Game Day Previews for Sunday February 3 2013
Pictured is Bulls' defenseman, Jordan Subban, who's brother, P.K., recently signed with the Canadiens, and other brother, Malcolm, will be a big part of the Bulls' charge towards the playoffs. The Bulls in Oshawa this afternoon should be the best game in the OHL, on this "Super Sunday."
Perfect – yesterday we were 6/6 in our predictions. We even called the overtime victory for the Greyhounds at Plymouth! How did you do?
Sudbury at Brampton
The Wolves scored in bunches yesterday at Erie PA. After Erie scored the first goal of the game, the Wolves would put together 4 markers in a row before the Otters responded again early in the third period. Sudbury would score 3 more goals in the third period producing the 7-2 final score. Ray Huether had a career game with a goal and three assists – he has 14 points in his 52 career games. Michael Kantor had 2 goals – Pancel, Silk, Campagna and Dodero each had 2 points.
Sudbury is three points ahead of the Battalion and 2 points behind the Oshawa Generals for the #3 spot in the conference. Brampton has a 1 point advantage on the rebounding Niagara Icedogs.
The Battalion were last in action on Friday night at London. They would skate to a scoreless draw after regulation and overtime. Max Domi was the lone goal scorer in the shootout. Brampton has gathered points in their 6 consecutive games.
My prediction Sudbury 4 Brampton 3
Sarnia at Kingston
Sarnia is ending their 3 game eastern swing today, in Kingston, looking for some points. They lost 4-3 in Ottawa, on Friday night, and 8-3 in Belleville last night. In Ottawa, Reid Boucher scored his, league leading 41st and 42nd goals of the season. Charles Sarault, since being named Sting captain (after Alex Galchenyuk stuck with the Montreal Canadiens) has 2 goals and 3 assists, in 2 games. Sarnia is in 7th in the Western Conference, 3 points ahead of the Saginaw Spirit, and 3 behind 6th place Sault Ste Marie.
Kingston is in a 10 game losing streak, after suffering a 3-2 SO loss to the Eastern Conference leading Barrie Colts, on Friday night. There were lots of good signs in this game for the coaches to highlight to try to get the team out of their worst slump in many years. During the slump, the Fronts have been committing too many turnovers leading to "odd man" rushes, and to way too much pressure on their young defense. Goaltending has been inconsistent, as well.
My prediction Sarnia 3 at Kingston 4
Erie at Kitchener
The Otters are in the midst of a horrible 6 game winless streak and have only won once in their past 10. Yesterday they were gracious hosts to the Sudbury Wolves. Erie’s Dane Fox would give the Otters an early lead, but then Sudbury would score 4 straight goals to put the game out of reach. Connor McDavid would score early in the third period for a glimmer of hope, but the guests would snuff out the energy in the building with 3 more goals to complete the contest.
The Rangers were last in action on Friday night as they hosted the Owen Sound Attack. Despite taking the early lead, Kitchener was not able to hold off the Visitors who would score two more times for the 2-1 road victory. Newly acquired goaltender Joel Vienneau has a record of 5-1-0-1 since putting on the Rangers jersey.
My prediction Erie 2 Kitchener 5
Belleville at Oshawa
This should be the "game of the day" in the OHL. Both teams are much improved over the teams that were iced a month ago. Belleville has Malcolm Subban back from the WJC, and have acquired two centres who have found instant "chemistry" with their new linemates, to give the Bulls 2 solid scoring lines. Tyler Graovac led the OHL for a while at the beginning of the year in goal scoring, and former Frontenac, Alan Quine has been making defensive players look like pilons since being acquired from the Petes. He has 9 points in his last 2 games, so look for him to be named OHL player of the week this week, barring a huge offensive output by one of his Bulls' teammates today, perhaps.The third line can chip in, as well, and last night, against the Sting, all four lines contributed offensively in the second game in a row, the team has tallied 8 goals.
The Gens will likely have a big crowd to encourage them to try to move back to within 2 points of the East Division leading Bulls. Boone Jenner, and Scott Laughton, back from the NHL, have been big adds for the Gens, along with Lucas Lessio, back from a hand issue that kept him out for 33 games. It should be a "dog fight" down the stretch between these two Eastern Conference powerhouses.
It should be a great goaltending battle today between Malcolm Subban, and Daniel Altshuller.
My prediction Belleville 4 at Oshawa 3
Guelph at Windsor
This is a rematch from earlier this week. The Storm were embarrassed on home ice vs. the Spits on Friday night. The Spits were outshot 47-15 and still skated away with the 3-1 victory. Garret Sparks had a forgettable game with 1 goal on 6 shots in the first period and 1 goal on 4 shots in the third period. Jordan DeKort was fabulous in the net for Windsor. Neither team was in action yesterday.
With the win the Spits are still ‘in touch’ with the Spirit for the final playoff position in the conference as they are only 5 points behind at this point. Guelph is sandwiched in the middle of the pack – they are in fifth place – 3 points behind the Kitchener Rangers and only 1 point ahead of the surging Sault Ste Marie Greyhounds.
My prediction Guelph 3 Windsor 2