The 2016-17 OHL Regular Season is almost complete, and the playoff picture is beginning to solidify. With just a handful of games left, there is just the matter of scoring records to attend to—and a few teams are fighting for their seasons.
In the Western Conference, just one seed—held by Sarnia—remains. The Saginaw Spirit trail by five points, but one loss in their three remaining games will lock it up for the Sting.
Meanwhile, the Eastern Conference is a bit more problematic. Seeds five through eight are up for grabs, with Ottawa, Niagara, Sudbury and North Bay all in the mix and just six points separating them. Although Sudbury currently has the eighth spot, they have the most games in hand (four) and should get in. North Bay has the ninth spot, and will have to win two of their last three games to stand a chance at advancing.
With all but seed position settled, the only stories left to tell are those of individual accomplishments.
Jordan Kyrou’s point streak at 30 games
Some New Year’s resolutions last longer than others. In Sarnia Sting forward Jordan Kyrou’s case, he must have sworn never to go pointless in another OHL game. Since January 1st, the St. Louis Blues second round draft pick (35th overall) has scored at least one point in 30 consecutive games, for 52 points during that time (17 goals, 35 assists). It is the longest current point streak in the CHL.
In total, Kyrou has 93 points (30 goals, 63 assists) to show for his season. His 63 assists are tied for third-most in the CHL, behind just Taylor Raddysh and Adam Mascherin, who have 64 apiece.
Alex DeBrincat’s goal streak ends
Alex DeBrincat’s OHL record-tying goal streak has ended at just that—a record tie. He will go down in the books at 19 games straight with at least one goal, tying former NHL superstar Mike Ricci for the OHL record. During that time, DeBrincat racked up 27 goals, and now has 62 goals on the season—18 more than the nearest comer (Dmitry Sokolov with 44). DeBrincat’s exploits have been in the press headlines (as well as ours) all season.
Matt Timms improves by 40 points
Never say never. Petes defenceman Matt Timms was passed over by the NHL draft last season after receiving limited minutes playing behind top-pairing guy Dominik Masin. With Masin graduated and playing with the Syracuse Crunch, Timms has become the team’s go-to pointman on the first pairing and on the power play. He has thrived in the role, tallying 25 power play assists. With numbers like that, it’s no secret why Peterborough has the fifth-best power play in the OHL, with a success rate of 22 percent.
It’s not unreasonable to suggest that some NHL team will take a flyer on the young rearguard this summer at the NHL draft. Every year, a few players are drafted in their second year of eligibility, and if there is a candidate worthy for reconsideration, it’s Timms.
Playoffs set to begin
The OHL regular season ends on Tuesday, March 21st, and the playoffs will likely begin the following weekend. The Eastern Conference favourites are the Peterborough Petes, with 85 points (40-20-2-3). The Western Conference is a dog fight yet again, with the usual suspects (Erie, Sault Ste. Marie, London) all in the mid-nineties point range. The Owen Sound Attack and Windsor Spitfires will also be tough to beat.
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