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  • Young 'Hounds thriving without Nurse: CHL Hot & Cold

    Arizona Coyotes draft pick Michael Bunting has 7 goals in the Soo's first 7 games (OHL Images)Arizona Coyotes draft pick Michael Bunting has 7 goals in the Soo's first 7 games (OHL Images)

    October 24 is rather late in the calendar for the OHL to still have two unbeaten teams.

    The Erie Otters and Connor McDavid will not see a team that is above .500 before that matchup in 10 days against the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds. The Soo have yet to encounter any difficulty despite captain Darnell Nurse being away with the NHL's Edmonton Oilers.

    Erie starting fast was kind of expected, because of McDavid. The Greyhounds have been getting scoring from several sources — Blake Speers, Sergey Tolchinsky, Michael Bunting, Gabe Guertler — during a 7-0-0-0 start. The young 'Hounds will be in tough to get through a road trip that entails facing three Eastern Conference teams with a combined two regular-season losses, but they are fulfilling projections.

    Here is the now weekly look at who is flowing and who is ebbing heading into a new week in the Canadian Hockey League.

    OHL

    Hot: Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds

    The Soo's first "extended road trip" should prove more demanding than their games

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  • It looks like Dmytro Timashov is figuring out the whole North American ice surface deal.

    The 18-year-old Ukrainian-Swedish winger decided to jump to major junior this season on the rationale that playing on this side of the pond might help him better develop for the NHL. On Sunday, Timashov made going coast-to-coast for a goal look like child's play during a Quebec Remparts win over the rival Rimouski Océanic.

    Check out the way Timashov just left Rimouski's Jan Kostalek, a Winnipeg Jets draft pick, flat-footed before outdistancing three Océanic checkers and sweeping the puck back before backhanding it over goalie Philippe Desrosiers.

    Timashov, who was born in Kirovograd, Ukraine and grew up in Sweden after his mother moved there for work reasons, is nicknamed Dima. He can probably go ahead and answer to 'dynamic' as well.

    The 5-foot-9, 189-pound attacker already has seven goals and 19 points across his first 10 games with the Remparts, who have a need for natural offence as long as

    Read More »from Watch Quebec Remparts' Dmytro Timashov score spectacular end-to-end goal (VIDEO)
  • (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)(Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

    Combing all corners of the country and the blogosphere for your junior hockey headlines ...

    WHL

    Buzzing The Net's own Scott Sepich, on the trials and tribulations of the post-Mike Johnston Portland Winterhawks. (The Pipeline Show, Portland Tribune)

    Minnesota Wild pick Reid Duke is adjusting well to Brandon after being dealt away from Lethbridge. (Calgary Herald, Calgary Sun)

    Speaking of Minnesota picks, how about Calgary Hitmen wing Chase Lang having seven goals in as many games? (Calgary Sun)

    Prince George Cougars 18-year-old Ty Edmonds might be one of the Dub's best between the pipes, writes Ted Clarke. (Prince George Citizen)

    Edmonton has added a homegrown defenceman, picking up 18-year-old Jake Kohlhauser. (Edmonton Sun)

    Hey, a trade within a division: forward Devon McAndrews is headed from Tri-City to Spokane. (Spokane Spokesman-Review)

    OHL

    Hockey Hall of Famer Brian Kilrea will mark his 80th birthday by stepping behind the Ottawa 67's bench one last time on Friday. So what is it

    Read More »from London Knights still struggling, Kilrea and 67's turn back clock this weekend: the coast-to-coast
  • Paul became a Senators prospect through the Jason Spezza trade this summer (Kenneth Armstrong, The Canadian Press)Paul became a Senators prospect through the Jason Spezza trade this summer (Kenneth Armstrong, The Canadian Press)

    No. 1 star: Nick Paul, North Bay Battalion (OHL)

    The Ottawa Senators prospect helped the Battalion end a two-game losing skid with a very characteric 4-1 win over Barrie. Paul (3G, +3) scored a natural hat trick in the third period after the Colts had tied the game on a nifty tic-tac-toe passing play between Andrew Mangiapane, Matthew Kreis and Justin Scott.

    With 10:25 to play, Mathew Santos (1A, +3) forced a soft Barrie pass into the middle of the Colts' defensive zone. Los Angeles Kings third-rounder Mike Amadio (2A, +2) intercepted and fed Paul, who buried a goal short-side to put North Bay ahead to stay. The line came back for the clincher with 5:47 left, as Amadio slid the puck past a diving defender and Paul finished for a 3-1 lead.

    Paul didn't need any help getting the hat-trick goal, scoring unassisted into the empty net with 1:25 remaining.

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  • Morin had 3 assists in his first 5 games back with Rimouski (Ghyslain Bergeron, The Canadian Press)Morin had 3 assists in his first 5 games back with Rimouski (Ghyslain Bergeron, The Canadian Press)

    It is a bad break for Big Sam, with some possible ramifications for the natioanl junior team.

    On Sunday night, Mikael Lalancette of TVA Sports confirmed that 19-year-old budding shutdown defenceman Samuel Morin, whom the Philadelphia Flyers "flirted" with keeping on for the early portion of the NHL season, suffered a jaw fracture that will require surgery on Sunday. Morin, who's vying for a spot on Team Canada, was hit in the face with a shot during the Rimouski Océanic's loss to division rival Quebec. 

    Ouch for the Océanic. Their other 19-year-old NHL first-rounder, Toronto Maple Leafs prospect Frédérik Gauthier, of course, has also yet to play a game for the Quebec League contender since being injured during NHL training camp.

     

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  • Ottawa 67's and captain Travis Konecny face a unique challenge

    Konecny was named Ottawa's captain on Thursday (Mike Carroccetto, special to Yahoo! Canada Sports)Konecny was named Ottawa's captain on Thursday (Mike Carroccetto, special to Yahoo! Canada Sports)Jeff Brown could hardly have scripted a better scenario for Travis Konecny's first game as captain of the Ottawa 67's.

    Many a 17-year-old, seeing his team trailing early in a much anticipated home opener in a renovated rink, would have tried to do too much and perhaps unwittingly compounded the situation. Konecny, the surefire NHL first-rounder whom Brown compares to Steve Yzerman was just inches away from burying several chances Friday, when Ottawa rallied for a 4-3 triumph over the Niagara IceDogs to win its TD Place opener and give Brown his first Ontario Hockey League coaching victory.

    In the second period, Konecny was stoned by Dallas Stars-drafted goalie Brent Moran with a left pad save on a clear breakaway. Later, he hit the post after centre Erik Bradford had done the tough sledding through traffic. In the third, to the delight of 4,713 fans, including a seemingly endless skein of relatives in No. 17 jerseys, he found ways to facilitate opportunities. There was an assured rush

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  • Erie Otters' Mason Marchment scores beauty between-the-legs goal (VIDEO)

    Mason Marchment didn't even play Junior A until he was 18 years old (Getty ImagesMason Marchment didn't even play Junior A until he was 18 years old (Getty Images

    While Mason Marchment has grown nearly a foot since he came of age to play junior hockey, he displayed the dexterity of a more diminutive player while scoring a sweet goal for the Erie Otters on Friday.

    It takes a lot to distinguish oneself while playing for the same team as top NHL draft prospects Connor McDavid and Dylan Strome, who counted four and three points respectively during an 8-3 rout of the Kitchener Rangers. Marchment, the 19-year-old puck-chasing progeny of the former NHL defenceman Bryan Marchment, might have won on style points, though.

    In the second period, Marchment made a great read to intercept an ill-advised pass by young defenceman Doug Blaisdell, then pulled the ol' between-the-legs move to go top cheddar on goalie Matthew Greenfield.

    That was the cue to the Rangers to swap goalies. It probably wasn't a reflection on the unfortunate Greenfield.

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  • The impact of Fitzmorris' check sent shards of plexiglass sailing through the air (Rogers Television)The impact of Fitzmorris' check sent shards of plexiglass sailing through the air (Rogers Television)

    In case of first game in a refurbished arena, break glass.

    On Friday, the Niagara IceDogs' Mitchell Fitzmorris and Ottawa 67's Travis Barron (unwittingly) offered a reminder of how much force is generated when two junior hockey players collide. During the second period, Fitzmorris, a gritty veteran forward on the IceDogs, finished his check on Barron after the 67's rookie made a pass at centre ice. The impact of Barron's shoulder striking the plexiglass sprayed shards to parts unknown. Fortunately, Barron was able to complete the game. It also did not appear that any of the rinkside spectators in the crowd of 4,713 at TD Place, which was hosting its first OHL game in 29 months, needed medical attention.

    Perfectly clean check, too. Talk about a job well-done by Fitzmorris, a 19-year-old winger from Ingersoll, Ont., who does a lot of grunt work for Niagara and doesn't get much glory, having scored only 11 goals in three-plus seasons in the Ontario Hockey League.

     

    Of all the things to

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  • North Bay Battalion's Zach Poirier (Phil Ercolani, North Bay Battalion)North Bay Battalion's Zach Poirier (Phil Ercolani, North Bay Battalion)

    Call it fighting through, call it perseverance, or just call it a goal.

    At the outset of the season, 16-year-old Zach Poirier said his mother "taught me everything I know about hockey," but it's questionable how Karen Poirier or anyone could have imparted to the North Bay Battalion rookie how to regain the puck on the rush and score a sweet first career OHL goal.

    On Thursday, Zach Poirier electrified the North Bay Battalion fateful by going 1-on-3 against the Owen Sound Attack back line — generally not the most pragmatic strategy — and scoring in his fourth career Ontario Hockey League game.

    The native of Mountain, Ont., accelerated and backed up the last defender, Owen Sound's Santino Centorame. Centorame actually made a good play initially by poke-checking Poirier. But Poirier quickly tapped the puck out of the air to regain possession all while maintaining his speed, then deked Attack goalie Jack Flinn — who can fill at a lot of the lower half of the net, what with being 6-foot-8 — to complete the play.

     

    That was moderately awesome. Flinn and the Attack did get the last laugh with a 3-2 overtime win.

     

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  • The 6-foot-10 Wiltjer will play for Gonzaga this season after sitting out last year as a transferThe 6-foot-10 Wiltjer will play for Gonzaga this season after sitting out last year as a transfer

    Being off the court for a year apparently has fostered high hopes for Canadian basketball player Kyle Wiltjer — along with the ultimate H-O-R-S-E shot.

    The 6-foot--10 forward who is now at Gonzaga, made the college basketball world go gaga on Thursday by posting a video of a Stauskas-esque shooting display where he made 70-of-75 three-pointers in five minutes, with one ball and one rebounder. That will serve the former member of Canada's development national team and his Gonzaga teammates well in a game, sure, but how does that compare to setting the unofficial world record for the longest behind-the-back basket?

    The answer is in the eye of the beholder. Wiltjer performed just such a feat, and posted it, on Thursday. The previous record was apparently only 24 feet. 

    Current Boston Celtics forward Kelly Olynyk went from perimeter player to potential NBA player at Gonzaga after taking a redshirt year at the Spokane, Wash., school.

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