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This 10th edition covers the period that was in the CHL from Tuesday March 1st – Thursday March 17th.
WHL (Western Hockey League)
Connor McClennon #94 (RW) – Winnipeg Ice (WHL)
- Wednesday night (Mar. 2) had the Winnipeg Ice host the visiting Lethbridge Hurricanes. In the opening period, it was Lethbridge that scored all the goals while only outshooting Winnipeg 9-8. The Hurricanes pounced to a 2-0 lead on even strength goals at 2:40 and 6:51. Lethbridge made it a 3-0 lead by capitalizing on the powerplay as Jett Jones deflected a point shot in front that bounced in off goaltender Daniel Hauser’s mask at 17:51. Winnipeg needed to claw their way back in this one, and they scored 24 seconds into the second period as Zachary Benson notched his 20th of the season. The deficit would become 3-2 at 9:11 as Chase Wheatcroft scored his 9th on some nice transition play that was finished off by a high wrist shot. Connor McClennon would tie the game 3-3 with a powerplay goal (37th of the season) as he fired a wrist shot home from the top of the left circle. The third period and overtime would see neither side take the advantage as Winnipeg would outshoot Lethbridge 13-10 (including 2-0 in overtime) with no one able to score the winner. In the shootout, Winnipeg would miss on all six shots with Lethbridge’s Liekit Reichle finally ending the game by beating Gage Alexander as the Hurricanes defeated the Ice 4-3 in the shootout. McClennon finished the game with 1 goal, an even rating, and 2 SOG.
- On Friday night (Mar. 4) the Winnipeg Ice travelled to Saskatchewan to face the Saskatoon Blades. Connor McClennon did not dress for today’s game. In the opening period, Saskatoon was all over Winnipeg and outshot them 10-4. Gage Alexander came up big more than once to keep the Ice in the game including smothering a puck that rang off the post and bounced underneath his pad that was perilously close to giving the Blades the lead. In the second period, Saskatoon did in fact score the opening goal as Trevor Wong scored his 14th at 6:47. In the third period, Matthew Savoie finished off a cross-ice feed for his 24th of the season to tie the game 1-1 at 3:34. Saskatoon would get even strength goals at 5:43 and 8:48 (including Wong’s second of the game) to take a 3-1 lead. Savoie would score his second of the game at 10:48 to bring the Ice to within one, and Jack Finley scored his 17th of the season on the powerplay to tie the game 3-3 with 2:45 remaining in regulation. In overtime, Winnipeg would complete the comeback as Jakin Smallwood was the overtime hero with his 20th of the season as he slammed home a nifty feed from Nolan Orzeck to give the Winnipeg Ice a 4-3 overtime victory over the Saskatoon Blades.
- Saturday night (Mar. 5) had the Winnipeg Ice continued on the road as they visited the Prince Albert Raiders. Connor McClennon once again did not dress for the game and Winnipeg clinched a playoff spot in the WHL Playoffs after their comeback win on Friday. In the first period, Prince Albert had the better of the run of play as the Ice were scrambling in the defensive zone for stretches. Jack Finley would give the Ice a 1-0 lead with only 12 seconds to play in the period as he finished off a backdoor play on a two-on-one for his 18th of the season. In the second period, the Raiders would outshoot the Ice 16-15 and would tie the game 1-1 with a powerplay goal at 12:24. In the third period, Prince Albert would grab the 2-1 lead at 4:35 as Cale Sanders banked the puck in off a skate in front. But Mikey Milne would tie the game 2-2 at 11:03 with his 27th of the season. With regulation time expiring, the game went into overtime to claim a winner. In overtime, Prince Albert would march away with the two points as Nolan Allan’s 3rd of the season gave the Raiders a 3-2 overtime win against the Ice.
- With Connor McClennon still out of the lineup on Friday night (Mar. 11), the Winnipeg Ice travelled to Brandon to take on the Wheat Kings. In the opening period, Brandon would strike first only 36 seconds in to take the 1-0 lead but the Ice would tie the game with Jakin Smallwood’s 21st of the season at 6:39. In the second period, the Wheat Kings would score twice on the powerplay to take a 3-1 lead by 6:10. To Winnipeg’s credit they battled back in the latter stages of the period to incredibly tie the game 3-3 with Zachary Benson scoring his 21st at 18:23 and Benjamn Zloty scoring his 6th on the powerplay at 19:48. Winnipeg would keep the momentum going in the third period as Mikey Milne’s 28th of the season at 2:37 would give the Ice the 4-3 lead. Matthew Savoie would roof his 26th at 11:23 and Owen Pederson would score his 12th into an empty net as the Winnipeg Ice scored five consecutive goals to come from behind and defeat the Brandon Wheat Kings 6-3.
- On Saturday night (Mar. 12) the Winnipeg Ice welcomed the Brandon Wheat Kings to the ‘Cave’ for the second half of a home and home set. In the first period, the Ice continued the success that they found against Brandon the night before with goals by Nolan Orzeck (his 5th on the PP) at 6: 18 and Owen Pederson (his 13th) at 12:40 to take a 2-0 lead. In the second period, Jakin Smallwood scored his 22nd at 8:03 and Skyler Bruce found the back of the net with his 14th to open up a 4-0 lead for the Ice. Winnipeg would outshoot Brandon in all three periods to the tune of 39-25 with Evan Friesen scoring his 2nd of the season at 16:41 of the third period to make it ten consecutive goals scored against the Wheat Kings as the Ice took the 5-0 win. Daniel Hauser stopped all 25 shots he faced for the shutout.
- Tuesday night (Mar. 15) had the Winnipeg Ice host the Calgary Hitmen. In the opening period, Conor Geekie would get behind the defense to score his 17th goal of the season on a breakaway at 19:09 to give the Ice a 1-0 lead. The Ice would score late in the second period to double their advantage as Geekie would shoot the puck in with Chase Wheatcroft streaking into the zone, beating the defender, and scoring his 10th of the season while shorthanded to make it 2-0. In the third period, Winnipeg would put the game away with two more goals courtesy of Matthew Savoie’s 27th at 3:24 and Mikey Milne’s 29th at 13:41 to make it 4-0. The Ice would defeat the Hitmen by that 4-0 score and rookie goaltender Dawson Cowan would stop all 23 shots to get the shutout. Connor McClennon returned to the lineup and finished the game with no points, an even rating, and 3 SOG.
- On Wednesday night (Mar. 16) the Winnipeg Ice put their four game winning streak on the line as they welcomed the Moose Jaw Warriors to Wayne Fleming Arena. In the opening period, Connor McClennon took advantage of a neutral zone turnover, skated into the zone, and ripped his 38th goal of the season to give the Ice a 1-0 lead at 8:02. In the second period, Winnipeg would double their lead as Matthew Savoie scored his 28th of the season by going five-hole on a breakaway at 3:18 to make it 2-0. In the third period, Mikey Milne would score his 30th of the season at 2:16, and Conor Geekie would be credited with his 18th goal as a Warrior’s defensemen put the puck into his own net in embarrassing fashion to make it 4-0 at 5:12. The Winnipeg Ice would extend their winning streak to five and Daniel Hauser secured his second straight shutout (Winnipeg’s third straight) in a 4-0 win over the Moose Jaw Warriors. Hauser would stop all 24 shots he faced and McClennon would be named the game’s Second Star after a spirited performance. McClennon finished the game with 1 goal (GWG), a +1 rating, and 6 SOG.
Ethan Samson #4 (D) – Prince George Cougars (WHL)
- Friday night (Mar. 4) had the Prince George Cougars host the Spokane Chiefs in the first game of a two game set at the CN Centre. In the opening period, Ethan Samson was in the box for roughing and the Chiefs opened the scoring with a powerplay goal at 4:20 to make it 1-0. The Cougars would tie the game 1-1 at 16:35 as Jonny Hooker let a wrist shot fly from the high slot for his 13th goal of the season. In the second period, Samson would make amends for his earlier penalty as he skated the puck into the circle and wired home his 11th goal of the season at 8:45 to give the Cougars a 2-1 lead. Koehn Ziemmer would then get his 21st of the season with Prince George on the powerplay to make it 3-1 at 10:42, but Spokane would get the goal back a minute later to lower the deficit to one. With 47 seconds remaining in the period, Spokane tied the game 3-3 with their second powerplay goal of the game (with Samson in the box for Delay of Game). In the third period, Spokane’s comeback would be completed only 37 seconds in with another powerplay marker to put the Chiefs ahead 4-3. Despite some great chances (including Armstrong ringing one off the crossbar), the Cougars could not find the tying goal and Prince George fell to the Spokane Chiefs 4-3. Samson finished the game with 1 goal, a +2 rating, 3 SOG, and 4 PIMs.
- On Saturday night (Mar. 5) the return match occurred between the host Prince George Cougars and the visiting Spokane Chiefs. In the opening period, Spokane had the better of the play pacing themselves to a 12-5 shots on goal advantage. The were rewarded with the opening goal of the game at 5:13 and added a powerplay marker at 15:30 to jump out to a 2-0 lead. In the second period, Prince George would score a powerplay goal as Koehn Ziemmer took a nice cross-ice feed from Ethan Samson to score his 22nd goal of the season at 3:38. The Chiefs would respond immediately to restore their two-goal lead as Nick McCarry scored his 15th at 4:45 to make it 3-1. In the third period, Prince George pushed back to try to get back into the game as they outshot Spokane 19-6, but could not get one past Mason Beaupit as the Chiefs swept the weekend set with Prince George with a 3-1 win. Samson finished the game with 1 assist, a -1 rating, and 4 SOG.
- Friday night (Mar. 11) had the Prince George Cougars take on the Victoria Royals for the first of two straight games at home. In the first period, Ethan Samson would open the scoring by one-timing a slapshot from the point for a powerplay goal (his 12th of the season) at 3:17 to give the Cougars a 1-0 lead. Prince George would extend their lead at 6:50 as defenseman Keaton Dowhaniuk scored his 1st goal of the season to make it 2-0. The Royals would get a goal back before the intermission with a powerplay goal at 14:44 to cut the deficit to 2-1. In the second period, Victoria would outshoot Prince George 10-4 and would tie the game 2-2 only 37 seconds in with another powerplay goal. The Royals would add a powerplay goal at 16:52 and an even strength goal at 17:43 to open up a 4-2 lead. In the third period, Koehn Ziemmer (who was the best offensive player for the Cougars in the game) was finally rewarded with his 23rd of the season with a nice wrist shot coming down the left side to make it 4-3 at 1:32. But Victoria would add an empty-netter at 18:50 as the Royals would hand the Prince George Cougars a 5-3 loss. Samson finished the game with 1 goal, an even rating, 1 SOG, and 2 PIMs.
- On Saturday night (Mar. 12) the Prince George Cougars hosted the Victoria Royals for the second half of their back to back looking to avenge the previous night’s loss. The Cougars thoroughly dominated all three periods in shots on goal to the tune of 57-21 for the game. In the opening period, Victoria got on the board first at 9:00, but the Cougars scored 4 seconds later right off the faceoff as Koehn Ziemmer scored his 24th goal of the season. Ziemmer would score two more even strength goals in succession to claim the hat-trick (9:25 and 13:33) and give the Cougars a 3-1 lead. In the second period, Jonny Hooker scored his 14th of the season while shorthanded to make it 4-1 at 13:00, and Ziemmer would grab his fourth of the game at 17:53 to make it 5-1. In the third period, Craig Armstrong would score his 11th of the season at 1:24, and Ethan Samson would score a powerplay goal (his 13th) to make it three goals in his last four games and turn it into a 7-1 rout. The goals kept coming for Prince George as Ryker Singer scored his 6th of the season at 14:47, and Hudson Thornton notched his 13th with a powerplay goal at 19:07 to lead the Cougars to a massive 9-1 victory over the Victoria Royals. Samson finished the game with 1 goal, a +2 rating, 3 SOG, and 2 PIMs.
QMJHL (Quebec Major Junior Hockey League)
Elliot Desnoyers #91 (C) – Halifax Mooseheads (QMJHL)
- Tuesday night (Mar. 1) had the Halifax Mooseheads host the visiting Cape Breton Eagles. Only 1:53 in, the Mooseheads would take the 1-0 lead courtesy of a great individual effort by Elliot Desnoyers who deked one defender before using a toe drag on another to wrist home his 23rd goal of the season. Cape Breton would tie the game before the end of the period as Mooseheads defender Jake Furlong mishandled the puck in his own zone with the Eagles making no mistake to rip home a wrist shot to make it 1-1 at 16:38. In the second period, Halifax would retake the lead as Robert Orr scored his 15th off a wrist shot in the high slot at 4:00. Jordan Dumais would notch his 20th on the powerplay to make it 3-1 at 10:43. 59 seconds later, Robert Orr almost scored his second off the game, but Zack Jones was able to slam home the rebound for his 8th goal and extend the Mooseheads lead to 4-1. In the third period, Orr would indeed get his second of the game at 12:45 to make it 5-1, and Desnoyers would close out the scoring with a double of his own at 18:37 to ensure that the Mooseheads defeated the Eagles 6-1. Desnoyers finished the game with 2 goals, a +2 rating, 2 SOG, and was 8 of 14 on faceoffs.
- On Wednesday night (Mar. 2), the Halifax Mooseheads put their three game winning streak on the line as they hosted the Saint John Sea Dogs. Early in the first period, Zachary L’Heureux was awarded a penalty shot and looked to give the Mooseheads the lead but was stopped with a great desperation save by Thomas Couture. Couture’s heroics would continue as Elliot Desnoyers was denied on a wrap around chance. The Sea Dogs would take a 2-0 lead as William Villeneuve would score at 3:47 and 12:41. Evan Boucher would get one back for Halifax with his 12th of the season at 14:01. In the second and third periods the Sea Dogs would outshoot the Mooseheads 30-15 and would use that advantage to great effect. In the middle frame, Saint John would score three even strength goals (two by Josh Lawrence) to open up a 5-1 lead. In the third period, the Sea Dogs would score an even strength goal at 15:52 and a powerplay goal at 17:46 to convincingly defeat the Mooseheads by a lopsided 7-1 score. Desnoyers finished the game with no points, a -4 rating, 5 SOG, and was 6/22 on draws.
- The three game homestand for the Halifax Mooseheads continued on Friday night (Mar. 4) as they welcomed the visiting Moncton Wildcats. In the opening period, Halifax outshot Moncton 10-4 but it was Moncton that opened the scoring at 4:42 to take a 1-0 lead. Mooseheads forward Robert Orr would tie the game 1-1 at 18:07 grabbing a rebound and firing in his 17th of the season. In the second period, the Wildcats took an early 2-1 lead at 1:01 and looked for more but Mooseheads goaltender Mathis Rousseau made some massive stops especially a flurry of saves on a scramble in front to keep the deficit to one. Halifax was rewarded with the tying goal at 12:27 as James Swan took a feed right off the draw to fire in his 3rd of the season to make it 2-2. In the third period, Zachary Beauregard was denied on a breakaway for the third time in the game and the lack of finish would haunt Halifax as Moncton scored the winning goal at 18:01 as the Wildcats defeated the Mooseheads by a score of 3-2. Elliot Desnoyers did not register a point and finished the game with an even rating, 5 SOG, and was 11/20 on faceoffs.
- On Sunday (Mar. 6) the Halifax Mooseheads visited the Saint John Sea Dogs. Halifax came out undisciplined in this one likely looking to exact some revenge for the lopsided loss they experienced the last time they played. Saint John used the powerplay to make Halifax pay, with powerplay goals at 1:10 and 7:00 to take a 2-0 lead. The Mooseheads got a goal back on a crazy play as Seena Peeters was credited with his 4th of the season at 7:27 as his shot deflected high in the air and bounced off the Sea Dogs goaltender’s back and into the net. The Sea Dogs would add a shorthanded marker by William Dufour who scored his league leading 38th of the season to give Saint John a 3-1 lead. In the second period, the Sea Dogs would score twice more in a span of 2:00 for a 5-1 lead and chased Mathis Rousseau. The goaltending change made no difference as Saint John would add another in the period to take a 6-1 lead, and then scoring four straight goals in the third period for a 10-1 lead. On the ninth goal, Elliot Desnoyers was guilty of mishandling the puck behind the net, getting stripped, and gifting the Sea Dogs a goal which pretty much sums up the game for the Mooseheads. Peeters would get his second of the game late, but Halifax was mauled 10-2 by Saint John. Desnoyers finished the game with no points, a -2 rating, 7 SOG, and was 9/16 on faceoffs.
- On Tuesday night (Mar. 8) the Halifax Mooseheads returned home to face the powerhouse Charlottetown Islanders. In the opening period, it was Charlottetown that jumped out to a 2-0 lead by scoring twice in a span of 42 seconds. In particular, the second goal by Patrick LeBlanc was a breakaway goal that looked like the sea parted for him as he notched his 10th of the season. Elliot Desnoyers was denied a powerplay goal in front late in the first period, but the Islanders would make it 3-0 with a blast from the point at 7:19 of the second period. With a hill to climb, the Mooseheads took advantage on the powerplay as Brady Schultz scored his 2nd of the season to get Halifax on the board. With another man advantage, Desnoyers would fir a shot from the top of the right circle but it was deflected in by James Swan for his 4th at 15:27 to make it a 3-2 game. Miraculously the Mooseheads would tie the game 3-3 only 18 seconds later as Zachary Beauregard would score his 7th of the season. In the third period, Jordan Dumais was awarded a penalty shot but could not convert for the Mooseheads as regulation time expired all knotted up at 3-3. In overtime, Halifax would complete the comeback against the QMJHL’s top ranked team as Cameron Whynot scored his 4th of the season in overtime to give the Mooseheads a 4-3 overtime win against the Islanders. Desnoyers finished the game with 1 assist, a -1 rating, 7 SOG, and was 10/24 on draws.
- Thursday night (Mar. 10) the Halifax Mooseheads hosted the visiting Sherbrooke Phoenix. The Phoenix outshot the hosts in the opening period by a 14-8 spread and took the 1-0 lead with a powerplay goal at 8:08. The Mooseheads were able to tie the game 1-1 as Mathieu Cataford scored his 8th of the season at 16:36 after a Phoenix player blew a tire in the offensive zone turning the puck over to James Swan who initiated the transition play. In the second period, Cataford would repay the favor by setting up Swan for his 5th goal of the season right off the draw at 1:34 for the 2-1 Halifax lead. The Phoenix would capitalize on some defensive miscommunication as Xavier Parent tied the game 2-2 at 8:42. The third period was a wild affair. It started with Sherbrooke taking a 3-2 lead at 6:36, but Elliot Desnoyers scored a shorthanded goal with the Mooseheads down four-on-three at 10:29 (his 25th) to tie the game 3-3 once more after two fights broke out to lead to the Sherbrooke man advantage. Sherbrooke would capitalize three times on the powerplay at 11:18, 12:30, and 13:34 to take a commanding 6-3 lead. Desnoyers would score a second shorthanded marker at 16:57, but the Sherbrooke Phoenix were too much on this night as they defeated the Mooseheads 6-4. Desnoyers finished the game with 2 goals, an even rating, 4 SOG, and was 13/27 on faceoffs.
- On Saturday night (Mar. 12) the Halifax Mooseheads welcomed the visiting Chicoutimi Sagueneens to the ScotiaBank Centre. In the opening period, Chicoutimi scored the lone goal to take a 1-0 lead as Jacob Newcombe roofed his 9th of the season at 7:16. In the second period, Elliot Desnoyers stayed hot while shorthanded as he poked a puck loose to Zack Jones who scored his 9th of the season with Halifax on the penalty kill to tie the game 1-1 at 17:54. With 2 seconds remaining in the period, Halifax took the 2-1 lead as Evan Boucher scored his 13th of the season with Desnoyers registering an assist. In the third period, the Mooseheads got some insurance as Boucher scored his second of the game at 7:51 to put Halifax in great position to close out the game. But the Sagueneens would storm back with a powerplay goal of their own at 9:50 to cut the deficit to 3-2, and would tie the game 3-3 with an even strength goal at 12:55. Emmanuel Vermette’s second goal of the game would give Chicoutimi the lead, and Newcombe would score his hat-trick into the empty net as the Sagueneens stormed back to defeat the Mooseheads 5-3. Desnoyers finished the game with 2 assists, a -2 rating, 7 SOG, and was 12/22 on draws.
- Tuesday night (Mar. 15) had the Halifax Mooseheads travel to Acadie-Bathurst to face the Titan. Both sides would combine for 83 shots on goal in the game (43-40 in favor of the Titan) but the score would not stay close in this one. The Titan would jump out to a 2-0 lead in the opening period with Washington Capitals prospect Hendrix Lapierre scoring his 15th of the season on the second goal at 15:15. In the second period, Acadie-Bathurst would add an insurance goal but Zack Jones would score his 10th of the season at 18:01 to get Halifax on the board 3-1. The celebrations barely subsided as the Titan scored 15 seconds later to go into the intermission with a 4-1 lead. In the third period, the wheels fell off for the Mooseheads as they were outshot 17-12 and conceded four goals (including a shorthanded marker) as the Acadie-Bathurst Titan rolled the Halifax Mooseheads 8-1. Elliot Desnoyers finished the game with no points, a -4 rating, 8 SOG, and was 9 of 19 on faceoffs.
OHL (Ontario Hockey League)
Jon-Randall Avon #10 (C) – Peterborough Petes (OHL)
Brian Zanetti #9 (D) – Peterborough Petes (OHL)
- On Thursday night (Mar. 3) the Peterborough Petes hosted the Niagara IceDogs in the first game of a home and home set. In the opening period, Nick Lardis did a great job to keep the puck in the offensive zone and avoiding a close offside and set up Samuel Mayer for his 10th goal of the season at 17:33 to put the Petes up 1-0. Both sides had tremendous chances to score, but in particular Michael Simpson in the Peterborough net kept his team in the lead. Niagara would tie the game 1-1 as Aiden Castle scored his 11th goal at 14:09 as he picked up the puck at the red-line and went in uncontested on a breakaway making no mistake. Later in the frame, the Petes would pull ahead 2-1 while shorthanded as Tucker Robertson scored his 27th goal of the season by deking the goaltender out of position with only 35 seconds remaining. In the third period, Brian Zanetti let a point shot go that was tipped in by Nick Lardis for his 15th of the season at 12:45 to make it 3-1. Chase Stillman would add an insurance goal at 16:14 to put Peterborough up 4-1. The IceDogs would tally late at 18:52 but it was not enough as Niagara fell to the Peterborough Petes 4-2. Zanetti finished the game with 1 assist, an even rating, and no shots on goal. J.R. Avon ended up with no points, an even rating, 5 SOG, and was 13/19 on faceoffs.
- Friday night (Mar. 4) saw the return match with a switch in venue as the Niagara IceDogs hosted the Peterborough Petes. Niagara got on the board first only 1:31 in, but Tucker Robertson responded by deflecting Brian Zanetti’s point shot for his 28th of the season only 55 seconds later. The IceDogs would get two quick powerplay goals (20 seconds apart) with Joe Carroll in the box serving a double minor for high-sticking to give Niagara a 3-1 lead. In the second period, Peterborough came out swinging and would cut the deficit to one only 54 seconds in as Artem Guryev scored his 1st of the season. Robertson would tie the game 3-3 with his second of the game (30th of the season) at 13:30. Then it was the Petes turn to score goals in quick succession as Joe Carroll scored his 15th at 19:13 and Emmett Sproule tallied his 21st at 19:31 to make it 5-3. In the third period, Robertson would complete the hat-trick as he scored his third of the game into an empty net as the Peterborough Petes swept the home and home series with a 6-3 win. J.R. Avon finished the game with no points, a +2 rating, 1 SOG, and won 6/13 faceoffs. Zanetti completed the game with 1 assist, a +1 rating, and 3 SOG.
- On Saturday night (Mar. 5) the Peterborough Petes played their third game in three nights as they hosted the Oshawa Generals. In the opening period, Peterborough won the shots on goal battle 7-4 but could not hit paydirt. The Generals would go on to outshoot the Petes for the remainder of the game. With the game scoreless in the second period, Peterborough’s Jax Dubois slammed home a rebound 1:52 in with his 8th of the season to give the Petes a 1-0 lead. With Peterborough on the powerplay, J.R. Avon doubled the lead to 2-0 as his shot from the right wall made its way in for his 20th of the season with the lone assist credited to Brian Zanetti. In the third period, Oshawa would get on the board at 2:02 but Nick Lardis would respond with a powerplay goal only 36 seconds later with his 16th of the season to make it a 3-1 game. With Peterborough on another powerplay, Avon split the defense to go in alone and made no mistake potting his second of the night to make it 4-1. The Generals would strike on the powerplay at 15:15 to cut the lead to 4-2, but Avon would grab himself his first career hat-trick in the OHL with an empty net goal at 18:07. With the score 5-2, Avon capped quite the night for himself as he scored his fourth goal of the game (23rd of the season) with only 2 seconds remaining as the Peterborough Petes defeated the Oshawa Generals 6-2. Zanetti finished the game with 1 assist, a +1 rating, and 1 SOG. Avon finished with 4 goals, a +1 rating, 6 SOG, and was 9/21 on draws. Avon was named the First Star of the game.
- Thursday night (Mar. 10) had the Peterborough Petes host the visiting Kingston Frontenacs. Things did not get off on the right foot for the Petes as Chase Stillman received a 5-minute major and a game misconduct for a hit from behind. On the resulting powerplay, Kingston would strike twice and take a 2-0 lead. The Petes got a goal back as Emmett Sproule scored his 22nd of the season at 11:50 to make it 2-1, but the Frontenacs would strike on the powerplay later in the period to head into the intermission up 3-1. The Petes were able to regroup in the second period, led by Tucker Robertson who scored a shorthanded goal for his 31st of the season at 14:05. Justin DeZoete would then tie the game 3-3 at 19:28 with his 8th of the season. In the third period, Kingston replied immediately as Martin Chromiak scored his second of the game only 41 seconds in to retake the lead. The Petes would go down 5-3 at 4:11; and although they would outshoot the Frontenacs 13-8 in the period, they could only get a deflected goal by Tucker Robertson in the frame and ended up falling 5-4 to Kingston. J.R. Avon finished the game with no points, a -1 rating, 1 SOG, and was 12/20 on draws. Brian Zanetti also registered no points, a -1 rating, and 2 SOG.
- On Friday night (Mar. 11) the Peterborough Petes travelled to Ottawa to take on the 67’s. Ottawa would open the scoring as Brian Zanetti lost a battle for the puck in the corner with the puck cycled to the point and Zanetti not able to pick up Luca Pinelli who scored his 10th of the season at 4:28 to make it 1-0. In the second period, Peterborough would tie the game 1-1 as J.R. Avon won the offensive zone draw right to Joe Carroll who scored his 16th at 1:13. The third period would go scoreless and regulation time would finish with the game deadlocked 1-1. In overtime, the 67’s were the only team that really pushed for the win as they outshot the Petes 6-0 but failed to get a puck past Tye Austin who stopped 40 of 41 shots in the game for Peterborough. In the shootout, Sproule and Carroll tallied for the Petes as they stole the victory ut of the hands of the Ottawa 67’s by winning a 2-1 shootout decision. Zanetti finished the game with no points, an even rating, and no shots on goal. Avon recorded 1 assist, a +1 rating, 5 SOG, and was 7 of 16 of faceoffs.
- Sunday (Mar. 13) had the Peterborough Petes travel to Oshawa to take on the Generals. The Petes would strike first on the powerplay as Tucker Robertson scored his 33rd of the season at 5:15 to make it 1-0. In the second period, the Generals would tie the game on the powerplay at 4:47, but Peterborough would score an even strength goal through Jonathan Melee (his 10th) at 12:53, and a powerplay goal from Joe Carroll (his 17th) at 15:51 to give the Petes a 3-1 lead. Oshawa would reduce the deficit to one with a goal at 17:54 to make it a 3-2 game. In the third period, Oshawa would tie the game 3-3 at 13:38 and then the contest would see a wild finish. Peterborough scored on the powerplay at 17:12 as Brian Zanetti assisted on Emmett Sproule’s 18th of the season to lead 4-3. Oshawa came back as Ty Tullio scored to tie the game with 12 seconds remaining to force overtime, and in overtime it was the Generals that would take the two points as David Jesus scored his 3rd of the season to hand the Petes a 5-4 overtime loss. Zanetti finished the game with 1 assist, a -1 rating, and 1 SOG. J.R. Avon did not register a point to finish with a -2 rating, 3 SOG, 4 PIMs, and was 10/24 on faceoffs.
- Tuesday night (Mar. 15) had the Peterborough Petes host the favored Hamilton Bulldogs. Peterborough came out ready to play in this one as they outshot the Bulldogs 11-3 in the opening frame. The Petes were rewarded with a shorthanded goal from Tucker Robertson as his 34th goal at 10:58 gave Peterborough a 1-0 lead. In the second and third periods, it was Hamilton that outshot the Petes 32-13 but Peterborough took advantage of their minimal opportunities as Samuel Mayer’s slap shot goal at 12:44 of the second period extended the Petes lead to 2-0. Early in the third, Jax Dubois extended the lead to 3-0 only 3:09 in with his 9th of the season. The real story in this game was Petes goaltender Michael Simpson who was outstanding in holding the Bulldogs at bay and only allowing a powerplay goal (with Zanetti in the box) at 9:49 to Ryan Winterton and making 34 saves as Peterborough defeated Hamilton by a score of 3-1. J.R. Avon finished with no points, an even rating, 2 SOG, and was 12/15 on draws. Brian Zanetti tallied 1 assist, an even rating, no SOG, and 2 PIMs.
Zayde Wisdom #74 (RW) – Kingston Frontenacs (OHL)
- On Thursday night (Mar. 3) the Kingston Frontenacs continued their road trip as they visited the Barrie Colts. Shots in the opening period were 12-12 and was a seesaw affair that saw five goals alternate between the clubs. Barrie opened the scoring only 1:41 in, but the recently signed Pittsburgh Penguin Jordan Frasca scored his 33rd of the season on the powerplay to tie the game 1-1 at 6:57. The Colts would take the 2-1 lead at 12:20, but Francesco Arcuri would tie the game for the Frontenacs with his 27th of the season at 13:10 to make it 2-2. Zach Wigle would score his first career OHL goal at 14:31 to give Barrie a 3-2 lead after twenty minutes. After a scoreless second period, the Colts would add some insurance at 13:26 of the third period with Evan Vierling’s second goal of the game to make it 4-2. Martin Chromiak would score his 23rd of the season at 18:49 with Zayde Wisdom in front looking for a potential rebound to make it 4-3, but the Frontenacs could get no closer as Kingston fell to Barie 4-3. Wisdom finished the game with no points, an even rating, and 2 SOG.
- Friday night (Mar. 4) had the Kingston Frontenacs travel to Sudbury to face the Wolves. The opening period had the Wolves outshoot the Frontenacs 11-9, but a flurry of goals after the midway point of the period made a huge impression on the game. Sudbury scored even strength goals at 14:37, 15:36, and 17:21 to take a 3-0 lead. In the second period, Zayde Wisdom scored his 5th goal of the season by sliding a puck past a sprawling defender and the Wolves goaltender to make it 3-1 at 5:48. Sudbury though would grab two goals (one off a turnover in the neutral zone) to lead 5-1 after forty minutes. In the third period, Jordan Frasca scored his 34th goal of the season on the powerplay at 8:52 but Sudbury would get the goal back only 1:25 later to make it 6-2. Jackson Stewart would score a late goal for the Frontenacs with 12 seconds remaining, but Kingston dropped their second in a row by losing to the Sudbury Wolves 6-3. Wisdom finished the game with 1 goal, a -1 rating, 5 SOG, and 2 PIMs (High-Sticking).
- On Sunday (Mar. 6) the Kingston Frontenacs continued to hit the road as they visited the North Bay Battalion. North Bay started the game on the front foot with a 15-8 shots on goal advantage in the opening period. The Battalion would use crisp passing on both their even strength goal (13:03) as well as their powerplay goal (17:27) to take a 2-0 lead. In the second period, Kingston wasted no time as Jake Murray scored his 27th of the season only 27 seconds in to make it a 2-1 game. North Bay would go 2/2 with the man advantage to restore their two-goal lead at 9:55 to end the period with a 3-1 lead. In the third period, Lucas Edmonds scored his 28th of the season on a shot from the point with the Frontenacs on the powerplay (Kingston finished 1/4) at 10:22 to pull within one. Kingston pulled the goaltender looking to tie, but North Bay would pot an empty-netter at 18:34 to hand the Frontenacs their third straight loss by a score of 4-2. Zayde Wisdom finished the game with no points, a -1 rating, 2 SOG, and 4 PIMs (double-minor for Roughing) in the final minute of the game.
- Thursday night (Mar. 10) had the Kingston Frontenacs travel to Peterborough to take on the Petes. In the opening period, Kingston took full advantage of a five minute major to strike twice on the powerplay in the early going. Lucas Edmonds scored his 28th of the season at 4:35, and Zayde Wisdom garnered a primary assist with a backhand feed to Matthew Soto who scored his 6th at 5:09 to make it 2-0. Peterborough got on the board at 11:50 to make it 2-1, but the Frontenacs again capitalized with the man advantage as Martin Chromiak unleashed a bullet in the high slot for his 24th of the season at 17:23 for a 3-1 lead. In the second period, the Petes got right back in it as they got a shorthanded goal from the red hot Tucker Robertson at 14:05, and tied the game 3-3 with 32 seconds remaining in the period. With everything to play for in the third period, Martin Chromiak blasted his second of the game with a goal that was almost identical to his first only 41 seconds in to make it 4-3. Kingston would extend the lead to 5-3 as Thomas Budnick’s point shot eluded everyone for his 2nd goal of the season at 4:11. Peterborough would get an even strength goal at 15:18, but it was not enough as the Kingston Frontenacs hung on for a 5-4 win. Wisdom finished the game with 1 assist, an even rating, and 1 SOG.
- Friday night (Mar. 11) had the Kingston Frontenacs host the Oshawa Generals. In the opening period, Jordan Frasca got the scoring going for Kingston with his 35th goal of the season at 3:34. The Generals battled back to score twice at 5:26 and 7:59 to grab the 2-1 lead, but Shane Wright would score his 22nd of the season with 4 seconds remaining in the period to knot the score 2-2. The Frontenacs would outshoot the Generals 25-16 and Leevi Merilainen would not allow another Oshawa goal for the remainder of the game. In the second period, Francesco Arcuri (28th) and Martin Chromiak (26th) scored goals 1:22 apart to take a 4-2 lead. Wright would score his second of the game on the powerplay at 16:15 to open up a 5-2 lead after forty minutes. In the third period, Frasca would grab his second of the game at 9:59 and Wright would get his hat-trick on the powerplay (3 goals and 2 assists) as the Frontanacs throttled the Generals 7-2. Zayde Wisdom finished the game with 1 assist, a +2 rating, and 2 SOG.
- On Sunday (Mar. 13) the Kingston Frontenacs hosted the Niagara IceDogs. The first period was a tough one for the Frontenacs as they only managed to generate four shots on goal, but they took the 1-0 lead off a turnover through Maddox Callens 13th of the season at 9:46. Niagara would score twice in the remainder of the period to take a 2-1 lead into the intermission. Kingston would get their act together in the second period as they outshot Niagara 19-8 with Francesco Arcuri tying the game 2-2 on a breakaway for his 29th of the season at 5:03. Lucas Edmonds would score his 29th only 56 seconds later to give the Frontenacs a 3-2 lead. Playing in his 150th OHL game, Zayde Wisdom would celebrate in style with a shorthanded goal (his 6th of the season) at 8:59 to give Kingston a two-goal lead. It must be noted that the goal came just after a four-on-four expired with the Frontenacs on a 3-on-1 break. In the third period, Lucas Edmonds would score his second of the game only 50 seconds into the period as the Kingston Frontenacs would defeat the Niagara IceDogs by a 5-2 score. Wisdom finished the game with 1 goal, a +1 rating, and 2 SOG. Kingston also clinched a spot in the OHL Playoffs with the victory.
- Wednesday night (Mar. 16) had the Kingston Frontenacs visit the Ottawa 67’s with Ottawa sporting their St. Patrick’s Day green jerseys. Ottawa would open the scoring at 2:03 with a shorthanded goal, but Jordan Frasca would tie the game 1-1 at 11:38 with his 37th goal of the season. In the second period, Zayde Wisdom would intercept a banked puck in the neutral zone and get the puck over to Shane Wright, who set up Martin Chromiak for his 27th of the season at 3:14 to give Kingston a 2-1 lead. The 67’s would score two even strength goals at 4:32 and 11:19 to take a 3-2 lead, but Frasca’s second of the game at 17:51 would tie the game 3-3 heading into the final frame. In the third period, Alec Belanger would score a powerplay goal for his 6th of the season at 1:54 to give Kingston the 4-3 lead. Ottawa’s Vinzenz Rohrer would score his second of the game at 3:51 to tie the game 4-4. At 9:01, Shane Wright would score his 25th of the season in what would turn out to be the game winner at 9:01 as the Kingston Frontenacs defeated the Ottawa 67’s 5-4. Wisdom finished the game with 1 assist, a +1 rating, and 6 SOG.
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