Toronto, ON – Ontario Hockey League action heads into the fourth week of the regular season schedule with 26 games beginning tonight through Sunday.
Here’s a look at what’s going on around the league:
AT THE RINKS
Troops don pink Thursday night – The North Bay Battalion host their annual Pink in the Rink event on Thursday night at home to the Oshawa Generals. The Troops will wear special pink sweaters for the occasion, which will be a part of a silent auction in the North Concourse. Pink event t-shirts will be available to purchase for $15 with proceeds also benefitting the Canadian Cancer Society. For more information on the event, visit battalionhockey.com.
Sittler drops the puck in St. Catharines – Toronto Maple Leafs legend and Hockey Hall of Fame inductee Darryl Sittler will conduct the ceremonial puck drop on Thursday night in St. Catharines as the Niagara IceDogs host the Hamilton Bulldogs. Sittler will be taking time to sign autographs at the Meridian Booth pre-game and during the first intermission. Don’t miss your chance to miss one of the game’s all-time greats!
Firebirds host first ever Pink Out Night – The Flint Firebirds are taking up arms against breast cancer Friday night at home to the Ottawa 67’s. Firebirds players will be wearing special pink jerseys during the game that will be auctioned off at the end of the contest in addition to goaltender Alex Nedeljkovic’s game worn helmet. A 50/50 raffle and special pink merchandise will also be on sale on the concourse. For full details on the event please visit flintfirebirds.com.
Frontenacs hold Foster Parent Night at the KRC – The Kingston Frontenacs are supporting a special cause on Friday night – the need to find foster parents for the many youth who can’t stay in their homes due to abuse or neglect. Join the Frontenacs as they shine a light on this very important issue in our society on Friday at home to the Peterborough Petes.
PETES’ HUNTER GARLENT RECEIVES WEEKLY HONOURS
Hunter Garlent of the Peterborough Petes is the Pioneer Energy OHL Player of the Week for the week ending October 11 after leading the league with eight points in three games scoring twice with six assists and a plus-minus rating of plus-7. Garlent helped the Petes grab four of a possible six points on their West Division road trip lifting the club into a first place tie in the OHL’s Eastern Conference standings with 10 points.
TIP TOP TAILORS OHL PLAYS OF THE WEEK – WEEK 3
The goaltenders stole the show on the third installment of the Tip Top Tailors OHL Plays of the Week. Dawson Carty headlined the highlight reel with an outstanding save to rob his former team, the Mississauga Steelheads of a goal. Michael Giugovaz played second fiddle, similarly taking a goal away from one of his old clubs in the Peterborough Petes. A pair of OHL youngsters scored their first OHL goal in fine style as both Greg Meireles and Ben Gleason made it into the top five while Flint’s Will Bitten showed us his soft hands with a dandy breakaway backhand deke. Catch the third edition of the Tip Top Tailors OHL Plays of the Week.
GETTING ON THE BOARD: FIRST OHL GOALS IN 2015-16
53 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, Daniel Beaudoin, Robbie Burt, Chase Campbell, Cole Candella, Jacob Cascagnette, Sasha Chmelevski, Ryan Cranford,Cam Dineen, Stepan Falkovsky, Christian Fischer, Morgan Frost, Ben Garagan, Brady Gilmour, Christian Girhiny, Ben Gleason, Brendan Harrogate, Jake Henderson, Noel Hoefenmayer, Aiden Jamieson, Ben Jones, Olli Juolevi, Boris Katchouk, Max Kislinger, Jack Kopacka, David Levin, Lukas Lofquist, Ryan McGregor, Greg Meireles, Mitchell Mendonca, Jarrett Meyer, Christian Mieritz, Daniel Muzito-Bagenda, Julius Nattinen, Alex Nylander, Tyler Parsons, J.J. Piccinich, Zack Pittman, Isaac Ratcliffe, Daniel Robertson, Jason Robertson, Jordan Sambrook, Eddie Schulz, Mikhail Sergachev, Kole Sherwood, Nicolas Sicoly, Dmitry Sokolov, Matthew Strome, Nick Suzuki, Robert Thomas, Owen Tippett, Matthew Tkachuk, Gabe Vilardi
ROGERS HOMETOWN HOCKEY IN NORTH BAY THIS WEEKEND
The Rogers Hometown Hockey Tour stops in North Bay this weekend! The festival caps off with the broadcast of the Vancouver Canucks vs. Edmonton Oilers on Saturday night hosted by Ron MacLean LIVE from the Sportsnet Mobile Studio in North Bay. For more information visit hometownhockey.com.
Be sure to wrap up the weekend with some Battalion hockey on Sunday as they host the Niagara IceDogs at 3:00pm.
CHL CANADA/RUSSIA SERIES COMES TO OWEN SOUND AND WINDSOR
The 2015 Canada/Russia Series brings hard-hitting action to Owen Sound and Windsor next month as the world’s best young players continue the historic Canada/Russia rivalry.
While the game in Owen Sound on Thursday November 12 has sold out, tickets to catch the action on Monday November 16 in Windsor are on sale now!
Don’t miss out! See the OHL’s brightest young stars put their best foot forward in an early audition for a potential spot with Canada’s National Junior Team at the 2016 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship in Helsinki, Finland.
McDavid, Fabbri, Domi and McCann all score first NHL goal – With the dawn of a new NHL season comes significant career milestones for prominent OHL graduates. Connor McDavid, Robby Fabbri, Max Domi and Jared McCann each scored their first NHL goal in the past week.
McDavid lit the lamp on Tuesday in his third game, a 4-2 loss to the Dallas Stars. The 2015 CHL Player of the Year tipped an Andrej Sekera point shot past Dallas goaltender Kari Lehtonen at 12:18 of the second period.
Fabbri scored in an opening night victory over McDavid’s Oilers, taking a centering feed from linemate Jori Lehtera to beat Edmonton goaltender Cam Talbot.
Domi got on the scoresheet in a 4-1 Arizona Coyotes victory over Los Angeles on Monday. Domi made the Kings pay for a defensive zone turnover, beating goaltender Jonathan Quick over the shoulder with his signature quick release at 4:43 of the second period. The goal was part of a two-point game for Domi, who also had an assist on Oliver Ekman-Larsson’s first goal of the season.
McCann picked up his first NHL marker on Saturday as the Vancouver Canucks fell to the Calgary Flames 3-2. McCann teamed up with Jannik Hansen and London Knights graduate Brandon Prust to beat goaltender Jonas Hiller at 11:33 of the second frame.
Tyler Randell scores first NHL goal – Tyler Randell’s first NHL goal was game winner, propelling the Boston Bruins to a 6-2 victory over the Colorado Avalanche on Wednesday. Randell tipped home an Adam McQuaid point shot for the first of his NHL career, coming in his debut.
Randell played in 267 career OHL contests from 2007-2012 between the Belleville Bulls and the Kitchener Rangers. He registered 67 goals, 44 assists and 111 points. His past four seasons have been predominantly spent with the AHL’s Providence Bruins.
Binnington enjoys productive, knowledge-filled summer: Former Owen Sound Attack goaltender Jordan Binnington took big steps this summer to improve himself on and off the ice. The American Hockey League’s Lindsey Willhite fills us in on what the St. Louis Blues prospect learned about nutrition, flexibility and a wide range of other diverse subjects. READ
Dundas is OUA’s early season scoring leader: Former Oshawa Generals and Sarnia Sting forward Justice Dundas is off to a hot start to his OUA career, scoring four goals and two assists for six points in his first two games with the University of Windsor Lancers. Dundas, who spent his overaged season last year with the QMJHL’s Saint John Sea Dogs, played in 152 career OHL games from 2011-2014.
KEY WEEKEND MATCHUPS
Ottawa 67’s (4-3-0-0) vs. Windsor Spitfires (5-1-1-0)
Thursday October 15 at Windsor
Two of the OHL’s hottest teams clash in Windsor on Thursday night as the Ottawa 67’s enter action as winners of four straight, overcoming an 0-3 start to the season. The Windsor Spitfires hit the ice as the 10th ranked team on the most recent edition of the BMO CHL Top-10 Rankings.
67’s head coach and GM Jeff Brown sends his club out against his son Logan and a Spitfires squad that has impressed many out of the gate this season.
Erie Otters (6-0-0-0) vs. Oshawa Generals (4-3-1-0)
Friday October 16 at Oshawa
The Erie Otters visit the Oshawa Generals in a rematch of last spring’s OHL Championship Series that saw the eventual MasterCard Memorial Cup Champion Generals take a 4-1 series victory.
With captain Dylan Strome back in the lineup and OHL leading scorer Alex DeBrincat doing what he does best, the Otters boast a formidable lineup that features 12 holdovers from last year’s squad. They enter a three-in-three weekend with games in Peterborough and Oshawa before returning home to face Guelph.
Along with the Otters and Barrie Colts, the Generals have been one of the OHL’s best defensive team to start the season, with goaltender Jeremy Brodeur recording four shutouts through his first seven starts.
This game has been circled on a lot of calendars since May.
Thursday, October 15
Hamilton at Niagara – 7:00pm
Oshawa at North Bay – 7:00pm
Erie at Peterborough – 7:05pm
Ottawa at Windsor – 7:05pm
Owen Sound at Barrie – 7:30pm
Friday, October 16
North Bay at Sudbury – 7:00pm
Peterborough at Kingston – 7:00pm
Sault Ste. Marie at Sarnia – 7:05pm
Ottawa at Flint – 7:30pm
Owen Sound at Kitchener – 7:30pm
Saginaw at London – 7:30pm
Windsor at Guelph – 7:30pm
Erie at Oshawa – 7:35pm
Saturday, October 17
Guelph at Erie – 7:00pm
Kingston at Hamilton – 7:00pm
Sault Ste. Marie at London – 7:00pm
Sudbury at Niagara – 7:00pm
Mississauga at Saginaw – 7:05pm
Kitchener at Barrie – 7:30pm
Sunday, October 18
Windsor at Owen Sound – 2:00pm
Niagara at North Bay – 3:00pm
Sudbury at Hamilton – 3:00pm
Ottawa at Saginaw – 4:00pm
Kitchener at Guelph – 6:00pm
Kingston at Oshawa – 6:05pm
Mississauga at Sarnia – 7:05pm
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