Two games left this week and then it's holiday time.
The action starts tonight at the Aud against the London Knights, who will be short-handed since Max Domi, Mike McCarron and Julius Bergman are all away at world junior hockey camps.
But, as Sarnia proved last week, a depleted lineup doesn't mean it'll be a gimme.
Since we're about at the halfway point of the season, I'm serving up my OHL midway awards.
Click here to find out who is the MVP, top defenceman, goalie, rookie, coach, underrated player, biggest surprise, disappointment and team to watch in the second half. There are honourable mentions for each category as well.
Also in the mix are a trio of Rangers awards - MVP, top defenceman and biggest surprise.
Connor Bunnaman-Ryan MacInnis-Justin Bailey
Brent Pedersen-Gustaf Franzen-Nick Magyar
Darby Llewellyn-Curtis Meighan-Adam Mascherin
Mark Bzowey-Brandon Robinson-Mike Davies
Dmitrii Sergeev-Frank Hora
Doug Blaisdell-Max Iafrate
Thomas Welsh-Liam Maaskant
Dawson Carty (7-5-1-2) starts.
Matt Rupert-Christian Dvorak-Mitchell Marner
John Warren-Owen MacDonald-Aaron Berisha
Tait Seguin-Drake Rymsha-Chandler Yakimowicz
Zach Grzelewski-X-Kevin Klima
Dakota Mermis-Victor Mete
Chris Martenet-Aiden Jamieson
Brandon Crawley-Tyler Nother
Michael Giugovaz (12-5-0-1) starts.
- This was Connor Bunnaman's first game at wing. Coach Troy Smith wasn't lying when he said work hard and you'll get rewarded. Bunnaman, 16, has been one of the most consistent effort guys so far this season.
- Rangers draft picks F Jacob Cascagnette, D Sean Allen and D Connor Hall were named to the GOJHL top prospects game.
- Bunnaman almost had his third goal of the year. He scored but net was off pegs in the first period. Delay of game penalty called on London for it. Then, in the second, he got it on a beautiful play that saw him dive across the crease to score.
- Matt Rupert's goal 58 seconds into the game came on London's first shot.
- A nice play by Rangers' defenceman Frank Hora to dive and break up a London three-on-one in the first period.
- The 23 first period shots by the Rangers is an OHL record this season for most shots in the opening frame.
- Nick Magyar is really beginning to come around. He had four scoring opportunities tonight. The entire second unit was in a different gear.
- You just had a feeling that someone on London's top line was going to score in the third and that the Rangers needed to get one quick. Sure enough, Mitch Marner with his OHL leading 27th wins it.
- Kitchener's line matching was out of whack in this one. The Franzen line had the speed and was doing a great job of keeping the Marner line in check. But the Rangers started switching it off with Meighan's unit (and MacInnis/Bailey four on four) which struggled with the job.
- The Rangers scored two PP goals (2-for-6), which is encouraging.
- Dawson Carty has now allowed four goals in each of his past three games for the Rangers, which is a bit concerning.
JB's top three Rangers: Brent Pedersen, Nick Magyar, Gustaf Franzen