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Cousins extends OHL scoring lead with five points in win over the Frontenacs

Sunday, 02.17.2013 / 12:14 AM / News

The Canadian Press

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Cousins extends OHL scoring lead with five points in win over the Frontenacs

Nick Cousins had two goals and three assists and Colin Miller scored once and set up four more as the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds downed the visiting Kingston Frontenacs 10-7 on Saturday in Ontario Hockey League action.

Cousins five-point performance extended his point streak to eight games as well as his lead atop the OHL scoring leaders. The 19-year-old has 23 goals and 93 points in 56 games, which is six more points than Sarnia Sting forward Charles Sarault, who is second in league scoring.

Miller, who is a native of Sault Ste. Marie, has picked up points in three straight contests and his 15 goals and 46 points in 43 games is good for fifth in scoring for OHL defencemen.

Brandon Alderson had two goals and two assists for the Greyhounds (31-21-4), who won for the eighth time in their last 11 games, while Darnell Nurse and David Broll each had a goal and an assist.

Andrew Fristch, Michael Schumacher and Sergey Tolchinsky also scored, and Ryan Sproul had four assists to round out the offence for Sault Ste. Marie.

Sproul has 18 goals and 58 points in 39 games, which leads all OHL defencemen in scoring.

Henri Ikonen scored twice and added an assist for the Frontenacs (22-28-5) and Cody Alcock had a goal and two assists.

Ryan Hanes, Ryan Kujawinksi, Sam Povorozniouk and Spencer Watson also scored for Kingston.

Sault Ste. Marie's Justin Nichols picked up the win after stopping 5-of-6 shots in 26 minutes of action. Nichols replaced Matt Murray in the second period after the starter allowed six goals on 28 shots. Mike Morrison gave up 10 goals on 48 shots in a losing cause for Kingston.

The Greyhounds went 4 for 8 on the power play while the Frontenacs scored three times on six chances with the man advantage.

Elsewhere in the OHL, it was: Kitchener 4, Erie 2; Plymouth 7, Guelph 4; Sarnia 4, Oshawa 2; Belleville 7, Sudbury 5; Saginaw 7, Windsor 4; Barrie 3, Mississauga 0 and Owen Sound 3 Niagara 2.

At Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., a shootout from the beginning, the two clubs combined for seven goals in the opening period and seven more in the second before the Greyhounds scored three more in the third for the victory.

Kujawinski and Watson made it 2-0 for Kingston, however Alderson scored twice and Nurse scored once, with all three goals in less than a minute, to give Sault Ste. Marie a 3-2 lead by the 12:03 mark of the first period.

Miller scored at 19:43 before Ikonen responded with only one second remaining in the period to make it 4-3 Greyhounds.

Broll gave Sault Ste. Marie a two-goal advantage 1:18 into the second period, but Ikonen, Alcock and Hanes regained the lead for the Frontenacs with three straight goals.

Cousins tied the game at 15:40 before Povorozniouk made it 7-6, however Cousins second goal in four minutes tied the game, again.

Schumacher scored the eventual winner at 11:33 of the third period and Fritsch and Tolchinksy each tacked on a late goal as the Greyhounds hit double digits in goals.

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Rangers 4 Otters 2

At Erie, Pa., Joel Vienneau turned away 20-of-22 shots and Brent Pedersen's power-play goal at 7:03 of the second period stood up as the winner as Kitchener (33-15-8) doubled up the Otters (17-32-8).

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Whalers 7 Storm 4

At Plymouth, Mich., Matthew Mistele scored three times and Stefan Noesen and Rickard Rakell each had a goal and two assists as the Whalers (31-16-9) came back from a 3-0 deficit to defeat Guelph (31-19-5).

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Sting 4 Generals 2

At Sarnia, Ont., JP Anderson stopped 40 shots and Reid Boucher scored his league-leading 51st goal of the season as the Sting (32-22-3) snapped Oshawa's (32-20-4) three-game win streak.

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Bulls 7 Wolves 5

At Belleville, Ont., Jordan Subban had three goals and an assist and Brendan Gaunce also scored three times as the Bulls (34-14-6) came back from a 4-1 deficit in the second period to beat Sudbury (25-19-11).

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Spirit 7 Spitfires 4

At Saginaw, Mich., Eric Locke scored three times and added two assists and Garret Ross had two goals and three assists as the Spirit (27-23-6) handed Windsor (22-27-7) its fourth straight defeat.

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Colts 3 Steelheads 0

At Barrie, Ont., Mathias Niederberger turned aside 28 shots for his second shutout of the season and Mark Scheifele picked up a pair of assists to extend his points streak to eight games as the Colts (36-16-3) blanked Mississauga (24-26-5).

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Attack 3 IceDogs 2

At Owen Sound, Ont., Codi Ceci scored the winning goal at 14:44 of the third period and Jordan Binnington stopped 29-of-31 shots as the Attack (35-17-4) edged Niagara (26-26-4) for their second win in as many nights.

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