OHL Game Day Previews for Sunday November 4, 2012
Pictured is London's Alex Broadhurst, who scored the Knight's overtime winner against the Belleville Bulls, on Friday night. The Knights are in Guelph to take on the Storm this afternoon, in one of 8 OHL games.
Sudbury at Brampton
The Sudbury Wolves will be playing their 3rd game in 3 days, this afternoon in Brampton. They defeated the nationally ranked Barrie Colts, rather easily, on Friday night, 6-4, in a game that they outshot theColts 45-24. The Wolves were lead by Nick Baptiste and Brody Silk, each with one goal and one assist.
Last night, the Wolves lost 4-3 in a shootout to the Ottawa 67's. The 67's outshot the Wolves 10-1 in overtime, but couldn't beat goalie, Joel Vienneau, until the Tyler and Taylor show. Tyler Graovac, and Taylor Fielding beat him, and 67s goalie, Keegan Wilson stopped 3 of 4 shooters.
Frank Corrado was recently named the OHL defenseman of the month, with 12 points in 11 games, in the month of October. Josh Leivo leads the team with 10 goals and 8 assists in 18 games.
The Brampton Battalion are looking to rebound after a 6-3 drubbing in Kingston on Friday night. The Frontenacs dominated in all three zones of the ice, and often broke through with 2 on 1s and 3 on 2s. Thesecond period was a disaster for the Battalion, as they looked lost at times, giving up 4 consecutive goals. Nick Paul scored a highlight reel goal for the Battalion at the end of the 1st period, to give the Battalion a 3-2 lead.
The Wolves have an excuse to be tired, after boarding the bus for the 4+ hour bus ride to Brampton, after their home game, against the Ottawa 67s, last night went to a shootout. Michael Kantor, and Nathan Pancel were in on all 3 Sudbury goals, in regulation, last night.
My prediction Sudbury 1 at Brampton 3
London at Guelph
The London Knights are coming off of a 4-3 overtime victory over the Bulls, on Friday night. Alex Broadhurst was the overtime hero, with the winner, 54 seconds into overtime.
Home ice hasn't been kind to either team, in 3 games so far, this season. In September, London beat Guelph 8-2 in Guelph, and the Storm beat the Knights 4-1 in London. Last Saturday night, the Storm won inLondon again, this time 4-3, in a shootout.
Seth Griffith has been the leader for the Knights in this series, with 4 goals and 2 assists. Ryan Rupert collected 4 assists for the Knights in the first game.
Look for Garret Sparks to get the start for the Storm, as he has played all three games in the season series. Former General, Kevin Bailie has been the workhorse for the Knights. The Knights will be without Kevin Raine who just learned that his suspension is for 6 games for his hit on Petes' forward Stephen Nosad. He is eligible to return on November 10th.
My prediction London 3 at Guelph 5
Erie at Mississauga
Erie (4-10-1-2) lost on home ice 6-1 to the OwenSound Attack last night, and then hopped the bus for Mississauga, a 3 hour plus ride. In last night's game, rookie Connor McDavid's 15 game point scoring streak was snapped.
Back in October, the Steelheads defeated the Otters 3-2 in Erie. From the Steelheads website: If Stuart Percy manages to tally a point against the Otters, he will have recorded one against every OHL team. Dylan Smoskowitz has recorded more points against the Otters than any other Western Conference opponent, and scored two goals, and had an assist in their last meeting in Erie.
Spencer Martin stopped 30 of 31 shots in Mississauga's last game, a 4-1 victory over the Petes, on Friday night, to extend their winning streak to 4 games. The Steelheads (10-4-0-1) have been a pleasant surprise in the Eastern Conference, as they sit only 2 points out of 1st, behind the Barrie Colts. Despite having the OHL's 17th ranked powerplay, they have been as hot as anyone over their last 10 games, going 8-1-0-1. The secret to Mississauga's success has definitely been their defensive play, as they have given up only 40 goals in their 15 games.
The Steelheads haven't lost, in regulation time, to the Otters since February of 2008.
My prediction Erie 2 at Mississauga 3
Niagara at Peterborough
The Niagara Ice Dogs (11-6-1-0) scored four first period goals en route to a victory over the Guelph Storm last night. They managed to score twice on the powerplay, which has been difficult for them this season. They had entered the game with the league's worst percentage on the powerplay.
The Peterborough Petes (4-9-2-1) lost 4-1 in Mississauga, on Friday night. Derek Mathers spoiled goalie, Spencer Martin's shutout with only 13 seconds left in the game. Alan Quine is finally back into the Petes lineup, after battling mono. Veteran forward, Luke Heitkamp has left the team, and gone home, as he was displeased with his lack of ice time. The team hopes to trade him.
The Ice Dogs have too much firepower for the Petes.
My prediction Niagara 5 at Peterborough 2
Belleville at Windsor
The Bulls (8-5-2-0) are playing their 3rd road game in 3 days, with significant bus miles in between. They started the weekend with a 4-3 overtime loss in London, and followed that up with a tightly contested game, last night, in Saginaw, Michigan, a 3-2 loss, which saw them take a 2-0 lead. The Bulls are currently tied with the Sudbury Wolves, for 5th in the Eastern Conference, with 18 points. The Bulls have played 3 fewer games, however.
The Windsor Spitfires (8-7-0-3) lost their last game in Kitchener, in a fight filled game, on Friday night, 5-1. Jordan Malletta and John Bowen were each assessed game misconducts in this one. Malletta was tossed, as he was the aggressor in a fight in the last 5 mins., and Bowen's for being involved in a second fight on the same stoppage. The two teams combined for over 50 minutes in penalties. Nick Ebert's first of the year, was the onlybright spot for the Spits, who were outshot 48-27.
My prediction Belleville 2 at Windsor 3
Sarnia at Saginaw
Sarnia is coming off of a home and home against the Plymouth Whalers. They lost to the Whalers 3-2 at home, on Friday night, and then beat the Whalers in Plymouth, 7-5 last night. Last night, they managed to chaseWhaler's starter, Matt Mahalak, mid way through the hockey game.
Alex Galchenyuk scored his 9th and 10th last night, and former Frontenac, Charles Sarault, scored his 7th of the season.
The Saginaw Spirit hosted the defensive minded, Belleville Bulls, last night, and spotted them a 2-0 lead. By the mid way point in the second, the Spirit had tied it up. A third period goal by captain, Vincent Trocheck madethe final score 3-2 Saginaw.
My prediction Sarnia 3 at Saginaw 5
Kingston at Oshawa
The Kingston Frontenacs (7-8-0-0), winners of two straight, are looking to return to the .500 mark, with a win in Oshawa. The Ottawa 67s have pulled even with the Fronts with 14 points on the season.
They have been led recently by their 16 year old rookies. Spencer Watson, and Sam Bennett each scored twice in their last victory, over the Brampton Battalion. 16 year old, defenseman, Roland McKeown scored the tying goal, in Ottawa, to send it to a shootout, where rookie's Henri Ikonen and Bennett scored, to give the Fronts the victory, on Monday afternoon. The Watson, Bennett, and Ikonen line have been Kingston's best for a few games now.
The veterans showed signs of wanting to contribute against Brampton, as captain Cody Alcock, and last year's leading point getter, Darcy Greenaway, each scored once. Defenseman, Michael Moffat is the Front's only "point a gamer", as he has a goal and 14 assists, in the teams' 15 games.
The Oshawa Generals (10-6-0-2) allowed four 3rd period goals to the Guelph Storm, in their last game, two of them powerplay goals, in Guelph's 4-1 win. The Gens have cooled off a bit, and are 4-5-0-1 in their last 10 games. Captain, Boone Jenner continues to share the OHL point scoring lead, with Niagara's Ryan Strome. Each have 28 points in 18 games.
The only other time these two teams met was October 5th in Oshawa. The Gens managed a 6-4 win, with 4 third period goals. Boone Jenner was the game's first star, with 3 assists. Spencer Watson had a goal and an assist. Ryan Kujawinski scored once, his 3rd of the year, and assisted on two others, and was named the 2nd star. Kujawinski has not scored since. Perhaps another trip to General Motors Centre is just what Ryan needs to getgoing again.
The Gens will be without Lucas Lessio (wrist injury) and Scott Laughton (suspension).
My prediction Kingston 4 at Oshawa 2
Owen Sound at Kitchener
Brandon Hope and the Owen Sound Attack (12-2-0-2) managed to shut down Connor McDavid last night, and defeat the Otters 6-1, in Erie. This marked the end of 15 year old, McDavid's, 15 game point scoring streak. The Attack currently lead the OHL with 26 points, in their 16 games.
The Attack broke open a close game, with four 3rd period goals. Gemel Smith, Daniel Catenacci, and Cameron Brace continue to play well, and were named the game's 3 stars.
The Kitchener Rangers (9-5-1-1) won their last game 5-1, on Friday night, against the Windsor Spitfires, to remain undefeated on home ice (5-0). They were shut out 2-0 in Niagara in their previous game.
This could well be the Rangers' first home ice loss of the season.
My prediction Owen Sound 4 at Kitchener 2