OHL Game Day Preview for Monday October 29, 2012
Pictured is defenceman Michael Moffat who leads the team with 13 points (only 1 goal). Ryan Kujawinski has 12 points and Spencer Watson has tallied 11 points.
Kingston at Ottawa
Despite winning only 19 games last season, the Kingston Frontenacs (5-8-0-0) never had a 6 game losing streak. In fact, it took them until March to have a 5 game losing streak. By then, they were long out of the playoff hunt. If they lose on Monday morning at ScotiaBank Place, they will have lost 6 consecutive games.
During the streak, the Frontenacs defensive zone coverage has been terrible, they've taken too many bad penalties, and they have given up goals in bunches. A recent example occurred in Friday night's game against these same 67's. They were up 3-0 on home ice, and seemingly in control of the game when defenseman Michael Moffat took a 5 minute charging penalty. Roland McKeown was already in the box. The momentum shifted at that point, as the 67's scored 5 consecutive goals, the first two during Moffat's 5 minute penalty. Head Coach Todd Gill was so upset after the game that he wouldn't talk to the media.
Kingston tightened up considerably on Saturday night. Obviously the coach's message was delivered to the team loud and clear as veteran Kyler Nixon and team captain Cody Alcock were healthy scratches against the team that had given Alcock his start in the OHL, the Belleville Bulls. The Fronts competed in all zones of the ice on Saturday night but were unable to solve one of the top goalies in the league - Malcolm Subban - and lost 1-0.
Ottawa's (4-8-0-1) last game was that 8-6 win in Kingston on Friday night. Head coach Chris Byrne admitted that he was happy with the two points, but knows that you can't win many games in the OHL by giving up so many quality scoring chances. If they win this annual school kids' game, the 67's can leap over the Fronts into 3rd in the East Division. Tyler Graovac scored a hattrick, on Friday night to take the goal scoring lead in the OHL with 14 in just 12 games. Sean Monahan had 4 points and moved into 3rd place in league points scoring, just one point behind Mark Sceifele, and Nick Cousins.
Jacob Blair replaced starter Keegan Wilson, and played quite well, after the Fronts took their 3-0 lead. I expect both teams will start their Number 1 goalies, and that means Mike Morrison, for the Fronts, and Wilson, for the 67's.
These two teams played in front of over 9000 school kids at the Civic Centre, last Nov.6th, at 10:30 AM and the Fronts will be looking for a similar result, as they won that game 7-4. Ryan Spooner was the game's first star, and recently traded Nathan Cull set up the last three Fronts' goals. Of note in that game, the 67's powerplay was 4-5.
My prediction Kingston 4 at Ottawa 3