If the standings and his personal and opposing team stats are any indication, Malcolm Subban will need to ward off complacency this weekend.
Reigning Ontario Hockey League player of the week Seth Griffith will be one of three Boston Bruins draftees in the league hoping to yield no noticeable changes this weekend. His London Knights will be one of three OHL teams featuring a Bruins prospect and carrying a similar sentiment as to their stature in the standings.
London hosts the Kitchener Rangers on Friday night in a Midwest Division battle to retain a perfect record. As it happens, Griffith will cross paths with the reigning Canadian Hockey League goaltender of the week, John Gibson, who is presently the only netminder with a goals-against average below one.
The Knights will subsequently reengage the Guelph Storm on Sunday afternoon, precisely one week after Griffith torched the Storm with two goals and three points in an 8-2 romp.
Anthony Camara, who is second only to Griffith on the OHL’s goal-scoring leaderboard, has his own searing tone to follow up on with the Barrie Colts. The Colts will conduct their home opener Thursday night versus the Owen Sound Attack and then host a Saturday rematch with the Mississauga Steelheads.
This past Sunday, over at Mississauga’s Hershey Centre, Camara spotted his club a 2-0 lead with his fourth goal of the season, only to see the Steelheads surmount the deficit for a 3-2 triumph. The loss dropped Barrie to 1-2-0 on the year, one of only six sub-.500 records in the league.
Cody Payne and the Plymouth Whalers, one of six teams who couldn’t cultivate a win over opening weekend, have their own redemption project at hand. They will try to hatch the goose-egg with their lone extramural engagement for this weekend, a home bout with the Sudbury Wolves on Saturday.
Belleville Bulls goaltender Malcolm Subban, who denied the Whalers the extra point in last Saturday’s shootout, may or may not get the nod on back-to-back nights. The Bulls visit Brampton on Friday and will make the quick turnaround back home to face the divisional rival Oshawa Generals on Saturday.
Like Subban’s Bulls and Griffith’s Knights, Dougie Hamilton and the Niagara Ice Dogs are vying to sustain an unbeaten record and a full or partial stake in their division lead. Hamilton himself, who has but one point to his credit through two games, hopes to kindle a more reckonable production rate at the expense of Ottawa (Friday) and Kingston (Sunday).