Once again, we will look at the OHL over this past week and see who has been good, who has been bad and have the Barrie Colts finally ended their losing streak?
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Sure the Attack lost but they are still on an incredible roll. Sure London beat them but I’ll still boo them. Here is a look at the past week around the OHL. The good, the bad and the Barrie Colts (ugly).
They are deserving of the top spot again even though they ended up losing. The Owen Sound Attack had won 14 straight headed into this week. The started off with the Barrie Colts. Shockingly, they got the win over the Colts to extend their streak to 15 games. Colts didn’t make the win easy on the Attack, making them earn it outside of regulation. David Ovsjannikov was the only reason the Colts stood a chance in this game making 37 saves on 40 faced shots. Owen Sound would get the 3-2 win in OT to extend the streak to 15 games. Cordell James scored a goal against his former team while Petrus Palmu would score the winner in OT.
Nothing lasts forever and the Attack streak falls under that rule. After 15 straight wins, the London Knights would break the streak in a 7-6 win that required a shootout. Jonah Gadjovich did everything in his power to keep the streak alive scoring 2 goals and adding 2 assists. Petrus Palmu added a pair of goals and an assist while generating 7 shots on goal while Kevin Hancock would add 3 points. Despite a strong effort and heavy goal production it would not be enough to beat the Knights. London would score 2 goals to Owen Sound’s 1 in the SO for the win. Michael McNiven would make 23 saves on 29 shots faced in the loss. The loss would be his first in his last 12 starts.
They would close out the week the same as they started it – with a win. They defeated Kitchener 6-4 to get back in the win’s category. McNiven would get back in the win’s column with a 20 save night while Cordell James would have a strong game scoring a goal and adding a pair of assists. Santino Centorame had a great night with a goal and 3 helpers in the win.
Owen Sound is still looking good with a 2-0-0-1 record on the week and a streak of 16-0-0-1 over the past 17 games. They still sit in third in the Midwest Division. Kevin Hancock was solid this week putting up 3 goals and 3 assist while generating 11 shots on goal. Petrus Palmu (3 goals, 2 assists) and Cordell James (2 goals, 3 assists) both had 5 point weeks while Michael McNiven allowed 10 goals on 53 shots.
With Oshawa struggling, the Peterborough Petes are using this opportunity to run away with the top spot in the Conference. They are currently riding a 5-game winning streak and have only lost 3 in their last 10 games.
They started things off this week with a 5-4 OT win over the Sudbury Wolves. The Wolves took a 3-1 lead early but Peterborough would fight back to force the extra frame. Logan DeNoble would score in the 3d to force OT and Steven Lorentz would score the game winner in OT. Dylan Wells got the start for Peterborough and finished the night with 26 saves. Semyon Der-Arguchinstev scored a pair of goals for the Petes in the win.
Peterborough would then head to the Soo to face the Greyhounds where they earned a 5-3 win. A tightly contested match that was back and forth until 11:11 mark of the 3rd period where Christopher Paquette would score the game winner. Nikita Korostelev would score an insurance goal later to clinch the win. Scott Smith got the start for the Petes and he made 2 saves on 27 shots faced.
Peterborough finished the week off with a 2-1 win in North Bay over the Battalion. Korostelev scored his 25th of the season and Jonathan Ang would get his 18th which was the game winner. Steven Lorentz got a pair of assists in the win. Dylan Wells got his 2nd start of the week and made 24 saves.
Peterborough got a lot of production from Steven Lorentz this week scoring a goal and helping on 5. Semyon Der-Arguchinstev (2 goals, 2 assists) and Nikita Korostelev (3 goals, 1 assist) both had 4 point weeks for the Petes. Dylan Wells made 50 saves on 55 shots in his 2 wins.
Back in the Western Conference, The Erie Otters are also riding a 5-game win streak and are 8-2-0-0 in their last 10. They had a very strong weekend winning all 3 games and outscoring opponents 19-4.
They started the week off with a 5-0 win over the Rangers. Alex DBincat had an outstanding showing scoring a goal and adding 3 assists. Dylan Strome and Darren Raddysh both scored a goal and added an assist on their night. Weak night for the Rangers getting outshot 37-13. Troy Timpano got the shutout for London.
Their next game was a 5-3 win over the Attack-slayers. London scored the first 2 goals but Erie would strike back with 3 straight. Dylan Strome scored the game winner with 40 seconds left in regulation and Darren Raddysh would score the insurance goal with a second left to clinch the 5-3 win. Maksimovich, Strome and D. Raddysh all ended the night with a goal and an assist each. Troy Timpano would get his 2nd win of the week making 18 saves.
Dylan Strome had an 8-point week with 3 goals and 5 assists, as he became the all time points leader in Erie. He put 14 shots on goal. Alex DeBrincat was also outstanding this week scoring 2 goals and getting 5 assists. He was a +8 on the week and generated 9 shots on goal. Taylor Raddyshput up 3 goals and 3 assists and Darren Raddysh scored 2 goals and helped on 3. Troy Timpano made 32 saves on 34 shots faced while winning both starts and getting a shutout as well.
Sarnia Sting have won their last 3 games. They are one of the hotter teams in the west with a 7-2-0-1 record in their last 10. This week they beat Flint 6-1 and Saginaw 6-5. With a trip through the East, they could extend their streaks against struggling teams, facing North Bay, Sudbury and Barrie this week.
Barrie continues to be the weakest team in the league. Though they are forcing teams to beat them outside of regulation, they still have only 1 win in their last 10 games with a 1-6-3-0 record. They are 5 points behind Guelph who currently sit in 2nd last. Colts have a game in hand.
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.
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.