Ontario Hockey League: Soo Greyhounds earn #1 in Week 11 Power Rankings

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Week 11 of the Ontario Hockey League delivered notable performances and lots of exciting hockey action at every game.

Here is a look at the action from Week 11 with the Soo Greyhounds moving into the #1 spot of the OHL Power Rankings.

Soo Greyhounds

In Week 11, the Soo Greyhounds showcased their dominance with an exceptional offensive performance. This included a 3-2 overtime win over Sudbury, a 7-5 victory against Kingston, and a 5-4 win over London.

In the three games, key players such as Jack Beck and Owen Allard emerged as offensive powerhouses, collectively amassing an impressive six points each.

This dynamic duo spearheaded the team’s scoring efforts, demonstrating not only individual skill but also a remarkable synergy on the ice.

Their contributions showcase the depth and versatility present in the Soo Greyhounds’ line-up, reinforcing their position at the top of the standings.

As the team excels, the collaborative efforts of players like Beck and Allard serve as a testament to the Soo Greyhounds’ strength and potential as they navigate the challenges of the season.

Soo Greyhounds Win

Ottawa 67’s

The Ottawa 67’s navigated a challenging schedule in Week 11 with remarkable outcomes.

The 67’s kicked off the week with an overtime victory against the Oshawa Generals, showcasing their ability to clinch tight contests.

Spectacular goaltending performances during the weekend added another layer to their success.

Despite a 3-1 loss against the Peterborough Petes on Friday, the 67’s rebounded with a stellar performance on Sunday. Goaltender Max Donoso stole the spotlight, making an incredible 39 saves in a hard-fought 2-1 win against the Peterborough Petes.

Ottawa have the league’s best 83 goals surrendered. This disciplined approached positions them as formidable contenders in the Eastern Conference.

North Bay Battalion

The Battalion’s week began with a narrow defeat at home against Kingston, illustrating the competitive nature of OHL matchups.

Undeterred, they rebounded on Friday night, securing a 5-3 victory against the Mississauga Steelheads.

The game saw Dalyn Wakely, a rising star in the Battalion roster, achieving a milestone by scoring his first career OHL hat-trick. This accomplishment not only highlighted Wakely’s individual prowess but also contributed significantly to the team’s success.

The Battalion concluded the week tied with Sudbury for second place in the Central Division.

Sudbury Wolves

Demonstrating an elite level of scoring proficiency, the Sudbury Wolves exhibited an impressive offensive showcase throughout Week 11, putting up a remarkable total of 18 goals across three games.

This prolific scoring performance underscores the Wolves’ offensive depth and ability to distribute scoring contributions throughout their lineup.

In the absence of Jakub Vondras, who departed for World Junior duty, goaltender Marcus Vandenberg made a notable debut for the Wolves on Sunday, making 21 saves to secure a victory.

The successful transition of different goaltenders highlights Sudbury’s adaptability and depth. These will undoubtedly be essential qualities for sustained success in the competitive landscape of the OHL.

 

London Knights

Experiencing a positive resurgence, the London Knights demonstrated commendable performances in Week 11.

In a decisive 4-1 victory over Sarnia, the Knights showcased defensive prowess while maintaining control of the game. Subsequently, they delivered a commanding 7-3 win against the Saginaw Spirit.

Despite facing a competitive 5-4 loss against the Soo Greyhounds on Sunday, the Knights overall performance during the week underscores their capacity to contend with some of the league’s top teams.

Notably, the absence of key players such as Easton Cowan, Denver Barkey, Oliver Bonk, and Kasper Halttunen in the weekend finale did not deter the Knights from putting forth a competitive effort.

Brantford Bulldogs

The Bulldogs’ performances in two notable matchups highlighted their offensive prowess and determination on the ice.

The week began with a 4-2 win at home against the Peterborough Petes.

Subsequently, they engaged in two thrilling contests against the Kitchener Rangers, a team known for its strength in the league.

Despite facing a setback in the first game, where they surrendered a 5-1 lead to lose 6-5 in overtime, the Bulldogs rebounded impressively.

In the following game, they rallied from a 4-1 deficit to secure a remarkable 5-4 victory against the Rangers, with Nick Lardis’ overtime winner completing a hat-trick.

A special mention for Jordion Donovan who displayed offensive flair, after his call-up to the 2023 Canadian World Juniors Team, contributing to the team’s success in Week 11.

 

Oshawa Generals

The Generals started the week with a challenging 3-2 overtime loss to Ottawa, but than rebounded with back-to-back road wins over their Western Division opponents in Windsor and Sarnia.

In Windsor, Connor Lockhart’s exceptional performance resulted in his fourth career OHL hat-trick, contributing significantly to the team’s success.

A significant development for the Generals was the return of Calum Ritchie to the line-up, adding another layer of adept finishing.

Ritchie’s presence offers the team increased offensive options and the potential for breakout performances.

The weekend also marked a milestone for first-year netminder Noah Bender, who secured his first career OHL victory in Sunday’s game against Sarnia.

 

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It’s safe to say 2022 was a TV-worthy season for Patrick Mahomes and the #Chiefs. 📺

Mr. Box Office. 🔥

#NFL x #Quarterback twitter.com/NFL/status/167…

me on the couch now that Quarterback dropped:

❌ @la_academiapc suffer shock defeat
📈 @DvoTachira gaining ground on the top
👏 Eduardo Lima’s heroics for @DvoLaGuaira

Here are all the major headlines and talking points from jornada 18 in the #LigaFUTVE.

#VenezuelaEsFUTVE
https://t.co/yCiP4QGlfJ

🔟 days until the @Superligaen begins.

Still plenty of time to read our analysis of the most exciting young players in Denmark right now. Which of these superstars will move on this summer? ✨

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