The Sudbury Wolves survived John Tavares - but not by much.
John Kurtz scored twice and the Sudbury Wolves survived a late Oshawa rally - and a big night from Tavares - in a 7-4 win over the Generals on Friday night in the Ontario Hockey League. Kurtz scored twice in Sudbury's four-goal first period, and the Wolves extended their lead to 5-1 early in the second period on a goal from Matt Dias.
Oshawa replied with three straight second-period goals - including two by Tavares, who finished third in OHL scoring last season and is considered one of the top prospects for the 2009 NHL draft. His second of the game, a short-handed goal at 17:10 of the period, cut the lead to 5-4.
Patrik Lusnak restored Sudbury's two-goal cushion 47 seconds later, and Eric O'Dell added an empty-net goal to conclude the scoring in the final minute of the game.
In other Ontario Hockey League action Friday, it was: Ottawa 4 Brampton 2; Guelph 4 Sault Ste. Marie 3 (OT); Windsor 4 Sarnia 2; London 4 Erie 0; and Kitchener 4 Plymouth 2.
At Sudbury, Ont., J.K. Gill and Dean Howard had the other goals for the Wolves (1-0-0-0).
Tavares finished with two goals and two assists for the Generals (0-1-0-0). Robert Kousal added a pair of goals, while Calvin de Haan chipped in with three assists.
Andrew Loverock earned the win with 22 saves for Sudbury.
Neil Conway stopped 29 shots for Oshawa.
67's 4 Battalion 2
At Brampton, Ont., Michael Latta scored twice, including the power-play winner with 28 seconds remaining in the second period, as Ottawa beat the Battalion.
Thomas Kiriakou and Cory Cowick also scored for the 67's (1-0-0-0).
Ken Peroff and Jason Dale replied for Brampton (0-1-0-0).
Storm 4 Greyhounds 3 (OT)
At Guelph, Ont., Tyler Melancon's goal 41 seconds into overtime propelled the Storm past Sault Ste. Marie.
Anthony Nigro, Travis Gibbons and Matt Kennedy added singles for Guelph (1-0-0-0)
Matthew Lyall scored twice and Michael Quesnele had a single for the Greyhounds (0-0-1-0).
Spitfires 4 Sting 2
At Sarnia, Ont., Andrew Engelage made 24 saves as Windsor celebrated its anointing as the top-ranked team in the Canadian Hockey League with a win over the Sting.
Andrew Yogan, Greg Nemisz, Austin Watson and Rob Kwiet scored for the Spitfires (1-0-0-0).
Daniel Lombardi and Miroslav Preisinger countered for the Sting (0-1-0-0).
Knights 4 Otters 0
At London, Ont., Jason Guy stopped 34 shots for his third career Ontario Hockey League shutout as the Knights blanked Erie.
Matt Clarke and Dominic DeSando led the way with a goal and an assist apiece for London (1-1-0-0), while Kyle Kerbashian and Daniel Erlich also scored.
Jaroslav Janus stopped 43 shots in defeat for the Otters (0-1-0-0).
Rangers 4 Whalers 2
At Kitchener, Ont., Scott Timmins and Jeff Skinner each scored twice as the defending OHL-champion Rangers downed Plymouth.
Parker Van Buskirk stopped 25 shots to preserve the win for the Rangers (1-0-0-0).
RJ Mahalak had two goals for Plymouth (0-1-0-0).