What is going on in Kingston? A municipal strike has caused the postponement of 4 games this season. The union allowed the Frontenacs to play four games in the month of October as a concession in contract talks with the union. On Friday night, the fourth of those games, the Memorial Center received a bomb threat during the second intermission of the game that saw the visiting Erie Otters in town. The police cleared out the building and conducted a search for the bomb. The search lasted 45 minutes and then they allowed play to continue and allowed the fans to re-enter the building. The Otters, however, decided not to take the chance and forfeited the game after a discussion with the league office. My only question is why would the visiting team have to forfeit? Returning risked the well being of the players. The league should be looking into the problem with the Frontenacs much more closely.
Surprise, surprise. Who would have thought that after a dozen games and one month into the season that Windsor and Brampton would be leading their respective divisions? Props go out to both teams for providing the OHL with a little bit of added excitement. It just goes to show that junior hockey is “predictably unpredictable.” The Battalion are being lead by the outstanding play of goalie David Chant. He currently leads the league with a miniscule 1.79 goals against average. Windsor is being lead offensively by their three outstanding rookies, Steve Ott(17points), player of the week in week three Shawn Mather(15 points), and Craig Kennedy (11 points).
The Ottawa 67’s have risen to the forefront once again. The return of Chicago’s first round pick, Mark Bell has sparked the 67’s to a six game unbeaten streak. Mark has scored 14 goals, which leads the league. He is first in league scoring with 23 points. He also leads the league in short handed goals with 4. The 67’s are almost unbeatable while on the penalty kill. They have only given up 9 goals while short-handed but have scored 8 goals. Ottawa’s top three scorers are Bell (23 points), Tessier (22 points), and Talbot (16 points). The remarkable fact about that is they are all centering 3 different lines. Goaltender Seamus Kotyk, (5th round Boston) underwent a procedure to correct an abnormal heart rate last week. Doctors say that the procedure was a success and he will be back on the ice this week.
The Belleville Bulls traded newly acquired Peter Campbell to Erie for goaltender Corey Batten. The Bulls have been stumbling out of the blocks so far this season. I am curious to know if the Bulls are blaming Memorial Cup Most Valuable Goalie, Cory Campbell for the lack of early success. Corey Batten is an established goalie and got the start in Owen Sound on the weekend. It does, however, free up a spot for an additional over-age player. They are in need of a big physical defenseman to replace Jason Lawmaster. Maybe they are looking at Mike Van Ryn to fill the void. Van Ryn has been rumored to have told his teammates that he will be leaving the Sting after the Christmas break to join Team Canada for post New Year tournaments in Europe. I wonder if he would change his mind if he were to be traded to a contender like Belleville.