Justin Bailey scored a pair of goals as Kitchener got past Sarnia 4-1. The two-goal effort was Bailey's third since joining the Rangers last season, and up his production to five points (3+2) through four contents. Next up for Kitchener is a Saturday visit to Owen Sound.
Justin Kea put his first goal of the year into an empty net as Ssginaw defeated Plymouth 5-2. Eric Locke, who earlier in the day returned to Saginaw and received the team's "C", notched three assists in the victory. The Spirit will look to keep the momentum going when they complete the home-and-home at Plymouth on Saturday.
Brady Austin (+1) was held off the score sheet for a second-straight game as Belleville dropped a 3-2 decision at Oshawa. The Bulls host Sault Ste. Marie on Saturday.
In WHL action, Logan Nelson connected for a power play strike and added an assist as Victoria came up short 4-3 at Kamloops. The Royals will get a day off before a Sunday afternoon tilt with Tri-City.
In the USHL, Connor Hurley scored on the power play as Muskegon remained undefeated with a 3-0 blanking of Fargo. The goal gives the Notre Dame commit goals in two straight games, and points in all four games played. The Lumberjacks will look to keep the streak alive when the two clubs play a rematch on Saturday.
Judd Peterson did not score as Cedar Rapids edged Youngstown 4-3. Peterson was assessed a slashing major and game misconduct after a scrum at the final buzzer. Buffalo Jr. Sabres product Andrew Poturalski scored the game winning goal and added a pair of helpers to pace the RoughRiders. Cedar Rapids are off until next Saturday when they host Dubuque.
In the AHL regular season opener, Luke Adam lit the lamp and recorded a team-best five shots on goal as Rochester got drilled by Grand Rapids 8-1. Jerome Gauthier-Leduc and Phil Varone drew assists on the Adam marker, while Matt Hackett was chased out of the cage in the late stages of the middle frame after allowing six goals on 30 shots. Nathan Lieuwen stopped five of seven shots in relief. The Amerks will look to even the slate next Friday when they take on Utica.