Jaker's Dozen

Jaker’s Dozen: Putting the win in Schwindt, and barn burner between the Bulldogs and Barrie

The London Knights have reached 30 wins for the 18th straight year. (Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

30 again – London Knights have reached 30 wins for the 18th straight season, over that time they have won 40 games a dozen times, and have won 50 games five times.

Storm keep slipping – Three more losses for Guelph on the weekend, bringing them now to ten straight. Although I don’t see them missing the playoffs, they may flirt with that territory if they don’t sort it out fast. On the flip side, they would make a very tough first round opponent if they are able to figure it out.

Firsts for the Colts – It was a night of firsts for the Barrie Colts last Thursday, as newly named Head Coach Todd Miller picked up his first OHL win, while Brandt Clarke scored his first goal, and Arturs Silovs pick up his first shutout.

Barn burner between the Bulldogs and Barrie – The OHL is no stranger to wild comebacks, but this one was nearly the wildest of them all. The Colts scored six first period goals to open 6-0 advantage. Hamilton got a pair of goals from Jan Mysak and Ryan Winterton to spark a comeback that forced overtime. Aidan Burns would help Barrie secure the extra point with a tally in OT.

Cardwell, very well – Ethan Cardwell exploded for four goals in Barrie’s win over Hamilton, and has five goals and nine games since joining the Colts. It was Cardwell’s first OHL hat trick, and he’s the fifth player to score four goals in a game this season.

Putting the win in Schwindt – With the Steelheads down 4-2 to the red hot Kitchener Rangers late in the third period, Florida Panthers prospect Col Schwindt scored a pair of goals to send the game to overtime, then capped off his hat trick with a tally in the extra frame, giving him 22 goals on the season. The hat trick followed up a two goal performance from Schwindt against Peterborough two days earlier.

Cole Schwindt of the Mississauga Steelheads. (Terry Wilson / OHL Images)

Harry Potter night in Hamilton – Those who know me well know that I’m huge Harry Potter fan, and a sucker for a great theme night. The Hamilton Bulldogs are combining two of my favourite things this Friday for Harry Potter night. Reminded be of the wonder Office-themed night the Ottawa 67’s had last year.

Relocation news – Aright, Alright, lets settle down here a bit. Every time there is even the slightest whisper of relocation, communities of Chatham-Kent, Brantford, Cornwall, all get thrown into the mix as possible relocation options. For most people I think this is merely wishful thinking. IF, and read those two letters carefully, IF there is a team that relocates in the OHL, I firmly believe it will be to another US market, either in Ohio or New York.

Hatcher/Douglas fight – Fights are rare in the OHL, and a good evenly matched heavy weight tilt is even fewer and further between. Fans taking in the Sting and Spitfires game in Sarnia were treated to a dandy involving Kelton Hatcher and Curtis Douglas.

Will Cranley – won 9 straight starts, including back-to-back shutouts. Ottawa has allowed a league-low 114 goals against, 29 less goals than the next closest team. With 209 goals for they have nearly scored 100 more goals than they allowed.

Noel Hoefenmayer of the Ottawa 67’s. (Terry Wilson / OHL Images)

Hoef man, Hoef amazing – Noel Hoefenmayer leads the league in assists on the man advantage with 26, and is a big reason the 67′ boast the league’s best powerplay, He leads all OHL Dmen with 17 goals and 63 assists. The fifth year blueliner has points in 15 of his last 17 games, with 7 goals and 28 points in that stretch.

Speaking of the 67’s – For the second season, Ottawa is pulling away in the Eastern Conference standings. Lots of great stats out of the nation’s capital, and here’s another one. They have won all nine of their games that were tied through regulation, with six overtime victories, and three coming in a shootout.

Different story in the Soo – The Greyhounds are the only team who have won a game that was tied following regulation, they’ve lost twice overtime and have yet to have a game go to a shootout. North Bay has also not had a shootout, but are 2-2 in overtime.

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