AOHL This Week

Around The OHL (March 16)

Power Rankings:

  1. London Knights – Erie is putting up a fight to hold on to the top spot in the conference, but the Knights seven game winning streak is enough to keep the top spot here.
  2. Erie Otters – Still tops in the league, although they’re tied with London for that top spot (Erie holds the tiebreaker). Holding down the top spot means a series against 53 point Saginaw as opposed to 70 point Sault Ste. Marie.
  3. Sarnia Sting – Hitting their stride at exactly the right time. Current four game winning streak helped them lock up the West Division, and even got to trample the Spits on the way.
  4. Kingston Frontenacs – They were due for a step back, especially since they’ve already locked up the top spot in the East. Look for them to rest players with playoffs around the corner.
  5. Kitchener Rangers – Took advantage of a weaker schedule to get back on track with three straight wins. Looking like they’ll be playing the Spitfires in the first round in what should be one of the better series.
  6. Barrie Colts – Probably could have been higher after winning three of their four games this week. Like Kingston, they’ve already locked up their division so don’t be surprised if they rest guys.
  7. Windsor Spitfires – Rough week, getting beat down by Sarnia and then losing a close game to Owen Sound in the shootout. In a weird spot in the conference in that they sit by themselves at fifth while the rest of the conference is in flux.
  8.  Owen Sound Attack – Nice OT win for the Attack against Windsor, but they now have to face Erie and Kitchener to close out the season. Holding off SSM for now, but that means playing London in the first round if the season ended today.
  9. Niagara IceDogs – Crushed North Bay, but keep suffering bad losses, losing 4-1 to Hamilton in the very next game. How can they expect to win a couple games in a row when the playoffs come around?
  10. North Bay Battalion – Had a rather easy schedule and failed to take advantage. Have dropped back into the pack out East by going 3-5–2 over their last ten games. Not the way you want to enter the postseason.
  11. Ottawa 67’s – The opposite of North Bay. Have won three straight, including an OT thriller against Kingston. The whole team deserves credit for elevating their game even after the Konecny trade.
  12. Mississauga Steelheads – Only played once this week, but that one game was a win against Kingston. Gaining playoff experience this year will be huge for these guys as they look ahead to next year
  13. Peterborough Petes – Tough weekend, playing three games in four days, and they managed to beat Barrie and take a streaking Oshawa team to a shootout. Unfortunately, all their rivals were even better.
  14. Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds – Brutal schedule, playing London and Kitchener in the same weekend. Still notched a win against Saginaw, and could be a tough matchup for Sarnia if that’s how things work out.
  15. Oshawa Generals – Still rolling, and have won five of their last six, and that lone loss was to Kingston, the top team in the East. While the Peterborough game could have gone better for him, Jeremy Brodeur made 30+ saves in two of Oshawa’s three games.
  16. Hamilton Bulldogs – Fighting valiantly for the final playoff spot in the East. Beat Sudbury and Niagara, and find themselves only two points back of a playoff berth, but Oshawa has a game in hand.
  17. Saginaw Spirit – Played well against Sarnia, taking them to OT, but lost their other two games. Can they squeak out a win in the playoffs, or are they just going to be cannon fodder?
  18. Flint Firebirds – Pulled out a win against Erie, a big highlight for the team. Unfortunately they dropped the other two games, and face London next.
  19. Sudbury Wolves – They played a tight game against Hamilton, but couldn’t squeak out the win. Could end the year on a high note with a win against the struggling Battalion in their home-and-home.
  20. Guelph Storm – Have lost their past eleven games. Their best chance for a win before the season ends is against Flint on Saturday.

 

Top Performers of the week:

FORWARDS:
Mitchell Stephens (Saginaw) – 3GP, 2G 3A 5Pts, +1
Dylan Sadowy (Barrie) – 4GP, 4G 2A 6Pts, +4
Travis Konecny (Sarnia) – 3GP, 2G 4A 6Pts, +4
Alex DeBrincat (Erie) – 2GP, 6G 1A 7Pts, +1

DMEN:
Mitch Vande Sompel (Oshawa) – 3GP, 3G 1A 4Pts, Even
Dominik Masin (Peterborough) – 4GP, 0G 4A 6Pts, +4
Greg DiTomaso (Barrie) – 4GP, 2G 2A 4Pts, +5

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