Don't expect any of these to be exchanged at centre ice, or anywhere else on the ice tonight, as these two Conference rivals renew their rivalry in Peterborough on Valentine's Day.

Brampton at Peterborough

  The Brampton Battalion are in 5th place in the Eastern Conference, two points behind 4th place Sudbury, and 3 ahead of 6th place Niagara. Brampton has beaten Peterborough in their 2 previous matchups this season, 4-1 in December, and 2-1 in January, but the Petes will be hungry for a victory to inch closer to a playoff spot.


  This past weekend, the Troops were 1 and 1, as they nipped the Wolves in Sudbury on Friday night, 2-1 in a shoot out, only to lose on home ice to Plymouth, 5-2, on Sunday afternoon.  Barclay Goodrow leads the team with 28 goals on the season, and rookie, Blake Clarke, who just turned 17, leads the team with 43 points. Coach Stan Butler has said that right winger, Brendon Childerley is set to return tonight, after missing 6 games with a concussion.


   Peterborough has closed the gap between themselves and 8th place Kingston to 4 points, although the Fronts have 1 game in hand. The Petes are 6-4 in their last 10 games, including a 3-2 home ice victory over the Soo Greyhounds on Saturday night, the same team that defeated the Battalion 5-1 on their home ice, last Thursday night.


  Petes’ centre, Brett Findlay leads the Petes with 14 goals and 22 assists for 36 points in 54 games. Francis Menard remains 2nd in Petes’ scoring, even though he was traded to the Troops on January 8th.


  Expect this game to be a hard-fought, close checking affair, with lots of intensity. Both teams are well aware of the importance of this game, as they push towards the playoffs.


  My prediction  Brampton  3  at  Peterborough  2