1. (⇑1) SSM Greyhounds (17-3-2-0 | 36 points) last week: 2nd
Sault Ste. Marie has rattled of eight straight wins, including an overtime win over Sarnia. Their play over the last two weeks has given them a slight edge over the Sting atop the Power Rankings. At 77.7%, the ‘Hounds penalty kill is nothing to write home about, but they have scored a league-high ten shorthanded goals. Tied with Hamilton for the fewest goals against at 62.
GAMES THIS WEEK: vs Sudbury Wednesday, vs Kitchener Friday, vs Peterborough Saturday
2. (⇓1) Sarnia Sting (18-4-1-0 | 37 points) last week: 1st
Sarnia proved last week that no two points are guaranteed in junior hockey, as Flint beat the Sting to end a nine game losing streak. Sarnia has won three of their last seven games since their 14 game winning streak came to an end. Special teams continue to be a strong point for the Sting, who have the best penalty kill and second best power play in the OHL.
GAMES THIS WEEK: vs London Wednesday, at Mississauga Friday, at Erie Sunday
3. (⇔) Barrie Colts (13-6-1-1 | 28 points) last week: 3rd
Barrie is still among the league leaders in goals against and have scored the third most goals in the Eastern Conference (just one behind Sudbury and Peterborough). The addition of overager TJ Fergus from Hamilton helps add depth to a very sound defensive core for the Colts. This team will be dangerous when Andrei Svechnikov returns from injury.
GAMES THIS WEEK: at Guelph Friday, vs Oshawa Saturday, at North Bay Sunday
4. (⇑3) Kitchener Rangers (15-6-2-0 | 32 points) last week: 7th
Captain Connor Bunnaman has been on some kind of tear recently, the Flyers’ prospect has nine goals in his last ten games. Dman Logan Stanley has been providing some consistent offence from the back end for the first time in his OHL career. With just 17 points in each of his last two seasons in Windsor, he has 18 in 21 games in Kitchener. The Rangers have lost just once in their last nine games, an overtime defeat against Windsor.
GAMES THIS WEEK: at North Bay Thursday, at Sault Ste. Marie Friday, at Sudbury Sunday
5. (⇑) Hamilton Bulldogs (12-6-1-3 | 28 points) last week: —
The Bulldogs are tied with Barrie for the top spot in the Eastern Conference. With just one loss in their last seven games Hamilton is one of the hottest teams in the OHL, holding opponents to just 13 goals during that stretch. They are tied with Sault Ste. Marie for the fewest goals against at 62.
GAMES THIS WEEK: at Peterborough Thursday, at Oshawa Friday, vs Ottawa Saturday
6. (⇓) Kingston Frontenacs (12-7-1-2 | 27 points) last week: 5th
Jeremy Helvig is once again among the league leaders as Kingston will be faced with a tough decision come trade deadline. With a handful of contending teams looking to goalie upgrades, the Fronts’ could receive a king’s ransom if they were to deal one of the league’s top netminders. Kingston however, is part of the group atop the Eastern Conference, just a single point back of Barrie and Hamilton.
GAMES THIS WEEK: at Windsor Friday, at Saginaw Saturday, at Flint Sunday
7. (⇓2) Owen Sound Attack (14-7-0-2 | 26 points) last week: 6th
The need for a top end goalie continues for Owen Sound, especially with the departure of Zach Bowman (although Bowman’s ice time has dropped the last few weeks). Scoring hasn’t been an issue but they’ve allowed the third highest goals against in the Western Conference. I imagine they’ll be one of the teams looking for a top-end netminder over the next month or so.
GAMES THIS WEEK: vs Niagara Wednesday, at London Friday, vs Guelph Sunday
8. (⇑2) Mississauga Steelheads (11-10-0-1 | 23 points) last week: 10th
Picking up where they left off, Owen Tippett has three goals in eight games and Michael McLeod has two goals and three points in two games since the pair returned to the OHL earlier this month. The Steelheads have won three straight, and eight of their last ten games. They’re now just five points back of Barrie for the Central Division lead.
GAMES THIS WEEK: vs Sarnia Friday, at Niagara Saturday, at Oshawa Sunday
9. (⇔) Ottawa 67’s (13-9-1-0 | 27 points) last week: 9th
Ottawa has relied on offense by committee this season, with no player averaging more than a point per game. Sasha Chmelevski leads the team with 14 goals while Kody Clark and Austen Keating each have 10. With a relatively young team, especially on the blueline, I’ve been waiting for the 67’s to slip in the East standings. But, sitting just one point behind the conference leaders, that has yet to happen.
GAMES THIS WEEK: at Erie Thursday, at Niagara Friday, at Hamilton Saturday
10. (⇑) London Knights (10-10-2-0 | 22 points) last week: —
The Knights have only lost three times in their last dozen games, a stark contrast to how they started the season, where they won just once in their first ten games. Joseph Raaymakers has been great since coming to London, and is currently among the league leaders in both save percentage and goals against average. Robert Thomas is also getting some help offensively as Cliff Pu and Sam Miletic both riding seven game point streaks.
GAMES THIS WEEK: at Sarnia Wednesday, vs Owen Sound Friday, at Guelph Sunday
Saginaw (9-9-3-0): After a slow start to the season Saginaw has points in four straight, and have won six of their last eight.
Peterborough (12-9-0-1): Have really struggled as of late, with just one win in their last six, with 31 goals against in that stretch.
Windsor (12-10-1-0): Spits have lost three straight, which drops them out of the top 10.