Perfect Pairing – Guelph captain Isaac Ratcliffe is nearing 50 goals, and he can thank his childhood, and current, lineman Nick Suzuki. Ratcliffe has goals in six straight games, and Suzuki has assisted on six of his ten goals.
Soaring Spirit – The Saginaw Spirit are in unfamiliar territory, atop the West Division. This week the team picked up their 40th win of the season which gave them the tiebreaker over Sault Ste. Marie for top spot in the division. It’s just the third time the Spirit have recorded 40 wins, the last time they did so was the 2010-11 season, when they won their only division title.
16-year-olds scoring 30 – Saginaw’s Cole Perfetti is already there, while Sarnia’s Jacob Perreault (28), Sudbury’s Quinton Byfield (26), and Windsor’s Will Cuylle (25) all have a decent shot. Four 16-year-olds have never scored 30 goals in the same season. Never.
50 – 100 club – Speaking of never, we typically see one player score 50 goals and 100 points in a single season, sometimes we even see three. This year four players could do it, which has never happened before. Ottawa’s Tye Felhaber and London’s Kevin Hancock are likely to do it this weekend, while North Bay’s Justin Brazeau and Hamilton’s Arthur Kaliyev aren’t far behind.
Put me in coach – Kevin Hancock played 66 games in 2015-16, and in all of Owen Sound’s 68 games the following year. If he plays ever one of London’s remaining games he will finish the season with 70 games played. That’s the most for an OHLer since Remy Giftopoulos played 71 in 2012-13.
Back-to-back losses for Ottawa -The 67’s have a dozen more points than anyone else in the Eastern Conference, so they’re in good shape, but back-to-back losses against two teams who aren’t currently in the playoffs is cause for concern. Even if they out shot their opponents 74- 29 in those two games. It’s just the third time this season the Ottawa 67’s have lost back-back-games.
Race for final playoff spots – Give credit to the Erie Otters and Barrie Colts, both have beaten some top teams recently as they close in on the final playoff spot in their respective conferences. The Colts hare three points back of North Bay, and have recent wins over Ottawa and Sudbury. The Otters have won four of their last eight games and are three points back of Windsor, one of those four winds was over the Spits.
One goal games in Erie – The Otters have won 17 one-goal games this season, they also have nine overtime wins, both are league highs. 18 of their games this season have went into overtime, which great experience for a young squad. There’s also no quit in the club, they’ve won a league best seven games when trailing after two periods.
Big month for Boqvist – The Chicago Blackhawks first rounder is a big reason London has the highest scoring blue line in the league. His six goals and 19 points was most among OHL Dmen in February.
High scoring Dmen – Four Dmen with more than 40 games played are scoring at more than a point per game.
- Mac Hollowell – Sault Ste Marie Greyhounds (56 23-48–71)
- Ryan Merkley – Peterborough Petes (55 11-53–64)
- Bode Wilde – Saginaw Spirit (54 17-46–63)
- Adam Boqvist – London Knights (47 17-37–54)
Still Got It – Owen Sound Head Coach Alan Letang led by example at practice this week, and got banged up in the process.
100 PIMS – North Bay’s Daniel Walker (111) and Niagara’s Marill Maksimov (106) are the only two players with more than 100 penalty minutes. There are six others who have more than 90 and could likely reach the century mark by year end. That’s a far cry from a decade ago when 45 players had 100 penalty minutes, with Zac Rinaldo topping the league with 201.
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