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OHL This Week: March 16 to 19, 2017

Get caught up on the latest news and notes from around the Ontario Hockey League and a preview of what’s in store for the weekend.

 

FOLLOW THE RACES WITH THE 2017 OHL PLAYOFF TRACKER:

With the 2016-17 Ontario Hockey League regular season winding down, 13 teams have clinched berths in the OHL Playoffs and three division titles have been claimed. Follow along with all the races through the final weekend of the regular season with the OHL Playoff Tracker. Read more

CATCH THE FINAL WEEKEND OF THE SEASON ON OHL LIVE:

This weekend only, get an All Access Pass to OHL Live from Friday March 17th to Sunday March 19th for the discounted price of $19.99. That’s access to all 20 games this weekend for the price of under $1 a game! Don’t miss out on the stretch drive toward the 2017 OHL Playoffs! Visit OHLLIVE.com to take advantage.

OHL ANNOUNCES 2016-17 COACHES POLL WINNERS:

The OHL has announced the results of the Eastern and Western Conference Coaches Polls for the 2016-17 regular season featuring the top-3 players in 20 different skill categories.The OHL Coaches Poll provides member club coaches with the opportunity to recognize the top three players in 20 different skill categories within their own conference. Read more

2017 OHL CUP POWERED BY UNDER ARMOUR UNDERWAY IN TORONTO:

The 2017 OHL Cup Powered by Under Armour is underway at the Scotiabank Pond in Toronto. 20 teams from across Ontario and the United States are battling for OHL Cup supremacy, playing in some highly competitive matchups so far this week. There are 250 OHL Cup graduates currently on Ontario Hockey League rosters as of March 11, 2017. This figure represents roughly 50% of the entire OHL. Fans can get full updates on the 2017 OHL Cup Powered by Under Armour through game recaps, standings and statistics at OHLCUP.ca.

OTTERS, KNIGHTS, GREYHOUNDS, ATTACK IN CHL TOP-10:

The Erie Otters (3), London Knights (4), Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (5) and Owen Sound Attack (6) are all included in the 25th edition of the weekly CHL Top 10 Rankings. The Attack climbed from eighth and sixth on the list while the Windsor Spitfires received an honourable mention. The weekly rankings of the CHL’s Top-10 teams are selected by a panel of National Hockey League scouts. Read more

ATTACK’S PALMU NAMED PIONEER ENERGY OHL PLAYER OF THE WEEK:

Petrus Palmu of the Owen Sound Attack is the Pioneer Energy OHL Player of the Week for the week ending March 12 after leading the league with eight points in three games scoring four goals and four assists with a plus-minus rating of plus-3. Palmu recorded a pair of multi-point performances for the Attack who picked up a trio of victories last week moving up to third place in the Western Conference standings with a 45-15-2-2 record. Read more

GREYHOUNDS’ GETTINGER SIGNS WITH RANGERS:

The New York Rangers have signed Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds winger Tim Gettinger to a three-year entry-level NHL contract. Gettinger, who has 30 goals, 22 assists and 52 points over 60 games this season, was the Rangers’ fifth round (141st overall) pick last summer. Gettinger ranks third on the Greyhounds in goals and shots on goal, and ranks fourth on the team in plus/minus rating this season. He has registered four multi-goal games in 2016-17, including his first two career hat tricks in the OHL, and he has also posted 13 multi-point games. Read more

SPITFIRES’ CHATFIELD SIGNS WITH CANUCKS:

The Vancouver Canucks have signed Windsor Spitfires overage defenceman Jalen Chatfield to a three-year entry-level NHL contract. In 60 games with the Spitfires this season, Chatfield ranks third among defenceman in points (28) and goals (8), and second in assists (20). His three power-play goals and two overtime goals lead Windsor defenceman. Chatfield joined Windsor as a free agent in June 2014 and has suited up for 188 regular season games over three seasons, registering 86 points (19-67-86) and 136 penalty minutes. Read more

TIPPETT, VILARDI ATOP SPORTSNET’S LATEST NHL DRAFT RANKINGS:

OHL standouts Owen Tippett (Mississauga Steelheads) and Gabriel Vilardi (Windsor Spitfires) are both ranked highly on the latest edition of Sportsnet’s NHL Draft Rankings compiled by analyst Jeff Marek. Nicolas Hague (Mississauga Steelheads), Nick Suzuki (Owen Sound Attack), Robert Thomas (London Knights) and Matthew Strome (Hamilton Bulldogs) all factor into the top-30. Visit sportsnet.ca for the full list.

BULLDOGS’ MARIAN STUDENIC HEADLINES OHL PLAYS OF THE WEEK:

The 24th edition of the OHL Plays of the Week for the 2016-17 season feature another exciting countdown of the league’s Top-5 goals scored during the week ending March 12. This week’s highlights feature a Nikita Korostelev dangle before setting up his Peterborough Petes teammate Steven Lorentz, Dawson Carty of the Hamilton Bulldogs makes an OT save then launches a stretch pass to Matt Luff who buries the winner, Artur Tyanulin of the Ottawa 67’s comes out of the penalty box and grabs a turnover and scores, Ryan Mantha of the Niagara IceDogs shows some hands in the offensive zone before dishing to Johnny Corneil, and the Bulldogs’ Marian Studenic goes end-to-end. Watch

Studenic is also the OHL representative featured in this week’s #CIBCShowdown which showcases one great play from all three leagues allowing fans the opportunity to choose their favourite play. See all the plays and vote at chlshowdown.ca.

NINE GOALTENDERS FEATURED IN JANES SAVES OF THE WEEK:

The OHL season may be winding down but March’s masked men are heating up.  The 24th edition of #JanesSaves features nine goaltenders including Jacob Ingham of the Mississauga Steelheads, Leo Lazarev of the Ottawa 67’s, Liam Herbst of the Guelph Storm, Christian Propp of the Barrie Colts, Troy Timpano of the Erie Otters, Jeremy Brodeur of the Oshawa Generals, Stephen Dhillon of the Niagara IceDogs, Luke Richardson of the Kitchener Rangers, and Dylan Wells of the Peterborough Petes. Watch

TWO FIRST GOALS AND A SHUTOUT IN OHL MILESTONE MOMENTS:

The 24th week of the 2016-17 Ontario Hockey League season ending March 12 featured a trio of players celebrating milestone moments including two first career OHL goals, plus a first career shutout. Joey Keane (Barrie Colts) and Josh Supryka (Kingston Frontenacs) both scored their first OHL goals while goaltender Christian Propp (Barrie Colts) earned his first OHL shutout. Watch

ROGERS HOMETOWN HOCKEY TOUR COMES TO OTTAWA:

The Rogers Hometown Hockey tour stops in the nation’s capital this weekend. Hosts Ron MacLean and Tara Slone broadcast live from Ottawa, celebrating Canada’s game throughout the weekend. Follow along with the great stories highlighting Ottawa’s love for hockey at hometownhockey.com.

67’s’ OWNER & GOVERNOR JEFF HUNT TO BE INDUCTED INTO OTTAWA SPORT HALL OF FAME:

Ottawa 67’s Owner & Governor Jeff Hunt along with four other founding members of the Ottawa Sports & Entertainment Group will be inducted into the Ottawa Sport Hall of Fame on June 2nd. The ceremony will take place at the Horticultural Building at Landsdowne Park. The Ottawa Sport Hall of Fame is a non-profit organization, which documents, curates and celebrates outstanding achievement in local sport heritage.

OHL PLAY-BY-PLAY VOICES FEATURED IN ‘HOCKEY TALK: STORIES BEHIND THE VOICE’

Author Gordon Hunter has penned a new work highlighting play-by-play voices from across Canadian Major Junior Hockey including several play-by-play personalities from right here in the OHL. ‘Hockey Talk: Stories Behind the Voice’ features voices such as Mike Stubbs of the London Knights, Larry Mellott of the Guelph Storm, Dominic Hennig of the Flint Firebirds, Callum Ng of the Oshawa Generals, Leigh Cunningham of the Sarnia Sting, A.J. Jakubec of the Ottawa 67’s, Matt Sookram of the North Bay Battalion, Mike Miller of the Windsor Spitfires and Rob Snoek of the Peterborough Petes. The book can be purchased through the University of Lethbridge bookstore.

 

COMMUNITY CORNER:

Spitfires host Fan Appreciation Night on Thursday: The Windsor Spitfires will thank their fans on Thursday when they play host to the Owen Sound Attack. Visit windsorspitfires.com for a full list of prizes and giveaways!

Colts host St. Patrick’s Day Game: The Barrie Colts are encouraging their fans to wear green on Saturday when they celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at home to the Kingston Frontenacs. For more information visit barriecolts.com.

Fan Appreciation Night in Kitchener: The first 2,000 fans into the Aud on Friday will receive a commemorative poster featuring Adam Mascherin, Joseph Garreffa and Connor Bunnaman as part of Fan Appreciation Night festivities in Kitchener. The Rangers play host to the Erie Otters and hundreds of prizes will be handed out throughout the night.

Spirit salute the fans: The first 1,000 fans into the Dow Event Centre on Saturday will receive a free Saginaw Spirit 2016-17 team poster. Fans in attendance will have the opportunity to win prizes throughout the night.

Battalion host Fan Appreciation Day on Sunday: The North Bay Battalion close out their regular season schedule with Fan Appreciation Day at the Gardens on Sunday. There’s fun planned for everyone, visit battalionhockey.com for full details.

67’s host Fan Appreciation Game: The Ottawa 67’s will say thank you to their fans on Sunday as the first 3,000 fans into the building will receive a free pair of 67’s sunglasses and a free hot dog. The first 2,500 fans will also receive a free 67’s rally towel. For full details visit ottawa67s.com.

 

ALUMNI NOTES:

Elie scores first NHL goal: Erie Otters graduate Remi Elie scored his first career NHL goal with the Dallas Stars on Sunday in a 5-1 loss to the San Jose Sharks. The 21-year-old Elie has spent much of this season with the AHL’s Texas Stars, recording eight goals, 17 assists and 25 points in 50 games. The Green Valley, Ont. native was an OHL Champion with the London Knights in 2013 and played three OHL seasons between London, Belleville and Erie, recording 161 points (66-95–161) over 195 regular season contests. He was Dallas’ second round (40th overall) pick in the 2013 NHL Draft.

7 OHL grads win OUA Championship with York: Seven OHL graduates are 2017 OUA Men’s Hockey Champions with the York Lions following a 4-3 win over the visiting Queen’s Gaels at Canlan Ice Sports Arena. Former Ottawa 67’s, Owen Sound Attack and Windsor Spitfires power forward Steven Janes scored the deciding goal with 4:34 remaining in the third period to give the Lions their first OUA Championship since 2004. Read more

Birch shares on the benefits of CHL Scholarship Program: OHL graduate and OHL Senior Director of Hockey Development and Special Events Joe Birch sat down with U SPORTS to discuss the benefits of the CHL Scholarship Program. OHL graduate Geoff Schemitsch, now playing at Acadia University, has made the most of his education package and shares his experience of life after the OHL in the video. Watch the interview at USPORTS.ca.

 

KEY MATCHUPS:

Sudbury Wolves (24-33-7-0, 3rd Central) vs. North Bay Battalion (23-36-4-2, 4th Central)
Thursday in North Bay, Friday in Sudbury

The 2016-17 season is down to its final weekend and two northern rivals will clash in a home-and-home set with playoff implications. The Battalion enter action three games back of the Wolves with Sudbury holding a game in hand, meaning the stakes are high for both teams should they hope to qualify for the OHL Playoffs. The Battalion have won four of the six meetings between the two clubs this season. Both teams are looking to turn things around having won just two of their past 10 games.

Hamilton Bulldogs (32-25-4-4, 3rd East) vs. Kingston Frontenacs (30-26-5-4, 4th East)
Friday in Kingston

The Hamilton Bulldogs and Kingston Frontenacs have been waging a battle for home ice advantage in the first round of the OHL Playoffs for some time now. The two first round opponents will square off on Friday in Kingston as the Bulldogs look to pull ahead for good as they currently hold a three point edge on fourth. Hamilton has won three of the five meetings between the two clubs this season and enter the weekend having collected at least a point in five straight contests. Kingston is on the heels of two straight losses as they close out the season against Hamilton, Barrie and North Bay.

SCHEDULE:

Thursday March 16:
Mississauga at Niagara – 7:00pm
Sudbury at North Bay – 7:00pm
Hamilton at Peterborough – 7:05pm
Owen Sound at Windsor – 7:05pm

Friday March 17:
Hamilton at Kingston – 7:00pm
Barrie at Mississauga – 7:00pm
North Bay at Sudbury – 7:00pm
Saginaw at Sault Ste. Marie – 7:07pm
Sarnia at Guelph – 7:30pm
Erie at Kitchener – 7:30pm
Flint at London – 7:30pm

Saturday March 18:
Oshawa at Ottawa – 2:00pm
Guelph at Erie – 7:00pm
London at Flint – 7:00pm
Sudbury at Niagara – 7:00pm
Windsor at Saginaw – 7:05pm
Kingston at Barrie – 7:30pm
Kitchener at Owen Sound – 7:30pm

Sunday March 19:
Niagara at Mississauga – 2:00pm
Kingston at North Bay – 2:00pm
Hamilton at Ottawa – 2:00pm
London at Sault Ste. Marie – 2:07pm
Peterborough at Oshawa – 6:05pm
Owen Sound at Guelph – 6:30pm


Be sure to catch all of this weekend’s action at ohllive.com.

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