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Murray earns fifth shutout of the season as Greyhounds down Spitfires 6-0

Thursday, 01.16.2014 / 11:04 PM / News

The Canadian Press

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Murray earns fifth shutout of the season as Greyhounds down Spitfires 6-0

WINDSOR, Ont. - Matt Murray made 38 saves, including 17 in the opening period, for his fifth shutout of the season, as the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds whipped the Windsor Spitfires 6-0 in Ontario Hockey League action on Thursday.

Dylan Corson scored twice for the Greyhounds (30-10-5), who won their fourth in a row. Andrew Fritsch, Patrick Watling, Blake Speers and Bryan Moore also scored for Sault Ste. Marie, which led Windsor (25-17-2) 3-0 after one period and 6-0 after two.

Spitfires goalie Dalen Kuchmey allowed three goals on 22 shots in just over 28 minutes. His replacement, Alex Fotinos, stopped seven of 10 shots.

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PETES 5 STEELHEADS 4

PETERBOROUGH, Ont. — The Petes built a 5-2 lead in the second period before holding off Mississauga.

Brandon Devlin, Hunter Garlent, Eric Cornel, Anthony Stefano and Nelson Armstrong scored for Peterborough (18-21-4).

Sam Babintsev scored twice for the Steelheads (16-25-4), who lost their fourth in a row. Greg DiTomaso and Brett Foy also scored for Mississauga. Foy's goal at 7:34 of the third period made it a one-goal game.

Andrew D'Agostini stopped 25 shots for the Petes, while Spencer Martin handled 23 shots for the Steelheads.

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ICEDOGS 6 FRONTENACS 3

ST. CATHARINES, Ont. — Mitchell Fitzmorris struck twice as Niagara topped Kingston.

Carter Verhaeghe scored and added two assists for the IceDogs (15-22-6), while Matt Gillard had the eventual winner. Anthony DiFruscia and Aleksandar Mikulovich had goals as well.

Brent Moran got the start in Niagara's net, stopping all 10 shots he faced in 12:40 of work. He was replaced by Blake Richard, who turned aside 30 of 33 shots faced.

Conor McGlynn had a pair of goals for the Frontenacs (24-15-4), while Lawson Crouse added a single. Matt Mahalak started in net, making 24 saves on 28 shots for Kingston in 29:04 of work. Lucas Peressini kicked out eight of 10 shots in relief.

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COLTS 4 BATTALION 3 (SO)

NORTH BAY, Ont. — Joseph Blandisi and Andreas Athanasiou scored in the shootout as Barrie edged the Battalion.

Athanasiou scored on a penalty shot in the third period for the Colts (22-17-3), then Blandisi tied the game 3-3 to force overtime. Andrew Mangiapane had a short-handed goal in the second. Mackenzie Blackwood made 27 saves for the win.

Ben Thomson had a pair of goals for North Bay (21-17-6) and Matt MacLeod scored as well. Jake Smith stopped 33 shots.

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KNIGHTS 6 RANGERS 2

LONDON, Ont. — The London Knights fired 52 shots on net and ended a three-game losing streak with a win over Kitchener.

Chris Tierney scored twice for the Knights (29-9-5), with his first coming in a four-goal second period. Brett Welychka, Josh Anderson and brothers Ryan and Matt Rupert also scored for London

Justin Bailey opened the scoring for the Rangers (15-26-2) 41 seconds into the game. Mike Davies tied it for Kitchener at 2-2 in the second period.

Anthony Stolarz made 39 saves for London, while Matthew Greenfield stopped 46 for the Rangers.

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