Close, very close. In yesterday’s OHL action we correctly predicted 6 of 7 outcomes! We are usually around 50% in our educated predictions so we are very excited about our success! The one game that we didn't catch was the overtime win by London, not by Guelph (5 rounds in the shootout). The Plymouth/Kitchener game was also predicted correctly, but not with the overtime component. Here we go with today’s action.
Sarnia at Brampton
The Sting conclude their weekend’s work with a stop in to the Bunker in Brampton. Last night they were in Erie PA for a tilt against the energetic Otters squad. Sarnia would build up a 3-0 lead by the middle of the second period and cruise to a 5-2 victory. In the game defenseman Craig Duininck would collect 2 goals (3 on the year) and Reid Boucher would score a goal and add an assist (63 pts in 81 GP). The Sting have a record of 7-6-0-1 and are in 8th place in their conference with 15 points.
Last weekend Brampton would score 4 goals in two consecutive games as they defeated both Windsor and Barrie at home. This week they went on the road and scored only 1 goal each game and lost at Barrie and at Mississauga. Today they look to bounce back and maintain their home ice winning ways. They have a .500 winning percentage and an overall record of 5-5-3-2 and are in 6th place with 15 points. Talk about the team relocating continue to swirl around the arena and in the local newspapers.
My prediction Sarnia 2 Brampton 3
Sault Ste Marie at Guelph
The Greyhounds have had a road trip with stops in Niagara Thursday (loss 5-1\) and then in Erie PA on Friday night. In that game the Otters jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead thanks to Leaf’s draft pick Connor Brown. The Greyhounds would chip away at the lead until drawing even later in the third period. During overtime the Hounds would outshoot the Otters 7-3, but no goals were scored. In the fourth round Andrew Fritsch would score the winner. The Greyhounds now have a record of 8-7-0-0 and are tied for sixth in the conference with 16 points.
Guelph return home after a challenging game at London. The Storm were suppressed in their offensive chances with only 24 shots on net all night compared to London’s 45 shots. Bertuzzi, Harper and Pedan were the goal scorers in regulation – Brock McGinn (2 goals in 14 GP this season) would collect the only goal in the shootout for the road victory. Guelph’s record is now 10-3-0-1. On Friday they lost at home to Windsor, so they would enjoy starting another home winning streak today.
My prediction Sault Ste Marie 2 Guelph 6
Sudbury at Mississauga
The Wolves have a record of 7-8-0-0 and are one of only 3 teams in the OHL that have not been involved in overtime this season. They are alone in the #7 spot in the Eastern Conference with 14 points this season. Sudbury played at Owen Sound yesterday where they were very close to pulling off the upset. The game was tied until an early third period powerplay goal by the Attack put the Wolves down 2-1. Late in the period the Wolves pulled their goalie for an extra skater but surrendered another goal to make the final score 3-1. Friday night they smothered the visiting Niagara Icedogs and blitzed their rookie goaltender (Moran) to the tune of 7-2.
The Steelheads have a record of 8-4-0-1 and tied for fourth with 17 points in the Eastern Conference. Mississauga has been on a bit of tear of late. On Wednesday they travelled to Belleville to face off with the Bulls. They would surrender an early goal to the home squad, but would then account for the remaining 6 goals in the game and take home a 6-1 victory. The powerplay was a perfect 3 for 3. On Friday night the Steelheads would outclass the visiting Brampton Battalion by another decisive score of 5-1. Spencer Martin continues his sharp play in net and has 7 wins this season.
My prediction Sudbury 2 Mississauga 5
Windsor at Owen Sound
The Spits complete their weekend action with a stop into the Lumley Bayshore Arena in Owen Sound. On Thursday night in Sarnia, the Sting would push past them for a relatively easy 5-2 victory. On Friday night things would be different. The young Spits team would give the #1 Guelph Storm squad all they could handle. A goal at the 34 second mark of the first period by Defenceman Devlin (8th goal in 128 career games) signalled that they would not roll over and give the game to the home side. The Storm would make things close in the third period with a goal by Kosmachuk to make the score 5-4. Rychel would score into the empty net to make the final score 6-4. The Spits record is now 7-5-0-3 and they sit alone in fifth spot with 17 points.
The Attack are coming off a close win at home vs. the Sudbury Wolves on Saturday night. They would lead 2-1 early in the third period thanks to a powerplay marker by Daniel Catenacci (his 7th of the year). Cameron Brace would slip in an empty net goal to give the home side a 3-1 victory. Owen Sound has a record of 9-2-0-2 and sit in third place in the Western Conference. Next week they play back to back games at Erie and then at Kitchener.
My prediction Windsor 3 Owen Sound 4 (OT)
Peterborough at Oshawa
Lead by overager, Francis Menard, the Peterborough Petes (3-7-2-1) fired 50 shots at Saginaw goalie Nikita Serebryakov, in their 3-1 home ice win, last night. Menard had a goal (10th of the season) and an assist to lead the way. Brampton native, Michael Giugovaz stopped 35 of 36 to earn his 3rd win in 8 games played on the year. The rookie is 3-2-2 on the year, whereas veteran goalkeeper, Andrew D'Agostini, is 0-5. With their win last night the Petes move into a tie with the Ottawa 67's for 4th in the division, with 9 points and are only one point back of the struggling Kingston Frontenacs, for 3rd.
Oshawa (9-5-0-1) lost their last game to the same Saginaw squad 3-2 on Friday night, at GM Centre. Spirit goalie Jake Paterson stopped 40 of 42 Generals' shots in that one. Oshawa will be thinner up front as Lucas Lessio deals with his wrist injury and Scott Laughton is suspended. Oshawa still has plenty of talent to compete with the Petes, with the likes of Boone Jenner, Tyler Biggs, and Scott Sabourin. They are getting much needed contributions from defensemen Matt Petgrave, and Geoffrey Schemitsch, as well.
In two previous meetings this season the Generals have handled the Petes quite easily, with a 5-2 win in Peterborough on Sept 20th and a 5-1 victory in Oshawa on Sept 28th. I expect the Petes to come up with a strong game this time, looking for revenge. The Petes won't miss seeing either Lessio (3g & 1a) or Laughton (1g & 3a), as each has 4 points against them in those two earlier meetings.
My prediction Peterborough 4 at Oshawa 3
Plymouth at Kitchener
The schedule makers have not been kind to these teams for this match up. The schedule includes a four hour bus ride to complete this home and home series on consecutive days. Last night in Plymouth both teams would score in the first period (Plymouth on the powerplay) but the 1-1 score would hold up until 37 seconds into overtime. Garrett Meurs would notch his second goal of the game (eighth goal of the season) for the 2-1 home ice victory. Both teams have 7 wins but Plymouth has one more point in the standings due to their extra appearance in overtime this season. The Rangers have been involved in 6 one-goal games (ie. won or lost by one goal) - the Whalers have been involved in seven such outcomes.
My prediction Plymouth 2 Kitchener 4