This week saw the last bunch of games played as the league heads into the trade deadline. Reminder; that January, 9th (today) is the OA deadline and January, 10th (tomorrow) is the league-wide deadline. Our own Tom Hunter looked at the league headed into the deadline this past week and if you missed it check it out here.
The Hot 3
The Owen Sound Attack are attacking everyone in the league right now (drumroll… crickets). Well, this has been the case at least for the last 10 games. Wednesday, January 4th they defeated the Soo Greyhounds 6-1, Saturday, January 7th they won 5-1 over the Windsor Spitfires and last night they won their 10th straight game with a 5-2 win over the Kitchener Rangers.
It is incredible to think that not only have they managed to go 10 straight games with wins, but these are top teams in the league that they are getting huge wins against. The Soo is the highest scoring team in the league and Owen Sound dominated them. Windsor is the only team in the league who has allowed fewer goals than Owen Sound and Kitchener, though struggling in recent weeks, is still a strong team. To outscore these teams 16-4 is something special. Is this a team that is ready to seriously contend this season or does hot goaltending have them playing above their ability? Either way, the team is dominating right now.
Owen Sound winning 10 straight is a franchise record and they will look to beat that record on Wednesday when they host the Guelph Storm for their final game of 5 straight games at home.
The Mississauga Steelheads continue to roll as they now sit at the top of the Central Division. As Sudbury continues to play decently, Mississauga is using the time to take the top spot in the division. They are riding a 4-0-1-0 streak and are 6-2-2-0 in the past 10 games. The only team in the East that has been hotter in the last 10 games has been the Peterborough Petes.
They kicked off the week on Wednesday with a 3-1 win over the Hamilton Bulldogs. Owen Tippett had a big game for the Trout scoring the game-winning goal and adding an insurance goal in the win. Rookie goaltender, Jacob Ingam got the start and saved 24 of 25 saves.
Friday was the only loss on their record this week as they fell 3-2 in OT to the Barrie Colts. You might be thinking that a loss to the Colts should automatically cost you contention for our ‘Hot 3’ but the Colts had a solid game. Colts goalie Christian Propp was outstanding and made 36 saves, many of which were huge. Without him, Barrie would have been run over in this game. Spencer Watson scored both goals for Mississauga while Anthony Stefano got the others for Barrie in regulation, with Giordano Finoro scoring the game winner 2:39 in OT.
The Trout finished their weekend off with a 4-1-win last night against the London Knights. Owen Tippett scored 2 more goals in the win with Nicolas Hague scoring his 14th on the year and Nathan Bastian scoring his 11th. All 4 goals for the Trout were scored on the power play, ending their night 4 for 4 with the man advantage. Matthew Mancina got the start for the Steelheads making 40 saves on 41 shots faced. The win was his 9th on the season.
Tippetts 33 goals ties the single season goal record for Mississauga which was set by Dylan Smoskowitz in the 2012-13 season.
Hamilton Bulldogs continue to be hot this past week. Wednesday, they lost to Mississauga but you can’t hold that against them because most teams are losing to them. Except the Colts. Anyway…
Friday, they ran over the Oshawa Generals 8-2. Hamilton scored 4 goals in the first 25 minutes of regulation. Luff(13), Bitten(12), Strome(20) and Cramarossa(12) all with goals. Cramorossa, Luff and Bitten all added 2nd goals each while Petti scored his 7th on the season. Kaden Fulcher made 22 saves in goal for Hamilton.
Their last win over the weekend came on Saturday when they beat the Niagara IceDogs 3-1. Petti tied the game in the 1st period and just before the intermission he scored the insurance goal. Will Bitten scored the insurance goal early in the 3rd period to clinch the win. Dawson Carty got the start for the Bulldogs and made 25 saves.
Hamilton currently sits in 3rd in the East Division with 43 points.
The Barrie Colts were almost hot this past week. As a Colts blogger, they had to be included here. Having had nothing but opportunity to bash the team it is nice to say that they were almost good finally.
Started the week off with a 3-2 OT win over Oshawa with Cordell James scoring the game winner. The following night they got another 3-2 win over the Steelheads with Giordano Finoro getting the game winner in OT. Christian Propp, as mentioned earlier, was outstanding in this game. Could this be the turn around the team has been hoping for?!
Nope… The Soo ran over them the next night 6-1 in a terrible effort for Barrie. They Colts are back! But still, 2 out of 3 for this team is solid, especially against some hot teams.
The Guelph Storm started playing some decent hockey but over this past week they really struggled. They lost to Kitchener, Windsor, Flint and Sudbury. Over those games, they have been outscored 21 to 7. They are riding a 0-4-0-1 record right now.
The Storm have begun to sell off veterans as they sent Noah Carroll to The Soo this week in exchange for promising youngster Liam Hewal.
Kingston Frontenacs win the week
This week the Fronts announced that they would have a night to honour the Tragically Hip. On Saturday, January 28th the team will be wearing Tragically Hip themed jerseys which will be auctioned off online. All net funds raised will be donated to brain cancer research. And though they are modeled after old Boston Bruins jerseys (yuck) they are pretty sweet and I want one.
— Kingston Frontenacs (@KingstonFronts) January 5, 2017
Trade deadline time
Kingston traded Warren Foegele to Erie for Brett Neumann and Erie 3rd round pick in 2021.
Niagara traded Cal Davis to Kingston for Kingston 5th round pick in 2019.
Oshawa traded Stephen Templeton to North Bay for North Bay 10th round pick in 2017.
— Soo Greyhounds (@OHLHoundPower) January 6, 2017
— Sarnia Sting (@StingHockey) January 8, 2017