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Jakers Dozen: Another Five Goal Game, Firebirds Rising, and No Sophomore Slump For Kaliyev

Another Five goal game – Sasha Chmlevski scored a career-high five goals against North Bay on Monday, becoming to  first player to score five games since…Sault Ste. Marie’s Morgan Frost did so just 29 days earlier on Jan 23rd.

Young guys playing big roles – Less than a year after they were drafted into the OHL, Quinton Byfield and Cole Perfetti are playing big roles for teams poised for playoff runs. Perfetti (25-31–56) is second in rookie scoring, Byfield (22-29–51) sits in third.

Lody, Lordy, who’s scoring forty? – Last year the OHL had nine players reach the 40-goal mark, six players have already scored that many this season, with six others who have scored more than 35.

No sophomore scoring slump for Kaliyev – When a player puts up big numbers in their rookie season, it can sometimes be tough to duplicate that in their second year. That hasn’t been for Arthur Kaliyev. Following up a rookie season that saw him score 31, he goes into the weekend three goals away from 50.

Lazary staying put – Chris Lazary took over as Head Coach of the Saginaw Spirit on November 18th and the team is 25-6-1-2 since. That’s prompted the team to extend his contract through the 2020-21 season.

High risk, high reward – The three best power plays in the league have all allowed more than 10 shorthanded goals against; Kitchener (11), Niagara (11), Hamilton (13). Only the Flint Firebirds have allowed more with 19 against.

Flirebirds rising – After going winless in their first 17 games of the season, who would have thought the Firebirds would be where they are now, out of the OHL basement. In their last games, all but a pair have been decided by two goals or less.

Third teams the charm – Speaking of Flint, Cody Morgan has seven goals and 21 points in 21 games since the team acquired him from Windsor. After starting his OHL career in Kingston it appears he’s finally finding his fit.

Kingston can’t score – Another major reason Flint is no longer in last place has been the declining play of the Kingston Frontenacs. They simply can’t score. In the 19 games since the trade deadline they’ve scored just 27. I looked back as far as the 1980-81 season, and the fewest a team has scored in a season was the Mississauga IceDogs in 1998-99. With ten games left and having scored just 127 goals, they might not reach that mark.

Oshawa Generals – Catching Ottawa for the division lead is out of reach, but Oshawa has strung some wins together to sit 3rd place in the conference. This despite a stretch of nine straight wins from the Sudbury Wolves. They also have two points more than the Niagara IceDogs, wouldn’t that be something if they met in the playoffs.

Shootouts in Erie – The Erie Otters have scored a league high 14 goals in the shootout this season, the most sincePlymouth potted 23 in 2013-14. The Whalers had 14 of their games go to a shootout that season, the Otters have had just six.

Tag Team Effort – Ottawa has allowed a league-low 160 goals against, and they’ve done so for the most part using two goalies, Since the start of 2019, Cedric Andree has started in ten of the teams 20 games, and both are among the league leaders in most goaltending categories. There’s no question the DiPietro is the guy come playoff time, but they future in net looks good for the 67’s.

Photos by Terry Wilson / OHL Images
Stats as of Thursday, February 21, 2019

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