With 18 straight wins the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds find themselves atop the AOHL Power Rankings once again. Kitchener slides up one spot to 4th while the Niagara IceDogs find themselves in the top 10.
1. (⇔) SSM Greyhounds (27-3-2-0 | 56 points) last week: 1st
18 wins in a row for the ‘Hounds and no teams allowed fewer goals in the OHL. They’ve also scored a league-high 13 short handed goals, something that’s not uncommon in the Soo as the Greyhounds led the OHL in shorties last season as well.
GAMES THIS WEEK: at Kitchener Friday, at Guelph Saturday
2. (⇔) Sarnia Sting (24-7-2-0 | 50 points) last week: 2nd
Four points back of Sault Ste. Marie, the two West Division foes have really separated themselves from the rest of the pack. Kyrou’s absence is a good opportunity for guys to step up offensively, although those are some big skates to fill.
GAMES THIS WEEK: at London Friday, vs Flint Saturday
3. (⇔) Hamilton Bulldogs (18-7-3-3 | 42 points) last week: 3rd
Padding their lead atop the Eastern Conference and Central Division, just one regulation loss in their last ten games.
GAMES THIS WEEK: at North Bay Thursday, at Sudbury Friday, vs Peterborough Sunday
4. (⇑1) Kitchener Rangers (20-10-2-0 | 42 points) last week: 5th
Lead the Midwest Division by seven points, Adam Mascherin has been heating up as of late.
GAMES THIS WEEK: vs Sault Ste. Marie Friday, vs Kingston Sunday
5. (⇓1) Kingston Frontenacs (16-8-3-3 | 38 points) last week: 4th
Jeremy Helvig has allowed just ten goals against in his last five starts, but somehow has won just three of those games. Sophomore Nathan Dunkley has 11 goals and 30 points in 25 games
GAMES THIS WEEK: at Guelph Friday, at Owen Sound Saturday, at Kitchener Sunday
6. (⇔) Barrie Colts (17-10-2-1 | 37 points) last week: 6th
Andrei Svechnikov has a goal and two assists in three games since returning from injury, I’m curious to see what the Colts decide to do with those picks they acquired from Sudbury. Niagara is nipping on their heels atop the Central Division.
GAMES THIS WEEK: vs Owen Sound Thursday, at Erie Friday, at Niagara Saturday
7. (⇑1) London Knights (16-13-2-0 | 34 points) last week: 8th
Three straight wins for London, Evan Bouchard continues his strong season. The loss of Robert Thomas to the WJC will be felt more than most people realize.
GAMES THIS WEEK: vs Sarnia Friday, vs Mississauga Saturday
8. (⇑1) Saginaw Spirit (16-11-3-0 | 35 points) last week: 9th
It’s no secret I’ve really liked Saginaw’s play over the last month, they showed it again Wednesday with their second win over the division leading Sarnia Sting.
GAMES THIS WEEK: at Flint Friday, vs Windsor Saturday, at Owen Sound Sunday
9. (⇓2) Guelph Storm (16-11-1-2 | 35 points) last week: 7th
The Storm are beginning to find some consistency that had been scarce in Guelph since the teams OHL Championship in 2014. Ryan Merkley is the only Dman in the league currently leading his team in points.
GAMES THIS WEEK: vs Sarnia Friday, vs Mississauga Saturday, at Owen Sound Sunday
10. (⇑) Niagara IceDogs (16-9-3-2 | 37 points) last week: —
Three straight wins from the Dogs, allowing just three goals during that span. They’ve won six of their last seven and are tied with Barrie for the division lead.
GAMES THIS WEEK: vs North Bay Friday, vs Barrie Saturday
Windsor Spitfires (17-11-2-0)
Owen Sound Attack (14-11-1-3)