Week That Was

WTW: Kingston’s scoring woes continue, while Ottawa and Sudbury extend win streaks

Make it eight straight losses for the Frontenacs, who have won just once in their last 16 games.

Kingston’s scoring woes continue and the Peterborough Petes can’t keep the puck out of their net.

Rookie Marco Rossi helped the Ottawa 67’s enjoy another three win weekend extending their current streak to eight straight.

The weekend also saw strong offensive output from Oshawa’s Brandon Saigeon, Niagara’s Jason Robertson, Sarnia’s Hugo Leufvenius and Guelph’s Nick Suzuki. Also, could be a breakout weekend for Barrie goal Jet Greaves, who made 100 saves in a pair of starts.

Wednesday, January 30th

  • Statement win by Guelph over Saginaw, first time the Spirit have lost back-to-back games since early December.
  • Hat trick for Ottawa’s Sasha Chmelevski in 7-1 win over Kingston.
  • A snow storm prevented many Owen Sound Attack fans from getting to their game against Kitchener, the OHL website says 2730 fans were in attendance but the amount actually at the game was less than 500.

Thursday, January 31st

  • Three point nights from Philip Tomasino (1g2a) and Akil Thomas (2g1a) in 6-1 win over Sault Ste. Marie.
  • With Windsor visiting North Bay, it was the first time the Purboo brothers faced off in the OHL. Cole managed just a single shot against his younger brother Christian.
  • Game between Erie and Mississauga was postponed.

Friday, February 1st

  • It was old school hockey between Oshawa and Peterborough, the teams combined for 18 goals, 83 shots, and 67 penalty minutes. The game featured several fights in the third period, including a couple during the same stoppage of play.
  • Cole Perfetti sets Saginaw record with the 21st goal of his rookie season.
  • 50 save performance from Barrie rookie Jet Greaves in a 3-2 shootout loss to London.
  • Rickard Hugg records a hat trick in 6-1 win over Owen Sound, the Rangers second straight win over the Attack.

Saturday, February 2nd

  • Plenty of scoring in Erie’s 8-7 overtime win over Hamitlon, including a career night from the Otters’ Brendan Hoffman.
  • Guelph forward Liam Hawel had a hat trick in the Storm’s 8-1 win in Kingston.
  • Owen Sound scores late to tie, then wins it in overtime against Windsor.
  • Another night at the office for Tye Felhaber, who scored his 52nd and 53rd goals of the season in Ottawa’s 6-1 win over Niagara. Marco Rossi had four assists in the win.
  • Second straight 50 save performance for Barrie’s Jet Greaves, this time in a 3-1 win over Mississauga.
  • In his 94th OHL game Riley Coome’s scored his first career goal, which was the game winner in London’s 4-2 victory over Kitchener.
  • Adam Ruzicka scores the winner late in the third period to help Sudbury beat his former team 4-3.

Sunday, February 3rd

  • Hugo Leufvenius caps of a six-point weekend with the OT winner in North Bay, helping Sarnia win two of three games on their northern road trip.
  • Mac Hollowell scores a hat trick, including the OT winner in Sault Ste. Marie’s 3-2 win over Oshawa.

    Player of the Week

Marco Rossi (Ottawa 67’s) – 3GP 3g 5a +3

Marco Rossi has points in nine straight games.

Another big weekend for Ottawa’s star rookie import, who extended his point to nine games.

He had scored in eight straight games heading into Sunday but couldn’t score to keep that streak going, instead he picked up four helpers in a 6-1 win over Niagara.

Rossi, who isn’t eligible until the 2020 NHL draft, has been red hot. In his last dozen games, he has 11 goals and 24 points.

With victories over Kingston, Guelph, and Niagara, it was another three win weekend for Ottawa, who have now won eight straight.

Best of the Rest

  • Riley Damiani (Kitchener Rangers) – 3GP 4g 5a 9pts +8
  • Brandon Saigeon (Oshawa Generals) – 3GP 4g 4a 8pts +2
  • Sasha Chmelevski (Ottawa 67’s) – 3GP 5g 1a 6pts +3
  • Jason Robertson (Niagara IceDogs) – 3GP 3g 4a 7pts +2
  • Nick Suzuki (Guelph Storm) – 3GP 3g 3a 6pts +2
  • Hugo Leufvenius (Sarnia Sting) – 3GP 3g 3a 6pts +4 *OT-winner*

Top Goalie – Jet Greaves (Barrie Colts)

Greaves turned aside 100 of the 103 shots he face in a pair of weekend games

The rookie netminder had back-to-back 50 save efforts, helping Barrie pick up three out of a possible four points. On Friday, he kept Barrie in the game against London, stopping all 21 shots he faced in the first period. He turned aside 50 of 52 before the game went to a shootout, where he stopped two of three London shooters.

On night later he was just as busy, and this time was awarded with his fifth win of the season. This included another strong period with 20 saves.

Who’s Hot

  • Ottawa – Another three win weekend for the 67’s, they have now won eight straight to pad their lead atop the Eastern Conference.
  • Sudbury – The Wolves have won five straight, and are inching closer to Niagara in the Central Division. Right now, they are neck-and-neck with Oshawa for third in the conference.

Who’s Not

  • Peterborough – The Petes have won just twice in their last 11 games and are one of three teams tied for sixth in the Eastern Conference with 50 points, five points ahead of sixth placed Barrie. They’ve allowed 41 goals over their last five games.
  • Kingston – Make it eight straight losses for the Frontenacs, who have won just once in their last 16 games. Kingston has only scored six goals during their eight game losing streak and are now just four points ahead of Flint for dead last in the OHL.
Photos by Terry Wilson / OHL Images

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