Just like last season, a Belleville netminder has the Kingston Frontenacs' number.
Bulls goaltender Philipp Grubauer picked up where Mike Murphy left off, making 45 saves in a 3-2 shootout win over the Kingston Frontenacs on Friday night in the Ontario Hockey League.
Last season, Grubauer was the backup to Murphy, a to two-time OHL top goaltender who now plays for Albany in the American Hockey League. Murphy was particularly outstanding whenever facing Kingston, losing only once in regulation over three seasons.
So far, Grubauer is showing all the signs of being the new nemesis for the Frontenacs, stopping all five Kingston shootout attempts before Luke Judson put the game away for the Bulls.
"It looked like the reincarnation of Murphy," Bulls coach and GM George Burnett said. "(Grubauer) was full marks for his effort.
"He always questions himself in shootouts, but he made five good saves against five quality shooters."
Ethan Werek's goal with less than two minutes left in the third period enabled Kingston to get into the overtime and pick up a point, which moved the Frontenacs into first place in the East Division.
Elsewhere in the OHL it was: Owen Sound 3 Plymouth 0; Kitchener 4 Erie 0 ; London 7 Oshawa 4; Mississauga 4 Peterborough 3; Ottawa 7 Brampton 4; Windsor 7 Sault Ste. Marie 4; Saginaw 6 Sarnia 1; Barrie 7 Guelph 5 and Sudbury 5 Niagara 4.
At Kingston, Ont., Adam Payerl and Stephen Johnston scored in regulation for Belleville (5-10-1).
Nathan Moon scored the other goal for Kingston (8-8-1), his seventh goal in four games.
Kingston netminder Tyler Beskorowany made 29 saves and held of the Bulls in regulation after Belleville took a 2-0 lead in the first period. He would not fare as well in the shootout, giving up a goal to Luke Judson.
Attack 3 Whalers 0
At Plymouth, Mich., Marcus Carroll had a goal and three assists as Owen Sound scored three first-period goals to defeat the Whalers.
Bobby Mignardi scored twice to back Scott Stajcer's 29-save performance, while Jesse Blacker, Mike Halmo and Jason Wilson scored the others for the Attack (6-10-3).
Plymouth captain Ryan Hayes, in his first game since shoulder surgery sidelined him after the first game of the year, and Tyler Seguin tallied for the Whalers (9-6-0).
Rangers 4 Otters 0
At Kitchener, Ont., Jeff Skinner scored a hat trick and rookie netminder Brandon Maxwell recorded his first shutout as the Rangers blanked Erie.
Skinner has been a model of consistency for the Rangers so far this season with a point in 12 of Kitchener's first 15 games. The Markham, Ont., native has five goals and two assists in his last four games.
Maxwell improved his record to 6-1-2 with his strongest performance of the season, stopping all 39 shots he faced.
Jeremy Morin also scored for the Rangers (11-1-3), who scored all four goals on the power play and are on a four-game winning streak.
Knights 7 Generals 4
At London, Ont., Toronto Maple Leafs' first round pick Nazem Kadri scored twice and added an assist as the Knights beat Oshawa.
Jared Knight and Michael MacDonald both had a goal and an assist for the Knights (11-4-0). Leigh Salters, Phil Varone, and Kalle Ekelund all had markers for London, which won its third consecutive game. Michael Hutchinson made 26 saves in his sixth win of the season.
Jimmy McDowell scored twice for Oshawa (7-7-2) and Scott Valentine and Andy Andreoff each had a goal. Goaltender Michael Zador stopped 51 shots. The loss continues a four game slide for the Generals.
Majors 4 Petes 3
At Mississauga, Ont., Corey Bureau had a goal and an assist and Devante Smith-Pelly added a pair of assists as the St. Michael's Majors extended their winning streak to six games with a 4-3 victory over Peterborough.
Bureau scored his fourth goal of the season with 12 seconds remaining in the second period and set up Rob Flick for his fifth goal of the campaign six minutes earlier for Mississauga (11-3-0).
Dustin Ekelman had the other Mississauga goal.
Justin Larson, Matt Puempel and Pat Daley found the net for the Petes (8-9-0).
67's 7 Battalion 4
At Ottawa, Jon Carnevale and Ryan Martindale each scored twice Friday night as the 67's won for just the second time in their past 11 games, beating Brampton.
Brian Birkoff scored his first of the season early in the third and that turned out to be the game winner. Carnevale and Martindale then added some insurance with their second each.
Thomas Nesbitt and Tyler Toffoli also scored for the 67's (4-9-3), who snapped a two-game losing streak. Goaltender Chris Perugini made 22 saves.
Sean Jones and Matt MacLeod scored twice each for the Battalion (5-8-2) and Patrick Killeen made 24 saves in the loss.
Spitfires 7 Greyhounds 4
At Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., Eric Wellwood scored four goals to lead Windsor 7-4 over Sault Ste. Marie.
Kenny Ryan scored and had an assist for the Spitfires (13-3-0), while Harry Young and Scott Timmins also had goals. Goaltender Tony Passingham made 26 saves.
Jake Carrick had a goal and an assist, while James Livingston and T.J. Battani both scored for the Greyhounds (9-7-1). Robin Lehner stopped 59 shots.
Spirit 6 Sting 1
At Sarnia, Ont., Jordan Skellett had a goal and three assists as the Spirit thumped Sarnia 6-1.
Ivan Telegin added a goal and two assists for Saginaw (9-4-2), while Jordan Szwarz, Tyler Murovich and Josh Shalla all had a goal and an assist. Joe Pleckaitis also scored.
Craig Hottot had the lone reply for the Sting (8-6-1).
Colts 7 Storm 5
At Guelph, Ont., Bryan Cameron scored a hat trick and added an assist as Barrie topped the Storm.
Darren Archibald scored twice, Luke Pither had a goal and an assist and Stefan Della Rovere also scored for the Colts (11-4-1).
Taylor Beck had a goal and two assists for Guelph (8-6-1). Corey Syvret, Mathew Sisca, Connor Tresham and Cody McNaughton added goals.
Wolves 5 IceDogs 4
At Sudbury, Ont., John Kurtz and Eric O'Dell scored twice as Sudbury beat Niagara.
John McFarland had the game winner for the Wolves (6-9-1) as well as two assists. Goaltender Andrew Loverock stopped 38 shots in the win, his third of the season.
Freddie Hamilton and Chris DeSousa both had a goal and an assist for the IceDogs (6-8-3). Marco Insam and Jay Gilbert also scored. Mark Visentin made 28 saves.