AOHL This Week

Around The OHL This Week (March 9)

Power Rankings:

  1. London Knights – Hard to pick between London and Kingston, but the Knights played four games this week and bowled over everyone in those games, beating Erie, SSM and Kitchener x2.
  2. Kingston Frontenacs – A whopping eight game winning streak, and they are crushing teams, including a big win against Windsor. Only other game was against Flint though, giving London a slight edge.
  3. Erie Otters – Got drubbed by London, barely beat a struggling Kitchener team, then lost to Niagara. Now they look like they might even lose the Western crown to London.
  4. Sarnia Sting – Lost to SSM, but they won the game they needed to by beating Windsor. Beating Windsor again on Thursday combined with a good week could guarantee home ice advantage.
  5. Barrie Colts – Winners of four straight, outscoring teams 25-8 in that span, however none of the teams they beat are particularly impressive. Wins put them safely ahead of North Bay for the Central Division crown.
  6. Windsor Spitfires – Hot streak ended with losses to Sarnia and Kingston, but managed to win against North Bay and gave Sarnia a run for their money. Only one point back from Sarnia in the West Division.
  7. North Bay Battalion – Wasn’t a particularly strong week, losing to Owen Sound and Windsor, but got back on track with a win against Flint. Face a weaker schedule the rest of the way.
  8. Kitchener Rangers – Only one point out of their last four games. Team seems headed in the wrong direction at the wrong time. Luckily, last week was a very difficult week, but it gets easier from here schedule wise.
  9. Owen Sound Attack – Big win against North Bay, and only loss of the week came against a streaking Barrie team. Getting hot at the right time, but will be in tough to beat whoever ends up as the three seed (either London or Erie).
  10. Peterborough Petes – Won both their games this week, and enter an interesting battle for home ice between themselves, Niagara, Ottawa and Mississauga.
  11. Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds – Nearly came back to beat take London to OT on Friday, and managed to beat the Sting on the road. Would be battling for home ice if they weren’t in the West
  12. Niagara IceDogs – Lost to a hot Barrie team, but managed to reel off two straight wins, including a 4-2 win against Erie. If this team puts it all together in the playoffs, look out.
  13. Ottawa 67’s –Lost to Barrie, but won the next two games on the road against Hamilton and Guelph. Streak will probably end there though, as they play Kingston and Barrie next.
  14. Mississauga Steelheads – Played well in losses to Peterborough and Oshawa, and won against Sudbury. Another team that might be scary if they “come of age” just in time for the playoffs.
  15. Oshawa Generals – Remarkably on a roll right now, winning three straight, and four of their last five. Sometimes it’s easy to forget that they have relatively strong goal tending after all the trades they made.
  16. Hamilton Bulldogs – Only two points back of Oshawa, and their schedule isn’t awful the rest of the way. Will be interesting to watch them chase Oshawa for the last playoff spot.
  17. Saginaw Spirit – Likely to win the final playoff spot in the west almost by default, thanks to Flint and Guelph’s struggles. Good thing too, their final three games are going to be tough.
  18. Flint Firebirds – Nice OT win against Saginaw, but then got blown out of the water in their next two games. Face an absolutely critical off-season both on the ice and off.
  19. Sudbury Wolves – Another top three pick should help speed along the rebuild, and while they’re still losing, they’ve been getting promising play from their younger players.
  20. Guelph Storm – Having their next two games come against Erie isn’t exactly promising. In a similar spot as Sudbury, just building for next year.

 

Top Performers of the week:

FORWARDS:
Kevin Labanc (Barrie) – 3GP, 2G 5A 7Pts, +5
Aaron Berisha (London) – 4GP, 8G 3A 11Pts, +6
Gabe Guertler (Sault Ste. Marie) – 3GP, 2G 5A 7Pts, +1
Hunter Garlent (Peterborough) – 2GP, 6G 1A 7Pts, +1

DMEN:
Rasmus Andersson (Barrie) – 3GP, 1G 3A 4Pts, +3
Dominik Masin (Peterborough) – 2GP, 0G 6A 6Pts, +3
Jacob Middleton (Ottawa) – 3GP, 0G 5A 5Pts, +3

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