Mississauga at Niagara
This is one of the last 6 times that the Icedogs and Steelheads will tangle this season. Mississauga is in seventh place and has a slim 2 point lead over Niagara. Mississauga has won only twice in their past 10 games whereas Niagara has 4 wins in their past 10 contests. Niagara has scored 28 more goals this season than the Steelheads and has allowed 6 more goals as well.
After trading away 2 of their top 3 scorers, Mississauga is left with Bryson Cianfrone atop their team. He has 30 points and is # 97 in the league. Niagara continues to rely on their top line of Perlini (#12 in league scoring with 60 pts), Verheaghe (#14 in the league with 59 pts) and sometimes DiFruscia (35 pts) and lately rookie Knott (5 pts in 6 games this month).
Niagara by 2
Saginaw at North Bay
The Spirit were on a mini winning streak until they were stopped by their cross state rivals the Plymouth Whalers. On Monday the hosts from Plymouth would dump Saginaw by a 7-2 decision after falling behind early 4-0. Saginaw’s 60 shots on net didn’t matter in the Martin Luther Day match. The Spirit is clinging to sixth place by one point in the Western Conference.
North Bay is sandwiched in fourth place in the Eastern Conference. They are 2 points behind Kingston and 3 points ahead of Barrie. The Battalion have points in four straight games. Tonight they will be wearing throwback Centennial jerseys.
North Bay by 1
Sudbury at Peterborough
The Wolves are in second in the Conference, trailing Oshawa by 6 points. They also have a 5 point lead on the Battalion in the division for the #2 seed in the conference. The Wolves dropped back to back games in Michigan to close out their road trip last weekend. Sudbury will return home to host the Saginaw Spirit on Friday night and then the Colts on Sunday.
The Petes are cruising in sixth place – five points below Barrie and 6 points ahead of Mississauga. They have won 4 in a row albeit their last 2 games were against Ottawa and Sarnia. Hunter Garlant continues his hot streak with 11 points in 5 games played for Peterborough. The Jonathan Tanus suspension for his head check penalty last weekend was officially declared today - 8 games.
Sudbury by 2
Owen Sound at Barrie
The Attack venture down highway 26 to tangle with the Colts. They continue their free fall since the trade deadline and are now in 7th place. They still have a 9 point cushion on the eighth place Whalers.
Barrie is in fifth place – 3 points behind the North Bay Battalion. They are on a real push now with 3 straight wins after an inconsistent spell earlier in the month. AA continues to post strong offensive numbers with a 4 goal effort on Sunday vs. the Icedogs. He has 12 points in 6 games this month and 60 points in 41 games played this season. Joseph Blandisi has 7 points in 4 games since coming over from the 67’s where he was averaging a point per game.
Barrie by 3