AOHL This Week

Around The OHL This Week (December 10)

Week 12 Power Rankings:

  1. Erie Otters (1) – Owen Sound gave them a scare, but they’ve won their last 6 games. Hard team to stop when they’re rolling
  2. Kitchener Rangers (2) – Almost as hot as Erie, having won their last four. Getting to keep Jeremy Bracco during the WJC’s is just a bonus
  3. London Knights (3) – On a seven game win streak, the Knights dominated the past week. Just need to show they can do it against the top teams
  4. Kingston Frontenacs (6) – Pulled ahead in the East by winning five of their last 6, although they sure cut it close against Hamilton
  5. Peterborough Petes (5) Although this week’s record wasn’t quite as strong, they played Kingston hard to get 2 wins, legitimizing themselves in the process
  6. Sarnia Sting (9) – Matt Mistele adds a scoring dimension that had been missing, freeing up Pavel Zacha to play like he always could.
  7. Niagara IceDogs (11) – Niagara had been losing too many one-goal games. With Alex Nedeljkovic, I’m willing to bet that stops
  8. Mississauga Steelheads (12) – Only two games this past week, losing to Niagara hurts but a nice win over Barrie
  9. Windsor Spitfires (7) – It’s like the whole team hit the rookie wall, but adding Brenden Lemieux from Barrie is enough to keep them in the Top 10
  10. Ottawa 67’s (4) – Oof. Goaltending let them down at the worst time. will need to string some wins together to build back that momentum
  11. Barrie Colts (8) – This is likely harsh, but they haven’t had an impressive win in a while and are going to lose Mackenzie Blackwood for quite some time
  12. Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (16) – They were too low last ranking, and have gone 3-0 since. Could be a sleeper to prey on teams missing WJC players
  13. Flint Firebirds (14) – The firesale has started, but the team is still pulling out the odd win. Team is surpassing offseason expectations.
  14. Saginaw Spirit (15) – Have also won their last three, and the teams below are uninspiring. Evan Cormier is really rounding into form
  15. Owen Sound Attack (13) – Again, they are competitive, but it looks like their lack of scoring punch will keep them in the 13-15 range
  16. North Bay Battalion (10) – Dismal week, but as long as Stan Butler is there, odds are they won’t drop any further
  17. Oshawa Generals (17) – How has Michael Dal Colle not been traded yet? What is Oshawa going to do if he gets injured at the WJC? Trade should have happened by now.
  18. Hamilton Bulldogs (18) – Would have moved higher had the teams ahead of them not been as good as they were.
  19. Sudbury Wolves (19) – Haven’t won in their past 15 games. It isn’t about this year though
  20. Guelph Storm (20) – Brightside, their only three wins behind Sudbury

Biggest Rise: Niagara, Mississauga, SSM (Up 4)
Biggest Drop:Ottawa, North Bay (Down 6)

Top Performers of the Week:

Mitchell Marner (London): 3GP  7G  4A  11Pts  +6  2GWG
Christian Dvorak (London): 3GP  3G  5A  8Pts  +5
Zachary Senyshyn (SSM): 3GP  7G  2A  9Pts  +1  1GWG

Benjamin Gleason (Hamilton): 3GP  2G  2A  4Pts  +2  1GWG
Gustav Bouramman (SSM): 3GP  0G  4A  4Pts  +4
Jakob Chychrun (Sarnia): 3GP  1G  5A  6Pts  +1  1GWG

Games To Watch:

Thursday December 10:
London @ Barrie: Colts will be in tough without Blackwood, Marner also at Canada’s WJC Camp

Friday December 11:
Erie @ Ottawa: Two of the OHLers most offensive teams square off, albeit without Konecny and Strome
Windsor @ Sarnia: First meeting of the season between two teams at the top of the West Division
Owen Sound @ Kitchener: Attack have endured a brutal stretch in their schedule, doesn’t get any easier in Kitchener

Saturday December 12:
Erie @ Kingston: Otters continue tough eastern road trip in Kingston

Sunday December 13:
Sudbury @ Guelph: The OHLers two worst teams meet in Guelph riding lengthy losing streaks, something has to give
Flint @ Sarnia: Sting have had trouble with Flint all season, but will it continue without Nedeljkovic?
Kitchener @ Windsor: Spits have stumbled a bit as of late, good measuring stick game against Rangers

OHL Notes:

    • Barrie’s Mackenzie Blackwood suspended eight games for slash vs Sudbury December 4
    • Erie’s Erik Cernak is the lone OHLer at Slovakia’s WJC camp
    • Three OHLers at Russia’s WJC Camp: Owen Sound’s Damir Sharipzyanov, Kitchener’s Dmitri Sergeyev and Niagara’s Alexander Mikulovich
    • Hamilton’s Christian Mieritz is the only OHLer on Denmark’s WJC camp
    • Sarnia’s Pavel Zacha and PEterboroughs Dominik Masin are the two OHLers and WJC with Czech Republic.
    • London’s Olli Juolevi, Flint’s Vili Saarijarvi, Kingston’s Juho Lammikko and Barri’e Julius Nattinen invited to Finlands WJC selection camp
    • Mississauga’s Alex Nylander is the only OHLer at WJC camp with Sweden

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