Toronto, Ont. – The Canadian Hockey League announced today the Week 19 edition of the Kia CHL Top 10 Rankings for the 2021-22 season.
The Hamilton Bulldogs continue to climb, entering another week as the third-ranked team in the CHL as a nine-game winning streak continues. The 34-11-2-2 Bulldogs won a pair of games last week, edging the Central Division-leading Mississauga Steelheads 2-1 on Thursday before defeating the Ottawa 67’s 2-1 in a shootout on TSN Friday night. The Dogs lost star centreman Mason McTavish to injury in the win, but got big saves from OHL Goaltender of the Week Marco Costantini who earned first star recognition. The Bulldogs are back in action with visits to Barrie and Mississauga on Thursday and Friday before hitting the ice outdoors against the Oshawa Generals at Tim Hortons Field on Monday, March 14th.
Despite consecutive losses, the London Knights find themselves in the 10th spot this week, owning a Midwest Division-leading 32-15-2-0 record. The Knights lost the services of starting goaltender Brett Brochu on Tuesday in Kitchener before falling to the Rangers by a score of 4-2. Nashville Predators prospect Luke Evangelista leads the OHL with 43 goals in 45 games. His 82 points place him fourth in the League. The Knights are in Sarnia on Wednesday.
The Flint Firebirds are an honourable mention once again, continuing to lead the Western Conference with a 33-16-1-3 record. After splitting decisions on back-to-back nights in Erie last weekend, the Firebirds came out on top in Guelph Sunday afternoon, defeating the Storm 5-1. New York Rangers prospect Brennan Othmann leads the Firebirds offensively with 37 goals, 38 assists and 75 points in 51 games. Overage netminder Luke Cavallin has also contributed to the team’s success, emerging as the OHL Goaltender of the Month for February. He’s second in OHL wins with 27 this season, posting a 3.16 goals-against average and .910 save percentage through 43 games. The Firebirds are in London on Friday for a big test against the Knights.
For further analysis on the Week 18 edition of the Kia CHL Top 10 Rankings, visit CHL.ca.
About the Ontario Hockey League
The Ontario Hockey League is a proud member of the Canadian Hockey League which is the world’s largest development hockey league with 60 teams in nine Canadian provinces and four American states. In addition to the OHL, the CHL is made up of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League and the Western Hockey League. The CHL supplies more players to the National Hockey League and U SPORTS than any other league.