Justin Auger scored three times, including the winner, as the Guelph Storm defeated the visting Plymouth Whalers 5-4 on Friday in Ontario Hockey League action.
With just five seconds remaining in the third period, the 18-year-old broke a 4-4 tie with his third goal of the game.
Auger now has four goals in six games after scoring only seven goals in 58 contests last season.
Andrey Pedan and Jason Dickinson also scored for the Storm (4-2-0) while Ryan Horvat and Patrick Waitling each chipped in with two assists.
Guelph went 0-for-7 on the power play while Plymouth went 2-for-5.
Elsewhere in the OHL, it was: Erie 5, Brampton 1; Owen Sound 4, Sarnia 3; Sault Ste. Marie 4, Kitchener 2; Niagara 4 Saginaw 0; London 8, Windsor 2; Barrie 4, Mississauga 3 (SO) and Oshawa 6, Kingston 4.
At Guelph, Ont., Curcuruto opened the scoring for Plymouth with a power-play goal 1:30 into the first period.
Auger responded at 9:57, but Payne scored at 16:57 to give the Whalers a 2-1 lead after 20 minutes of play.
After a scoreless second period, Noesen made it 3-1 at 2:22 of the third period while on the power play.
Dickinson got one back for Guelph a 1:22 later and Pedan and Auger scored 33 seconds apart to give the Storm their first lead of the game.
Rakell made it 4-4 at 11:14, however Auger's third goal of the game came at 19:55.
Otters 5 Battalion 1
At Erie, Pa., Connor McDavid scored twice and Oscar Dansk stopped 34 shots as the Otters (2-3-1) defeated Brampton (2-3-1).
Attack 4 Sting 3
Greyhounds 4 Rangers 2
At Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., Matt Murray stopped 39 shots, earning the game's first star, and Sergey Tolchinsky scored twice as the Greyhounds (5-1-0) doubled up Kitchener (3-2-0)
IceDogs 4 Spirit 0
At Saginaw, Mich., Christopher Festarini stopped all 25 shots he faced and Anthony DiFruscia had a goal and an assist as Niagara (5-1-0) blanked the Spirit (1-3-2).
Knights 8 Spitfires 2
At London, Ont., Max Domi and Matt Rupert each had two goals and an assist as the Knights (3-2-0) crushed Windsor (3-3-1).
Colts 4 Steelheads 3 (SO)
At Mississauga, Ont., Mark Scheifele scored the shootout winner and added two assists in regulation as Barrie (4-2-0) edged the Steelheads (2-3-1).
Generals 6 Frontenacs 4
At Oshawa, Ont., Adam Lloyd scored the game winner and Boone Jenner picked up three assists as the Generals (5-1-0) slipped past Kingston (3-2-0).