November is often a good month for raking leaves, putting up holiday decorations and maybe starting a little holiday shopping. The London Knights decided to use the month to pile up goals and wins next to their leaves and lists, propelling them into top spot in the Ontario Hockey League.
London went 10-1-0-1 during the most hectic part of their schedule (12 games in 24 days).
The Knights averaged 5.1 goals per game and now lead the OHL in goals for. They gave up an average of 2.33 goals per game and lead the league in team goals against average, just slightly ahead of the Windsor Spitfires.
Cliff Pu had 23 points to lead the way for London in November. Janne Kuokkanen had 22.
Defenceman Victor Mete moved into 3rd spot in plus/minus behind Alex DeBrincat and Taylor Raddysh of the Erie Otters. Mete is now plus-23 and led all London defencemen with 10 points in 11 games played in November.
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Otters Still Have A Zero In The Right Place
The Soo Greyhounds are the only team in OHL history to post a perfect home ice record over an entire season. They Greyhounds went 33-0 in 1984-85 with a team that gave nightmares to anyone who dared enter Sault Memorial Gardens. They had players like the late Bob Probert, Derek King and Wayne Groulx who could both score and scare.
The Erie Otters can’t equal what they Greyhounds did because of an overtime loss to Owen Sound in October, but Erie is the last OHL team without a loss at home and they are not going to be easy to beat the rest of the way. The Otters’ home crowd is among the loudest and rowdiest in the OHL and the addition of Dylan Strome will make them difficult to play anywhere. Strome put up five points in his first two games, after being returned to Erie for the season by the Arizona Coyotes.
The Otters are just two points back of the London Knights for first overall. London and Erie have four games left against each other, but will not go head-to-head again until January 27th.
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On paper, the Mississauga Steelheads are loaded with skill. Right now that paper is about as useful as an old piece of fish-wrap. Mississauga has one win in their last 12 games and it came in overtime.
The “Trout” have top NHL prospect Owen Tippett, who had the OHL goal-scoring lead after putting up 11 goals in six games in mid-to-late October. They also own Ryan and Michael McLeod, who add up to the most dangerous duo of brothers in the league and veteran presence from players like Nathan Bastian. There are also some very offensive-minded defencemen. Still the Steelheads just can’t seem to put together many consistent 60-minute efforts.
Mississauga has already made a large trade, shipping Sean Day to Windsor. Would another shake-up help?
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The OHL has launched a program to focus on the responsibility of the league’s players to “model respect for women.” Pilot projects have been carried out by the Kitchener Rangers and the Erie Otters, but now this is being extended across the league. The program falls under the umbrella of the Players First guide with mental health awareness, drug awareness and health and safety education.
Ontario Hockey League Commissioner David Branch said in a statement, “Players are the most important part of our game and we’re proud to further enhance our player environment to continue developing leaders on the ice and in the community with the introduction of the OHL ONSIDE program.”
Representatives from the Ontario Coalition of Rape Crisis Centres will assist in implementing the program locally, across all OHL Centres.