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Published: Tuesday, 22 Jan 2013

With 73 points, the London Knights remain the top team in the OHL, but they have a bit of a snag as they dropped their third straight decision on Friday to the Windsor Spitfires, who have been on a roll as of late. 

Even though the Knights have an 11-point lead in the Midwest Division, the Owen Sound Attack, Kitchener Rangers and Guelph Storm are in a battle for second place.  It's is only a five point difference between second and fourth place in the Division.

The Sarnia Sting have led the West Division for the last several weeks, but the Plymouth Whalers are only one point behind the Sting. Not that far away from both teams are the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds while the Saginaw Spirit aren't that far behind. They should watch out for the Spitfires, who have played their best hockey of the season thus far.

The Barrie Colts lead the Eastern Conference and they also have a 12-point lead in the Central Division. After that, the division is a royal rumble of its own as six points separate second and last place with the Sudbury Wolves tied with the Brampton Battalion. The Niagara Ice Dogs have slipped to 49 points while the Mississauga Steelheads are in last with 44 points.

In the East Division, it's a two-team battle between the Oshawa Generals and Belleville Bulls while the Kingston Frontenacs have all but locked up third place, despite a six-game winless streak.  The Peterborugh Petes have played some decent hockey as of late and could catch up to the Fronts if they keep up the pace while the Ottawa 67's remain 20th out of the 20 teams in the league.

1. London Knights-Still the OHL's best team despite their second three-game losing streak of the season. 

2. Owen Sound Attack-Cody Ceci has fitted in nicely with his new team. Jordan Binnington has two shutouts in his last three games.

3. Barrie Colts-No Schiefele, no problem. Team is 3-0-0-1 in their past four games. Andreas Athanasiou has two goals and five assists in his last four games.

4  Oshawa Generals-Team got a boost when captain Boone Jenner returned from the Columbus Blue Jackets' training camp. Ken Appleby has shined in net by posting first two OHL wins last week.

5. Belleville Bulls-Malcolm Subban returned to the Bulls' lineup with a win over Niagara and a loss to Belleville. 

6. Sarnia Sting-Team got a sigh of relief when JP Anderson returned to the lineup this weekend in a 7-6 shootout win against Erie and a 5-4 loss in Windsor. Still leading a very tight West Divsion.  

7. Plymouth Whalers-Vincent Trocheck has 10 points (one goal, nine assists) in five games with the Whalers. Team rebounded nicely from Saturday's blowout loss with a 7-1 whipping of Erie.

8. Kitchener Rangers-The teams has won four out of their last five games. Joel Vienneau is a great understudy to John Gibson. 

9. Guelph Storm-Garret Sparks has given the team a 'Spark' in net in is last five games by posting a 5-0-0-0 with a 1.80 goals against average. 927 save percentage and a shutout.

10. Sudbury Wolves-Since December 1, the Wolves have gone 11-2-3-1. Mathew Campagna has at least a point in 20 of his last 21 games.

11. Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds-Brandon Alderson got his first OHL hat trick over the weekend. Darnell Nurse has a point in five straight games.

12. Brampton Battalion-Rookie Blake Clarke continues to lead the team in scoring. In his last three games, Matej Machovsky is 2-0-0-1 and has stopped 60-of-65 shots.

13. Niagara IceDogs-Ryan Strome and Brett Ritchie are back from their NHL Training Camps, but Dougie Hamilton isn't. Team has lost four straight in a Central Division scramble.

14. Saginaw Spirit-Had their eight-game home winning streak snapped by the Erie Otters on Saturday. Eric Locke has 15 points (eight goals, seven assists) in his last eight games. 

15. Windsor Spitfires-Spits are 5-0-0-1 in their past six and their moves has paid dividiends so far. With Slater Koekkoek shut down for the season, the defense corps must step up.

16. Kingston Frontenacs-Team has given up 16 goals in their three losses over the weekend. Now winless in their past six games.

17. Mississauga Steelheads-A bright spot for the Steelheads is Spencer Martin, who had a strong showing at last week's CHL/NHL Top Prospects game. 

18. Erie Otters-Devin Williams is the team's goalie of the future and that future is now.

19. Peterborough Petes-Team has played better since Jody Hull took over as bench boss, but it's too late.

20. Ottawa 67's-With season out of reach, their next move is who should be their top pick in the upcoming Priority Selection.

Photo of London Knights by Terry Wilson/OHL Images, CHL Images, 2012


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