It was a home coming of sorts for goaltender Adam Courchaine of the Erie Otters.
Anthony Luciani earned the hat trick as Erie defeated the Ottawa 67's 5-2 in Ontario Hockey League play Friday night. A former member of the 67's, Courchaine made 44 saves to beat his old team for the second time this season. Courchaine was traded to the Sarnia Sting before the start of the season and then to the Otters in January. He was a 7-0 loser with the Sting in his first trip home after the trade.
"I was very excited to learn that I was going to get to play again here," said Courchaine, who is from the Ottawa area.
"It's always nice to play in front of family and friends and this was a very big game for us as a team. Luckily the guys were able to score five."
Elsewhere in the OHL it was Plymouth 6 Mississauga 2; Kingston 3 Brampton 2 (SO); Guelph 4 Kitchener 3 (OT); London 2 Saginaw 1; Sarnia 5 Owen Sound 0; Sudbury 2 Niagara 1 and Belleville 9 Oshawa 4.
At Ottawa, Mike Cazzola and Greg McKegg also scored for the Otters (28-23-7).
Corey Cowick and Dalton Smith were the only 67's (30-22-7) to beat Courchaine.
Whalers 6 Majors 2
At Plymouth, Mich., Tyler Seguin had a hat trick and an assist to lift the Whalers to a win over Mississauga.
Phil McRae had a goal and two assists for Plymouth (34-22-2), while AJ Jenks and James Livingston also tallied.
Casey Cizikas and David Corrente replied for the Majors (37-15-6).
Frontenacs 3 Battalion 2 (SO)
At Kingston, Ont., Joe Pleckaitis and Alan Quine scored in the shootout as the Frontenacs eked out a win over Brampton.
Taylor Doherty and Nathan Moon both had a goal and an assist for Kingston (28-26-4).
Cody Hodgson and Sam Carrick scored in regulation for the Battalion(21-24-13), while Sean Jones tallied in the shootout.
Storm 4 Rangers 3 (OT)
At Kitchener, Ont., Michael Latta scored twice, including in overtime, as Guelph upset the Rangers.
Tyler Carroll had a goal and an assist for Guelph (26-27-4), while Francis Menard added a single.
John Moore tallied and added an assist for Kitchener (36-16-5), while Dan Kelly and Ryan Murphy chipped in as well.
Knights 2 Spirit 1
At London, Ont., Stephen Sanza had the eventual winner as the Knights edged Saginaw.
Colin Martin had the other goal for London (42-14-2).
Michael Kantor was the lone scorer for Saginaw (28-24-6).
Sting 5 Attack 0
At Sarnia, Ont., Shayne Campbell made 28 saves as the Sting rolled Owen Sound.
Craig Hottot scored twice for Sarnia (16-38-4), while Tyler Peters, Kale Kerbashian and Joe Rogalski also tallied.
Scott Stajcer stopped 27 shots for the Attack (26-28-6).
Wolves 2 IceDogs 1
At Subdury, Ont., Kristoff Kontos had the eventual winner as the Wolves nipped Niagara.
Marcus Foligno had the other goal for Sudbury (22-30-5).
Alex Friesen was the lone scorer for Niagara (21-30-7).
Bulls 9 Generals 4
At Oshawa, Ont., Michael Curtis fired a hat trick to lead Belleville to a thrashing of the Generals.
Alex Aleardi added two goals and two assists for the Bulls (18-33-7), while Luke Judson also scored twice. Brett Mackie and Richard Panik had the other Belleville goals.
Christian Thomas replied with a pair of goals for the Generals (21-32-5), who have now lost 10 games in a row. Boone Jenner and J.P. Labardo scored the others.