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WTW: Killer Kaliyev, Feeling Fine in Flint, and Sarnia stung with another loss

Flint has won five of their first seven games this season (Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

Here’s what you might have missed from last week (Wed, Oct 9 – Mon, Oct 14)

Wednesday, October 9th

  • Aidan Dudas had a goal and assist, and scored the shootout winner in Owen Sounds 4-3 win over Kitchener. Jacob Ingham made 43 saves in the loss.
  • The Petes scored all four of their goals in the third period to blank Saginaw 4-0, Hunter Jones posted the 23 save shutout

Thursday, October 10

  • Dawson McKinney scored his first two OHL goals to help Oshawa improve to 8-0 on the season, a 5-4 win over North Bay.

Friday, October 11th

  • Arthur Kaliyev scored all four goals for Hamilton in a 4-1 road victory over Erie
  • Shane Wright scored the OT winner to give Kingston their first win of the season, a 4-3 win over Niagara
  • Mississauga opened the scoring before Ottawa responded with six straight goals in a 6-1 win.
  • Multi-point efforts from Liam Kirk (2g 1a), Nick Robertson (2g) and Semyon Der-Arguchintsev (3a) helped Peterborough double up Sarnia 6-3.
  • Oshawa erased a 3-0 deficit to beat Sudbury 5-4, improving to 9-0 to start the season.
  • Jaromir Pytlik (1g 3a) had a four-point night in Sault Ste. Marie’s 7-1 win over Guelph
  • A second straight 40+ save outing for Jacob Ingham in Kitchener’s 3-1 win over Windsor
  • The London Knights forced overtime after surrendering three first period goals, but eventual fell to Owen Sound 5-4.

Saturday, October 12th

  • Austen Swankler scored a pair in Erie’s 4-1 victory over Guelph
  • Flint Firebirds have six different goal scorers in a 6-2 triumph over Peterborough
  • Mason Primeau, Mitchell Russell and Luke Moncado all scored twice in North Bay’s 8-2 win over Niagara.
  • Saginaw scored five third period goals to come back and double up London 6-3
  • It was a barn burner between Sarnia and Windsor has 11 different players scored in the Spits’ 7-5 win to keep the Sting winless.
  • Jason Willms (2g 2a) and Aidan Brown (2g 1a) both scored twice to help Barrie get by Kingston 6-4
  • Mack Guzda made 28 saves to lead Owen Sound to a 4-1 win over Sault Ste. Marie

Sunday, October 13th

  • Four unanswered goals from Sudbury helped the Wolves get by Mississauga 4-2, Quinton Byfield potted his 8th of the season in the victory

Monday, October 14th

  • Another four point effort from Arthur Kaliyev (2g 2a) helped Hamilton to a 7-5 win over Barrie, Jan Jenik (2g 2a) also had a big night
  • Liam Hawel scored three goals to help Kitchener pick up the 7-3 win over Sudbury
  • Matthew Struthers (3g 2a) had a massive effort in North Bay’s 7-5 win over Sault Ste. Marie
  • Trailing the game 5-1 after the first period, Ottawa outshot Kingston 31-13 to come from behind and win 8-7.

Storylines

A pair of wins help the Generals stay perfect – The Generals keep rolling with a pair of weekend wins. The OHL’s only undefested team kept that streak going with victories over North Bay and Sudbury. In Friday’s win over the Wolves, Oshawa overcame an early 3-0 deficit to continue their best start in franchise history. Oshawa will not take on the winless Sarnia Sting at home on Friday before they take on the East Division rival Peterborough Petes on Sunday evening.

The Sarnia Sting are winless through their first seven games. (Photo by Luke Durda/OHL Images)

Feeling fine in Flint – In the four seasons since the team moved from Plymouth, they have won more than 20 games only once in 2016-17, the only season they won more than they lost. With five wins through their first seven games, they look to be on pace to win much more than that this year. A big reason for that, is they are giving up far less goals, averaging 3.7 goals against through seven games, a significant decrease from their 5.1 average goals against last season. They look poised to not only make the playoffs for the second time since moving to Flint, they could very well make a bit of noise in the West.

Sarnia feeling the Sting – Two more losses for the Sarnia Sting as they remain the only winless team in the OHL at 0-7, and 46 goals against through those seven games is a major reason the can’t close out games. Twice this season they’ve scored five goals, only to give up eight in a loss. In fact, the Sting have only allowed less than five goals in one game this season. GM Nick SInclair is doing what he can to bring in help, Ryan Roth has a pair of goals through his first two games as a Sting after joining the team from Sault Ste. Marie.

Killer Kaliyev – Few players have been as dangerous offensively as of late than Hamitlon Bulldogs forward Arthur Kaliyev with a pair of four point efforts on the weekend. He’s scored in six of his nine games this season, and has recorded a point in all but one. He kept that going with a four goal effort in a 4-1 win over Erie, and then added two goals and two assists to help the Bulldogs beat Barrie. One of those goals on Thanksgiving Monday would get any OHL fan out of their seat, regardless of how much turkey they ate.

 

All out attack for Owen Sound – Owen Sound had a big statement weekend with victories over the Kitchener Rangers, London Knights and Soo Greyhounds, improving to 6-2-0-1 out of the gate. Third-year goaltender Mack Guzda won all three contests to earn OHL ‘On the Run’ Player of the Week honours while Barret Kirwin (3-2–5) and defenceman Brady Lyle (0-5–5) each put up five points.

Petes take six of nine road games to start the season – With work being done to the Peterborough Memorial Centre, the Petes new they’d have a challenge to start the season with nine straight road games. Despite the lack of home games early in the season, the 6-3 Petes bost the second best record in the Eastern Conference, behind the undefeated Oshawa Generals. The Petes will host the Hamilton Bulldogs in their long-awaited home opener on Thursday night.


Player of the Week

Arthur Kaliyev (Hamilton Bulldogs) – 2GP  6g 2a  8pts  

(Lost Monster Productions)

Kaliyev kept up his torrid early season pace with a pair of four point games, including a a four goal effort in a 4-1 win over Erie, and then added two goals and two assists to help the Bulldogs beat Barrie.

Best of The Rest

  • Declan Chisholm (Peterborough Petes) – 3GP 1g 4a
  • Barret Kirwin (Owen Sound Attack) – 3GP 3g 2a
  • Alec Regula (London Knights) – 2GP 3g 2a
  • Mack Guzda (Owen Sound Attack) – 3-0-0-0  2.59 GAA and .927 save percentage
  • Jacob Ingham (Kitchener Rangers) – 2-0-0-1  2.33 GAA and

AROUND THE OHL PODCAST

Hosts Jake Jeffrey and Mike Stubbs are talking hot starts with Peterborough Petes Head Coach Rob Rilson, and check in with Around The OHL’s Victor Findlay.

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