Subban fed his brother, Jordan, who in turn set up Chad Hefferman for the icebreaker, the first of three unanswered first-period goals for the Belleville Bulls. Hamilton’s helper helped to close the gap to 3-2, but that was as far as the Niagara Ice Dogs went.
Subban was subsequently granted three insurance strikes to nab a 6-2 victory. Although, three nights later, his toil with his third-largest workload of the season went to waste as his skating mates went dry in a 3-1 loss to Kingston.
Hamilton continued his playmaking and production streak and his Ice Dogs emulated their previous adversary in Friday’s visit to Mississauga.
Hamilton tallied an assist as part of a four-goal, first-period jump-start and later helped to set up a third-period power-play conversion that stood as the decider in a 6-4 win. His assist on Ryan Strome’s last-ditch goal was put to less use the next night as the Dogs fell from ahead to lose to the Brampton Battalion, 6-5.
Strome’s only company in the OHL’s 50-point club so far this season is Seth Griffith, who rebounded from a rare pointless outing last Tuesday to assist on four goals in the London Knight’s 5-3 Friday night win over Anthony Camara and the Barrie Colts.
Cody Payne is likewise nursing a two-game pointless drought, his latest tally being a helper last Wednesday. Although, it was an important assist at that as he had the primary setup on Rickard Rackell’s equalizer with 85 seconds in regulation.
Payne’s Plymouth Whalers proceeded to nab the 4-3 win in the resultant overtime period, ultimately helping them retain the best winning percentage in the West Division. They trail the Sarnia Sting by a single point, but have two games in hand.
In the U.S. junior ranks, Matt Benning and the Dubuque Fighting Saints are still sitting comfortably atop the USHL’s leaderboard even after splitting their two-game weekend slate. They hold an eight-point edge over Muskegon for first in the Eastern Conference and a five-point gap for first overall.
Matt Grzelcyk’s Boston University team did not gain any ground in the Hockey East standings, but perhaps more importantly did not fall any further behind rival Boston College. The Terriers and Eagles split a home-and-home card over the weekend with Grzelcyk’s goal standing as Friday night’s winner in a 4-2 triumph at Agganis Arena.
Although Brian Ferlin was kept off the scoreboard, Cornell nudged up the ECAC leaderboard with back-to-back 3-1 victories over Clarkson and St. Lawrence. Fellow Bruins draftee Ben Sexton, who remains out of commission with an injury, could only watch as his Golden Knights dropped their Friday bout with the Big Red and then slipped in overtime, 5-4, at Colgate on Saturday.