Toronto, ON – Ontario Hockey League action heads into the third week of the regular season schedule with an extended weekend that includes 24 games from Thursday night through Monday afternoon.
AT THE RINKS
67’s tackle women’s cancers on Friday – The Ottawa 67’s take the fight to women’s cancers this Friday night when they host the Oshawa Generals.
Spirit host annual ‘Pink Out’ game Saturday night – The Saginaw Spirit are taking their annual stand against Breast Cancer on Saturday night at the Dow Event Center in their annual ‘Pink Out’ game. Fans can buy a $13 fundraising ticket online, with $5 from each purchase going to the St. Mary’s of Michigan Breast Care Fund. The Spirit will be sporting pink jerseys that will be auctioned off post-game, with proceeds going to charity. For more details on the Spirit’s ‘Pink Out’ Night, visit saginawspirit.com.
Bulldogs give out magnet schedules on Monday – Get your Hamilton Bulldogs magnet schedule on Monday at FirstOntario Centre when the London Knights are in town. Fans can also get in on a great Thanksgiving Family 4 Pack deal that includes 4 hot dogs, 4 soft drinks and 4 popcorns for just $20!
Rangers support the Food Bank of Waterloo – The Kitchener Rangers will be supporting the Food Bank of Waterloo on Mondayafternoon at home to the Sudbury Wolves. Fans are asked to bring non-perishable food items for donation. Financial contributions will also be accepted, with each dollar donated providing food for three meals while also helping the Food Bank of Waterloo inch closer to its goal of providing 435,000 meals and 14 weeks of essential food this fall. Food items needed most include but are not limited to: canned fish & meat, peanut butter, canned fruit and dry beans. For more information, visit kitchenerrangers.com.
OTTERS’ ALEX DeBRINCAT RECEIVES WEEKLY HONOURS
Alex DeBrincat of the Erie Otters is the Pioneer Energy OHL Player of the Week for the week ending October 4 after recording five goals in two games with a plus-minus rating of plus-5. DeBrincat helped the Otters earn a pair of victories last week to improve their record to 4-0-0-0 as the only remaining undefeated team in the OHL. The club posted a 3-2 shootout triumph over the Flint Firebirds in Saturday night’s home opener, and also earned a 6-1 road victory over the Niagara IceDogs last Thursday with DeBrincat setting a franchise regular season single game record with a five-goal performance as the game’s first star.
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TIP TOP TAILORS OHL PLAYS OF THE WEEK – WEEK 2
Catch up on the greatest plays from around the league this past week, including Barrie’s Kevin Labanc, a great pass from North Bay goaltender Jake Smith to teammate Zach Bratina, a nifty London Knights powerplay goal from Aaron Berisha, one of Alex DeBrincat’s five goals against the Niagara IceDogs and a stickhandling clinic from Mississauga’s Alex Nylander! Catch the second edition of the Tip Top Tailors OHL Plays of the Week!
GETTING ON THE BOARD: FIRST OHL GOALS IN 2015-16
34 different players have scored their first OHL goal this season! Revisit their exciting milestones right here! Click on a player’s name below to watch his first OHL goal!
Vladislav Barulin, Robbie Burt, Cole Candella, Sasha Chmelevski, Ryan Cranford, Christian Fischer, Brady Gilmour, Christian Girhiny,Brendan Harrogate, Jake Henderson, Noel Hoefenmayer, Aiden Jamieson, Olli Juolevi, Boris Katchouk, Jack Kopacka, David Levin,Lukas Lofquist, Mitchell Mendonca, Jarrett Meyer, Christian Mieritz, Daniel Muzito-Bagenda, Alex Nylander, J.J. Piccinich, Zack Pittman, Isaac Ratcliffe, Daniel Robertson, Eddie Schulz, Mikhail Sergachev, Kole Sherwood, Matthew Strome, Nick Suzuki, Owen Tippett, Matthew Tkachuk, Gabe Vilardi
Leafs claim Corrado off waivers – The Toronto Maple Leafs have claimed former Sudbury Wolves and Kitchener Rangers defenceman Frank Corrado off waivers from the Vancouver Canucks. Corrado appeared in 10 games with the Canucks last season, spending most of the year with their AHL affiliate in Utica. The Comets made a deep run to the Calder Cup Finals as Corrado suited up in 18 playoff contests.
Hamilton brothers reunited in Flames organization – The Calgary Flames have acquired Freddie Hamilton from the Colorado Avalanche, reuniting him with brother Dougie Hamilton in the Flames organization. The two Hamiltons suited up with the Niagara IceDogs from 2009-2012, making it to the OHL Finals in 2012. Freddie Hamilton spent most of the 2014-15 season with the AHL’s Worcester Sharks where he had nine goals, 21 assists and 30 points in 52 games. He played in 18 NHL games between San Jose and Colorado.
Lalande signs KHL contract – Former Belleville Bulls goaltender Kevin Lalande will continue his career in the KHL this season, recently inking a two-year contract with Dinamo Minsk out of Belarus. Lalande attended the Minnesota Wild’s training camp on a tryout basis before returning to Europe where he has spent the past five seasons. Lalande played in Belleville from 2003-2007, appearing in 131 games and was drafted in the fifth round of the 2005 NHL Draft by the Calgary Flames.
Kulda to play pro in Finland – Former Peterborough Petes defenceman Arturs Kulda will continue his career in Finland this season, signing with Jokerit of the KHL. The 27 year-old Latvian blueliner played two seasons with the Petes from 2006-2008. After a North American pro career that included 260 AHL games and 15 NHL contests spent between Atlanta and Winnipeg, Kulda has spent the past three seasons in Russia.
KEY WEEKEND MATCHUPS
Barrie Colts (4-1-0-0) vs. Niagara IceDogs (1-4-0-0)
Thursday October 8 at Niagara
The Niagara IceDogs get another crack at the divisional opponent Barrie Colts on home ice after dropping a 4-1 decision last weekend. The IceDogs look to turn around a 1-4 start to the season and put an end to their four game slide.
The Colts enter the weekend as the CHL’s sixth ranked team. They’re led in scoring by overage forward Justin Scott who has nine points (1-8–9) in five games. Goaltender Mackenzie Blackwood currently leads all goaltenders with a 1.38 goals-against average and a .963 save percentage.
Windsor Spitfires (3-0-1-0) vs. Kitchener Rangers (2-0-1-0)
Friday October 9 at Kitchener
The Windsor Spitfires enter the weekend on a three game winning streak and were recognized with an honourable mention in the latest edition of the BMO CHL Top-10 Rankings. The loss of overage defenceman Trevor Murphy to the American Hockey League hasn’t slowed the Spits down as defencemen Jalen Chatfield and Mikhail Sergachev have pitched in offensively from the back end with a pair of goals each. Sixteen year-old centreman Gabe Vilardi has three goals through his first four OHL contests.
The Rangers come off a successful northern road trip with wins in North Bay and Sudbury last weekend. A well-balanced club, the Rangers are led in scoring by draft eligible winger Adam Mascherin who has two goals, two assists and four points in three games.
Thursday, October 8
Barrie at Niagara – 7:005pm
Peterborough at Windsor – 7:00pm
Friday, October 9
Mississauga at Kingston – 7:00pm
Niagara at Erie – 7:00pm
Oshawa at Ottawa – 7:00pm
Hamilton at Sarnia – 7:05pm
Saginaw at Sault Ste. Marie – 7:07pm
Owen Sound at Guelph – 7:30pm
Sudbury at London – 7:30pm
Windsor at Kitchener – 7:30pm
Saturday, October 10
Windsor at Erie – 7:00pm
Peterborough at Saginaw – 7:05pm
North Bay at Sault Ste. Marie – 7:07pm
London at Owen Sound – 7:30pm
Ottawa at Barrie – 7:30pm
Sarnia at Flint – 7:30pm
Sunday, October 11
Kitchener at Mississauga – 2:00pm
Ottawa at Owen Sound – 2:00pm
Sudbury at Sarnia – 2:05pm
Peterborough at Flint – 5:00pm
Monday, October 12
London at Hamilton – 2:00pm
Mississauga at North Bay – 2:00pm
Sudbury at Kitchener – 2:00pm
Guelph at Oshawa 2:05pm
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