Howdy OHL fans, it's time for another round of news, stats and happenings from around the league.
Looks like the Wolves got a big boost from the return of Devin DiDiomete. The rugged forward popped two goals in a 4-3 shoot-out win over
Peterborough and fought during a 4-3 win over Oshawa. His efforts helped Sudbury to a 2-1 record over the weekend. In the six games he missed,
the Wolves went 3-3.
It was nice to see back up goalie Chris Abbey get his first win of the season, after he made 34 saves against Oshawa on Sunday. Abbey is now 1-
3-0-1 on the season.
Nicholas Tuzzolino and Mark Versteeg-Lytwyn, two players acquired from Sarnia at the deadline, have really shaped up their defensive play. In 21 games with the Wolves, Tuzzolino has three goals, 10 points and is a +3. He was an -8 with Sarnia. Versteeg-Lytwyn has three goals, 12 points and a + 4 rating in 21 games with Sudbury. He was a -9 with Sarnia.
Former Wolves sniper Bobby Chaumont had a decent first season in the university ranks. Chaumont played with Dalhousie University in the Atlantic loop, leading the team in scoring with 12 goals and 23 points in 28 games.
Unfortunately the team stunk, going 3-25-0 and missed the playoffs.
Remember last season when Wolves forward Kyle Musselman was given a one-year suspension for punching Ottawa's Mark Mancari during the playoffs? Many considered it harsh, but the league identified Musselman as a repeat offender. Musselman had been suspended earlier in that season for five games for bullying tactics in a game against Toronto.
I guess that same labelling doesn't apply to star players. Case in point, Peterborough's Steve Downie was recently handed his third suspension of the 2005-06 season for being assessed a double instigating fighting penalty for attacking Mississauga's Nathan Martine in a game on Feb. 25.
Downie was given two games. Earlier this season, Downie was suspended for five games for what OHL commissioner David Branch called bullying
tactics in a game against Belleville where Downie attacked Andrew Gibbons with less than a second to go in the game.
At the start of the season when he was with Windsor, Downie was hit with a five-game suspension for an on-ice altercation with then-teammate Akim Aliu over a hazing incident.
How many strikes does this guy get? Four? Five? Where does it stop?
Don't get me wrong, I think Downie is a great player, but enough is enough. The OHL needs to rid itself of discrimination towards non-star players and treat all offenders as equal and give them all lengthy suspensions.
Peterborough has lost its grip on first overall in the OHL. The Petes had dominated the top spot for almost all season, but London wrestled away the title this past weekend. London has won 10 straight games to push their point total to 95. The Petes have gone 5-4-0-1 in their last 10 and sit at 92 points.
With a Memorial Cup win last year, London is poised again to take another run at the title this season.
In 2004-05, there wasn't one player to hit the 50-goal mark. Three players surpassed the mark this weekend.
Owen Sound's Mike Angelidis bulged the twine four times against Guelph to hit 52 goals in 64 games. London's Rob Schremp (51 goals in 52 games)
and David Bolland 51 goals in 54 games) also hit the magical mark.