OHL Game Day Previews for Saturday October 6 2012

Pictured is Connor MacDavid who scored his second goal of his young career in the Erie Otters home opener last night.

 

London at Erie

Last night the Knights hosted the Windsor Spitfires. The game was never in question as the Knights would lead at the end of each period 3-0 and then 4-1 en route to a 8-2 victory.  Top scorers were Domi (2G, 1 A), M.Rupert (2G,1A), Broadhurts (2G), Griffith, Horvat and R.Rupert all with 2 assists. All three of London’s victories this season have been by the identical score.

Erie is coming off an emotional home opener at the newly renovated Tullio Arena.  Three straight goals by the home side would pace the Otters to a 5-1 victory over the visiting Brampton Battalion. Luke Cairns would notch a short handed marker (his sixth point on the season).  Erie’s record is now 2 wins,3 losses and 1 overtime loss.

 My prediction London 4  Erie 2

 

Sudbury at Kingston

Sudbury continues their road show (won’t play at home until October 12) after a solid 4-1 victory at Peterborough. The Wolves rookie goaltender Taylor Dupuis was in the nets and stopped 23 of 24 shots sent his way. Josh Leivo had the hot hand with 2 goals.  He, Kubalik and Pancel all lead the team with 5 points this season.

 Kingston finish off their three games in three nights weekend with this game. The team was finally dealt a loss after their game at Oshawa.  They were outshot, but kept things close on the scoreboard only losing 6-4.  Three goals early in the third period for the Generals pushed them over the top. The Generals last goal was an empty netter.               Kujawinski and Moffat lead the team with 8 points each in their 5 games played this season.

 My prediction Sudbury 2 Kingston 4

 

 Ottawa at Belleville

Ottawa is hoping for a change of fortune after the first two weekends of the season. They currently find themselves tied for the last spot with Peterborough in the Eastern Conference.  Their one win was an 8-1 pasting of the Erie Otters. Can they continue with that momentum? After this game the 67’s will travel back home to host the Sudbury Wolves on Sunday. Sean Monahan leads the team with 7 points in the team’s 4 games – Cody Ceci has 6 points.

Belleville will be trying to reverse their fortunes as well – they have lost their last 2 games leading to a 2-2 record on the season.  Jordan Subban is the team leader in points with 1 goal and 3 assists.  This team is due for a big win – and I think  it might happen tonight.

  Ottawa 2 Belleville 5

 

Niagara at Plymouth

The Icedogs were able to push around the Saginaw Spirit last night to the tune of 4-0. In that game the visitors put 21 shots on net and scored 3 times. Robinson, DiFruscia, and Shipley were the goal scorers. Brook Hiddink would also notch his first career OHL goal.  Festarini continued his sharp play in the nets to keep Niagara tied atop the Eastern Conference standings with the Oshawa Generals.

Plymouth had to scoot home quickly after last night’s 5-4 loss at Guelph Storm.  The Whalers would surrender 4 goals in the third period which would wipe out their 3-1 lead.  Stefan Noesen would earn second star honours in the game(1G, 1A).

 My prediction Niagara 3 Plymouth 4

 

Sarnia at Sault Ste Marie

Sarnia was not able to hold off the strong squad from Owen Sound last night. Sarnia scored three times in the second period to notch the game at 3 by the end of the second period. The Sting were not able to catch the Attack after they scored 11 seconds into the third period.  Latta, Sarault and Galchenyuk were the goal scorers for Sarnia.  In five games this season the Sting have 1 win, 3 losses and 1 shootout loss.

 

Sault Ste Marie continues to impress as they stay atop the Western Conference standings. Last night they were able to hold off the visiting Kitchener Rangers by the score of 4-2. They would lead 2-1 and then 3-2 before they were able to push in an empty net goal to ice the game with only 8 seconds remaining.  The Greyhounds were 2 for 5 on their powerplay – they were able to keep the Kitchener powerplay calmed down as they would go 2 for 8 on the powerplay.  Matt Murray was able to stop 39 of 41 shots sent his way and was given the first star for his efforts.

 My prediction Sarnia 2 Sault Ste Marie 5

 

Kitchener at Saginaw

Both of these teams are coming off sub-par performances last night. The Rangers were not able to solve the top Sault Ste Marie squad – dropping their game 4-2. The Spirit were flat last night dropping a 4-0 decision to the Niagara Icedogs.  They will have to limit the Rangers to less than the 46 shots that they allowed Niagara last night.

 My prediction Kitchener 3 Saginaw 4 (OT)

 

Peterborough at Barrie

The Petes have struggled to keep the puck out of the net this year – scoring 9 times, but surrendering 22 goals.  They have also been hit with the injury bug.  After opening the season with a win, this team has lost three straight games. New to the Petes – Francis Menard has been averaging a point per game in the team’s five games.

Barrie is near the top of the conference with a record of 4 wins and 2 losses. Last night they had a 3-0 lead against the Mississauga Steelheads, but would end up with a tie at the end of regulation time. Overtime  was fruitless, so a shootout was needed.  Mark Shiefele would be the only goal scorer needed for Barrie as Niederberger would be perfect vs. the Steelhead trio.

 My prediction Peterborough 2 Barrie 6

 

Guelph at Owen Sound

This should be a beauty – both teams coming off strong victories last night. At Guelph, the Storm were able to come back against the Plymouth Whalers. They scored 4 third period goals – and were paced by Justin Auger’s hat trick.  Their powerplay sputtered and were not successful on their 7 opportunities. 

Owen Sound went into Sarnia and was able to outlast the Sting squad. After two periods, the teams were tied at three goals each. After an early third period goal by team leader Cameron Brace (10 pts in 6 games) the Attack were able to hold off the Sting squad to earn the win.

 My prediction Guelph 3 Owen Sound 4