OHL News and Notes

By Brad Coccimiglio

The past week in the Ontario Hockey League was a busy
one for league officials and teams alike. As the
league was busy announcing the player of the week and
other tidbits, a big trade went down in the Western
Conference and 2 clubs were busy signing players.
Here’s a look at the news and notes from the past

Signed, Sealed and Delivered: The Erie Otters and the Guelph Storm were busy last week as both teams signed players who were previously playing NCAA college hockey.

On Friday the Otters announced the signing of free
agent defenceman Matt Lynn. Lynn had been playing with
Bowling Green in the CCHA. Originally drafted by the
Sarnia Sting, the New Glasgow, Nova Scotia native,
posted 2 assists in his freshman season but
was held scoreless this season before signing with the
Otters. The 6’2″, 193-pound defenceman made his debut
with the Otters in their 6-3 loss to Windsor last
Thursday night.

The Guelph Storm were also busy on Friday announcing the signing of sophomore centre Matt Ryan of Niagra University. The 18-year-old Ryan had 6 goals and 2 assists in 9 games with Niagra before signing with the Storm. Ryan made his debut with the Storm in last Thursday’s 1-1 tie with the Peterborough Petes.

Colaiacovo Reassigned: The Toronto Maple Leafs
announced on Monday that defenceman Carlo Colaiacovo
has been returned to the Erie Otters. Colaiacovo
started the season with the Leafsseeing action in 2
games picking up an assist. The 19-year-old is
scheduled to be in the Otters lineup when they face
the Brampton Battalion at home on Friday night.

Big Week For Locke: Corey Locke of the Ottawa 67’s had a big week. Locke picked up 4 goals and 9 points in 3 games last week to earn himself OHL and CHL Player of the Week. Locke was also named the OHL and CHL Player of the Month. Locke had 27 points in 10 October games to earn the honour.

CHL Top 10 Rankings: The top 6 spots in the CHL Top 10 ranking remain unchanged from last week. The Red Deer Rebels (WHL) remain in top spot, with the Sarnia Sting (OHL) at #2, Val-d’or Foreurs (QMJHL) in 3rd spot, the Ottawa 67’s in 4th spot and the Baie-Comeau Drakkar (QMJHL) rounding out the top 5. The Brandon Wheat Kings (WHL) remain in 6th. The Belleville Bulls (OHL) jump from the #10 spot last week to 7th this week. The Western League’s Kelowna Rockets moved up a spot from 9th to 8th. The final 2 spots are taken by teams that were unranked last week as the Halifax Mooseheads (QMJHL) are in 9th spot and the Kitchener Rangers round out the top 10 in 10th spot.

Problem Solved: The Erie Otters solved their
goaltending situation on Monday by dealing overage
goaltender Adam Munro to the Soo Greyhounds. The Otters were carrying 2 overage goaltenders in Munro
and T.J. Aceti. In addition to Munro the Otters sent 19-year-old wingers Scott Dobben and Jeff Doyle to the Greyhounds. In exchange the Greyhounds sent
unhappy forward Rob Hisey, who was leading the team in
scoring at the time, 19-year-old forward Mike Melinko
and goaltender Dwight LaBrosse, who was picked up from Guelph in early October, to the Otters. Munro saw his first action with the Greyhounds in a Wednesday night win against the Sarnia Sting. Both
Dobben and Dyole saw action in the game. Doyle
finished the game with an assist. Hisey, Melinko and
LaBrosse will make their debuts with the Otters on
Friday night when the Otters host the Brampton Battalion.