Pictured is Matt Puempel of the Kitchener Rangers. He had a productive weekend with 4 points in their 2 games. He now has 194 career points in 169 games in the OHL.
London at Kitchener
It is difficult to describe how sizzling hot the London Knights are right now – with 11 consecutive wins. Last weekend they took care of a former #1 OHL team when they went into the Owen Sound Attack’s home rink and handed them a 3-0 loss. Seth Griffith is #2 in scoring in the OHL with 44 points and Max Domi is at #11 with 35 points. Kitchner’s top scorer – Matt Puempel is at #24 with 28 points this season.
Last time these teams got together was Sunday November 18 at Kitchener. London and Kitchener went back and forth in this contest with the Knights finishing just ahead of the Rangers 4-3 when the final buzzer sounded. Domi, Bailey and Griffith were the three stars in that contest.
The London Knights are currently #1 in the OHL (and #8 in the CHL rankings) and have 19 wins in 26 games for 40 points. The Kitchener Rangers are #5 in the Western Conference with 16 wins in 25 games for 34 points. They have 8 wins in their last 10 games and have a home record of 10 wins and 1 loss this season.
If there is a team that can knock off the Knights, the Rangers have a shot if they are able to keep the scoring low.
My prediction London 2 Kitchener 3 (OT)
Oshawa at Peterborough
The Oshawa Generals (14-10-1-2) are tied with the Belleville Bulls on top of the East Division, with 31 points. After this game, the Bulls will have 3 games in hand. The Gens won both of their games on the weekend at home, starting with a 4-2 victory over the 67s on Friday night, followed by a 3-1 victory over the IceDogs on Grey Cup Sunday. Daniel Altshuller recorded both wins for the Gens. Boone Jenner (4g & 1a) and Tyler Biggs (2g & 2a) had productive weekends for Oshawa. Fresh off of his 10 game suspension, Scott Laughton recorded a goal and two assists.
The Generals were buzzing pressure in the offensive zone, as they outshot Niagara 38-25, and Ottawa 41-23. The Peterborough Petes (5-18-2-1) were dealt a blow prior to their weekend action, as newly acquired overage forward Derek Schoenmakers decided to go home to Kitchener to consider if he will report to Peterborough, or not. The Petes could certainly use his grit, leadership, and offensive flair. He would be tied for third in point scoring on the team, with 13 points.
The Petes have lost 4 games in a row, including a 2-0 loss in London on Friday night, and an 8-2 loss in Sarnia on Saturday night. Both goalies shared in the misery on Saturday night, as veteran Andrew D'Agostini started the game, and gave up 3 goals in the 1st period. Michael Giugovaz took over at the beginning of the 2nd, only to give up 3 goals on 3 shots in the first 3:13. It was 6-0 Sarnia. At that point D'Agostini returned to finish the game. Oddly enough, Peterborough outshot Sarnia 32-28, including 15-6 in the third. This indicates that the Petes didn't give up in this one.
Peterborough still does not have enough skill on offense to compete with Oshawa tonight.
My prediction Oshawa 5 at Peterborough 2