Alexander Galchenyuk continued to hold a hot hand and the Sarnia Sting are riding his coat tails. The Sting beat the Guelph Storm 4-2 in Sarnia Friday night. Galchenyuk scored two goals and added an assist.
With 24 goals, 32 assists and 56 points in 32 games, Galchenyuk has climbed into second place in the OHL scoring race. After an early season slump, the Canadiens top 2012 draft choice has over the last sixteen games averaged over two points a game; 16 goals, 19 assists for 35 points.
Galchenyuk has been playing right wing on a line with centre Charles Sarault and left wing Read Boucher. In Sarnia’s 33 games this season the line has combined for 98 goals.
Sarnia will play at home against Kingston on Sunday.
In other Junior games…
………The QMJHL’s Chicoutimi Sagueneens lost a 2-1 decision at Rimouski Friday. Their top scorer, Charles Hudon is out west as the only Canadiens draft pick as part of the Team Canada entry at the World Junior tournament.
………At Drummondville, 2011 draft choice Olivier Archambault failed to pick up a point as the Voltigeurs lost 6-3 to Sherbrooke.
……….The Western Hockey League’s Saskatoon Blades edged the Swift Current Broncos 4-3. Defenceman Dalton Thrower, one of the Canadiens two second round picks in the 2012 entry draft, added an assist. The Blades have won all five games since Thrower returned to the lineup from an injury. Over that span he has four assists and is plus-10. 2011 draft pick Darren Dietz was held off the scoresheet.
……Kamloops forward Tim Bozon (3rd round 2012) failed to pick up a point as the Blazers dropped a 4-2 decision at Lethbridge.
……..In the East Coast Hockey League, neither Alaska’s Scott Gomez nor Utah’s Colby Armstrong were in the lineup as the teams faced each other in Salt Lake City. The ECHL leading Alaska Aces edged Utah 5-4. Gomez has been bothered by a nagging lower body injury. Between that and a bout of food poisoning he has missed six of the Aces’ last eleven games. Armstrong made his debut with Utah earlier in the week, but was kept out of their lineup for this game.