Jaker's Dozen / Junior Hockey

Jaker’s Dozen: A look at 13 Story lines in the OHL

Windsor Spitfires. Photo by Luke Durda/OHL Images

  1. Windsor comebacks: The Spitfires learned first hand on the weekend that almost no lead is safe in the OHL. A day after scoring five third period goals to come from behind and beat North Bay 6-4, comeback vs North Bay, they surrendered three goals in the final 1:20 minutes of play as Saginaw forced overtime, and later won in the extra frame.
  2. No Canadian medals at U-17 (again): no medal for Canada for the second straight year after back to back silver medals in 2017 and 2018. One gold in last nine tournaments, and only three medals for a Canadian teams since Hockey Canada started sending three teams in 2014.
  3. Top of the West: Speaking of that tight Western Conference, three points separate 1st and 7th, Flint, Saginaw and Windsor have 24 points, London Owen Sound and Erie have 22, and Guelph has 21 points. Not to mention the Sting, who currently sit in 8th, are surging having won nine of their last ten games
  4. Compared the the East: The first place team in the West wouldn’t even have home ice advantage in the East. Oshawa, Subdury, Peterborough and Ottawa all currently have more points than the west’s top teams.

    Connor McMichael has 27 points during his current nine game point streak (Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

  5. Bottom of the barrel: In the east, North Bay and Kingston are outside of a playoff spot, in the West, it’s Kitchener and Sault Ste. Marie. Combined, those four teams are winless in their last 31 games.
  6. Rising Quickly: Mentioned those lengthy losing streaks, Sudbury (4), Guelph (6) and Sarnia (4) are riding winning streaks, while London (8), Windsor (8), and Peterborough (4) are riding lengthy point streaks.
  7. Connor’s for real: While we’re on the topics of streaks, Connor McMichael extends point streak to nine games with another big weekend, he has 11 goals and 27 points in that span.
  8. Sault Ste. Marie: have now lost seven straight, and have won just twice since going 4-0 to start the season (2-12-1-0 since). In a tight Western Conference the Greyhounds are rapidly slipping out of the playoff picture.
  9. Ingham – After a pretty solid start to the season, Kitchener has REALLY struggled since their starter went down. The team added Jacob Ingham and Liam Hawel early to see how they would stack up against the league’s other top teams. They still have some time to decide if they want to be in the mix, but still have plenty of options if they want to be sellers.
  10. Streaking Sting – After losing the first seven games of the season, they are 9-1 since and have pulled a game above .500 going into Wednesday’s contest against Flint.

    Nico Daws of the Guelph Storm. Photo by Terry Wilson / OHL Images.

  11. Arthur Kaliyev: After 31 and 51 goal seasons, AK could push 60 this season with 21 through his first 20 games. Only player with more than 100 shots, his 109 is 16 more than Oshawa’s Brett Neumann.
  12. Nico Daws – The Guelph Storm have one six straight, and are just three points out of first place in the Western Conference. While I don’t think they have enough to be contenders again this year, they are definitely out performing expectations, and Nico Daws is a big reason why. He’s won his last five starts while averaging 38 shots against during that stretch.
  13. Hunter goes with Hunter – Head Coach Dale Hunter decided to keep Hunter Jones in for the entire game vs Russia in London on Monday, leaving forming Knights goalie Jordan Kooy on the bench. Jones wasn’t available for game 3 of the series in Kitchener, so it’s likely giving arguably one of the OHL’s top goalies to showcase himself in a full game, rather than a slight to a player who was traded from the team weeks ago.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s