The London Knights are the third best team in the Ontario Hockey League.
A couple of weeks ago, that statement seemed attainable only if everything went London’s way for a stretch of time. Evidently, things have gone well.
As it stands now, the 16-5-0-2 Knights are second in the Midwest Division with 34 points, trailing the Owen Sound Attack by a single point. The Central Division-leading Barrie Colts also have 35 points.
But the Knights are tops in the OHL in goal differential, sporting a plus-33.
Although the Knights didn’t demolish the competition this weekend — winning 4-3, 5-2, and 4-3 — winning always adds to the gap between goals for and goals against.
Let’s check out the rest of the league.
Bulls not scoring, still winning
Perched atop the East Division are the Belleville Bulls. Somehow, someway, they are the toast of a five-team division even though they’ve found the back of the opposition’s net just 52 times in 22 games.
Only four Belleville players have reached double digits in points, and three of them are defencemen. By comparison, the league leader in goals for, the Barrie Colts, have nine players that have eclipsed the nine-point mark, including six with 21 or more.
Obviously, goaltending has been an integral part of Belleville’s success. Boston Bruins first-rounder Malcolm Subban, arguably the favourite to start in goal for Team Canada at this year’s world juniors, has a .928 save percentage.
Governors approve Battalion move
North Bay is officially a major junior hockey city, again.
At a league meeting on Monday, the OHL’s board of governors unanimously approved the relocation of the Brampton Battalion to North Bay.
Sunk by horrible attendance numbers in the Greater Toronto Area, the move north is a no-brainer for both ownership and the league as a whole.
The Battalion’s owner, Scott Abbott, has publicly stated the franchise intends on keeping its current nickname next season.
From 1982-2002, the OHL had a team in North Bay called the Centennials. It moved to Saginaw, Mi.
The team’s former home, the Memorial Gardens, is set to undergo significant renovations over the summer in preparation for the 2013-14 campaign.
’Dogs continue to mark up scoresheets
London Knights forward Seth Griffith is sandwiched between two Niagara IceDogs, Ryan Strome and Brett Ritchie, on the OHL’s top scorers list.
The Wallaceburg native recorded nine points in three games between Thursday and Sunday, which garnered him a runner-up mention for the OHL’s player of the week.
Griffith has been electric as of late, but he’s not nearly as hot as the Strome-Ritchie tandem.
The pair has combined for a ridiculous 40 points in the IceDogs’ last seven games. This jolt has placed them No. 1 and No. 3 in league-wide point production, at 43 points for Strome and 38 for Ritchie.
*This post also appears in Metro London’s Nov. 20 print edition