Here’s what you might have missed from last week (Wed, Feb 1 – Sun, Feb 5)
On Thursday, Alex DeBrincat scored his 39th and 40th goals of the season in a win over Peterborough, giving him 142 for his career, passing Brad Boyes for the most in franchise history. The Michigan native scored 51 goals in back to back seasons and is on pace to surpass that this year. He wasn’t done there, finishing the three game weekend with six goals and five assists.
His 92 points leads the OHL. He’s also three points away from 300 for his OHL career, not bad for his third season in the league after going undrafted. Winning all three games on their road trip to Eastern Ontario the Otters have now won eight straight, and sit two points up on London for top spot in the OHL.
The London Knights missed an opportunity to keep pace with Erie, losing 4-1 in Saginaw Saturday night. Tyler Parsons made 24 saves against Owen Sound Friday to record his fourth shutout of the season, eighth of his OHL career.
Windsor’s Michael DiPietro recorded his sixth shutout of the season, eighth of his career, when the Spits’ blanked the Spirit on Thursday. Both numbers set new franchise records. DiPietro is the highest rated OHL goalie for this year’s NHL draft. Speaking of draft eligible, Gabrial Vilardi had four points (2g 2a) in three games over the weekend.
Sault Ste. Marie scored five third period goals Sunday to secure a 7-4 win in North Bay. They lead the West Division by two points over Windsor.
Staying in the West Division, the Sarnia Sting salvaged their northern road trip with a win in Barrie Saturday. The victory followed losses in North Bay and Sudbury, where they surrendered a combined 14 goals to the third and fourth lowest scoring teams respectively. Wont get any easier with captain Kevin Spinozzi out for seven more games (suspension) and Justin Fazio listed as day-to-day with an upper body injury. Jordan Kyrou does have a point in 15 straight games.
The Sting are two points back of Kitchener for sixth in the Western Conference, with the Rangers having lost four straight. Adam Mascherin has been lights out, scoring nine goals and adding 22 assists in the 19 games since Jeremy Bracco was in the lineup. The Sting and Rangers play Sunday afternoon in Kitchener.
Three straight wins have given the Flint Firebirds some breathing room, they now sit six points up on Saginaw for the final playoff spot in the West. After serving a suspension, Kole Sherwood has three goals and three assists in a pair of games.
Owen Sound split a pair of weekend games, losing to London but beating Windsor. Haven’t seen much of a dip in play since record setting win streak was snapped.
Oshawa has won three straight, and six of their last seven, to leapfrog Peterborough for top spot in the Eastern Conference (and East Division). Medric Mercier scored a pair of goals on the weekend, including the OT winner against Peterborough Saturday. His 18 goals this season is second only to former teammate Mitchell Vande Sompel, who has 19.
Nikita Korostelev has regained his scoring touch with Peterborough. He had just two goals in 14 games with Sarnia before the trade, now has goals in five of his last six games. The Maple Leafs prospect has scored in all but four of his 14 games with the Petes. Peterborough followed up Thursday’s loss with a narrow win over Niagara and an OT loss to Oshawa.
Mississauga is padding its lead in the Central Division with five wins in their last six games. Jacob Ingham made 28 saves against North Bay Saturday to record his second career shutout. Vili Saarijarvi followed up a three assist Saturday with a pair of goals Sunday. Draft eligible Owen Tipper has four goals and three assists in his last three games.
Sudbury is seven points back of the Steelheads, despite back to back wins over a pair of tough West Division foes in Sault Ste. Marie and Sarnia.
Kingston’s offensive struggles continue, they’ve been held to a goal or less eight times in their last 16 games.
Hamilton nearly had a three win weekend, but fell 4-2 to Oshawa Sunday afternoon. They are having trouble putting the puck in the net as well, scoring more than three goals only once in their last nine contests.
Just one game for Ottawa on the weekend, an 8-4 loss against visiting Erie Saturday night.
Guelph also had just one game, they erased a three goal deficit in a 4-3 overtime loss to Flint. They’ve won three of their last 14 games and will likely finish last in the Western Conference for the second straight year.