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Allen's hard-hitting impact sends stern warning

BY SCOTT HADDOW scott@northernlife.ca Hey fans, it's time for another round of OHL stats, news and happenings.
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BY SCOTT HADDOW

Hey fans, it's time for another round of OHL stats, news and happenings.

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Tough-guy Justin Allen dons Sudbury blue and silver for the first time during a game in Windsor last Thursday.
Let's start with the Sudbury Wolves.

The only way to describe forward Justin Allen's immediate impact with the Wolves is hard hitting.

Allen, acquired from Owen Sound last week for a 10th round draft pick, has brought a nasty mean streak and some serious muscle to a lineup that was lacking in those departments.

Yes, the Wolves weren't pushovers before picking up the rugged winger, but they didn't want their best players fighting all the time and taking care of dirty business.

In his first three games, the Pickering native engaged in three fights, serving a stern message to the rest of the league that if a team thinks they're going to goad the Wolves top players into trouble, then they will have to deal with Allen's bad mood and swift fists.

The six-foot-one, 210-pounder fought Windsor's Mitch Manu (six-foot-two and 210-pounds) and Brian Soso (six-foot-five and 220-pounds) in his first game with the Wolves last week on the road.

The next night against London, Allen scrapped tough guy Josh Beaulieu. Allen handed all his opponents a severe beating.

Good old Sudbury fans are going to enjoy this guy.

When Ben Pouliot and Marc Staal return from the World Junior Championship (WJC), they will find they have more space to operate in thanks to Allen's presence.

Speaking of Staal and Pouliot, they were among eight OHL stars to be named to Canada's WJC squad.

Guelph's Ryan Parent, Erie's Ryan O'Marra and Michael Blunden, Saginaw's Tom Pyatt, Peterborough's Steve Downie and London's Dave Bolland were the other players making the cut with Team Canada's brass.

Once again, the OHL proves it's one of the best development leagues and clearly shows that some of the best junior players in the world play right here in our backyard.

The eight OHL players will definitely have a huge impact on the WJC. These boys can score, hit, grind it out and make your jaw drop with unbelievable plays.

All the Canadian action will be covered live by TSN. No player will be able to sneeze without having it analyzed. Canada's first game is against Finland on Monday, Dec. 26. Game time is 6:30 pm. A full version of Canada's schedule is available on line at hockeycanada.ca or tsn.ca

Enjoy the WJC fans, and cheer on Staal and Pouliot because it's going to be awesome!

These stars shine almost every week at the Sudbury Arena.

Guelph goalie Ryan MacDonald is the OHL Player of the Week. MacDonald wasn't in the giving mood last week by only allowing one goal in two wins. MacDonald made 54 saves in the victories, including 25 stops in a 5-0 win over Saginaw.



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