The London Knights remain on top in this week's OHL Power Rankings while teams like the Barrie Colts, Kitchener Rangers and Guelph Storm have moved up in the ranks.
In the Eastern Conference, it's going to be a two-team race in the East Division for the rest of the season as the Belleville Bulls and Oshawa Generals are playing musical chairs for first place. While the Colts have all but locked up the Central Division, six points separate second and last place as the Sudbury Wolves, Brampton Battalion, Niagara IceDogs and Mississauga Steelheads are fighting for a higher seed in the playoffs..
In the Western Conference, the Plymouth Whalers regained first place in the West Division from the Sarnia Sting, while the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds and Saginaw Spirit aren't that far behind, but don't count out the Windsor Spitfires, who have shown plenty of spunk the past few weeks. While the Knights have been running away as the top team, the Owen Sound remain in second place in the Midwest Divsion, but the Kitchener Rangers and Guelph Storm have been on a surge as of late.
1. London Knights-Team got back in the winning column by taking two out of three over the weekend. Anthony Stolarz has played well, but will he unseat by playoff time?
2. Barrie Colts-Zach Hall, Steven Beyers and Anthony Camara have picked up the scoring slack in the post-Mark Schiefele era.
3. Owen Sound Attack-Blanked Barrie, then split a home-and-home series with the Colts, including a 5-0 loss to the Storm.
4. Kitchener Rangers-Ryan Murphy has seven points (2-5-7) in his last four games. Team is 8-1-0-1 in their past 10 contests.
5. Belleville Bulls-Malcolm Subban has stopped 54-of-56 shots with a 1.00 goals against average last week.
6. Guelph Storm-Brock McGinn had eight goals during his six-game goal scoring streak, which was snapped on Sunday. 8-1-0-1 in their past 10 games.
7. Plymouth Whalers-The team has gone 8-for-14 on the power play last week. Vincent Trocheck had four goals five assists in four games, earning Player of the Week honors.
8. Oshawa Generals-Their only win last week came in a shootout in Sudbury. It's a two team race in the East between them and Belleville.
9. Sarnia Sting-Alex Galchenyuk will remain with the Montreal Canadiens for the remainder of the NHL season.
10. Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds-Their eight-game winning streak came to an end in a shootout loss to Windsor. Brandon Alderson netted his second hat trick in four games on Saturday.
11. Sudbury Wolves-Their last 13 games at home: 8-0-3-2. They closed out their five-game homestand with eight goals against Windsor on Sunday.
12. Saginaw Spirit-Hottest team in the O in their last 10 games by going 9-1-0-0. Eric Locke has nine goals and 11 assists in 11 games this month.
13. Brampton Battalion-Team has not had a regulation loss in their last four games (3-0-0-1). Franchise has 11 of their remaining 19 games at home before they relocate to North Bay.
14. Niagara IceDogs-With Dougie Hamilton's play with the Boston Bruins, it's tough for them to send him back to Niagara, which would be bad news for them.
15. Windsor Spitfires-Their playoff hopes look bleaker with each loss. Gave up 16 goals in their two losses last week.
16. Mississauga Steelheads-Steelhead blueliners contributed to yesterday's shootout win against Ottawa as three defenseman scored a goal each.
17. Kingston Frontenacs-Tough weekend for the Frontenacs; they lose in a shootout to Ottawa, then drop a one-goal game to London.
18. Erie Otters-Connor McDavid has one point in his last four games, but he won't have many of those droughts.
19. Peterborough Petes-Gained a hard-earned win against Belleville on Thursday.
20. Ottawa 67's-Playoffs were out of the picture a while ago, but gained three out of four points on recent two-game road trip.
Other OHL News: Plymouth Whalers forward Vincent Trocheck was named the OHL's Player of the Week for the week ending January 27. Trocheck, a Florida Panthers prospect, scored four goals and added five assists in four games last week with a plus/minus rating of +5. The Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania native is fifth in league scoring with 29 goals and 37 assists for 66 points in 43 games this season for the Whalers and Saginaw Spirit.
Photo of London Knights by Terry Wilson/OHL Images, CHL Images 2012.