29 in 29 for 29 – Tye Felhaber scored a hat trick Sunday to continue his strong season. The forward, who wears number 29 for the Ottawa 67’s, now has a league leading 29 goals in 29 games. His three goals Sunday came in the third period against North Bay, with the game tied 3-3. He now has 46 points, which tied him for fifth in the OHL.
Boka breaks scoreless streak with a pair – It’s been a much different season for Luke Boka, who hadn’t scored in 21 games before picking up a pair in a 4-1 win over Oshawa on Sunday. The Spitfires captain scored his first of the season three games into the campaign, but has managed just six assists in the 21 games since. Boka hasn’t exactly shot out the lights during his OHL career, but it’s definitely a slow start for the overage forward, who scored 15 goals and 40 points last year.
Back to back hatty’s for Howdeshell – Keeghan Howdeshell has goals in five straight games, scoring a hat-trick in his last two contests. The overage forward continues to be a trigger man in the Soo, with 23 goals and 32 points in 29 games. He’s one of several overage players in the OHL in this season who are making legimate cases for a pro contract.
Tough game for goalies, especially Luke Cavallin – The game between Sarnia and Flint on Friday saw a total of 13 goals scored, including seven goals in the opening six minutes. All four goalies on the line up card got in on the action. Sarnia’s Aidan Hughes was pulled early in the first after allowing three goals on the first three shots he faced. Flint starter Emanuel Vella didn’t fair much better, he was pulled just three minutes later after allowing three goals on six shots. Vella was replaced by Luke Cavallin, who actually did pretty well. He stopped 24 of the 28 shots he faced, but was forced to leave the game midway through the second. Clearly frustrated after allowing his fourth goal against, Cavallin fired the puck over the glass, which is a big no-no. It comes with an automatic game misconduct. So Vella had no choice but return to the net with five minutes left in the second period. He stopped all 11 shots he faced the rest of the way. This was one of those bizarre games, not only the amount of goals scored, but how quickly they were scored early in the game. Goalies take note, if things aren’t going well and your coach wont pull you, just shoot the puck over the glass after the whistle. Problem solved.
Knights and 67’s – London and Ottawa have been two of the hottest teams in the country as both pad their leads in their respective conferences. Ottawa hasn’t lost in regulation in 23 games, with 19 wins during that span. The Knights have won 14 straight, and only have a single lost in their last 17 games. That lone loss came at the hands of the 67’s, a thrilling 2-1 overtime defeat in Ottawa way back on October 26th.
Robertson make quite the impression – If there was any doubt from IceDogs’ fans whether Jason Robertson was worth parting way with 11 draft picks, that has likely gone by the wayside after a very impressive opening two weeks with the team. Coming to Niagara with 23 goals and 38 points in 24 games, Robertson’s offensive talents were no secret, but he hasn’t missed a beat since joining his new club. That continued this weekend with three goals and seven assists in three games, earning him the OHL Player of the Week honours.
Teddy bear season – A majority of the teddy bear toss games are coming up this weekend, but there are already four games in the books. Here’s a look at the four players who scored the highly coveted teddy toss goal:
- Jack Studnicka (Oshawa vs Windsor on Dec. 2nd)
- Adam Boqvist (London vs Sarnia on Dec. 2nd)
- Fedor Gordeev (Flint vs Erie on Dec. 1st)
- Ryan Cranford (Kingston vs Sarnia Nov. 28th)