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OHL This Week: November 8 to 11, 2019

 

We’re halfway through the 2019 CIBC Canada Russia Series and ready for a full schedule of OHL action! Hear about what’s happening on and off the ice as several teams will be honouring our veterans for Remembrance Day over the course of the weekend.

CIBC CANADA RUSSIA SERIES COMES TO LONDON ON MONDAY:
Team OHL hits the ice on Monday, November 11th in London, Ont., squaring off with Team Russia in Game 4 of the 2019 CIBC Canada Russia Series. The CHL carries a 5-4 lead in points into Monday’s contest following Thursday’s 4-1 Team OHL victory in Kitchener. Monday’s action can be seen live on Sportsnet and NHL Network at 7:00pm ET.

SPITFIRES’ TYLER ANGLE ADDED TO TEAM OHL:
Columbus Blue Jackets prospect Tyler Angle of the Windsor Spitfires has been added to Team OHL’s roster for the 2019 CIBC Canada Russia Series. Angle leads the Spitfires in scoring with 20 points (10-10–20) over 14 games this season. The 19-year-old has helped the Spits crack the Kia CHL Top-10 Rankings, falling in at eighth this week in the midst of a six-game winning streak.
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TEAM OHL TOO MUCH FOR RUSSIA IN GAME 3 OF CIBC CANADA RUSSIA SERIES:
Skating in its first game of the 2019 CIBC Canada Russia Series, Team OHL showed little sign of needing time to come together as a group as the squad cruised to a 4-1 victory over Russia.
RECAPPHOTO GALLERYPOST-GAME INTERVIEWS

STARS PROSPECTS DELLANDREA, HARLEY AND DAMIANI JOINS FORCES WITH TEAM OHL:
Dallas Stars prospects Ty Dellandrea, Thomas Harley and Riley Damiani were back on the same team Thursday night, representing the OHL in the CIBC Canada Russia Series.
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TOP 2020 NHL DRAFT PROSPECTS BYFIELD AND PERFETTI HEADLINE TEAM OHL:
A dynamic duo leads the way for Team OHL in the 2019 CIBC Canada Russia Series. Top 2020 NHL Draft prospects Quinton Byfield of the Sudbury Wolves and Cole Perfetti of the Saginaw Spirit join other draft eligibles in Erie’s Jamie Drysdale and Soo’s Ryan O’Rourke in the Team OHL lineup.
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67’s’ BAHL REPRESENTING OHL FOR A THIRD TIME:
Arizona Coyotes prospect Kevin Bahl of the Ottawa 67’s represented the OHL for a third time at the CIBC Canada Russia Series on Thursday night in Kitchener.
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2019 CIBC CANADA RUSSIA SERIES OFFICIATING TEAM:
The Ontario Hockey League announced Thursday the Officiating Team for Games 3 and 4 of the 2019 CIBC Canada Russia Series. Conrad Haché, OHL Director of Officiating, has assigned eight officials for the annual clash of the OHL’s top Canadian talent against Russian National Junior Team hopefuls including four Referees and four Linesmen.
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2019 WORLD UNDER-17 HOCKEY CHALLENGE QUARTER-FINAL RECAP:
Sudbury Wolves forward Chase Stillman was the overtime hero as Canada White advanced to Friday’s semi-final with a win over Canada Red. Canada Black’s gold medal chase also came to an end in an 8-4 loss to Russia.
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6TH ANNUAL BATTLE OF THE BORDER SHOWCASE GETS UNDERWAY IN WINDSOR:
The OHL, in partnership with the High Performance Hockey League, is set to host the 6th annual ‘Battle of the Border’ Showcase from November 8-10 in Windsor, Ont.
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GENERALS, SPITFIRES AND 67’s IN KIA CHL TOP 10:
The Oshawa Generals, Windsor Spitfires and Ottawa 67’s are in the eighth edition of the Kia CHL Top 10 Rankings while the Peterborough Petes earned an honourable mention.
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KNIGHTS’ MCMICHAEL NAMED OHL ‘ON THE RUN’ PLAYER OF THE WEEK, NAMED TO VAUGHN CHL TEAM OF THE WEEK:
Washington Capitals prospect Connor McMichael of the London Knights earned dual honours this past week, being named the OHL ‘On the Run’ Player of the Week in addition to being named to the Vaughn CHL Team of the Week. McMichael earns the award for the second time this season, helping the Knights win back-to-back games to give them victories in five of their past six. He recorded a career-high six points in Friday’s 7-6 win over the Erie Otters before tacking on two in Sunday’s 5-1 road win over the Oshawa Generals.
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OHL WEEKEND NOTEBOOK: NOV. 5, 2019:
The OHL Weekend Notebook recaps the weekend that was with news, information and interesting facts from both on and off the ice. Here are 10 of the leading stories from this past weekend.
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WAWANESA INSURANCE OHL PLAYS OF THE WEEK – NOV. 6, 2019:
The latest edition of the Wawanesa OHL Plays of the Week for the 2019-20 season feature a collection of the league’s Top-5 plays during the week ending November 3rd. This week’s highlights include Mississauga’s Nick Isaacson with a sensational shorthanded effort, Hamilton’s Marco Costantini stretching out to steal what looked to be a sure goal, Erie’s Mathew MacDougall carving his way into the middle for a beautiful finish, Sudbury’s Quinton Byfield putting the opposition right where he wants them and London’s Jonathan Gruden with a between the legs backwards pass.
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VAUGHN SAVES OF THE WEEK – NOV. 5, 2019:
OHL puckstoppers persevered in the latest edition of Vaughn Saves, showing us what it means to never give up on a play. Featured this week are a pair of stops from Erie Otters netminder Daniel Murphy along with others from Owen Sound’s Nick Chenard, London’s Dylan Myskiw, Sarnia’s Ethan Langevin, Barrie’s Arturs Silovs, Kitchener’s Jacob Ingham and Hamilton’s Marco Costantini.
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KNIGHTS’ GRUDEN REPRESENTS OHL IN CHL SHOWDOWN:
London Knights forward Jonathan Gruden is the OHL’s representative in this week’s CHL Showdown featuring one great play from all three leagues.
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FOUR MORE MILESTONE MOMENTS ACROSS THE OHL:
OHL rookies Keegan McMullen, Giancarlo Chanton, Yanic Crete and Felix-Antoine Tourigny scored first career OHL goals this past week.
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#PLAYERSFIRST – ACTIVE OHL PLAYERS IN POST-SECONDARY STUDIES:
Did you know that every single active OHL player is able and encouraged to take post-secondary classes, whether college or university while playing in the OHL? While a player is active in the OHL, the team assumes 100% of academic costs in any post-secondary institution. OHL Director of Recruitment Kyle Pereira has all of the information.
FACT OF THE WEEKALUMNI SPOTLIGHT

OHL MOURNS THE LOSS OF DEAN PRENTICE:
The OHL family is deeply saddened by the loss of former Memorial Cup champion and 22-year NHL veteran Dean Prentice. Prentice got his start with the OHA’s Guelph Biltmore Mad Hatters, hoisting the Memorial Cup on a team that also featured other eventual New York Rangers stars in Andy Bathgate and Harry Howell.
IN MEMORIAM

GREYHOUNDS NAME RYAN O’ROURKE CAPTAIN:
The Soo Greyhounds have named draft eligible defenceman Ryan O’Rourke captain, while appointing Jacob LeGuerrier, Cole MacKay and Rory Kerins as alternates.
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OTTERS’ BEAMISH ANNOUNCES RETIREMENT:
Erie Otters defenseman Luke Beamish has been forced to retire from the OHL because of health reasons and risk associated to playing hockey. The four-year veteran has appeared in 84 OHL games in his career and collected 20 points over that time between Erie and Owen Sound.
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ADAM SAMUELSSON COMMITS TO WOLVES:
The Sudbury Wolves have received a commitment from 2016 fifth round OHL Priority Selection choice Adam Samuelsson. The 6-foot-6, 235lbs. defenceman began last season with Boston College and left the school to join the Sioux City Musketeers of the USHL in December of last season.
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RYAN POLIDORI COMMITS TO GENERALS:
The Oshawa Generals have received a commitment from 2018 first round (11th overall) OHL Under-18 Priority Selection choice Ryan Polidori. Last season, Polidori backstopped the Leamington Flyers of the Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League (GOJHL) following his minor hockey with the Windsor Jr. Spitfires.
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SPIRIT RESCHEDULE HOME GAME FOR DECEMBER 4TH:
The Saginaw Spirit have rescheduled last weekend’s postponed home game against the Guelph Storm for Wednesday, December 4th at 7:05pm. Tickets sold for November 2nd’s game will be honored on December 4 only. If you are unable to attend the game on December 4, the Spirit will exchange your ticket for a future 2019-20 regular season game.
MORE INFO AT SAGINAWSPIRIT.COM

ROGERS HOMETOWN HOCKEY TOUR STOPS IN WELLAND:
The Rogers Hometown Hockey Tour visits the Niagara region this weekend as the town of Welland, hometown of OHL alumni Paul Bissonnette, Daniel Paille, Matt Ellis and Dan Girardi will be in the spotlight. It’s stop number six on the cross-country tour after Strathroy-Caradoc hosted Ron MacLean, Tara Slone and their crew last weekend.
FULL COVERAGE AT HOMETOWNHOCKEY.COM

 

COMMUNITY CORNER:

Firebirds host ‘810 Night’ on Friday: Friday is the Flint Firebirds’ ‘810 Night.’ The organization is celebrating the Greater Flint Area by offering $8 bronze level tickets and $10 silver level tickets. Also, the first 400 fans in attendance will receive a free Firebirds’ ’810’ shirt, compliments of Kidd Company in Clio. Additionally, the official Firebirds’ foam finger will be on sale for a reduced price of $8 and the official Firebirds’ cowbell will be on sale for $10.

Rangers host Remembrance Day jersey auction on Friday: The 15th annual Kitchener Rangers Remembrance Day Jersey Auction, which raises funds for local military charities, is this Friday night! Over the years, the Rangers have paid tribute to those who have been a part of the Canadian Forces by wearing commemorative jerseys. This year’s edition will be worn on November 8th when the Guelph Storm visit The Aud at 7:30pm.
FULL DETAILS AT KITCHENERRANGERS.COM

Fronts suit up in camo for Remembrance Day Game on Friday: The Kingston Frontenacs will be honouring our men and women in uniform on Friday when they play host to the Peterborough Petes.

Colts, Spitfires and Bulldogs host Special Olympics Ontario Night: The Barrie Colts, Windsor Spitfires and Hamilton Bulldogs will host Special Olympics Night in their respective facilities this coming weekend. November is Special Olympics Game Month in the OHL as fans will have the opportunity to learn more about Special Olympics Ontario and can help the movement by contributing funds through the annual ‘Pass the Bucket’ and other fundraising initiatives at select games across the League. Special Olympics games in OHL rinks may also include ceremonial puck drops with Special Olympics Ontario athletes and staff along with members of local law enforcement.
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Storm suit up in special uniforms to commemorate Guelph Armoury on Saturday: The Guelph Storm are proud to unveil plans for the team’s annual Veterans’ Week game on Saturday, November 9th vs. the Kingston Frontenacs. In addition to a special pre-game ceremony in partnership with Guelph’s Royal Canadian Legion Colonel John McCrae Memorial Branch 234, the Storm will be wearing one-of-a-kind jerseys to commemorate the Guelph Armoury.
FULL DETAILS AT GUELPHSTORM.COM

Attack host Knights on Woolley’s Warriors Night: The Owen Sound Attack will helping to send kids to Diabetes Canada D-Camps on Saturday when it will be Woolley’s Warriors Night at the Bayshore. Fans are encouraged to bring in small household (bakeware, cookware, decorative accents, cutlery, utensils, etc.) and electronic items (cameras, CDs, DVDs, toys, gaming consoles, etc.), gently used clothing (all types), footwear, and toys. Fans will be able to donate their items and learn more about Woolley’s Warriors on the concourse prior to, and during the game.
FULL DETAILS AT ATTACKHOCKEY.COM

‘Princess Game’ in Hamilton on Sunday: The Niagara IceDogs are in town for Princess Day at FirstOntario Centre Sunday afternoon. Elsa, Belle and Cinderella will be in the building for the matinee tilt. The Bulldogs will have Disney-themed activities and games happening all afternoon, so don’t forget to dress up to increase your chance of being selected to participate!

 

ALUMNI NOTES:

DeAngelo in good company after hot start with Rangers: Former OHL Defenceman of the Year Anthony DeAngelo is doing big things in New York. The Soo Greyhounds graduate is the first Rangers defenceman since Brian Leetch in 1988-89 to score at least five goals through his first 13 games of the season. The 24-year-old from Sewell, NJ has 12 points (5-7–12) over 14 contests in his third NHL season. Originally a first round pick of the Tampa Bay Lightning in the 2014 NHL Draft, DeAngelo played four OHL seasons between Sarnia and Sault Ste. Marie, recording an impressive 241 points (55-186–241) over 236 career regular season contests.

Development key in unlocking Entwistle’s bright future: The past week has been one that Guelph Storm graduate MacKenzie Entwistle will never forget. The AHL rookie netted his first professional goal and was named first star of the game on Oct. 30 after his multi-point effort helped the Rockford IceHogs down their divisional foe, the San Antonio Rampage. The 20-year-old from Georgetown, Ont. won back-to-back OHL championships with Guelph and Hamilton and played four OHL seasons, recording 134 points (61-73–134) over 220 career regular season games. The Chicago Blackhawks farmhand also put up 40 points (18-22–40) over 52 career OHL playoff games.
READ MORE AT THEAHL.COM

Sherwood brings energy in return to Blue Jackets: Kitchener Rangers graduate Kole Sherwood is getting people’s attention in his return to the NHL. The 22-year-old, who appeared in two NHL games last season, was summoned by the Columbus Blue Jackets from the AHL’s Cleveland Monsters this past week after recording four points (1-3–4) over 10 games to begin the season. Sherwood played three OHL seasons between London, Flint and Kitchener from 2015-18, putting up 179 points (75-104–179) over 180 career OHL regular season contests. He was signed by the Blue Jackets as a free agent in 2015.
READ MORE AT NHL.COM

McNiven named ECHL Goaltender of the Week: Owen Sound Attack graduate Michael McNiven of the Adirondack Thunder is the ECHL Goaltender of the Week after posting back-to-back shutouts in road wins over Brampton and Worcester. The Montreal Canadiens prospect is 3-1 with a 1.75 goals-against average and .941 save percentage with Adirondack this season. Prior to his pro career, the former OHL and CHL Goaltender of the Year went 77-35-9-5 with a 2.64 goals-against average and .909 save percentage in 131 career regular season games with the Owen Sound from 2014-17. He was a free agent signing by the Canadiens in 2015.
READ MORE AT ECHL.COM

 

KEY MATCHUPS:

Guelph Storm at Kitchener Rangers
Friday November 8th

Division rivals clash in Kitchener on Friday night on the heels of a thrilling Game 3 of the 2019 CIBC Canada Russia Series. It’s the first of eight meetings between the Rangers and Storm this season.

The Storm come to town on a four-game winning streak featuring Team OHL starting goaltender Nico Daws between the pipes. Guelph also boasts Team OHL forward Cam Hillis who wears the ‘C’ and has 20 points (5-15–20) in 14 games. Veteran winger Pavel Gogolev leads the Storm offensively this season with 25 points (10-15–25). He scored the fastest Storm hat-trick in over 20 years last weekend, firing home three goals in a span of 3:44.

The host Rangers will soldier on without injured goaltender Jacob Ingham this weekend as Lucas Pfeil can expect to see some time in the crease. Kitchener comes off a 5-2 loss to the Owen Sound Attack on home ice last Friday. The Rangers are currently without rookie standout Francesco Pinelli who is off at the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge.

 

Ottawa 67’s at Peterborough Petes
Sunday November 10th

It’s a matchup of closely matched East Division contenders on Sunday afternoon in Peterborough as the Ottawa 67’s visit the Memorial Centre as they enter the weekend on a six-game winning streak.

The Petes have had Ottawa’s number so far this season, defeating them twice as the maroon and white boasts a 12-5-0-0 record through 17 games. Toronto Maple Leafs prospect Nick Robertson enters the weekend tied for the OHL goal-scoring lead with 19 to his credit while Winnipeg Jets draftee Declan Chisholm is third in points among OHL blueliners with 21 (1-20–21). In goal, Minnesota Wild prospect Hunter Jones owns an OHL-leading 12-2-0-0 record.

The 67’s try and solve the Petes, entering the weekend as the CHL’s ninth-ranked team. Ottawa will have Cedrick Andree and Kevin Bahl in the lineup after the two represented Team OHL on Thursday in Kitchener. The Barber Poles are led in scoring by 2020 NHL Draft prospect Marco Rossi (5-21–26) who has points in each of his 11 games this season.

 

WEEKEND SCHEDULE:

Friday November 8:
Mississauga at Flint – 7:00pm
Peterborough at Kingston – 7:00pm
Oshawa at Ottawa – 7:00pm
Soo at Sarnia – 7:05pm
Niagara at Sudbury – 7:05pm
Guelph at Kitchener – 7:30pm
North Bay at London – 7:30pm

Saturday November 9:
Sudbury at Hamilton – 4:00pm
Soo at Flint – 7:00pm
Kingston at Guelph – 7:00pm
Mississauga at Saginaw – 7:05pm
North Bay at Windsor – 7:05pm
Erie at Barrie – 7:30pm
London at Owen Sound – 7:30pm

Sunday November 10:
Niagara at Hamilton – 2:00pm
Erie at Owen Sound – 2:00pm
Ottawa at Peterborough – 2:05pm
North Bay at Sarnia – 4:05pm
Saginaw at Windsor – 4:05pm
Kitchener at Oshawa – 6:05pm

Monday November 11:
2019 CIBC Canada Russia Series – Game 4
Team OHL vs. Team Russia – 7:00pm (London, Ont.)
Live on Sportsnet and NHL Network

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