Jaker's Dozen / Junior Hockey

Jakers Dozen: Special team shout outs, Questions in Kitchener, and working overtime in Ottawa

Nico Daws is enjoying a breakout season for the Guelph Storm. Photo by Terry Wilson / OHL Images.

DAWSome – What a breakout season for Guelph goalie Nico Daws, who leads all OHL goalies in goals against average (2.21), save percentage (0.934), and shutouts (3). He had won nine straight before a shootout loss to Hamilton on the weekend.

Guelph Storm – One of five OHL teams with a penalty killing percentage of 80 or higher, and the only OHL team with less than 200 penalty minutes. That’s a recipe for success. They’ve been shorthanded a league low 74 times.

The Kitchener Rangers and Head Coach Jay McKee have parted ways. (Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

McKee moving on – The Kitchener Rangers announced this week they were parting ways with coach Jay McKee. He was hired as an associate coach in 2015 and promoted a year later after head coach at the time Mike Van Ryn resigned.  GM Mike McKenzie takes over as coach as the search for a full-time replacement continues.

Questions in Kitchener – Who will be the team’s new coach isn’t the only big question in Kitchener, but who will stay, and who will go. The Rangers have a handful of older players on the home stretch of their OHL career that could fetch a hefty price come deadline time. If McKenzie wasn’t busy enough trying to find a new coach, I’m sure he’ll be receiving his fair share of calls from contending teams.

Shutouts – A trio of netminders recorded their first career OHL shutouts over the weekend. Will Cranley stopped all 31 shots he faced to backstop Ottawa to a 2-0 win over Mississauga Friday. Then on Sunday, Zachary Paptsakis made 27 saves in Oshawa’s 7-0 route over Sudbury, and Dylan Myskiw made 26 saves to backstop London to a 4-0 win in Erie.

Working overtime in Ottawa – The 67’s are 7-0 when extra time is needed, with five overtime wins, and a pair of shooutout victories. The only team to play in more extra time games is the Erie Otters with 9, and they’ve only managed to win one of those.

Riley McCourt of the Flint Firebirds. (Terry Wilson / OHL Images)

King of the McCourt – The Flint Firebirds blueliner was three goals and eight points over three games, becoming to first Dman to earn the OHL Player of the Week honours this season. The 19-year-old sits tied for fifth in scoring among OHL blueliners with 24 points (9-15–24) over 23 games this season.

Scoring in Sarnia – When the Sting go on the powerplay it’s good news for fans…of both teams. Sarnia leads the league with 27 powerplay goals, but have also surrendered a league high six shorthanded goals.

Shorthanded Soo – On the flip side up in Sault Ste Marie, when the Greyhounds take a penalty, there’s a good chance a goal could be coming. They’ve allowed a league high 29 powerplay goals against, while scoring seven shorthanded goals, most in the OHL.

Spitfires strong on home ice – Windsor has been one of the top OHL teams, and topped the latest AOHL Power Rankings. At 10-0-2-0 They’re the only team without a regulation loss at home

Shane Wright of the Kingston Frontenacs. (Terry Wilson / OHL Images)

Kingston – After just one win through their first 19 games, the Kingston Frontenacs have won 4 straight games. That includes road wins in Owen Sound and Peterborough, as well as victories over Sudbury and Mississauga on home ice. Shane Wright has back-to-back two goal games, and has five goals and seven points during his four game point streak, helping the 15-year-old move into second in OHL rookie scoring.

Killer Knights – After leading the OHL in penalty killing percentage last year at 85.8 percent, they’ve continued to strong play with a man down this season. Operating at 85.7 per cent, the Knights penalty kill is the most efficient once again.

MVPP’s – The OHL’s top two goal scorers Connor McMichael and Arthur Kaliyev are proving to be some of the most valuable players on the power play this season, having also scored the most on the powerplay. Nine of McMichael’s 23 goals have come on the man advantage, Kaliyev has scored 8 of his 27 goals on the powerplay.

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