Junior Hockey / Week That Was

WTW: Gaudreau’s great debut, Counting on the Coles in Saginaw, and Evangelista scores his first three OHL goals

Benjamin Gaudreau of the Sarnia Sting. Photo by Terry Wilson / OHL Images.

Here’s what you might have missed from last week (Wed, Oct 16 – Sun, Oct 20)

Wednesday, October 16th

  • Damien Giroux’s second of the night was the OT winner as Saginaw defeated Sault Ste. Marie 4-3. Cole Perfetti and Blade Jenkins both had a pair of assists, dman Ilya Solovyov had three helpers.

Thursday, October 17th

  • Jamie Drysdale (2g 1a) led the way offensively in Erie’s 7-3 win over Niagara
  • Vladislav Kolyachonok (2g), Riley McCourt (3a) and Evgeniy Oksentyuk (4a) had multi point nights but Flint fell to Windsor 7-5. Tyler Angle (1g 2a) and Egor Afanasyev (2g 1a) led the way for the Spits.
  • After opening the season with nine games on the road, Peterborough finally played a home game, beating Hamilton 4-3.
  • Rookie goalie Benjamin Gaudrea made his OHL debut, making 49 saves in a 5-1 victory over Barrie to record his first win.

Friday, October 18th

  • Another multi-goal night from Arthur Kaliyev (2g 1a) as Hamilton doubled up Kingston 4-2.
  • Thomas Harley (1g 2a) capped off a three point night by scoring the game winner 3:49 into the third period. Akil Thomas and Philip Tomasino both had a goal and an assist for the IceDogs.
  • Hunter Jones made 32 saves and Liam Kirk (1g 1a) had a pair of points in Peterborough’s 3-1 win over Ottawa
  • Big offensive nights from Mason Millman (1g 3a), Cole Coskey (1g 2a), Nicholas Porco (2g 1a) and Cole Perfetti (1g 3a) helped Saginaw to a lopsided 9-1 win over North Bay
  • Multi-point nights from Quinton Byfield (2g 2a) and David Levin (3a) as Sudbury doubled up Barrie 4-2
  • Cam Hillis (3g 2a) and Pavel Gogolev (2g 2a) helped Guelph beat Erie 7-5. Jamie Drystdale (1g 1a) had another multi-point game for the Otters.
  • Jonathan Yantsis scored twice for Kitchener but Vladislav Kolyachonok scored the OT winner in Flint’s 4-3 victory.
  • Tyler Angle scored twice and Kari Piiroinen made 31 saves as Windsor beat London 4-2. Liam Foudy scored in his season debut for the Knights.
  • A day after recording their first win of the season, the Sarnia Sting handed the Oshawa Generals their first loss, a 9-5 win. Sean Josling (3g 2a) and Jamieson Rees (2g 2a) led the charge for the Sting. Brett Neumann scored a hat trick for the Gens.

Saturday, October 19th

  • Luke Evangelistsa scored his first, second, and third OHL goals in London’s 6-3 win over Kingston.
  • Chad Yetman (1g 1a) tied the game with less than 30 seconds left but Mississauga ended up taking the game 3-2 in a shootout. Thomas Harley (1g 1a) had a pair of points for the fish.
  • Jack Wismer scored twice and Ty Dellandrea (1g 2a) had three points as Flint doubled up North Bay 6-3.
  • Cedric Ralph (2g 1a) and Pavel Gogolev (2g 2a) helped Guelph beat Niagara 5-4 in a shootout.
  • Another big night from the Cole’s. Perfetti (2g 2a) and Coskey (1g 3a), as Saginaw beat Kitchener 5-3.
  • Matej Pekar (3g 2a) had a hat trick, and Jason Willms had three assists as Barrie beat Sault Ste Marie 7-4.
  • Multi-point nights from Andrew Perrott (1g 1a) and Matthew Philip (1g 1a) helped Owen Sound pick up their 5th straight win, beating Sudbury 4-1.

Sunday, October 20th

  • Nolan Hutchenson scored twice as Sudbury doubled up Guelph 4-2.
  • Noel Hoefenmayer’s third goal of the night was the OT winner as Ottawa beat Hamilton 5-4. Joseph Garreffa (1g 2a) made his 67’s debut.
  • Sault Ste. Marie scored early and often in an 11-2 win over North Bay. Robert Calisti (2g 1a), Zack Trott (1g 3a), Ryan O’Rourke (2g 1a), Rory, Kerins (1g 3a) and Cole MacKay (2g) had big games for the Hounds.
  • Sarnia wrapped up a three win weekend with a 7-4 victory over Kingston, their first home win of the season. Sean Josling (1g 2a) and Jamieson Rees (1g 2a) continued their strong play.
  • Mason McTavish and Brady Hinz scored as Peterborough beat Oshawa 2-1 to complete a three win weekend for the Petes.


Previously winless Sting take three of three – After starting the season with seven straight losses the Sarnia Sting certainly had a statement weekend with three wins, including handing the Oshawa Generals their first loss of the season. Sean Josling and Jamieson Rees both had big weekends for the Sting, and so did Ryan Roth, who has five goals and 10 points in six games since joining the Sting from Sault Ste. Marie.

Benjamin Gaudreau of the Sarnia Sting. Photo by Terry Wilson / OHL Images.

49 saves in Gaudreau’s debut – An injury has delayed Gaudreau’s debut, but it was more than worth the wait for Sting fans. The seventh overall pick in the 2019 draft made 49 saves to help Sarnia record their first win of the season, 5-1 in Barrie.

Counting on the Cole’s – The Cole’s keep up their offensive pace in Saginaw, Perfetti has four goals and nine assists in is last four games, and Coskey has four goals and seven assists over those four games. Coskey had only been held off the scoresheet in one game this season, a 4-0 shutout loss to Peterborough.

Evangelista scores 1st, 2nd, and 3rd goals of his OHL career – It took Luke Evangelista a little while to score his first OHL goal, but he wasted no time in picked up his second and third. In Saturday’s win over Kingston, the London forward finally got the monkey off his back, and also scored his first hat trick. He now has three goals and eight points in nine games this season.

Gens drop first two – After starting the season 9-0 the Oshawa Generals lost their first, and second, games of the season on the weekend, a 9-5 loss to Sarnia, and 2-1 loss to Peterborough.

Gareffa to Ottawa – The overage forward made an impact in his 67’s debut, with a goal and assist in Ottawa overtime win over Hamilton. One of the most versitle players in the OHL, Garaffa has spent time playing forward and defense, and has 228 points in 246 games in his OHL career.

Player of the Week

Sean Josling (Sarnia Sting) – 3GP  6g 5a  11pts  

Sean Josling of the Sarnia Sting. (Photo by Luke Durda/OHL Images)

A big weekend from Sean Josling not only helped his team record their first three wins of the season, but it also propelled the overage forward into the league’s top ten in scoring. Going into the weekend with two goals and nine points in eight games, Josling torched the competition with 6 goals and 11 points in the three game weekend. That helped the sting pick up road wins over Barrie and Oshawa, and round out the weekend with a home win over Kingston. The Sting were also the first team to beat the Generals this season, and Josling led the way in that one with a hat trick and a pair of assists.

Best of The Rest

  • Cole Perfetti (Saginaw Spirit) – 3GP 3g 7a 10pts
  • Jamieson Ress (Sarnia Sting) – 3GP 4g 6a 10pts
  • Pavel Gogolev (Peterborough Petes) – 3GP 4g 4a 8pts
  • Matej Pekar (Barrie Colts) – 3GP 3g 3a 6pts
  • Jamie Drysdale (Erie Otters) – 3GP 3g 2a 5pts
  • Thomas Harley (Mississauga Steelheads) – 2GP 2g 3a 5pts
  • Hunter Jones (Peterborough Petes) – 3-0-0-0  1.67 GAA and .943 save percentage

Cole Perfetti celebrates his second goal of the season. (Steven Frank Imagery)


Hosts Jake Jeffrey and Mike Stubbs are talking with former OHL, and assistant coach of the Owen Sound Attack, Joey Hishon. The guys talk about the ups and downs of Hishon’s playing career, and his move behind the bench of the team he once played for.


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