Races are on in the OHL

November 27, 2015

They are about a third of the way into the 2015-2016 Ontario Hockey League season and there is a certain amount of parity within the 20-member loop.

Erie Otters and Kitchener Rangers are not only in a race for first place in the Western Conference but they are the top two teams in the OHL. And really, there is very little to choose between the two teams though Erie might have a slight edge between the pipes.

The Western Conference also features what is shaping up as a multi-team race for the eighth-and-final playoff spot from among the Owen Sound Attack, Flint Firebirds, Soo Greyhounds and Saginaw Spirit.

In fact, only the awful Guelph Storm is out of it as far as being a Western Conference playoff contender.

Over to the Eastern Conference, the Barrie Colts and Kingston Frontenacs are the top two teams but four others not far behind and are all over the .500 mark — Ottawa 67s, Peterborough Petes, Mississauga Steelheads and Niagara IceDogs.

Kingston has extreme balance on its side with four very solid forwards lines and a seasoned blueline brigade in front of overage goal-tending standout Lucas Peressini.

PHOTO: Veteran OHLer Cody Caron, a Sault Ste. Marie product, is part of the forward depth of the Kingston Frontenacs. (Photo by Ali Pearson.)

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