8:13 of the third period with his 25th of the season. Zayde Wisdom had a glorious chance to score his 5th of the season on a two-on-one but was denied by Generals goaltender Zachary Paputsakis. Brett Harrison would make it 2-1 at 13:00 to bring Oshawa back into the game, but Edmonds would score his second of the contest into an empty net at 19:38 to give Kingston a 3-1 win over Oshawa. Wisdom finished the game with no points, an even rating, and 4 SOG.
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