Lake Erie ends their four game losing streak, beats Rochester 4-1. Starter Jason Bacashihua carried a shut-out until the 12:29 mark of the third period. He stopped 24 shots in the contest to earn his ninth win of the season.
Scoring for the Monsters was forward Patrick Rissmiller with his seventh tally of the season. Justin Mercier (4), David Van der Gulik (3), and Matt Ford (10) also scored for the Monsters. Ryan Stoa contributed with two assists for Lake Erie, as did defenseman Kevin Montgomery.
Mercier, Rissmiller, and Bacashihua were named the three stars of the game. The Monsters will next face Hamilton in a home-and-home series.
Peterborough thumps Belleville 6-1. Belleville was out shot 36-27 and allowed three power play goals to Peterborough. Defenseman Stephen Silas was minus one for the Bulls. He was penalized for hooking in the third period. Belleville falls to 12-22-0-2.
Owen Sound upends Barrie 8-5. Owen Sound dominated in shots 49-30. After going pointless in three of his previous four games, Joey Hishon scored twice and added two helpers. The forward was assessed with a minor infraction for hooking in the second period. Hishon is now tied with team mate Garrett Wilson for the team scoring lead with 48 points.
Kitchener holds off Windsor 3-1. Brandon Maxwell had a fantastic night in net for the Rangers, stopping 44 of 45 Spitfires shots. He was named the first star of the game. The win keeps the Rangers within two points of Midwest Division leading Owen Sound. Yet, Kitchener does have three games in hand. Maxwell improves to 16-5-3.
Saskatoon out lasts Prince Albert 4-3. The Blades blew a 3-0 lead to the Raiders, but would score the game winner at the 8:52 mark of the third frame. Stefan Elliott did not factor in on the scoring and was even for the contest. The victory improves Saskatoon to the best record in the league at 27-8-0-1.
Spokane destroys Seattle 8-2. The Chiefs threw 56 shots at the Thunderbirds net. Calvin Pickard surrendered six of those goals on 39 shots faced in the first two periods. He was pulled in favor of Michael Salmon to start the third period. The loss drops Seattle to 15-13-3-4.
Tri-City dumps Portland 5-1. The Winterhawks have lost three games in a row. Troy Rutkowski was even for the game. Portland trails Saskatoon by two points for the best record in the league. However, the Blades have three games in hand.
Great Lakes Invitational (Detroit, MI)
Michigan doubles up Michigan Tech 4-2. Luke Moffatt assisted on the opening goal scored by the Wolverines in the second period. The freshman skated on the third line for Michigan and fired two shots on net. Michigan will face Colorado College in the tournament final.
World Junior Championship
Canada toys with Norway, stomps them 10-1. The Canadians scored six times in the opening frame. Tyson Barrie assisted on one of the three goals scored by Canada in the third period. He ended up with three shots on goal and a plus three rating. Canada will finish the round-robin with a game against the Swedes on Friday.