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North Bay, Windsor, and Erie win on first day of OHL Showcase at HarborCenter

Brett McKenzie scored the only goal of the shoot out while Mat Woroniuk saved all three shots he faced as the North Bay Battalion defeated the Kitchener Rangers, 4-3, in a shoot out in HarborCenter as the Ontario Hockey League preseason showcase kicked off at the downtown Buffalo rink.

Kitchener took a 1-0 first period lead on a goal from Connor Bunnaman. The teams traded goals in the second with Andy Baker (North Bay) and Greg Meireles (Kitchener) scoring. Then came a crazy third with North Bay taking a 3-2 lead. Luke Moncada scoring 26 seconds into the period and Justin Brazeau scoring at 2;15. Kitchener tied the game when Bunnaman scored with 36 seconds left sending the game to a shoot out.

The Windsor Spitfires scored three times in the second period to earn a 4-3 win over the Flint Firebirds. Flint took a 1-0 lead in the first on a goal from Hunter Holes. In the second, Chris Playfair scored twice for Windsor with a tally from Joseph Mizzi giving the Spitfires a 3-1 lead. Ty Dellandrea scored on the power play in the second for Flint, cutting the lead to 3-2. But Igor Larionov scored 1:45 into the third to give Windsor a two-goal cushion. A goal from Kyle Harris at 9:02 for the Firebirds closed out the scoring.

In the final game of the day, Cade Robinson scored a power-play goal at 5:32 of the second period to help the Erie Otters to a 4-1 win over the Peterborough Petes. Mitchell Mendonca opened the scoring for Erie in the first with Nick Isaacson scoring with one second left for Peterborough to tie the game. With a 2-1 lead, Patrick Fellows gave Erie a 3-1 lead and Josh Wainman sealed it with an empty-netter.

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