After the trade deadline, this week around the OHL was pretty much business as usual. London and Windsor are overrated, Owen Sound is never going to lose again, Soo Greyhounds lead the pack and the Colts and Storm are in a tough battle to find out who truly is the worst team in the league! I feel sorry for those who don’t follow this league.
The Hot 3
Not the stiffest competition this week, but when your win streak is this big, they call you Mister.
Mr. Owen Sound Attack went 3 for 3 again this weekend extending their current win streak to 13 games. They played Guelph twice and Sarnia to close out the weekend but they ended the week looking like an unstoppable team. Reminder, that their 13-game streak is extending their franchise record which before the current run was 10 games.
They kicked off the week with an 8-2 win over Guelph in the first game of a home and home series. Jonah Gadjovich (3G;1A), Zachary Roberts (1G;2A), Kevin Hancock (1G;2A) and Sean Durzi (3A) all finished the night with at least 3 points, while newly acquired forward Cordell James was a nice addition to the team winning 11 of 19 faceoffs. Michael McNiven got the start but wasn’t really tested making 21 saves on the night. Owen Sound generated 42 shots on goal, went 2 for 7 with the man advantage and won 43 of 62 faceoffs. I don’t want to say Guelph shouldn’t have shown up but… Well, they had another game so.
The second game of the home and home was another dominating one for the Attack as they ended up winning 7-3. Lots of production again throughout the Owen Sound roster with Cordell James getting a pair of goals, Nick Suzuki and Kevin Hancock getting a goal and a pair of assists each and Gadjovich, Campbell and Struthers all getting a goal and an assist. Another dominating game but a little less painful for Guelph. McNiven got the start again and made 22 saves. Guelph found a way to improve at draws but that was the only area they could really take as a plus from this game. Owen Sound went 2 for 4 on the powerplay and generated 44 shots on net.
Completing the weekly sweep, the Attack took a bite out of the Sting 6-2. Special teams were a huge factor here with the Attack going 4 for 6 on the PP and killing off all 4 penalties they received. Markus Phillips put up a pair of goals and an assist while Cordell James had another great game putting up a goal and two assists earning him the first star of the game. McNiven got the start again making 29 saves and earned his 24th win of the season.
This upcoming week is an easy one for Owen Sound, facing only the Barrie Colts, and the following week it is the Colts again and then the London Knights. How much longer can they keep up this win streak? (Our guess is at least the next 2 games… Sorry, Colts.)
The Mississauga Steelheads were pretty hot this week. Sure, they dropped their last game over the weekend in a shootout to Sudbury, but forcing the game outside regulation increased their current point streak to 6-0-1-1.
They started the week off with a 2-1 win over North Bay. Scoley Dow scored the first of the night and Jacob Cascagnette would get the game winner 12:58 into the third. Neither team was able to capitalize on special teams, each going 0 for 2 on the PP. Jacob Ingham got the start for the Trout and made 27 saves.
The Trout had an outstanding showing in their 2nd game of the week in a dominant 6-2 win over the OHL leading Soo Greyhounds. Soo scored the first two goals of the game but the rest of the night was all Trout. Mississauga scored all 6 goals over the last 2 periods. Tippett (1G;2A), McLeeod (1G;1A). Bastian (1G;1A), Cascagnette (1G;1A), Osmanski (2A) and LeBlanc (2A) all ended the night with at least a pair of points. They scored on 1 of 2 man advantages and only allowed 1 goal on 5 penalty kills. The team was outshot 32-31 but Ingham was able to stop 30 shots of 32 faced.
Against Sudbury, the team had a 2-goal lead past the mid point of regulation but a pair of goals for the Wolves would force OT. Mississauga would get the only 2 shots in the extra frame but couldn’t get the W. After 4 rounds in the shoot-out it would be Alan Lyszczarczyk who would get the game-winner for the Wolves. Still, 5 of 6 possible points made for a successful week for the Trout as they sit in the top of the Central Division tied with the Wolves with a game in hand.
The Niagara IceDogs, though not a strong team, played like a good team this past week. Over 3 games, they out-scored their competition 21 to 11. They pulled off wins over Ottawa, Flint and Barrie. The streak has them neck and neck with North Bay as they look to climb into the third spot in the Central. This week they have a pair of games against Guelph and one with Windsor. They should not have any issues getting some points in those first two games and could make a push to climb the standings depending, on how the Wolves look this week.
Barrie Colts and Guelph Storm are obviously in a fight for worst team in the league. Barrie managed to get 6 goals against Niagara the other night but that is useless when you allow 10. Right now, the team is rotating 3 goalies in Ovsjannikov, Propp and Badenhorst. Badenhorst had a tough night in the 10-6 loss. Propp and Ovsjannikov look like the guys who should see most the games but Barrie is in a spot they can test these things while coming up with a plan moving forward next season.
Guelph isn’t looking much better but does have the edge over Barrie with 32 points compared to the Ponies 29. Barrie does, however, have a game in hand and a win could bring them closer to climbing them in the standings. However, nobody in Barrie really wants that.
Guelph was expected to be a little better this season, but dispite Ryan Merkley’s outstanding rookie season, the team is right back down at the bottom of the standings.