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WTW: Nine straight for the Knights and Saginaw shuffles coaches

London Knights. Photo by Luke Durda/OHL Images

Knights win their ninth in a row

To the disappointment for those who root for the London Knights to fail, they have been among the hottest teams in the county as of late. They have won nine straight, the longest win streak in the OHL so far this season. For the second time in three weeks, the Knights won three games, in three nights, in three different cities.

Up and down start in the Soo

What a strange start to Mario Peccia’s career as a Sault Ste. Marie Greyhound. Made his debut off the bench, coming into a game down 3-0 against Saginaw. Then, he gets his first start against the league’s top team, and manages to pick up an assist on his team’s first goal of the game…but he was later pulled after allowing three goals on seven shots. Two nights later he gets another start and records his first win as a Greyhound, in overtime no less.

Rotten luck for Riley Damiani

Riley Damiani of the Kitchener Rangers Photo by Luke Durda/OHL Images

The Kitchener Rangers have had awful luck when it comes to injuries this season, and Riley Damiani is the latest example of that. Now there is no good time to see a player go down to injury, but it’s especially tough to see when a guy is just starting to find his stride. Going into his game Saturday, the Dallas Stars prospect had six points in his previous two games, including a hat trick Friday night. He even had a goal and two assist Saturday until he left the game, he’s expected to miss at least two weeks with an upper body injury.

Coaching change in Saginaw

The Saginaw Spirit have made another change behind the bench as Troy Smith leaves the teams just over a year after he was hired. He’s being replaced by Associate Coach Chris Lazary, who’s been with the team for a couple years and was previously an a assistant in Sarnia. Lazary is the Spirit’s fifth head coach since the start of the 2015-16 season.

Big Games

Hat Tricks 

Brandon Saigeon (Hamilton Bulldogs) – Nov. 14th vs Barrie
Ben Jones (Niagara IceDogs) – Nov. 15th vs Hamilton
Adam Timleck (Peterborough Petes) – Nov. 15th vs Owen Sound
Blake Murray (Sudbury Wolves) – Nov. 16th North Bay
Nando Eggenberger (Oshawa Generals) – Nov. 16th vs Sarnia
Riley Damiani (Kitchener Rangers) – Nov. 16th vs Saginaw
Kevin Hancock (Owen Sound Attack) – Nov. 17th vs Flint
Alex Formenton (London Knights) – Nov. 18th vs Erie

Shutouts

Maksim Zhukov (Barrie Colts) – 19 saves vs North Bay

Eye Poppers

Christian Propp (North Bay Battalion) – 34 saves in 1-0 loss to Barrie
Anthony Popovich (Guelph Storm) – 37 saves in 2-1 SOL to London
Jack Studnicka (Oshawa Generals) – 1g 3a in 7-4 win over Sarnia
Cedric Ralph (Guelph Storm) – 2g 2a in 8-2 win over Flint
Jason Robertson (Kingston Frontenacs) – 4a in 5-3 win over Hamilton
Owen Tippett (Mississauga Steelheads) – 2g 2a in 5-3 win over Sudbury
Sam Bitten (Ottawa 67’s) – 2g 2a in 7-4 win over North Bay

Have yourself a week

Kevin Hancock (Owen Sound Attack) – 4g 4a in 3 GP
Owen Tippett (Mississauga Steelheads) – 5g 3a in 3GP
Jack Studnick (Oshawa Generals) – 1g 6a in 3GP
Sasha Chmelevski (Ottawa 67’s) – 1g 6a in 3GP

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