Team of the Week:
Mississauga Majors: The Majors went three for three in their games this weekend starting with a 6-4 win in Thursday’s showdown on the road against the Niagara IceDogs. Riley Brace led the way with a hat-trick spoiling the return of star Niagara defenseman Dougie Hamilton. The following night they returned home to face Owen Sound in a re-match of last year’s OHL championship and came out with a 5-3 victory before wrapping up the weekend with a 2-1 win over Kingston at the Hershey Centre. Mississauga sits atop the OHL standings with a perfect 5-0-0 record despite losing some key players from last year’s Memorial Cup squad.
Guelph Storm: W 10-2 vs. Erie, W 5-3 @ Owen Sound
London Knights: W 8-2 vs. Sudbury, W 6-3 vs. Plymouth
Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds: W 6-1 @ Windsor, W 3-2 @ Kitchener
Player of the Week:
Sean Monahan, C, Ottawa 67’s: The Ottawa centre’s week started off with a two-goal performance in Friday’s 3-2 loss in Plymouth followed by a three-point effort in an 8-3 win over Saginaw. On Sunday afternoon he recorded another two points in the club’s 3-2 overtime loss against the Windsor Spitfires. For the week the Brampton native scored four goals and picked up three assists and is currently in third place in OHL scoring. A 1994 birthdate, Monohan is a draft-eligible player who is certain to see his stock rise if he continues to score at his current pace.
Seth Griffth, London Knights: 2 GP, 2 G, 4 A, 6 pts
Nail Yakupov, Sarnia Sting: 2 GP, 2 G, 4 A, 6 pts
Riley Brace, Mississauga Majors: 3 GP, 5 G, 5 pts
Tanner Pearson, Barrie Colts: 3 GP, 6 A, 6 pts
Cody Ceci, Ottawa 67’s: 3 GP, 1 G, 4 A, 5 pts
Goalie of the Week:
Michael Houser: Houser stopped 31 out of 33 shots in the Knight’s 8-2 win over Sudbury and then bettered those numbers with 40 saves in a 6-3 victory against Plymouth. The 20-year-old is a perfect 4-0 on the season having allowed just six goals in those four games for the Knights who have started the season with four straight victories.
Matt Murray, Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds: 2 GP, 2 W, 3 GA, 45 SV
Garret Sparks, Guelph Storm: 2 GP, 2 W, 5 GA, 61 SV
Resident of Windsor, Ontario. Extensive knowledge of both the NHL and junior hockey in Canada, particularly the OHL. Writer for THW covering the Winnipeg Jets and the OHL as well as covering Phoenix Coyotes prospects for Hockey’s Future.