OHL Power Rankings: Feb. 12, 2024
The London Knights continue their run of 23 consecutive games with a point while the Saginaw Spirit fly high in second on the list. The Sudbury Wolves are back inside the top-three for the first time since early November. All that and more in the latest edition of OHL Power Rankings presented by Power Staffing Solutions.
Sudbury Wolves – up one spot to #3 this week
The Wolves return to the top-three for the first time since early November, lighting the lamp a combined 20 times in wins over Sault Ste. Marie, Niagara and Mississauga. Sunday’s win over the Steelheads was a wild one, ending 8-7 in overtime as Quentin Musty scored 40 seconds into the extra frame. Captain David Goyette led the league with nine points (3-6–9) in three games last week. Sudbury is the only Eastern Conference team with 30 wins.
North Bay Battalion – up two spots to #5 this week
The Troops were firing on all cylinders, outscoring Niagara and Kingston 21-1 as they sit three points back of Central Division-leading Sudbury. Florida Panthers prospect Sandis Vilmanis scored six goals across two outings, while rookie netminder Mike McIvor earned his first OHL shutout on Sunday. The Troops remained without star blueliner Ty Nelson over the weekend.
Ottawa 67’s – up one spot to #8 this week
The 67’s have earned points in nine consecutive games, continuing their success against Peterborough and Kitchener on home ice. Saturday’s comeback win over the Rangers included captain Luca Pinelli’s 35th goal of the season before Bradley Horner scored the deciding marker with just 1:29 to go in the third. Ian Michelone was in the crease for both wins, improving to 7-0-1-0 since being acquired by the 67’s.
Mississauga Steelheads – up one spot to #10 this week
The Steelheads scored victories over Peterborough and Barrie before giving the Sudbury Wolves quite a fight on Sunday, losing 8-7 in overtime. The Trout fell behind 4-0 on Sunday before making a game of things, with Angus MacDonell and Lucas Karmiris both recording two goals and an assist. The Steelheads are still within range of home ice advantage in the first round of the OHL Playoffs, sitting two points behind fourth place Oshawa in the Eastern Conference.
Barrie Colts – up two spots to #15 this week
The Colts are back onto the rankings following a four-week absence. Barrie doubled-up Erie 6-3 in a rescheduled game on Monday before falling 5-4 to the Mississauga Steelheads on Friday in head coach Marty Williamson’s 1,000th OHL game. The Colts had a strong start at home to the Kingston Frontenacs on Saturday, holding on to win 4-3 and strengthening their grip on a playoff position in the Eastern Conference.
Flint Firebirds – up one spot to #16 this week
The Firebirds make their return to the Top-16, recovering from a 9-2 loss to the London Knights to take consecutive road wins over Oshawa and Brantford. Oliver Peer hit the 30-goal plateau on Friday in Oshawa, joining Connor Clattenburg with two goals before Alex Kostov scored two of his own on Saturday in Brantford, helping the ‘Birds beat the Bulldogs 3-1. Flint sits one point back of Sarnia for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference.
Soo Greyhounds – down one spot to #4 this week
The Hounds let a third period lead slip away on Wednesday in Sudbury, falling 6-5 to the Wolves before returning home to defeat the Niagara IceDogs 2-1 on Saturday. The Hounds came out flat against Saginaw on Sunday afternoon, losing 3-0 to fall six points behind the first place Spirit in the West Division.
Oshawa Generals – down two spots to #7 this week
The Generals dropped all three of their outings last week, losing to Kingston and Flint before a 4-3 overtime loss to the visiting London Knights on Sunday afternoon.
Brantford Bulldogs – down one spot to #9 this week
Brantford began the week with a 6-4 win over the Guelph Storm before returning home to come up empty against the Flint Firebirds, losing 3-1. The Bulldogs were cruising on Sunday, defeating visiting Peterborough 11-1.
Erie Otters – down one spot to #11 this week
The Otters went 0-3 on the road, losing in Windsor, Sarnia and Saginaw. Veteran netminder Ben Gaudreau remains out of the lineup, having been sidelined since Jan. 21st.
Kingston Frontenacs – down two spots and off the list this week
The Fronts had somewhat of a Jekyll-Hyde week where they beat both Oshawa and Kitchener before losing in Barrie on Saturday and were on the receiving end of a 9-0 drubbing at the hands of the North Bay Battalion on Sunday. It’s Kingston’s first time outside of the Top-16 since Oct. 30th. They look to return next week, visiting Ottawa on Wednesday where they’ve played very well this season.
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