AOHL This Week

Around The OHL This Week (December 15)

Week 13 Power Rankings:

  1. Erie Otters (1) – On an eight game winning streak, and able to get scoring anywhere in the lineup. They’ll need that depth for when the WJC begins
  2. Kitchener Rangers (2) – A rare sight: A top team in the OHL that isn’t going to lose too many players to the WJC. Should feast on teams over the rest of the month
  3. London Knights (3) – Thanks to WJC and suspensions, they’ll lose 4 forwards, 3 defenders and 2 goalies for at least 2 games. Third-string goalie Emmanuel Vella will make the next two starts
  4. Kingston Frontenacs (4) – Still the class of the East, although that Erie loss keeps them out of Top 3 conversation for now. It helps that they are getting Spencer Watson back early.
  5. Windsor Spitfires (9) – Excellent bounce-back week, shutting out Sarnia and winning a tight one against Kitchener. New acquisition Lemieux already has 6 points in 3 games for the Spits
  6. Mississauga Steelheads (8) – Have won three straight, including an OT win over Windsor and a shutout against Flint. A busy weekend looms though.
  7. Sarnia Sting (6) – Their game against Windsor could have gone better, but they notched a win against Flint, and get Chychrun back early from WJC camp
  8. Barrie Colts (11) – Got shelled by London, but played much better against Hamilton. If the goaltending can just be average, they shouldn’t lose too much ground in the East
  9. Niagara IceDogs (7) – It has to make a GM nervous when he makes an “all-in” move to shore up goaltending, and the team responds by losing their offence
  10. Peterborough Petes (5) – Team defence took a week off, even though they pulled out a 7-6 win over Hamilton. Still in the hunt in the quickly crowding East
  11. Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (12) – Won two out of three games this week. Not quite good enough for the Top 10, but much closer than you might think
  12. Owen Sound Attack (15) – Bad loss to Kitchener, but notched a win over Sudbury and crushed Peterborough 7-0. Needs the offence to keep it up
  13. North Bay Battalion (16) – Big win over London, beating the Knights 7-2, but would have been even better had McKenzie, Shankar and Baird not been suspended
  14. Saginaw Spirit (14) – Winners of five of their last six. Need to help out Evan Cormier though, the goalie has faced 30+ shots in most of those games
  15. Ottawa 67’s (10) – Falling apart even before Konecny left for WJC, they’ve now lost six straight. They can’t possibly slip further, right?
  16. Oshawa Generals (17) – Win against Niagara is enough to give them a small bump. Getting Dal Colle back is certainly an unexpected surprise for them
  17. Flint Firebirds (13) – The firesale has started, but the team is still pulling out the odd win. Team is surpassing offseason expectations.
  18. Hamilton Bulldogs (18) – Just imagine the assets they’ll get for Graham and Harper. Hands tied by the fact most contenders don’t have OA slots
  19. Sudbury Wolves (19) – Thanks to Guelph, they find themselves back in the win column. Gives them some breathing room in the race to not be last
  20. Guelph Storm (20) – Based on win %, if one chooses to watch a Storm game, there is only an 8.3% chance you’ll see them win. But there’s still a chance!

Biggest Rise: Windsor (Up 4)
Biggest Drop: Peterborough/Ottawa (Down 5)

Top Performers of the Week:

FORWARDS:
Mike Amadio (North Bay): 2GP, 2G 3A 5Pts, +2
Brenden Lemieux (Windsor): 3GP, 4G 2A 6Pts, +1
Christian Dvorak (London): 2GP, 3G 4A 7Pts, +5
Matt Tkachuk (London): 2GP, 1G 5A 6Pts, +6

DMEN:
Miles Liberati (Kitchener): 3GP, 1G 3A 4Pts, +6
Santino Centorame (Owen Sound): 3GP, 2G 2A 4Pts, -1
Mitch Vande Sompel  (Oshawa): 3GP, 0G 3A 3Pts, +1

Games To Watch:

Wednesday December 16:
Kitchener @ London: Though both rosters are depleted, this should be a good match-up between two of the league’s top teams

Thursday December 17:
Saginaw @ Windsor: Both teams have been playing well lately. Saginaw can prove that recent success is legitimate with a win, while Windsor can make a “We’re Back” statement

Friday December 18:
Sarnia @ Mississauga: Sarnia won 4-1 the first time these teams met, but the Steelheads are playing some good hockey right now. Both will look to gain ground in their divisions

Saturday December 19:
Sarnia @ Erie: Yes, Sarnia again. With Strome, DeBrincat, Dermott and Cernak gone for the WJC, it will be interesting to see how Erie is able to handle the talented Sting

OHL Notes:

  • London’s Jack Hidi, Brendan Burke and Brandon Crawley, and North Bay’s Brett McKenzie and Zach Shankar, all received 2 game suspensions for role in fight on Dec. 13
  • London’s Aiden Jamieson and North Bay’s Mike Baird received 3 game suspensions for role in fight on Dec. 13
  • Barrie trades Brenden Lemieux, a ’17 3rd round pick and a ’20 4th round pick, to Windsor in exchange for Anthony Stefano, a ’19 3rd round pick and a ’21 2nd round pick
  • Sudbury trades Trent Bourque to Owen Sound in exchange for Jarett Meyer and a ’18 conditional 5th round pick

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