With 15 straight wins the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds find themselves atop the AOHL Power Rankings. Guelph has entered the top ten for the first time this season, and recent struggles in Mississauga have the Steelheads on the outside looking in.
1. (⇑1) SSM Greyhounds (24-3-2-0 | 50 points) last week: 2nd
The ‘Hounds regain the top spot in the weekly power rankings, they haven’t lost since falling to Sarnia in late October. Since, they’ve won 15 straight, including a pair against the Sting. Morgan Frost (3-13–16) and Boris Katchouk (6-4–10) are both riding six game point streaks.
GAMES THIS WEEK: vs North Bay Friday, vs Windsor Sunday
2. (⇓1) Sarnia Sting (22-6-2-0 | 46 points) last week: 1st
Have fallen four points back of Sault Ste Marie after losing to the Greyhounds this week. Will be interesting to see how Sarnia’s offence does without Jordan Kyrou, the skill and depth is still there, but now they wont be able to rely on a couple points from their captain each night
GAMES THIS WEEK: vs Erie Friday, vs Peterborough Saturday
3. (⇔) Hamilton Bulldogs (16-7-3-3 | 38 points) last week: 3rd
They’ve had strong goaltending and an experience blue line all season, now they’re starting to score. The addition of Moore and Caamano sends a message to the rest of the OHL, Hamilton are the top dogs in the East.
GAMES THIS WEEK: vs Saginaw Saturday, at Mississauga Sunday
4. (⇑2) Kingston Frontenacs (15-7-3-3 | 36 points) last week: 6th
With points in six straight, Kingston continues to hang around the top of the Eastern Conference standings, and actually sit just two points back of Hamilton. Their 80 goals against is tied for fewest in the OHL while their 107 goals for is most in the Eastern Conference.
GAMES THIS WEEK: vs Niagara Friday, vs Sudbury Saturday
5. (⇔) Kitchener Rangers (18-10-2-0 | 38 points) last week: 5th
The Rangers have been very hot, and very cold at times this season. They lead the uncharacteristically weak Midwest Division by five points over Guelph. I use the term “weak” very loosely, because London and Owen Sound are two teams who could have very strong second halfs and the Storm appear to be getting better by the game.
GAMES THIS WEEK: vs Flint Friday, at Guelph Sunday
6. (⇓2) Barrie Colts (15-9-2-1 | 33 points) last week: 4th
Still hanging on to top spot in the Central Division, albeit just two points up on Niagara. Joey Keane is among the league leaders with a +22 rating, which is impressive considering the next highest Colt is Jaden Peca at +12.
GAMES THIS WEEK: at Mississauga Friday, vs Oshawa Saturday, at North Bay Sunday
7. (⇑) Guelph Storm (15-10-1-2 | 33 points) last week: —
The young Storm have won three straight and offence has been a key to their success, scoring five or more goals in five of their last eight games. Ryan Merkley has been on fire offensively with points in 16 of his last 17 games, with 5 goals and 20 assists in that span
GAMES THIS WEEK: vs Owen Sound Friday, vs Kitchener Sunday
8. (⇔) London Knights (13-12-2-0 | 28 points) last week: 8th
One thing is certain, the Knights aren’t as bad as they looked to start the season. I also don’t think they are as good as they looked in November. Just what are the 2017-18 London Knights? They have a solid team, and I’m sure will field plenty of inquiries about Max Jones, Cliff Pu and Sam Miletic. What the Knights decide to do will be interesting.
GAMES THIS WEEK: at Niagara Thursday, vs Peterborough Friday, vs Erie Sunday
9. (⇑1) Saginaw Spirit (14-10-3-0 | 31 points) last week: 10th
What a turnaround for the Spirit, elite goaltending and strong defence mixed with some talented forwards up front. They are riding high right now, but how long can they keep that going before coming down to earth.
GAMES THIS WEEK: at Hamilton Saturday, at Oshawa Sunday
10. (⇑) Windsor Spitfires (13-10-1-0 | 34 points)
The Spits’ have points in five straight and are once again right in the thick of things in the Western Conference. They started to slip in the standings a bit but have bounce back nicely the last two weeks. They rely heavily on Aaron Luchuk, Logan Brown and Mikey DiPietro.
GAMES THIS WEEK: at Guelph Friday, vs Flint Saturday
Niagara IceDogs (13-9-3-2)
Owen Sound Attack (13-10-1-3)