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 the Thanksgiving long weekend.
Generals remain undefeated, climb to 9-0
The good times kept rolling for the Oshawa Generals, who narrowly escaped defeat at the hands of the Sudbury Wolves on Friday, overcoming a 3-0 deficit with five third period goals in a 5-4 road win. The win, paired with a Thursday night triumph in North Bay, pushed Oshawa to 9-0 out of the gate, the best start in the franchise’s modern era.
The Generals feature four players with double-digit point totals in Brett Neumann (6-8–14), Allan McShane (4-9–13), Oliver Suni (3-10–13) and Ty Tullio (3-10–13) while goaltender Andrew MacLean is off to a 9-0 start after being acquired from the Owen Sound Attack.
Up next for the Gennies, the winless Sarnia Sting at home on Friday before they take on the East Division rival Peterborough Petes on Sunday evening.
Attack sit atop Midwest after perfect weekend
The Owen Sound Attack claimed victories over the Kitchener Rangers, London Knights and Soo Greyhounds last week, improving to 6-2-0-1 out of the gate.
Third-year goaltender Mack Guzda won all three contests to earn OHL ‘On the Run’ Player of the Week honours while Barret Kirwin (3-2–5) and defenceman Brady Lyle (0-5–5) each put up five points.
Lyle (2-10–12), Aidan Dudas (3-9–12) and Sergey Popov (3-9–12) each sit tied for the Attack scoring lead with 12 points apiece.
Kaliyev and Jenik connect as Bulldogs win a pair
It was the Arthur Kaliyev show this past weekend as the 18-year-old put up eight points over two contests including a four-goal output on Friday night in Erie.
Kaliyev, a second round pick of the Los Angeles Kings this past summer, scored four consecutive times in Hamilton’s 4-1 road win over the Otters before recording two goals and two assists in Monday’s Thanksgiving victory over the Barrie Colts.
Riding shotgun with Kaliyev was Arizona Coyotes prospect Jan Jenik who had eight points (2-6–8) of his own over the two victories.
The Bulldogs have rattled off three straight wins following a five-game slide.
Byfield maintains scoring lead, Thompson, Loponen contribute from the blue line
The Sudbury Wolves had mix results over the weekend, going 1-2 after coughing up a lead against Oshawa on Friday, doubling-up Mississauga on the road Sunday afternoon and dropping a 7-3 contest in Kitchener on Monday.
Individually, top 2020 NHL Draft prospect Quinton Byfield remained atop the OHL’s scoring race with 20 points (8-12–20) through his first 10 games, recording a goal and three assists over three contests.
On the blue line, sophomore defender Jack Thompson continued to produce, recording two goals and an assist to give him 12 points (6-6–12) over 10 games.
Toronto Maple Leafs prospect Kalle Loponen broke out for two goals in Friday’s loss to Oshawa before recording a pair of assists in Kitchener on Monday.
Rossi returns as 67’s win pair of high-scoring contests
Draft eligible centreman Marco Rossi returned from a five-game suspension to help the Ottawa 67’s record 13 goals over two contests in wins over Mississauga and Kingston.
Rossi put up a pair of assists in Ottawa’s 6-1 win over Mississauga at home on Friday before helping the Barber Poles recover from a 5-1 deficit to storm back and beat visiting Kingston 8-7 in overtime on Monday, recording two goals and an assist for second star honours.
The sophomore centre from Austria has nine points (4-5–9) through four games this season and is currently 66% in the faceoff circle.
New Jersey Devils prospect Mitchell Hoelscher leads the 67’s with 14 points (6-8–14).
Ingham steady, Valade returns as Rangers stay hot at The Aud
The Kitchener Rangers have been tough at home this season, climbing to 5-0 at The Aud following wins over Windsor and Sudbury on Friday and Monday.
Los Angeles Kings prospect Jacob Ingham has turned out to be a big addition for the Blueshirts as he’s been one of the busier goaltenders in the league this season, leading all netminders with 292 saves. He turned aside 43 of 44 shots on Friday to help the Rangers defeat Windsor 3-1, stopping 39 more in Monday’s 7-3 win over Sudbury.
The Rangers had sophomore forward Reid Valade back in the lineup on Monday after he missed several games to injury. Big performances from Liam Hawel (3-0–3) and rookie defenceman Ville Ottavainen (1-3–4) carried the Rangers to victory.
Battalion busts out for 15 goals in pair of victories
The North Bay Battalion busted out the big guns this past weekend for a pair of sorely needed victories.
After falling 5-4 to the Oshawa Generals at home on Thursday, the Battalion ran wild in Niagara on Saturday as Mitchell Russell, Luke Moncada and Mason Primeau all scored twice in an 8-2 win.
Pucks kept going in for the boys in green at home on Monday as Matthew Struthers tallied a hat-trick and five points (3-2–5) in a 7-5 win over the Soo Greyhounds.
North Bay hits the road for Saginaw, Flint and Sault Ste. Marie next weekend.
Frontenacs show some fight, find the back of the net in eventful weekend
The Kingston Frontenacs came away from a three-game weekend with three of a possible six points, going toe-to-toe in some high-scoring games.
Shane Wright kicked-off the weekend with his first career overtime winner in a 4-3 victory over visiting Niagara on Friday. The Fronts scored four times but fell 6-4 to the Barrie Colts on Saturday and managed to get up 5-1 on the defending Eastern Conference champion Ottawa 67’s on Monday before collapsing in an 8-7 overtime loss.
The highly touted Wright leads Kingston in scoring with nine points (4-5–9) in as many games while Nick Wong (5-2–7) leads the team with five goals.
Petes wrap-up nine straight on the road with 6-3 record
The Peterborough Petes are in good shape, coming away from nine straight road games with a 6-3 record.
The Petes blanked the Saginaw Spirit 4-0 on Wednesday, doubled-up Sarnia 6-3 on Friday and fell 6-2 to the Flint Firebirds on Saturday as Toronto Maple Leafs prospect Nick Robertson saw his eight-game goal-scoring streak come to an end.
Robertson has been dynamite for the Petes, recording 18 points (11-7–18) over nine games while fellow Maple Leafs prospect Semyon Der-Arguchintsev (2-16–18) leads the league with 16 assists.
Winnipeg Jets prospect Declan Chisholm had a solid weekend, recording five points (1-4–5) as he leads Peterborough offensively from the blue line with 12 points (1-11–12) on the campaign.
The Petes will host the Hamilton Bulldogs in their long-awaited home opener on Thursday night.
Sting still looking for a win
The Sarnia Sting are the OHL’s last team standing without a win this season.
One can chalk their early season woes up to a combination of lacklustre play and unfortunate luck as they’ve surrendered a league-high 46 goals but have been without the services of captain Ryan McGregor who remains sidelined with an injury.
Newly added winger Ryan Roth scored a pair of goals in Saturday’s 8-5 loss to the Windsor Spitfires.
The Sting have some hope on the horizon as Carolina Hurricanes prospect Jamieson Rees is slated to return from a six-game suspension on Thursday when the Sting visit the Barrie Colts. They’ll visit the CHL’s top-ranked Oshawa Generals on Friday before returning home to face the Kingston Frontenacs on Sunday afternoon.