OHL Game DayPredictions for Friday October 12, 2012
Pictured inSudbury's Josh Leivo, who was named OHL player of the week for scoring 6 goalsin 3 games on their Eastern road swing last weekend.
Kitchener(3-2-0-1) dropped from 3rd to completelyout of the top 10 in the BMO CHL Top 10, after losing two close road games in Saginawand Sault Ste Marie. Because ofrenovations to their home rink, Kitchener won't play their first home gameuntil 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 toshut down, as well.
Kingston(4-3-0) beat the Petes 4-3 in overtime last night for their first road win ofthe season. 16 year old Sam Bennettscored mid way through the overtime period to send the home crowd, inPeterborough, home disappointed. VetsDarcy Greenaway scored twice in regulation. Captain Cody Alcock scored the other. Greenaway and Alcock now lead the team, with 5 goals each.
ExpectKingston to come out flying tonight after last night's big win.
Myprediction Kitchener 3 at Kingston 4
Belleville(4-2-1-0) beat Brampton 2-1 in a shootout on Wednesday night. Defenseman, Jordan Subban is hot with pointsin his last 4 games, and he had the winner on Wednesday night, in the shootout. Import, Sergey Kuptsov has been a consistentoffensive threat, as well.
Brampton (2-3-1-2) is in last place in the Central Division,with 7 points. They have trouble scoringgoals, but are able to clog up the centre of the ice and shut other teamsdown. On Wednesday night, the Bullsowned the third period, outshooting the Battalion 15-6 in the thirdperiod. The Battalion need a consistenteffort throughout the game, in order to succeed, especially without powerforward Matt Mcleod (high ankle sprain) and Marcus McIvor (sore back).
The Battalion have been tough at home this season with a2-0-1-1 record. Expect another lowscoring contest.
My prediction Belleville 3 Brampton 2 (in OT)
Erie at Guelph
Erie (2-3-1-1) has been off since Saturday whenthey battled back from a two goal deficit to tie the London Knights andeventually loose in a 9 round shootout, 4-3. Connor McDavid and Stephen Harper each scored their 4th of the season inthis one. The night before the Ottersbeat the Brampton Battalion 5-1. McDavid scored twice in this game and reallydemonstrated, with his quickness, why he was granted Exceptional status and wasdrafted 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 Attacklast Saturday night 4-3 in a shootout. Scott Kosmachuk scored his 4th and 5th of the year in this one. GarrettSparks continues to play well for the Storm. Tanner Richard leads the team with 9 points in 7 games. 8 of these points are assists.
Myprediction Erie 3 at Guelph 5
Plymouth(2-2-1-1) ran into a hot goalie on Wednesday night in Jordan Binnington, andwere beaten 4-2 in Owen Sound last Saturday night. With a roster full of NHL draft picks, theWhalers have yet to get it together, despite celebrating coach's MikeVellucci's 400th OHL victory, all with Plymouth. Tom Wilson leads the team with 7 points in 6games. Stefan Noesen, Cody Payne, RikardRakell, and Matthew Mistele all have 6 points.
London(4-2-0-0) are lead offensively by Max Domi (11 pts) and Seth Griffith (10pts). They have been off since they beatErie 4-3, in a shootout last Saturday night. Former General, Kevin Bailie has played all 6 games so far for theKnights and has a 2.30 GAA, and a .917 save percentage.
Myprediction Plymouth 5 London 3
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 victorylast night in St Catharines, against the favoured Ice Dogs.
Many havebeen waiting for Ottawa to turn it around after their slow start. Maybe last night's win will be what they needto get going. Sean Monahan is tied for third in league scoring, with 12points. Keegan Wilson just returned frominjury and played well last night, facing 38 shots in the 67's goal. Overagedefenseman, Jake Cardwell, scored two powerplay goals, including the game winner.
SpencerMartin, thought to be heading for surgery, made the start for the MississaugaSteelheads (3-3-0-1) in Brampton on Thanksgiving Monday and played very well intheir overtime win. Brett Foy scoredtwo, including the overtime winner. Teamleader, Riley Brace scored as well for Mississauga.
Myprediction Ottawa 3 at Mississauga 4
This is a match-upof two very good teams, who are riding 5 game winning streaks. The Oshawa Generals (6-1-0-0), firing on allcylinders, and ranked 4th in the CHL BMO's rankings are home to the Barrie Colts (6-2-0-0) , who were in the HonourableMention category.
Barrie isled 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.
TheGenerals' Daniel Altshuller has carried the load in goal for the Gens, but thereal story is up front, as they are leading the OHL with 34 goals scored, in 7games. They lead the league in thiscategory despite the fact that some teams have played 9 games already.
The Generalsare very tough at home, so I expect them to beat the Colts in a close, highscoring game.
Myprediction Barrie 5 at Oshawa 6
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 theOHL's best teams of late, including the Colts, who beat them 8-5 lastnight. After 8 games they have given upa 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 theyswept their Eastern opponents, in their buildings. For his efforts, Leaf'sprospect, Josh Leivo, was named OHL player of the week, this past week. They are getting timely goal scoring androokie, Taylor Dupuis looked great in goal last weekend.
Myprediction Saginaw 2 at Sudbury 5