TLN’s OHL Recap
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24 days ago
Another weekend brought us more exciting action from around the OHL. This weekend featured spectacular performances and a well-deserved milestone for one of the league’s greatest-ever coaches. Let’s begin the news section with that story.
Dave Cameron gets 400th win
Ottawa 67’s head coach Dave Cameron won his 400th OHL game behind the bench on Friday night against the Barrie Colts. He’s one of the most accomplished coaches in the league’s history and has also coached at the NHL and World Juniors for Team Canada. He’s got a fantastic team in Ottawa this season and is someone with the experience and knowledge to help give them a great chance at winning an OHL championship this season. Congrats Dave on the accomplishment.
Tristan Lennox was a Brick Wall
Last week, we mentioned how the Saginaw Spirit had been allowing too many goals to start the season. Well, Islanders prospect Tristan Lennox stepped up this weekend, allowing one goal on 47 shots over two games. He was perfect in a 5-0 win over the Oshawa Generals on Sunday night and allowed just one goal in a disappointing 1-0 loss versus the Kitchener Rangers two days prior.
Reining OHL Champions continue to struggle
The Hamilton Bulldogs are off to a tough start this season and have picked up just one point in their last seven games. They lost a lot of key pieces from their 2021-22 championship roster and have already started selling off some players this season, such as George Diaco and Marco Costantini, which could continue if the losses pile up. They currently sit last in the OHL with seven points in 11 games.
Quick notes and thoughts
The Oshawa Generals are 5-7-0-2 on the season, and the next couple of weeks will determine their direction at the trade deadline. The belief has long been their year to really go for it will be the 2023-24 season.
Jeff Marek reported on Twitter that he wouldn’t be surprised if the Sudbury Wolves named Derek Mackenzie their next head coach. He has over 600 games of NHL experience and played four season’s for the Wolves, even serving as their captain at one point.
Brandt Clarke has played nine games for the Los Angeles Kings, and it looks like he might be staying with the club. Colts would have loved to have gotten him back, but they are undoubtedly happy for him.
The Guelph Storm have had a troublesome time keeping the puck out of their net this season, already allowing a staggering 83 goals against in 16 games. Not sure if a singular trade will fix it, but the organization’s primary focus right now has to be to figure out how to keep the puck out of their net.
Leafs prospects update
Ty Voit continues to do Ty Voit things. He recorded another seven assists this past week to bring his total up to 30 points on the season, which is top in the OHL. He is a playmaking machine, and nobody benefits more from it than his teammate Nolan Burke, who currently leads the OHL in goals with 14. The Sting have an extraordinary duo up front, yet are only 8-5-1-1 on the season. Don’t be surprised if they are aggressive buyers at the deadline to take advantage of this incredible season by Voit and Burke.
It was three points in three games for Braeden Kressler this weekend. He’s now up to 12 points in eight games, and that number should only continue to go up on a Firebirds offence that scores a ton of goals. He also went 34/49 on faceoffs in those three games.