OHL Game Day
Predictions for Friday October 12, 2012

Pictured in
Sudbury's Josh Leivo, who was named OHL player of the week for scoring 6 goals
in 3 games on their Eastern road swing last weekend.

Kitchener at
Kingston

Kitchener
(3-2-0-1)  dropped from 3rd to completely
out of the top 10 in the BMO CHL Top 10,  after losing two close road games in Saginaw
and Sault Ste Marie.  Because of
renovations to their home rink, Kitchener won't play their first home game
until next Friday night, the 19th of October.  The Rangers are a road weary team as a result.
The Rangers are loaded with high end offensive talent, including, former Pete,
Matt Puempel, who has 5 goals so far. 
Veterans Radek Faksa and Tobias Rieder present a difficult challenge to
shut down, as well. 

Kingston
(4-3-0) beat the Petes 4-3 in overtime last night for their first road win of
the season.  16 year old Sam Bennett
scored mid way through the overtime period to send the home crowd, in
Peterborough, home disappointed.  Vets
Darcy Greenaway scored twice in regulation. 
Captain Cody Alcock scored the other. 
Greenaway and Alcock now lead the team, with 5 goals each. 

Expect
Kingston to come out flying tonight after last night's big win. 

My
prediction  Kitchener 3  at 
Kingston 4

Belleville
at Brampton

Belleville
(4-2-1-0) beat Brampton 2-1 in a shootout on Wednesday night.  Defenseman, Jordan Subban is hot with points
in his last 4 games, and he had the winner on Wednesday night, in the shootout.  Import, Sergey Kuptsov has been a consistent
offensive threat, as well.

Brampton (2-3-1-2) is in last place in the Central Division,
with 7 points.  They have trouble scoring
goals, but are able to clog up the centre of the ice and shut other teams
down.  On Wednesday night, the Bulls
owned the third period, outshooting the Battalion 15-6 in the third
period.  The Battalion need a consistent
effort throughout the game, in order to succeed, especially without power
forward Matt Mcleod (high ankle sprain) and Marcus McIvor (sore back).

The Battalion have been tough at home this season with a
2-0-1-1 record.  Expect another low
scoring contest.

My prediction 
Belleville 3  Brampton 2 (in OT)

Erie at Guelph

Erie  (2-3-1-1) has been off since Saturday when
they battled back from a two goal deficit to tie the London Knights and
eventually loose in a 9 round shootout, 4-3. 
Connor McDavid and Stephen Harper each scored their 4th of the season in
this one.  The night before the Otters
beat the Brampton Battalion 5-1. McDavid scored twice in this game and really
demonstrated, with his quickness, why he was granted Exceptional status and was
drafted first overall, as a 15 year old, by the Otters.

The Storm
(4-2-0-1) had their 3 game winning streak snapped in Owen Sound by the Attack
last Saturday night 4-3 in a shootout. 
Scott Kosmachuk scored his 4th and 5th of the year in this one. Garrett
Sparks continues to play well for the Storm. 
Tanner Richard leads the team with 9 points in 7 games.  8 of these points are assists.

My
prediction  Erie 3  at Guelph 5

Plymouth at
London

Plymouth
(2-2-1-1) ran into a hot goalie on Wednesday night in Jordan Binnington, and
were beaten 4-2 in Owen Sound last Saturday night.  With a roster full of NHL draft picks, the
Whalers have yet to get it together, despite celebrating coach's Mike
Vellucci's 400th OHL victory, all with Plymouth.  Tom Wilson leads the team with 7 points in 6
games.  Stefan Noesen, Cody Payne, Rikard
Rakell, and Matthew Mistele all have 6 points.

London
(4-2-0-0) are lead offensively by Max Domi (11 pts) and Seth Griffith (10
pts).  They have been off since they beat
Erie 4-3, in a shootout last Saturday night. 
Former General, Kevin Bailie has played all 6 games so far for the
Knights and has a 2.30 GAA, and a .917 save percentage.

My
prediction Plymouth 5  London 3

Ottawa at
Mississauga

The 67's
(2-5-0-0) are in the basement of the OHL, with 4 pts.  They are coming off an emotional 4-3 victory
last night in St Catharines, against the favoured Ice Dogs.

Many have
been waiting for Ottawa to turn it around after their slow start.  Maybe last night's win will be what they need
to get going. Sean Monahan is tied for third in league scoring, with 12
points.  Keegan Wilson just returned from
injury and played well last night, facing 38 shots in the 67's goal. Overage
defenseman, Jake Cardwell, scored two powerplay goals, including the game winner.

Spencer
Martin, thought to be heading for surgery, made the start for the Mississauga
Steelheads (3-3-0-1) in Brampton on Thanksgiving Monday and played very well in
their overtime win.  Brett Foy scored
two, including the overtime winner.  Team
leader, Riley Brace scored as well for Mississauga.

My
prediction Ottawa 3  at Mississauga 4

Barrie at
Oshawa

This is a match-up
of two very good teams, who are riding 5 game winning streaks.  The Oshawa Generals (6-1-0-0), firing on all
cylinders, and ranked 4th in the CHL BMO's rankings are home to the Barrie  Colts (6-2-0-0) , who were in the Honourable
Mention category. 

Barrie is
led by Mark Sheifele, Zack Hall and Anthony Camara.  They have had solid, but unspectacular goaltending,
with Import Mathias Niederberger playing in 6 of their 8 games.

The
Generals' Daniel Altshuller has carried the load in goal for the Gens, but the
real story is up front, as they are leading the OHL with 34 goals scored, in 7
games.  They lead the league in this
category despite the fact that some teams have played 9 games already.

The Generals
are very tough at home, so I expect them to beat the Colts in a close, high
scoring game.

My
prediction Barrie 5  at Oshawa 6

Saginaw at
Sudbury

Saginaw
(2-4-2-0) is a difficult team to figure out. 
They play very well in some games, and very poorly in others.  In fairness, they have played some of the
OHL's best teams of late, including the Colts, who beat them 8-5 last
night.  After 8 games they have given up
a league high 31 goals (tied with Peterborough).

Sudbury
(5-3-0-0) have been a pleasant surprise this year.  They are coming off a weekend in which they
swept their Eastern opponents, in their buildings. For his efforts, Leaf's
prospect, Josh Leivo, was named OHL player of the week, this past week.  They are getting timely goal scoring and
rookie, Taylor Dupuis looked great in goal last weekend.

My
prediction  Saginaw 2  at 
Sudbury 5