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OHL This Week: November 8 to 11, 2018

 

The OHL leg of the 2018 CIBC Canada Russia Series gets underway in Sarnia on Thursday before shifting to Oshawa for Game 4 on Monday. Get more details on that and more in the latest edition of the OHL This Week!

PENALTY SHOTS AND HIGHLIGHT REEL GOALS LEAD OHL OVER RUSSIA IN SARNIA:
MacKenzie Entwistle (Hamilton Bulldogs) buried a penalty shot and Barrett Hayton (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds) scored a highlight reel goal to lead Team OHL to a 3-1 win over Russia in Sarnia. The CHL takes a 6-3 series lead in points headed into the weekend as Isaac Ratcliffe (Guelph Storm) also scored and goaltender Michael DiPietro (Windsor Spitfires) stopped 18 of the 19 shots he faced. Read more

CIBC CANADA RUSSIA HOST STING CELEBRATING 25 YEARS IN SARNIA:
Steven Stamkos, Jakob Chychrun, Nail Yakupov, Alex Galchenyuk, Travis Konecny and the list goes on. The Sarnia Sting have developed top tier NHL talent over the course of their 25-year history. Now a pair of long-time NHL competitors have banded together in an effort to bring the franchise its first championship. Read more

OHL’S PHILADELPHIA CONNECTION REUNITED IN SARNIA:
The weekend of June 23-24, 2017 is one that Morgan Frost (Soo Greyhounds), Isaac Ratcliffe (Guelph Storm) and Matthew Strome (Hamilton Bulldogs) won’t soon forget. The three OHL forwards had a Windy City whirlwind of a weekend, being selected by the Philadelphia Flyers in the 2017 NHL Draft at the United Center in Chicago. On Thursday the three suited up together for Team OHL in a 3-1 win over Russia. Read more

KNIGHTS, OHL BOOSTED BY RETURN OF FORMENTON, BOUCHARD:
The London Knights received a double dose of good news on Friday when it was announced that captain Evan Bouchard and forward Alex Formenton would be returning to the Ontario Hockey League after beginning the season in the National Hockey League. It was also announced on Friday that both players would compete for Team OHL in the 2018 CIBC Canada Russia Series with Bouchard slated for Game 3 next Thursday November 8 in Sarnia, while Formenton will dress for Game 4 in Oshawa set for Monday November 12. Read more

KOOY AND STROME ADDED TO TEAM OHL FOR 2018 CIBC CANADA RUSSIA SERIES:
Hamilton Bulldogs forward Matthew Strome and London Knights goaltender Jordan Kooy have been added to Team OHL’s roster for the 2018 CIBC Canada Russia Series. Strome will compete for Team OHL in Game 3 of the series in Sarnia set for Thursday November 8 dressing in place of Niagara IceDogs forward Akil Thomas who is unable to participate due to injury.  Kooy is slated for Game 4 in Oshawa on Monday November 12 in place of Matthew Villalta of the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds who is also unable to play due to injury. Read more

OHL NEWS – RADIO EDITION HIGHLIGHTS CIBC CANADA RUSSIA SERIES:
The Team OHL trio of Barrett Hayton, Michael DiPietro and Evan Bouchard are this week’s guests on OHL News Radio with host Terry Doyle. Hear their thoughts on Thursday’s Game 3 victory over Russia in Sarnia. Listen

67’s AND GREYHOUNDS IN KIA CHL TOP 10 RANKINGS:|
The Ottawa 67’s hold steady at second in the CHL this week while the Soo Greyhounds remain in the eighth spot. The London Knights also receive an honourable mention in the eighth edition of the weekly Top 10. Full Rankings

OHL ANNOUNCES ACADEMIC PLAYERS OF THE MONTH FOR OCTOBER:
The Ontario Hockey League today announced the OHL Academic Players of the Month for October 2018, including Nick Wong of the Oshawa Generals, Jonah De Simone of the Niagara IceDogs, Isaac Langdon of the Kitchener Rangers and Colton Kammerer of the Sarnia Sting. Read more

TEAM CANADA RED ADVANCES TO SEMI-FINALS AT WORLD U17 HOCKEY CHALLENGE:
Matthew Maggio (Ottawa 67’s) had a goal to help Team Canada Red advance to Friday’s Semi-Final with their third straight overtime win, defeating the United States 2-1. Team Canada White and Team Canada Black were eliminated from medal contention following losses. Canada Red will face Finland on Friday. Canada Black defeated Canada White by a score of 5-3 to place fifth in the tournament on Friday. Quarter-Final Recap

OHL BATTLE OF THE BORDER GETS UNDERWAY IN WINDSOR:
Twelve Minor Midget teams from across Ontario, Michigan and Illinois will hit the ice this coming weekend in Windsor for the 2018 OHL Battle of the Border. Teams will play three games each, with one on Friday, Saturday and Sunday as they put their best foot forward in the annual showcase. Details

ATTACK’S KEVIN HANCOCK NAMED OHL ‘ON THE RUN’ PLAYER OF THE WEEK:
Owen Sound Attack overage forward Kevin Hancock is the OHL ‘On the Run’ Player of the Week for the regular season week ending November 4 after leading the league with nine points in three games scoring four goals and five assists. Hancock recorded a trio of multi-point performances over the weekend and is now tied for fourth in OHL scoring. Read more

KNIGHTS’ JOSEPH RAAYMAKERS NAMED VAUGHN CHL GOALTENDER OF THE WEEK:
London Knights netminder Joseph Raaymakers is the Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week after posting a 2-0-0-0 record including a shutout victory with a goals-against-average of 1.02 and save percentage of .965. Raaymakers turned aside 55 shots last week as the Knights stayed hot with wins in six of their last seven to move into a first place tie in the OHL’s Midwest Division standings with a 10-4-2-0 record. Read more

COLTS’ CHIODO REPRESENTS OHL IN CIBC SHOWDOWN:
Barrie Colts forward Lucas Chiodo is this week’s OHL representative in CIBC Showdown, a weekly feature that allows fans across the CHL to vote for their favourite play across all three leagues. Watch & Vote

WAWANESA OHL PLAYS OF THE WEEK:
The seventh edition of the Wawanesa OHL Plays of the Week for the 2018-19 season feature a collection of the league’s Top-5 goals during the week ending November 4. This week’s highlights include Nick Suzuki of the Owen Sound Attack with a skilled shorthanded move, a no-look pass from Barrett Hayton to Ryan Roth that cues a Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds comeback, Brandon Saigeon of the Hamilton Bulldogs wins a draw to himself then goes roof, David Levin of the Subury Wolves with two highlight reel goals, and Lucas Chiodo of the Barrie Colts scoring a spin-o-rama wraparound in overtime. Watch

OHL GOALTENDERS STAND TALL IN JANES SAVES OF THE WEEK:
Scoring chances are nullified by OHL goaltenders in the first November edition of #JanesSaves. Featured this week is Cedrick Andree of the Ottawa 67’s, Jacob Ingham of the Mississauga Steelheads, Michael DiPietro and Kari Piiroinen of the Windsor Spitfires, Jordan Kooy and Joseph Raaymakers of the London Knights, Emanuel Vella of the Flint Firebirds, Zachary Roy of the Hamilton Bulldogs, and Mack Guzda of the Owen Sound Attack. Watch

FIVE OHL MILESTONE MOMENTS THIS WEEK:
Goaltenders Cedrick Andree (Ottawa 67’s) and Kari Piiroinen (Windsor Spitfires) recorded their first OHL shutouts while Justin McCombs (Sarnia Sting), Harrison Caines (North Bay Battalion) and Zack Malik (Sudbury Wolves) all scored their first career goals. Watch

WOLVES RETIRE ROD SCHUTT’S NO. 8:
The Sudbury Wolves paid tribute to a franchise great on Friday night, raising Rod Schutt’s #8 to the heights of the Sudbury Community Arena prior to puck drop. Schutt was joined at centre ice by his family along with former Wolves teammates in Mike Foligno, Wes Jarvis, John Baby, John Walker and Mike Gazdic for the pre-game ceremony, extending his thanks to the organization following comments from team owner Dario Zulich. Read more

KNIGHTS ANNOUNCE LEADERSHIP GROUP:
The London Knights have announced their leadership group for the 2018-2019 season.  Evan Bouchard has been named as the team’s captain with Alex Formenton, Liam Foudy, William Lochead, and Cole Tymkin serving as alternate captains. Read more

LATEST EDITION OF JUNIOR HOCKEY MAGAZINE FEATURES OHL GRAD MIKE MARTONE:
The latest edition of the Junior Hockey Magazine podcast with host Gino Reda features an OHL graduate and former Buffalo Sabres draft pick in Mike Martone, who is now a school teacher. A native of Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., Martone was the OHL’s Humanitarian of the Year in 1997. Listen

11TH ANNUAL PRIMETIME SPORTS MANAGEMENT CONFERENCE STARTS ON SUNDAY:
Canada’s largest sports management conference with over 60 sports business guest speakers is set to begin this coming Sunday November 11th. Featuring such names as past and present NHL general managers in Brian Burke and George McPhee, attendees will have the opportunity to learn from and network with leaders of the sports industry. For more details visit primetimesport.ca.

 

COMMUNITY CORNER:

Otters launch Movember campaign in support of men’s health: The Erie Otters have begun their 2018 Movember campaign, growing out their moustaches as they take arms in the fifth for men’s health. Visit their MoSpace page here.

Make your bids on Kingston Frontenacs plaid jerseys: The Kingston Frontenacs are auctioning off a unique set of game worn jerseys from last weekend in support of the Canadian Cancer Society. Take a closer look at the plaid uniforms up for auction at CHL Auctions.

Storm to honour Lt. Col. John McCrae on Remembrance Day jerseys: The Guelph Storm have unveiled their 2018 Remembrance Day uniforms. They will honour the Guelph native and veteran who penned the historic poem ‘In Flanders Fields’ when they play host to the Barrie Colts on Friday. Get a closer look at the special jersey at guelphstorm.com.

Harry Potter themed Teacher Appreciation Night in Flint: The Flint Firebirds are putting a touch of magic into their upcoming Saturday home game against the Mississauga Steelheads. Fans are invited to wear their favourite Harry Potter costumes while all teachers and school staff can receive a complimentary ticket to the game by showing their School ID’s at the box office. Learn more by visiting the Firebirds on Facebook.

Attack don Remembrance Day jerseys on Saturday: The Owen Sound Attack will wear special Remembrance Day jerseys on Thursday when they play host to the Erie Otters to kick-off a back-to-back set against the Midwest Division foe. The special jerseys will be auctioned off on CHL Auctions beginning Monday November 12th with proceeds going to the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 6 in Owen Sound.

Sparky’s Toy Drive Game on Saturday in Windsor: The Windsor Spitfires are asking fans to bring a new, wrapped toy to Saturday’s home game against the Guelph Storm as they look to help make a local kid’s holiday season brighter. Firefighters will be collecting toys at the entrance to each gate at the WFCU Centre as fans enter the building.

Hockey Fights Cancer and Military Appreciation Night in Saginaw: The Saginaw Spirit have a pair of eventful home dates this coming weekend, hosting Hockey Fights Cancer Night on Friday at home to the Mississauga Steelheads before the Spirit salute veterans on Saturday at home to the Soo Greyhounds. Get a full rundown of what’s ahead at saginawspirit.com.

Rangers to wear special edition Remembrance Day uniforms: The Kitchener Rangers will wear special Remembrance Day uniforms for the 14th straight season this coming weekend. The 2018 Commemorative Remembrance Day Jersey is inspired by the 100th anniversary of the armistice ending World War I. On November 11, 1918 the ringing of church bells erupted spontaneously as an outpouring of relief that the war had come to an end. The front crest features the Dove, a symbol of peace, with a bell adorning the right shoulder of the jersey. Full details at kitchenerrangers.com.

 

ALUMNI NOTES:

Sharks’ DeBoer, Thornton hit career milestones: San Jose Sharks head coach Peter DeBoer and veteran forward Joe Thornton recently hit career milestones. DeBoer coached his 750th career contest last week while Thornton played in his 1,500th career contest on Thursday. Both OHL grads, DeBoer won an OHL Championship as an assistant coach with the Detroit Jr. Red Wings in 1995 before hoisting the Memorial Cup as head coach of the Kitchener Rangers in 2003. He is also a two-time OHL Coach of the Year (1999, 2000) and a 2005 World Junior gold medalist. Thornton skated with the Soo Greyhounds from 1995-97 before being selected with the first overall pick of the 1997 NHL Draft. The St. Thomas, Ont. native was the 1996 CHL Rookie of the Year and won a gold medal with Canada at the 1997 World Juniors.

Fabbri scores first NHL goal in nearly two years: Guelph Storm graduate Robby Fabbri scored his first NHL goal in nearly two years on Tuesday as the St. Louis Blues defeated Carolina 4-1. The former first round pick in 2014 has missed significant time with lower body injuries after posting 37 and 29 points in his first two seasons respectively. The 22-year-old native of Mississauga, Ont. was an OHL Champion with the Storm in 2014, winning OHL Playoff MVP honours in the process.

O’Reilly scored first career hat-trick: While Robby Fabbri returned to the scoresheet on Tuesday another former OHL star with the Blues had a milestone moment of his own.  Ryan O’Reilly scored his first career hat-trick in over 660 career NHL games.  The 27-year-old former first overall pick of the Erie Otters in the 2007 OHL Priority Selection played two OHL seasons amassing 118 points in 129 games.  He’s currently in the midst of his first season with the Blues having previously suited up for the Buffalo Sabres and Colorado Avalanche who chose him in the second round back in 2009.

Fowler nets first career hat-trick: Windsor Spitfires grad and former Memorial Cup champion Cam Fowler scored his first career NHL hat-trick on Sunday, helping the Anaheim Ducks defeat the Columbus Blue Jackets 3-2 in overtime. The 26-year-old has 10 points (3-7–10) through 17 games with Anaheim in this, his ninth NHL season. Fowler was a member of the 2010 OHL Champion and Memorial Cup Champion Spitfires squad before being selected 12th overall by Anaheim in the 2010 NHL Draft.

Williams named ECHL Goaltender of the Month: Erie Otters graduate Devin Williams has been named the ECHL’s Goaltender of the Month for October. Williams went 3-0-0 with a 2.00 goals-against average and .933 save percentage in three appearances with the Tulsa Oilers. The 23-year-old native of Saginaw, Mich. played parts of five seasons in Erie, finishing as the franchise’s career leader in games played (175), wins (109) and shutouts (9).

 

KEY MATCHUPS:

Ottawa 67’s (16-3-1-1) vs. Oshawa Generals (9-6-2-0)
Friday November 9th at Oshawa

An East Division showdown between two talented teams hits the ice in Oshawa on Friday as the CHL’s second-ranked Ottawa 67’s come to town.

Ottawa enters the weekend on a seven game winning streak, powered by the offensive contributions of OHL goal-scoring leader Tye Felhaber (21-13–34). Linemates Austen Keating (7-24–31) and rookie Marco Rossi (11-13–24) have combined to make the trio one of the most offensively dangerous in the OHL this season.

The Generals have had their ups and downs early in the season, spreading the scoring around as Florida Panthers prospect Serron Noel (11-7–18) leads the team with 11 goals. Goaltender Kyle Keyser has been among the league’s best, posting a 2.19 goals-against average and .935 save percentage to go with a 7-2-1-0 record through 11 games.

Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (12-3-3-1) vs. Saginaw Spirit (8-6-1-1)
Saturday November 10th at Saginaw

The Saginaw Spirit host the CHL’s eight-ranked Soo Greyhounds at the Dow Event Center on Saturday.

The Spirit closed out last weekend with a crushing defeat at the hands of the first place Ottawa 67’s and look to rebound this weekend with a three-in-three set against Mississauga, Ottawa and Windsor. Leading scorer Albert Michnac (8-14–22) started the season with points in 13 straight games.

The Hounds are on top of the West Division once again, collecting five of a possible six points last week. The loss of Los Angeles Kings prospect Matthew Villalta in the crease for the coming weeks will be a test for the Greyhounds as they turn to rookie Ethan Taylor in his absence. Star forwards Morgan Frost (12-21–33) and Barrett Hayton (7-12–19) are both representing Team OHL at the CIBC Canada Russia Series this week but will be in the lineup this weekend. Sophomore winger Cole MacKay (6-14–20) is enjoying a breakout season.

 

SCHEDULE:

Friday November 9:
Sault Ste. Marie at Flint – 7:00pm
Hamilton at Kingston – 7:00pm
North Bay at Niagara – 7:00pm
Mississauga at Saginaw – 7:05pm
Barrie at Guelph – 7:30pm
Sarnia at Kitchener – 7:30pm
Sudbury at London – 7:30pm
Ottawa at Oshawa – 7:35pm

Saturday November 10:
Mississauga at Flint – 7:00pm
Oshawa at Kingston – 7:00pm
Niagara at North Bay – 7:00pm
Hamilton at Peterborough – 7:05pm
Sault Ste. Marie at Saginaw – 7:05pm
Sudbury at Sarnia – 7:05pm
Guelph at Windsor – 7:05pm
Ottawa at Barrie – 7:30pm
Erie at Owen Sound – 7:30pm

Sunday November 11:
Kitchener at London – 2:00pm
Erie at Owen Sound – 2:00pm
Saginaw at Windsor – 4:05pm

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