The first bus heavy road trip for the Greyhounds this year as they have the always enjoyable 785km Bus ride to St. Catharines to take on the Niagara Icedogs, followed by a 204km trek to Erie to face the Otters only to wrap it up with a 310km trip to face the same Guelph Storm team who beat the Hounds 7-1 in the Essar Centre last Sunday.
It will be interesting to see how the Hounds respond to Sunday’s loss. Hopefully it will be a bit of a wakeup call for them. It would be nice to see them respond like they have at moments in this season when trailing going into the 3rd, something we didn’t see last season which should give Hounds fans some hope.
I will be in Niagara on Thursday and Guelph on Sunday so I should be able to give some more in depth recaps than I have the last few weeks.
Niagara Icedogs – Thursday October 25th
2012-13 Record Overall/Home(8-4-1-0)/(4-1-0-0)
- Small Ice!!!! Big adjustment for the Hounds who have not had much success on the smaller ice surface at the Jack
- The Icedogs come in ranked #7th on the ohlwriters.com power rankings
- Nick Halagian and Justin Nichols will be returning to their hometowns as both are from the Niagara Region. Justin will be getting the start in goal.
- Former Greyhound Captain Brock Buekaboom is playing his OA season with the Icedogs. Because of this I am 95% sure the Hounds receive the conditional 2nd rd pick from that trade
Draft Eligibles to Watch
- Not much in the way of prospects for the Icedogs, although I do enjoy watching Anthony Difruscia play. On that note this may be the final time Dougie Hamilton and Ryan Strome play against the Hounds. Of course that depends on the NHL lockout but these two really are special talents.
Erie Otters – Friday October 26th
2012-13 Record Overall/Road (4-7-1-1)/(2-2-1-0)
- This will be the Greyhounds first taste of “Exceptional” player Conner McDavid. Unfortunately this game will not be broadcast since it is being played south of the border but at least Gerry will be able to explain his exceptionalness to Hounds fans.
- This will also be the Greyhounds first trip to the newly renovated Tullio Arena
- Erie drafted David Broll in the 1st round of the OHL priority selection 4 years ago
- Ranked 19th in this week’s ohlwriters.com power rankings
Draft Eligibles to watch
- Stephen Harper: A “B” prospect in the NHLCS rankings and ranked 24th in the ISS October ranking. Scored 24 goals as a rookie and won a Bronze with Ontario at the U17 last season.
- Nick Betz: Rated as a “C” prospect with NHLCS; He is a big boy coming in at 6’5”. Not sure if he will play as he was not in Erie’s lineup for Wednesday night’s win against Saginaw.
Guelph Storm – Sunday October 28th
2012-13 Record Overall/Road (9-2-0-1)/(5-2-0-0)
- I don’t need to remind Hounds fans what happened at the Essar Centre last Sunday but I would expect a fire to be lit under the Hounds for this one.
- Once again the Hounds face the Storm after another 3 in 3. This time they get them in the afternoon after a road game the previous night in London.
- Ranked #7 in the BMO CHL top 10 and #1 in the OHL writer’s power rankings.
- Reining OHL player of the Week Hunter Garlent is out of Action for 3-6 weeks with an ankle injury.
- Tyler Bertuzzi and David Broll were each given misconducts for jawing at each other. Maybe a dance is in the cards for these two on Sunday?
- Every player on the Storms 25 man roster was drafted by the Guelph Storm. Very impressive factoid especially considering how well they are playing
Draft Eligibles to Watch
- Jason Dickenson: Top ranked prospect on the Storm. Ranked #26 by ISS for October. 15 points in 12 games this year and is a +11
- Ben Harpur: A tower of power on the blue line for the Storm. A “C” prospect by central scouting this defenseman comes in at 6’5” 208lbs. What’s most impressive is that he has only taken 3 minor penalties this year in 12 games.
Bold Prediction of the Week
Im going to go out on a limb this week and say the Hounds turn things around on the power play. I’m say the hounds will score a power play goal in each game this week.