This was a very difficult week to put together a power rankings list for, and not because of the top of the list. The top teams in the league fell into place rather nicely, while the bottom half of the list was a bit of a nightmare, as nearly every team managed to snag a win in this past week. While it makes it hard for me, it does bring up a point that was made two weeks ago. There has been a remarkable level of parity so far, and while gaps are starting to open up between the teams, each squad has shown an ability to nab a win at any point, whether it’s Flint beating Windsor, or Guelph beating North Bay.
1. Erie Otters (LW: 1) – It’s been 11 games since they’ve lost in regulation. It helps that they scored 16 goals in their last three games.
2. Kitchener Rangers (LW: 3) – Probably shouldn’t have needed overtime against Saginaw, but at least Adam Mascherin made it worth the extra anxiety.
3. London Knights (LW: 4) – I hate putting three teams from the same division at the top, but all three are on a roll, with London beating a Sarnia team that had been ranked ahead of them all year.
4. Oshawa Generals (LW: 6) – I may have jumped on the Oshawa bandwagon a little early these past two weeks, but they have been consistently winning against good teams for a while now.
5. Windsor Spitfires (LW: 7) – What a week for Windsor fans. Two great wins against two hot teams in Sault Ste. Marie and North Bay, and they get Sergachev back from the Habs.
6. Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (LW: 10) – You have to feel for Blake Speers and the Greyhounds. Speers broke his wrist in his first game back after being returned from the NHL. Still managed to beat Guelph and London.
7. Sarnia Sting (LW: 2) – Three games in three days is hard enough, but it gets harder when those three teams are Mississauga, London and North Bay. Winning one of three isn’t great, but could have been worse.
8. North Bay Battalion (LW: 15) – Nice wins against Oshawa and Sarnia, then took Windsor to OT. Unlike past North Bay teams, it’s been the offence leading the way.
9. Sudbury Wolves (LW: 9) – Lost to Oshawa, but that’s okay based on how the Generals have played. Beat Barrie, and will face a tough test against London this week.
10. Hamilton Bulldogs (LW: 5) – Another rough week, the Bulldogs will be in tough to get back on track, with three games in four days this upcoming week, including another match with London.
11. Owen Sound Attack (LW: 12) – Split their games with Guelph, and beat Niagara despite needing OT. Like last year, they could be even better if they were scoring.
12. Flint Firebirds (LW:8) – Could have slipped further, but nobody below really earned it. Some good wins on their resume, but keep losing to teams they should beat.
13. Peterborough Petes (LW: 16) – Beat Flint, and played close against a very strong Kitchener team. As mentioned last week, simply lacking consistency.
14. Kingston Frontenacs (LW: 18) – Won against Flint again,with Jeremy Helvig posting the shutout, but lost to a reeling Hamilton team.
15. Barrie Colts (LW: 11) – Pulled out a win against Niagara, but lost their other two matches of the week. Still, having a decent year for a rebuilding team.
16. Mississauga Steelheads (LW: 13) – Tough schedule against Oshawa and Sarnia, but it shouldn’t have been tough if this team played to their potential.
17. Niagara IceDogs (LW: 20) – Finally turned one of their close games into a win…then predictably lost their next two in a shootout and OT, respectively.
18. Ottawa 67’s (LW: 17) – Notched a win against Hamilton, but then gave up eight goals to Flint. Any semblance of defence could send this team higher, but until then, they’re here.
19. Guelph Storm (LW: 14) – Lost to the Greyhounds, but notched a win against Owen Sound.
20. Saginaw Spirit (LW: 19) – Played their hearts out against Kitchener, but the rest of their week wasn’t very pretty.