Let’s review last night’s predictions: Almost had the Erie game called .. was 6-2 and we predicted a 5-2 victory for the Otters. Brampton 3 Kingston 4 – nailed the victory and the score 100%. Went with my heart not my head in the London / Niagara game – Knights continue their streak. Saginaw wins in overtime (predicted Saginaw loss). Same with Windsor win over Sarnia (predicted the other way). We said that Guelph would win – score was close – our prediction was 4-2, actual was 4-1. Belleville wins (as predicted) – Kitchener didn’t score enough. We said 3-2, actual was 3-1. Sudbury game – well ... we said Mississauga by 3 goals and Sudbury wins by 2 .... oh well.
Our month to date totals in predictions were as high as 82% correct, but not we have slid down to only 73% correct. Back on the horse again for tonight’s action!
Guelph at Erie
Guelph played a solid game last night at home vs. the faltering Owen Sound Attack. The Storm outshot the visitors 36-19 in what would be more of a lacklustre performance from the Attack, than a dominating game from Guelph. The game was very chippy featuring a few fights and numerous misconduct penalties in the third period. Hunter Garlent scored in his second game back from injury (11 pts in 13 games played this season). Other goal scorers were McGinn, Mitchell and Auger
Guelph sits in fourth place in the Conference with a record of 19-9-0-3 and 41 points. They have won their last 2 games and 7 of their last 10 games. Erie is in the basement of the conference with a record of 8-17-2-3 and have only won 2 of their last 10 games.
Last night they would take the opportunity to beat up on the hapless Ottawa 67’s in Erie. They had a great start to the game building up a 3-0 lead after one period. After Ottawa scored early in the second period, the Otters would then push in another 3 goals to build up the lead to 6-1 and a final score of 6-2. Dane Fox was re-activated for this game and played on the fourth line. He is a welcome addition to the Otter’s emerging lineup.
This is Erie’s annual Teddy Bear Toss Game, so bring out yer stuffed goodies for the less fortunate in town.
My prediction Guelph 4 Erie 2
Oshawa at Plymouth
The Oshawa Generals (16-11-1-2) haven't played since last Sunday evening when they were defeated by the Sarnia Sting, on home ice. The Sting built up a 3-0 lead before the end of the 1st period and held on the rest of the way. Captain, Boone Jenner had a goal and an assist in this one. Sting goalie, J.P. Anderson, who recently set the OHL all-time record for goalies, with his 141st victory, was outstanding in this game, stopping 40 of 42 shots.
The Plymouth Whalers (14-8-4-3) are playing at home for the second night in a row. Last night they lost to Saginaw 4-3 in OT, giving them one point. Justin Kea scored his 2nd of the night, with less than 2 mins to play, and Nick Moutrey scored with just 8 seconds left in the OT period. Jake Paterson shut down the Whalers, denying 44 of 46 shots.
Each team has some exceptionally talented Junior hockey players, and several have been invited to try out for their country's World Junior team. Tom Wilson, of the Whalers, and Boone Jenner, of the Gens, have been invited to try out for Team Canada. Stefan Noesen, Ryan Hartman, and Tyler Biggs are trying out for Team USA. Sebastian Uvira has been invited to try out for Team Germany and Rickard Rakell has been invited to Sweden's camp.
My prediction Oshawa 3 at Plymouth 4
Peterborough at Sudbury
The Peterborough Petes (7-20-3-2) handed the Kingston Frontenacs their first loss in extra time of the season in their last game, on Thursday night. Nick Ritchie scored the OT winner, vaulting the Petes into 4th in the East, one point ahead of the free falling Ottawa 67s. Goaltender, Michael Giugovaz was outstanding, as he stopped 49 of 51 Kingston shots. The rookie has been in goal for all 7 of the Petes' wins this season. The Petes fired 45 shots on Kingston's goal, in a wide open affair, in Peterborough.
The Sudbury Wolves (12-16-0-4) defeated the Mississauga Steelheads on home ice last night, 5-3. Mississauga led 3-1 after one. Peter Poulin Roy scored his first OHL goal to open the scoring for the Wolves, in his 2nd game of the season. The hometown, Poulin Roy had played 7 games for the Wolves last season, and 5 the year before, without a point. Sudbury tightened up defensively, and didn't allow the Steelheads a goal the rest of the way, and scored 4 straight to take the win.
Nathan Pancel took over the team lead in point scoring with two goals (15th & 16th) and an assist. With the win, the Wolves have moved to within 5 points of the Battalion, who are 4th in the Central Division.
My prediction Peterborough 2 at Sudbury 4
Sault Ste Marie at Saginaw
The Greyhounds last action was Thursday night in Windsor. They were able to create plenty of offensive chances (40 shots in the game), but were not able to get that lucky bounce. They led the game 2-0 at the midpoint of the second period, but the Spits were able to pot three straight goals (one on the PP) for a 3-2 home ice victory. Tolchinsky and Shumacher were the goal scorers for Sault Ste Marie. Leading scorer Nick Cousins has only 1 goal and 2 assists in the past 4 games, so look for him to get on the scoresheet in this contest.
The loss allowed Saginaw and Windsor to edge ahead of them in the standings. The Greyhounds are in the #9 spot trailing Saginaw by 2 points and Windsor by 4 points – so this game has huge implications in the standings.
Thursday night the Spirit would be shutout at home vs. the Sarnia Sting. Friday night they would go down the highway to Plymouth and record a thrilling 3-2 overtime win. The Spirit tied the game up with less than 2 minutes to play. Moutrey scored at the 4:52 mark of overtime to give the visitors the victory. Tom Wilson earned 2nd star honours for his solid game recording a goal and an assist.
This game is the Spirit’s annual Teddy Bear Toss game. There is also a draw for a free Ipod at tonight’s game.
My prediction Saginaw 4 Sault Ste Marie 3 (OT)
Kingston at Barrie
The Kingston Frontenacs (16-13-1-0) defeated the Brampton Battalion last night, 4-3, in what turned out to be a very entertaining game. With the victory, the Fronts have crept to within two points of the 2nd place Oshawa Generals in the East Division. They also moved into a tie with the Battalion for 6th in the Conference, with 33 points in 30 games.
Darcy Greenaway led the way with a goal and an assist. The rookie line of Spencer Watson, Henri Ikonen, and Sam Bennett were outstanding, as well. Hard work, and creativity are the reason that this line has been so successful this season. It's been a long time since a Kingston line has worked this hard to create chances off of the cycle in the other team's zone.
The Barrie Colts (20-8-0-1) lead the Eastern Conference and were ranked 8th in the most recent BMO CHL rankings. Mark Sheifele (Jets) and Anthony Camara (Bruins) were recently selected to try out for the Canadian World Jr Team, in Calgary, from Dec 10th to 15th. The Colts have plenty of other top notch players, as a total of 6 players have averaged at least a point a game this season.
The Colts outscored the Wolves in their last game on Thursday night, 5-2. They stormed back and erased an early 2-0 deficit to score 5 unanswered for the victory. Defenseman, Ryan O'Connor led the way with a hat trick, and an assist.
With an OHL best 12-2-0-1 home ice record, the Barrie Colts will likely be too much for the young Fronts to handle, especially as this will be their 3rd game in 3 nights. Mike Moffat will miss another one with his shoulder injury, and Billy Jenkins may miss his third straight, with a bad dose of the flu. Jean Dupuy will complete his two game suspension tonight.
My prediction Kingston 3 at Barrie 6
Belleville at Owen Sound
The Belleville Bulls (17-9-3-1) defeated the Kitchener Rangers at the Aud in front of 7200 fans, 3-1 last night. Canadian World Junior hopeful, Malcolm Subban picked up his 15th win of the season by stopping 34 of 35 shots. He has moved into third place in the OHL with his 2.17 GAA. Franky Palazzese, who leads the OHL with a 1.96 GAA, stopped 37 of 40 shots in the Kitchener goal. Palazzese and the goalie who is second in the OHL in GAA, Jake Patterson (2.11), of the London Knights, have played exactly half of the number of games as Subban has, this season (13 to Subban's 26). Subban will soon have the outright lead in this category, as neither Palazzese or Patterson play enough to be considered for much longer in this race. Expect Franky to carry the load for a while, as starter John Gibson was named to the USA tryout camp at Madison Square Garden from Dec 16th to 18th, and is expected to make the team for the second straight year.
The game was scoreless until Garrett Hooey, who was named the first star, scored at 16:44 of the 2nd period. It was his 5th of the season. Hooey assisted on the eventual game winner by Carter Sandlak, which made it 2-0 early in the 3rd. Ben Thompson spoiled Subban's shutout bid moments later before Brendan Gaunce iced the game for the Bulls. With the win, the Bulls pulled 3 points ahead of the idle Oshawa Generals for the East Division lead.
Owen Sound (22-6-1-2) was shut down in Guelph last night. The final was 4-1 for the home team, in a game that took on a nasty tone, especially in the 3rd period. Guelph scored twice in the final minute of the 2nd to break open a 2-1 game. A total of 9 misconduct penalties, including one for abuse of an official were handed out in this game. The Attack didn’t have an offensive push as they only mustered 19 shots in the game – included a paltry 4 shots in the second period.
This one promises to be a low scoring affair, as both teams are very strong defensively. In fact, only the Kitchener Rangers have given up fewer goals than these two teams have. Owen Sound is very strong on home ice, as they have a 12-4 record. The Attack should rebound from last night’s performance and improve on their 7-3 home ice record this season.
My prediction Belleville 1 at Owen Sound 3