Pictured in Brampton's rookie goalie, Jake Smith who will be in action this afternoon against the Mississauga Steelheads.
Brampton at Mississauga
The Brampton Battalion (18-14-3-2) beat the Sting in Sarnia on Friday night, 3-2. It was, goaltender, Jake Smith's 5th win in his rookie season with Brampton. Smith figures to carry the load in goal until, starter, Matej Machovsky returns from the WJC, where he is representing his native Czech Republic. Machovsky had played in the last nine games prior to his departure. Blake Clarke scored two, including the winner, in front of 3237 fans in Sarnia.
The Mississauga Steelheads (18-13-0-3) spotted the Oshawa Generals a 4-0 lead, in Mississauga on Friday night, before coming back to make it interesting at 4-3. The Steelheads outshot the Gens 34-22. Spencer Martin was lifted after giving up 2 goals on the first 4 shots he faced in this one. Veteran, Tyson Teichmann allowed 2 the rest of the way. Daniel Altshuller recorded his OHL leading, 21st win of the season for the Generals.
Brampton's penalty kill ranks 3rd in the league. Mississauga is 10-5-0-2 on home ice, and Brampton is 7-9-2-1 on the road this season.
My prediction Brampton 3 at Mississauga 1
Sault Ste Marie at Sudbury
The Greyhounds (18-16-2-0) and the Wolves (14-16-2-5) each battled the Niagara Ice Dogs on home ice in their last games. The Soo clobbered the shorthanded Dogs 7-3 last night. Dylan Staples had a pair for the Greyhounds, who outshot Niagara 47-27. The Wolves came up short, on Friday night, 4-3, in a game that Steven Shipley ended in overtime. Mathew Campagna had a goal and an assist for Sudbury, who outshot the Dogs 34-23.
Sudbury is 9-6-0-2 on home ice, and the Greyhounds are 7-9 on the road this season. Soo rookie, Jared McCann was named alternate captain of Team Ontario at the U-17 tournament going on in Quebec this week. The Wolves have called up 17 year old forward Colton Spicer from the Fort Francis Lakers to replace forward, Dominik Kahun, who is representing his native Germany in the WJC in Russia.
My prediction SSM 5 at Sudbury 2
Owen Sound at Oshawa
The Owen Sound Attack (24-8-1-2) have the second fewest regulation losses in the OHL, behind the Knights, who have 5. The Attack are a very good road team with a 10-3-1-2 record. They are coming off of a 6-1 home ice victory over the Erie Otters, on Friday night. The Attack were lead by veterans, Holden Cook (2g) and Kurtis Gabriel (1g & 2a). Brandon Hope is patrolling the crease in the absence of Jordan Binnington, who is representing Canada at the WJC in Ufa, Russia. Hope stopped 32 of 33 shots fired his way.
The Oshawa Generals (21-12-1-2) won their last game, on Friday night, as well, in Mississauga 4-3. Daniel Altshuller stopped 31 of 34 to record his OHL leading 21st win of the season. A pair of Scotts lead the way, offensively, for the Gens, as Scott Laughton had a goal and two assists, and Scott Sabourin had a goal and an assist. Joe Manchurek had an impressive OHL debut in this one, after being recently signed from the Leamington Flyers (Jr B). Joe, who was Oshawa's 4th Round Selection in the 2012 Priority Selection, had a goal and an assist. The Gens will need offense from everyone, as 3 of their top 4 point getters are playing elsewhere now. Boone Jenner (Canada), and Tyler Biggs (USA) are playing in the WJC in Russia, and Michael Dal Colle is playing for Team Ontario in the U-17 tournament in Quebec.
My prediction Owen Sound 5 Oshawa 2