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OHL This Week: January 23 to 26, 2020

 

Lots to tell you about with alumni heading off to NHL and AHL All-Star Games this weekend, not to mention two Sportsnet games and YourTV Hockey Day in the OHL on Sunday. Get the full scoop right here!

OHL ACTION ON SPORTSNET THURSDAY AND SATURDAY:
Catch a pair of OHL games on Sportsnet in the coming days as the London Knights visit the Windsor Spitfires on Thursday at 7:05pm before the Oshawa Generals play host to the Kingston Frontenacs on Saturday at 2:05pm.

SUNDAY IS YOURTV HOCKEY DAY IN THE OHL:
For the seventh straight year fans across Ontario can enjoy a tripleheader of live action plus exclusive OHL coverage on YourTV networks. The broadcast begins at 1:00 pm when the Soo Greyhounds visit the North Bay Battalion, then at 4:00 pm the Sarnia Sting host the Windsor Spitfires, and at 7:00 pm the Niagara IceDogs visit the Kingston Frontenacs. All games will be part of a full day of continuous OHL coverage on YourTV in markets across Ontario and on the OHL Action Pak.

67’s, SPITFIRES AND RANGERS IN KIA CHL TOP 10:
The Ottawa 67’s remain the top-ranked team in the Canadian Hockey League this week while the Windsor Spitfires and Kitchener Rangers also made the cut.
FULL RANKINGS

FROM WORST TO FIRST – THE RANGERS’ RESET:
From the last place team in the Western Conference on November 28th to the first place team on January 23rd, the Kitchener Rangers have found a way to turn things around under interim head coach Mike McKenzie. The OHL’s Sarah Jean Maher spoke with McKenzie and a number of Rangers regulars about their newfound success.
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10 TAKEAWAYS FROM THE KUBOTA CHL/NHL TOP PROSPECTS GAME:
Team White reigned victorious by a score of 5-2 at the 2020 Kubota CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game in Hamilton. The event provided a good exhibit of talent and spirit from the participating OHL skaters in terms of the on-ice product and the overall experience itself. Here are 10 takeaways from the showcase that was.
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KUBOTA CHL/NHL TOP PROSPECTS GAME SIGHTS & SOUNDS:
Relive the OHL’s finest moments from the 2020 Kubota CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game in Hamilton.
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67’s’ MITCHELL HOELSCHER NAMED OHL ‘ON THE RUN’ PLAYER OF THE WEEK:
New Jersey Devils prospect Mitchell Hoelscher of the Ottawa 67’s is the OHL ‘On the Run’ Player of the Week for the week ending January 19th. Hoelscher becomes the third different Ottawa player to earn the distinction this season, helping the CHL’s top-ranked 67’s take three straight victories to improve to 34-7-0-0.
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HOELSCHER AND HOEFENMAYER NAMED TO VAUGHN CHL TEAM OF THE WEEK:
Ottawa 67’s teammates Mitchell Hoelscher and Noel Hoefenmayer have been named to the Vaughn CHL Team of the Week after the CHL’s top-ranked club played to a 3-0 record last weekend.
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WAWANESA OHL PLAYS OF THE WEEK – JAN. 22, 2020:
Rolling out the top-five plays in the OHL this week with another edition of Wawanesa OHL Plays! London’s Ryan Merkley starts us off with a coast-to-coast rush, giving way to Kingston’s Martin Chromiak with a quick finish from in tight. Flint Firebirds goaltender Luke Cavallin flashes the leather before the Toronto Maple Leafs prospect duo of Nick Robertson and Semyon Der-Arguchintsev team up on a nifty give-and-go. Sudbury Wolves forward David Levin headlines the plays, showing off his highlight reel hands.
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VAUGHN SAVES OF THE WEEK – JAN. 21, 2020:
Get in the game with Vaughn Saves, featuring the biggest stops across the Ontario Hockey League this week. We’ve got multiple appearances from a few netminders in the latest edition led by Christian Sbaraglia of the Niagara IceDogs, teammate Andrew MacLean, Oshawa’s Jordan Kooy, Kitchener’s Jacob Ingham, Kingston’s Christian Propp, Saginaw’s Marshall Frappier and Flint’s Luke Cavallin.
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WOLVES’ LEVIN REPRESENTS OHL IN CHL SHOWDOWN:
Sudbury Wolves forward David Levin is the OHL’s representative in this week’s CHL Showdown featuring one great play from all three leagues.
WATCH & VOTE AT CHLSHOWDOWN.CA

MYSAK, MCCUE AND SHARPE SCORE FIRST OHL GOALS:
Three OHL players scored first goals this past week. Check out milestone markers from Hamilton’s Jan Mysak, London’s Max McCue and Mississauga’s Chas Sharpe.
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#PLAYERSFIRST – ACADEMIC SUPPORT STAFF:
In the OHL it’s paramount that our athletes are prepared to succeed in the classroom and on the ice. Academic advisors coordinate scheduling, monitor success and provide academic support where required. Additionally, all OHL players are provided access to Gradeslam. OHL Director of Recruitment Kyle Pereira and North Bay Battalion graduate Mathew Santos go into more detail.
FACT OF THE WEEK / ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT

OHL CUP POWERED BY UNDER ARMOUR MINOR MIDGET TOP 10 RANKINGS:
The eighth edition of the weekly Top 10 Rankings includes the Mississauga Senators and Vaughan Kings both rising one spot while the Mississauga Reps return to the honourable mention category. GTHL Minor Midget AAA action will resume on Saturday following a lengthy hiatus to accommodate the 2020 Youth Olympics in Lausanne, Switzerland as Canada prepares to face Finland in Wednesday’s bronze medal game. The ALLIANCE Minor Midget regular season came to an end on Sunday, with the fourth-ranked Elgin-Middlesex Chiefs finishing atop the standings with a 25-0-8 record. The OMHA SCTA also concluded its regular season this past week, with the sixth-ranked Southern Tier Admirals leading the pack at 24-3-5.
FULL RANKINGS

7 OHL PRIORITY SELECTION PROSPECTS WIN BRONZE WITH CANADA AT 2020 YOUTH OLYMPICS:
Seven 2020 OHL Priority Selection prospects have won bronze as members of Team Canada in men’s hockey at the 2020 Winter Youth Olympic Games after defeating Finland 4-2 on Wednesday at the Vaudoise Arena. The bronze is Canada’s third medal in as many tries at the Youth Olympics; it won bronze at the inaugural Games in Innsbruck, Austria, in 2012 and took silver in 2016 in Lillehammer, Norway.
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PATRICK KANE’S #88 RETIRED IN LONDON:
It was a Knight to remember in London on Friday. The Knights honoured 2006-07 OHL and CHL Rookie of the Year Patrick Kane prior to puck drop against the Sudbury Wolves, raising his #88 banner to the heights of Budweiser Gardens.
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COLTS MAKE CHANGES, NAME TODD MILLER INTERIM COACH:
The Barrie Colts announced Tuesday that the club has parted ways with interim coach Warren Rychel, promoting assistant coach Todd Miller as his replacement. An OHL graduate from Wasaga Beach, Ont., Miller has been an assistant with the Colts since the 2010-11 season.
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KNIGHTS’ HUNTER EARNS 800TH OHL WIN:
Only three coaches in OHL history have won 800 career contests, and Dale Hunter is now one of them. The London Knights bench boss joined elite OHL coaching company in Brian Kilrea (1,194 wins) and Bert Templeton (907 wins) on Thursday as the Knights defeated the Windsor Spitfires 6-3 on Sportsnet, getting a goal and two assists from both Luke Evangelista and Nathan Dunkley.
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BATTALION’S MONCADA SETS NEW SINGLE GAME FRANCHISE RECORD:
It wasn’t your standard run-of-the-mill hat-trick, but it came in a big spot for the North Bay Battalion. Newly minted captain Luke Moncada scored three times in a span of 5:44 on Saturday in Niagara, boosting the Battalion to a 3-1 road win. Two of Moncada’s goals came on empty netters, but resulted in two points for the Troops as Moncada improved his offensive totals to 37 points including 24 goals and 13 assists in 42 games this season.
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STING’S MCGREGOR BECOMES NEW CLUB GAMES PLAYED LEADER:
Overage veteran Ryan McGregor made some Sarnia Sting history on Saturday, competing in his 268th career regular season game in black and gold. In doing so, he surpassed John Hecimovic (2000-05) for the most games played in the Sting’s 26-year history.
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LOCAL PRODUCT MATTHEW SOP COMMITS TO RANGERS:
The Kitchener Rangers have announced that forward Matthew Sop has committed to an Ontario Hockey League standard player agreement with the club. The Kitchener native was a seventh round pick in the 2019 OHL Priority Selection and currently has 42 points (20-22–42) over 42 games with the Mississauga Chargers of the OJHL.
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5 QUESTIONS WITH TYSON FOERSTER:
Tyson Foerster of the Barrie Colts stole the show at the Kubota CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game and shared his thoughts on that and more. Ranked 41st by NHL Central Scouting in their Midterm Rankings, Foerster was the star in Hamilton with a pair of goals and one assist to lead Team White to a 5-3 victory earning Player of the Game honours in the process.
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BEYOND THE BOARDS:

Barrie Colts retiring Bryan Little’s #18: Former Colt Bryan Little will see his number raised to the rafters in Barrie ahead of Saturday’s game against the visiting Hamilton Bulldogs. Little played four seasons with the Colts from 2003-07, amassing 342 points in 247 games, before a lengthy career with the NHL’s Atlanta Thrashers and Winnipeg Jets.

Tribute to 1990 Memorial Cup winners: The Oshawa Generals’ Saturday home game against the visiting Kingston Frontenacs on Sportsnet will pay tribute to the 1990 Memorial Cup winning team. The Generals claimed the trophy in double-overtime over Kitchener on a goal from Bill Armstrong. Eric Lindros and other alumni from the team are expected to be in attendance.

Firebirds host fifth annual “Backpack Night”: The Firebirds will host the Guelph Storm this Saturday during ‘Backpack Night’ where they’ll be raising funds to feed children at risk of hunger in partnership with the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan. There will be a silent auction for 10 authentic custom Firebirds’ player backpacks that are stitched with players’ last name, number, and the Firebirds logo. Each bag will contain a minimum $250 worth of products and services from local sponsors. All 50/50 proceeds will be put toward The School Backpack Program, whose goal is to provide children at risk of hunger with access to healthy, non-perishable food items throughout the school year.
FULL DETAILS AT FLINTFIREBIRDS.COM

IceDogs host Blood Drive in honour of Tucker Tynan: On Jan. 28, the Niagara IceDogs will be hosting a Blood Drive at the St. Catharines Blood Donor Clinic with goaltender Tucker Tynan in mind. People are welcome to attend between 3-7 pm, and attendees will receive a $2 voucher to any upcoming IceDogs home game.
READ MORE AT NIAGARAICEDOGS.NET

The 24th annual Kitchener Rangers Don Cameron Potato Night: Friday’s tilt with the visiting Sarnia Sting will also play host to the team’s traditional Don Cameron Potato Night. Potatoes and cash donations will be accepted in support of the House of Friendship for emergency food hampers and food assistance programs. The initiative was spearheaded by the late Don Cameron, a Prince Edward Island native.
FULL DETAILS AT KITCHENERRANGERS.COM

67’s host Military Appreciation Game: The Niagara IceDogs will be visiting Ottawa on Saturday for their Military Appreciation Game. Noel Hoefenmayer’s Great, Great Aunt, who served during the Second World War, will be present for the ceremonial puck drop. Fans can send members of the military to a game by purchasing $15 tickets that will be donated. OSEG will match all ticket donations.
MORE INFO AT OTTAWA67s.COM

Poster Giveaway, Pride Night in Erie this weekend: The Erie Otters host back-to-back home dates this weekend, playing host to the Owen Sound Attack on Friday and Saturday. Friday’s game sees the Otters giving away player posters with an autograph session post-game. Saturday’s game is Pride Night in support of the NWPA Pride Alliance.
WATCH AT OTTERSHOCKEY.COM

PUP’s Stefan Babcock performing national anthem in Sudbury: PUP Frontman and Wolves fan Stefan Babcock is looking forward to performing O Canada ahead of Saturday’s tilt with the Soo Greyhounds. Friday is also Mental Health Night in Sudbury when the Wolves take on the North Bay Battalion.
FULL WEEKEND DETAILS AT SUDBURYWOLVES.COM

 

ALUMNI NOTES:

Kane records 1,000th NHL point: Just days after his #88 was retired by the London Knights, Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane recorded his 1,000th career NHL point. The 31-year-old from Buffalo, NY had an assist in January 19th’s 5-2 win over the Winnipeg Jets to hit the 1,000-point mark in just his 953rd career regular season contest. The first overall pick of the 2007 NHL Draft, Kane rose to stardom after being named CHL Rookie of the Year in 2006-07, leading the OHL with 145 points, the third-highest total by a rookie in OHL history. The Blackhawks recognized Kane’s achievement in a pre-game ceremony on Tuesday, awarding him a gold puck to commemorate the accomplishment.

Hague scores first NHL goal: Mississauga Steelheads graduate and former OHL Defenceman of the Year Nicolas Hague scored his first career NHL goal on Tuesday, finding the back of the net against the Boston Bruins. The 21-year-old Kitchener, Ont. native has 11 points (1-10–11) through 38 games with the Vegas Golden Knights this season after being a second round pick of the club in the 2017 NHL Draft. The 6-foot-6 defenceman put up 32 points (13-19–32) through 75 games with the AHL’s Chicago Wolves last season, helping them reach the Calder Cup Final. Hague played three seasons in Mississauga, winning an Eastern Conference title with the Steelheads in 2017. He recorded 148 points (67-81–148) over 198 games from the blue line, setting a franchise record with 35 goals by a defender in 2017-18.

14 OHL grads named to 2020 NHL All-Star Game rosters: A total of 14 OHL graduates will compete in the 2020 NHL All-Star Game this coming weekend in St. Louis, MO. Those names include the Atlantic Division’s Tyler Bertuzzi (Detroit Red Wings/Guelph Storm) and Mitch Marner (Toronto Maple Leafs/London Knights), Metropolitan Division’s John Carlson (Washington Capitals/London Knights) and Travis Konecny (Philadelphia Flyers/Sarnia Sting), Central Division’s Jordan Binnington (St. Louis Blues/Owen Sound Attack), Patrick Kane (Chicago Blackhawks/London Knights), Alex Pietrangelo (St. Louis Blues/Barrie Colts), Ryan O’Reilly (St. Louis Blues/Erie Otters), Mark Scheifele (Winnipeg Jets/Barrie Colts), Tyler Seguin (Dallas Stars/Plymouth Whalers) and Eric Staal (Minnesota Wild/Peterborough Petes) as well as the Pacific Division’s Mark Giordano (Calgary Flames/Owen Sound Attack), Connor McDavid (Edmonton Oilers/Erie Otters) and Matthew Tkachuk (Calgary Flames/London Knights).

12 OHL grads named to 2020 AHL All-Star Game rosters: A total of 12 OHL graduates will compete in the 2020 AHL All-Star Game this coming weekend in Ontario, CA. Those names include the Atlantic Division’s Morgan Frost (Lehigh Valley Phantoms/Soo Greyhounds), Joey Keane (Hartford Wolf Pack/London Knights), Sam Miletic (Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins/Niagara IceDogs), Alex Nedeljkovic (Charlotte Checkers/Niagara IceDogs), Jack Studnicka (Providence Bruins/Niagara IceDogs) and Owen Tippett (Springfield Thunderbirds/Saginaw Spirit) along with the North Division’s Reid Boucher (Utica Comets/Sarnia Sting) and Cameron Gaunce (Syracuse Crunch/Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors) as well as the Central Division’s Chris Terry (Grand Rapids Griffins/Plymouth Whalers) and the Pacific Division’s Evan Bouchard (Bakersfield Condors/London Knights), Kyle Capobianco (Tucson Roadrunners/Sudbury Wolves) and Anthony Stolarz (San Diego Gulls/London Knights).

Player of the Week Bailey on fire in AHL: Soo Greyhounds graduate Justin Bailey has been named the AHL’s Player of the Week, and for good reason. The 24-year-old forward has recorded seven hat-tricks over his last seven games and is on a five-game point streak with the Utica Comets, top affiliate of the Vancouver Canucks. Bailey has 37 points (22-15–37) over 43 games this season. Bailey was a second round pick of the Buffalo Sabres in the 2013 NHL Draft. He recorded 148 points (76-72–148) over 168 regular season OHL games from 2012-15.

5 OHL grads compete in ECHL All-Star Game: A total of five OHL graduates competed in Wednesday’s ECHL All-Star Game held in Wichita, Kansas. Three grads were members of the host Thunder including Sean Allen (Windsor Spitfires), Jacob Graves (London Knights) and Dylan Wells (Peterborough Petes) while J.J. Piccinich (Tulsa Oilers/London Knights) and reigning Red Tilson Trophy recipient Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen (Cincinnati Cyclones/Sudbury Wolves) represented the Western Conference All-Stars. The Eastern Conference All-Stars came out on top at the annual showcase of the ECHL’s top stars.
FULL COVERAGE AT ECHL.COM

 

KEY MATCHUPS:

Peterborough Petes at Mississauga Steelheads
Friday, January 24th

Following a Central Division contest with the Niagara IceDogs the night before, the Mississauga Steelheads will play host to the East Division’s Peterborough Petes Friday evening.

The Steelheads have been climbing their way up the Division with a trio of consecutive wins to their name, rounding out eight appearances in the W column through their last 11 games. Nicholas Canade has remained hot with two hat-tricks in six appearances.

Following a bit of a weaker stretch upon the team’s return from the holidays, things appear to be looking up for the Petes. Leading the maroon and white in points is Semyon Der-Arguchintsev, a Toronto Maple Leafs pick, who boasts a third-overall best 49 assists for 56 points on the year so far. Los Angeles Kings draftee Akil Thomas has been a welcome addition to the forefront, having posted 11 points in just four games since joining the squad that includes two four-point nights.

Mason McTavish continues to sit neck and neck with Kingston’s Shane Wright atop the rookie scoring race, posting 35 points (26-9-35) in his first 39 games.

Minnesota Wild second rounder Hunter Jones holds a 2.77 goals-against average and boasts a third-best .912 save percentage between the pipes for the Petes. He has a 23-8-2 record and three shutouts to his name, two of which he’s earned in his last three games. Mississauga netminder Kai Edmonds leads all OHL goaltenders in games played at 35 and 2227 minutes, while holding a 2.99 goals-against average and .905 save percentage.

The Petes are coming off a 2-0 weekend, capped off with a nine goal barrage over the Niagara IceDogs that saw two-goal performances from Robertson, Winnipeg Jets prospect Declan Chisholm, and San Jose Sharks signee Zach Gallant, the latter two of which registered four-point nights. Thomas contributed four helpers as well. Friday will see the third of four meetups between the teams and the season series is even at 1-1-0-0 for both. Peterborough took their first tilt by a lopsided tally of 10-3 in which Toronto Maple Leafs pick Nick Robertson netted a hat-trick and Arizona Coyotes pick Liam Kirk, who is currently sidelined with an injury, registered four points (1-3-4). Jumping to their next matchup, the tables turned when the Steelheads came out on top 7-3, led by Canade’s hat-trick and a three-point night from Hardie (1-2-3), a 2020 NHL Draft hopeful.

Saginaw Spirit at Ottawa 67’s
Sunday, January 26th

Sunday’s cross-conference battle will see the Saginaw Spirit head to the capital city to square off with the CHL’s top-ranked Ottawa 67’s. The Spirit currently sit second in the West Division, one point back of the leading Windsor Spitfires.

Of course, all eyes will be on highly touted NHL Draft prospects Cole PerfettiMarco Rossi, and Jack Quinn.

Perfetti, the fourth-ranked North American skater in NHL Central Scouting’s Midterm Rankings, has 24 goals and 51 assists for 75 points placing him second in OHL points, just three behind Rossi’s league-leading 78 (27-51-78). Rossi sits directly behind Perfetti at the fifth-ranked spot among North American players.

New Jersey Devils prospect Mitchell Hoelscher received OHL ‘On The Run’ Player of the Week honours on account of his eight-point weekend that included a career-high four-point performance in last Saturday’s win.

Quinn became the league’s top goal scorer last weekend, reaching 35 goals on the season. He registered his third hat-trick in just seven games in Saturday’s 5-0 shutout of the Hamilton Bulldogs. NHL Central Scouting has Quinn ranked ninth.

Ottawa netminder Cedrick Andree posts a second-best goals-against average at 2.46 as well as a third-best .915 save percentage. He leads the league in wins with 24.

The host Barber Poles own a 34-7-0-0 record at the top of the standings with only one loss in their last 22 games. Ahead of a 17-game win streak that was halted by a 4-0 blanking at the hands of the Peterborough Petes, the 67’s fell to the Spirit 4-3 in the first of two meetups. Sunday will be Saginaw’s only trip to the nation’s capital this season.

 

UPCOMING SCHEDULE:

Thursday January 23rd:
Mississauga at Niagara – 7:00pm
Sudbury at North Bay – 7:00pm
Saginaw at Peterborough – 7:05pm
London at Windsor – 7:05pm (Sportsnet)
Oshawa at Barrie – 7:30pm

Friday January 24th:
Owen Sound at Erie – 7:00pm
Saginaw at Kingston – 7:00pm
Peterborough at Mississauga – 7:00pm
North Bay at Sudbury – 7:05pm
Flint at Guelph – 7:30pm
Sarnia at Kitchener – 7:30pm
Hamilton at London – 7:30pm

Saturday January 25th:
Niagara at Ottawa – 2:00pm
Kingston at Oshawa – 2:05pm (Sportsnet)
Owen Sound at Erie – 7:00pm
Guelph at Flint – 7:00pm
Soo at Sudbury – 7:05pm
Hamilton at Barrie – 7:30pm

Sunday January 26th:
Peterborough at Hamilton – 1:00pm
Soo at North Bay – 1:00pm (YourTV Hockey Day in the OHL)
Guelph at London – 2:00pm
Kitchener at Mississauga – 2:00pm
Saginaw at Ottawa – 2:00pm
Windsor at Sarnia – 4:05pm (YourTV Hockey Day in the OHL)
Barrie at Oshawa – 6:05pm
Niagara at Kingston – 7:00pm (YourTV Hockey Day in the OHL)

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