Another Monday morning means another look at the last week around the Ontario Hockey League. Like always we will look at who was hot this past week, who was not and more. Let’s get started!
Sure, they only played one game this week and it was against the Barrie Colts but when your win streak is this big, they call you Mister. Mr Owen Sound Attack extended their franchise-record winning streak to 14 games this past week when they defeated the Barrie Colts 6-2 Saturday night at Barrie Molson Centre. The win was the 5th straight over Barrie and for the Colts, this loss came with a little help from their friends – and by friends, we mean their former Captain Cordell James who finished the night with 3 points against his former team.
Owen Sound came into the game having won the 4 previous meetings with Barrie this season and outscoring them 24-6. This game started out no differently as the first period would end 2-0 with Owen Sound leading on the shot clock 14-4.
The Colts got the game close for a few minutes in the second but then Owen Sound took over. They extended the lead to 4-1 by the second intermission.
The third period started with Cordell James scoring his 17th of the season – and first against his old team – to make it 5-1. Maksim Sushko scored shortly after to make it a 6-1 lead with James getting his third point in his return to Barrie. Giordano Finoro would score in the last minute for Barrie to make it 6-2 to make the score a little more respectable – Owen Sound dominated the game outshooting the Colts 39-22. The Attack will look to extend their streak to 15 when they face the Colts again for the last meeting of the regular season on Thursday at Barrie Molson Centre.
The Hamilton Bulldogs went a perfect 2-0 this week improving their record over the past 10 games to 7-3-0-0. That record makes them the hottest team in the East over that time.
Their first win this week came at the hands (gloves) of the Barrie Colts. Yes, everyone beats the Colts. You haven’t yet? All the cool kids are doing it! Barrie would get the first goal of the game and put the Colts up 1-0, which is how the first period would end. Not an exciting period with Hamilton outshooting Barrie 8-4.
In the second period, Matthew Strome score two quick goals to shift the momentum in Hamilton’s favour.
Strome completed his hat-trick in the final minute of regulation to solidify the 4-2 win. Overall a tight game but Barrie not being able to score on 7 man advantages ultimately killed them.
Hamilton’s other win was against Kingston in a 2-0 shut-out win. Matt Luff and Ben Gleason. Kaden Fulcher got the start for the Dogs and made 26 saves in his shut-out performance. The win was his 16th on the season.
Hamilton currently sits in 3rd in the East Division but are trailing the conference leading Peterborough Petes by just 5 points.
The London Knights started the week off with a 3-2 loss to Sarnia in the shootout – it was their second straight loss after regulation. Following their loss early in the week, London would finish the week strong outscoring opponents 18-4.
Their first win came over Ottawa in a 7-2 effort. Dante Salituro would score 2 goals and add an assist. Janne Kuokkanen also had a 3-point night for the Knights with 3 assists. Tyler Parsons got the start for London and made 34 saves in the victory.
If that wasn’t enough, the team followed that dominating victory with an 11-2 win over the IceDogs. Niagara scored first but London would respond with 5 goals in the 1st period. The first 3 happened a little more than a minute apart as JJ Piccinich, Adrian Carbonara and Sam Miletic each found the net. Owen MacDonald and Mitchell Vande Sompel scored the other goals to end the 1st period with a 5-1 lead.
London scored 3 more goals in eachtheh second and third periods to complete the 11-2 win. Owen MacDonald ended the night with 2 goals and 2 assists. Though the win was impressive, nobody likes a cocky team. You know, unless you were born in London I guess…
For the 2nd time today, Cliff Pu has taken a penalty for Unsportsmanlike Conduct right after LDN scored during the celebrations at the bench
— Mark McKelvie (@Mark14McKelvie) January 22, 2017
So many possible potty mouth jokes to be made here – but we will take the high road for now.
The win was London’s 30th this season and has them tied with the Soo Greyhounds in top spot of the OHL.
Guelph Storm won a pair of games this weekend. First, a 3-2 win over Kitchener and followed that up with a 4-2 win over Windsor. The team sits in 2nd last in the league but the pair of wins has them just a point behind Niagara in the standings.
The Barrie Colts – as always. They managed to get a win this week but lost 2. They are 3-6-1-0 in their last 10 games and are in last place. They are 7 points behind Guelph but do hat 2 games in hand.
At the other end of the standings, the Oshawa Generals have fallen on hard times since trading away their best two players at the trade deadline. A win last night against Mississauga put them back into first in the conference, but they had only won three of their past ten games.
They will still be one of the top seeds in the Eastern Conference playoffs, but the past two weeks have shown just how important to the team Cirelli and Vande Sompel were.