Brett Parnham of the Oshawa Generals is doing all he can to fill the hole left by John Tavares.
Parnham scored a hat trick as Oshawa held off the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds for a 5-4 victory on Sunday in the Ontario Hockey League.
The 19-year-old from Orillia, Ont., has been on fire since the Generals dealt Tavares to London. He has points in each of the five games since the trade, recording eight goals and two assists in that span. The undrafted five-foot-nine centre leads current Oshawa players with 49 points (33 goals, 16 assists) in 42 games.
Led by Parnham's three goals, the Generals (21-18-1-4) jumped out to a 4-1 lead after 20 minutes. Jeff Hayes made it 5-1 on a power play early in the second period before Jordan Nolan and Brett Thompson replied for Sault Ste. Marie to make it 5-3.
Jamie Haines cut the deficit to one early in the third, but it wasn't enough for the Greyhounds (16-27-2-1), who outshot Oshawa 40-16 over the final two periods.
Elsewhere in the OHL, it was: Brampton 7, Sarnia 2; Ottawa 2, Mississauga 1 (SO); Saginaw 6, Kingston 3; and Erie 6, Kitchener 3.
At Oshawa, Ont., Christian Thomas opened the scoring and added an assist for the Generals, while Jordan Carroll had the other goal for Sault Ste. Marie.
Michael Zador made 43 saves for Oshawa. Greyhounds netminding duty was split between Cody St. Jacques, who allowed four goals on six shots, and Bryce O'Hagan, who stopped 16 of 17 shots he faced.
Battalion 7, Sting 2
At Brampton, Ont., Evgeny Grachev extended his point streak to six games with two goals and an assist as the Battalion dismantled Sarnia.
Anthony Peluso scored twice, Ken Peroff had a goal and two assists, while Cody Hodgson and Jason Dale both added a goal for Brampton (28-14-1-1). Matt Duchene chipped in two assists.
Justin DiBenedeto and Jamie Arniel replied for the Sting (22-19-2-3).
67's 2, Majors 1 (SO)
At Mississauga, Ont., Anthony Nigro scored in regulation and had the only goal of the shootout to lift Ottawa over the Majors.
Adam Courchaine stopped 41 shots for the 67's (26-15-2-2) and was perfect in the shootout.
Blake Parlett tied the game for Mississauga (22-19-1-2) near the 13-minute mark of the third period
Spirit 6, Frontenacs 3
At Kingston, Ont., Jordan Skellett scored the game-winner and added two assists as Sagina doubled up on the Frontenacs.
Jordan Szwarz and Jack Combs had a goal and an assist each, while Adam Comrie, Kyle Bochek and Nick Crawford also scored for the Spirit (26-15-0-3). Tyler Murovich added three assists.
Nathan Moon, Stephen Francella and Bobby Mignardi found the net for Kingston (9-30-4-3).
Otters 6, Rangers 3
At Kitchener, Ont., Sean Jones scored twice in the third period to lead Erie past the Rangers.
Mike Cazzola had two goals and an assist, Tyler Hostetter scored and added two assists, and Greg McKegg also scored for the Otters (22-21-2-0).
Christian Stevens, Julian Cimadamore and Tyler Randell replied for Kitchener (18-24-1-1).