AOHL This Week

Around The OHL This Week (December 2)

Week 10 Power Rankings:

  1. Erie Otters (2) – Have won their past 4 games, and beat Kitchener head-to-head. How will they handle losing Strome and Dermott to Team Canada’s selection camp.
  2. Kitchener Rangers (1) – Couldn’t pull out the win against Erie, but had a very nice win against Barrie.
  3. London Knights (3) – Still scoring, but still not quite on the same level as Erie and Kitchener. Not very far off though
  4. Ottawa 67’s (7) – Time to give Leo Lazarev some love, has been dominant in his last 4 starts, all 67’s wins, and carrying a 1.50 GAA and .947 SAV% over that span
  5. Peterborough Petes (10) 8 wins and an OT loss over their last 9, no team is hotter. High ranking may seem crazy, but they’ve earned it
  6. Kingston Frontenacs (9) – Bounced back nicely from a bad loss to Ottawa. Will be really hurt by Crouse, Watson and McKeown leaving for selection camp
  7. Windsor Spitfires (4) – Rough stretch for the Spits, playing three straight games. Still played London hard. Shouldn’t be this low for long
  8. Barrie Colts (5) – Tough schedule, losing to Kitchener and Niagara, but are still 7-3 over their last 10. May need to make a trade to win the East
  9. Sarnia Sting (6) – Mistele trade comes at the right time, gives the Sting an experienced scoring presence they’ve missed
  10. North Bay Battalion (14) – 19 goals in their last 3 games is surprising based on North Bay’s reputation, but can they beat any of the teams ahead of them?
  11. Niagara IceDogs (8) – Last week I asked if they could sustain momentum. They lost 6-1 to North Bay the next day. Nice win against Barrie, but can have struggled against teams they should be beating
  12. Mississauga Steelheads (12) – Played Erie close, then beat Hamilton and Owen Sound. Will need more weeks like that to start climbing
  13.  Owen Sound Attack (11) – A drop is inevitable when you have to play Barrie, followed by playing London twice on back-to-back nights
  14. Flint Firebirds (16) – Beating Sudbury isn’t exactly something to write home about, but they will continue to find ways to win as long as Nedeljkovic is in net
  15. Saginaw Spirit (18) – Got a win against Windsor, when most of the teams below them are on losing skids. Move ahead by default
  16. Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (13) – Lost their last 4 games, but also had to play Kitchener and Erie. Ouch
  17. Oshawa Generals (15) – What a greeeaaat time to have to play back-to-back games against Peterborough. Mistele trade means they are open for business
  18. Hamilton Bulldogs (17) – Got an OT win against Sudbury to get back into the win column
  19. Sudbury Wolves (19) – Keep coming close to winning games, but just can’t finish. New forward Mikkel Aagaard had a nice 2 goal debut
  20. Guelph Storm (20) – What more can I say.

Biggest Rise: Peterborough (Up 5)
Biggest Drop:Windsor, Barrie, Sarnia, Niagara, SSM (Down 3)

Top Performers of the Week:

FORWARDS:
Christian Dvorak (London): 3GP, 6 G 3A 9Pts, +3
Mitch Marner (London): 3GP, 2G 6A 8Pts, +2
Eric Cornel (Peterborough): 3GP, 5G 1A 6Pts, +3
Alex DeBrincat (Erie): 3GP, 3G 4A 7Pts, +3

DMEN:
Olli Juolevi (London): 3GP, 0G 5A 5Pts, +1
Markus Niemelainen (Saginaw): 3GP, 1G 4A 5Pts, -1
Mikhail Sergachev (Windsor): 3GP, 2G 2A 4Pts, +3

Games To Watch:

Thursday December 3rd:
Kingston @ Peterborough: Petes are just two points back of Fronts for East Division lead, first half of home and home
Flint @ Windsor: Brothers Francesco and Gabriel Vilardi faceoff in Windsor

Friday December 4th:
North Bay @ Sarnia: Matt Mistele will make Sting debut after trade from Oshawa
Ottawa @ Kitchener: Miles Liberati will make Rangers debut against and Ottawa team with four straight wins

Saturday December 5th:
Owen Sound @ Erie: Teams play in Erie for the second straight night, real good Midwest Division matchup

Sunday December 6th:
Ottawa @ Sarnia: 67’s finish three in three roadtrip with a Teddy Bear Toss game in Sarnia, two teams met last Sunday in Ottawa

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