OHL Game Day Previews for
Thursday October 11 2012

Article by John Duncan (@FrontsFocus) and Dwayne Williams (@notsoheavyd)

Pictured is Ryan Strome of the Niagara
Icedogs. The New York Islanders draft pick currently leads his team with 10
points in 8 games this season.  The
Icedogs host the Ottawa 67’s in a rematch of last year’s OHL Eastern Conference
Final. 

 

Ottawa at Niagara

The
67's are off to their worst start in a least 15 years. Offense hasn't been
their problem - averaged 4 goals a game. 
In their 5 losses, 1 by one goal, 3 others with an empty net goal
against in the final minute. 4 home ice losses, 7 of next 10 on road - all 7 -
teams are .500 or better.

 

Keegan
Wilson should play this weekend after a groin problem kept him out.  Slovakian Import pick, Richard Mraz is
expected to join team this weekend - a forward the team has high hopes
for.  Injury report includes Cajkovsky -
blood work getting done, to see if he has something more than the flu and Sean
Callaghan still out after having his finger stepped on during a recent fight.

 

Monahan
remains hot offensively - tied for 8th in league with 10 points, Ceci is tied
for 4th among D with 7 pts., 2nd line centre Graovac is tied for 6th in league
with 5 goals.

 

Niagara is in the midst of 7 games in 11
days. They are probably happy to be home after last weekend’s trip to Plymouth
and Saginaw followed closely by a day trip to Peterborough. In those three
games, they would win at Saginaw, get shutout at Plymouth and get edged  out by the fledgling Petes squad.  Strome and Ritchie both have 10 points to
lead the team offensively. The Icedogs will be raring to go and should get back
in the win column here.

 

My prediction Ottawa 2 Niagara 5

 

Kingston
at Peterborough

 

The
Frontenacs came back to earth this past weekend, with 3 straight losses after
starting the year with 3 wins.  Winning
on the road is something  that this young
team will need to do. Coach Gill talks of attempting to keep his young team on
an even keel, that one of his main jobs is to teach them to protect a lead. He
maintains that they haven't played poorly, and reminds critics that he has four
16 year olds, two Finns and a number of other kids who haven't played in the
league before, and it will take time to teach them to win.

 

The
Fronts are hoping for the return of veterans Kyler Nixon on D, and Trevor
Morbeck, up front, who was very productive on a line Jenkins, and Ryan
Kujawinski, at the end of last season. 
Morbeck has not recorded a point in 4 games this season.

 

After
relieving GM David Reid of his duties, the Petes beat the Ice Dogs in
Peterborough, by the score of 3-1. 
Francis Menard, who is leading the Petes, offensively, this season, with
9 pts in 7 games, lead the way Tuesday night with a goal and two assists.  The story of the game was the excellent
goalkeeping of rookie, Michael Giugovaz, and his 40 save performance.  Defenseman, Slater Koekkoek had a strong
game, as well, with a goal and an assist.

 

Look
for the Fronts to put it together and win their first road game of the season.

 

My
prediction  Kingston 4  Peterborough 3

 

 

Sault Ste Marie at Windsor

Newly minted captain for the Greyhounds is
third year player/LA Kings draft pick Colin Miller. The defenseman has played
in only 3 games this season, and is not expected to suit up for the Greyhounds
tonight.  Ryan Sproul and Nick Halagian
remain on the sidelines with their respective injuries.  Entering tonight’s action, Nick Cousins
(Flyers) leads the offense  with 12
points in 7 games, second only to the General’s Boone Jenner in the OHL.  Darnell Nurse and, former Frontenac, Alex
Gudbranson, are the top defensive pairing, with a plus+7 rating. Goaltender
Matt Murray has been strong, and has started all 7 of the Soo’s games, so far.

 

The Windsor Spitfires lost their three
games last weekend, including in a SO to Sarnia on Monday afternoon, on home ice.  Their road trip to Guelph and London were a
disaster, as they were shutout 5-0 in Guelph on Thursday, and defeated 8-2 in
London.  Jaroslav Pavelka was shelled
with over 40 shots in each of the road games. 
Brady Vail leads the way offensively for the Spits, with 10 points in 8
games. 

 

This game is a matchup of two highly
regarded young stars in the OHL with the Soo’s Russian, Import pick, Sergey
Tolchinsky, third in OHL rookie scoring, (4g & 3a) coming in to face 5th
overall pick in the 2012 OHL Priority Selection, Josh Ho-Sang (4a), who is
looking for his first OHL goal tonight. 
Tolchinsky has a little history in the WFCU Centre, as he scored 6 goals
in 6 games, to lead Russia to the U-17 gold, last Christmas.

 

My prediction  Sault Ste Marie  4  at   Windsor 
3

 

Saginaw at Barrie

 

Saginaw (2-3-2-0) are in the basement of
the West Division of the Western Conference. 
Spirit’s captain, Vince Trochek, who leads the team offensively, has
recently become the 6th player in team history to record his 200th
OHL point.  He reached this milestone in
a surprising 2-1 shootout victory over the CHL’s #3 ranked team, the Kitchener
Rangers last Saturday night.  They were
soundly beaten 4-0 by the Ice Dogs on home ice the night before.

 

Barrie (5-2-0-0) was given a nod in the
honorable mention category for the CHL top ten national rankings this week, as
they are coming off their 4th win in a row.  The last two games were in overtime, in
Peterborough, and in a shootout, in Mississauga. 

 

The Colts have been busy shuffling players
in and out, as they continue to tweak their roster, despite leading their
division.  Dylan Smoskowitz,  Gregg Sutch, and Chris Buonomo have been
traded.  The Colts recently obtained the
rights to Russian forward Nikolai Prokhorkin and waived Import Samu Markkula,
to make room.  On Tuesday, the Colts
claimed defenseman Liam Maaskant off waivers from the Erie Otters. 

 

Mark Sheifele, and Anthony Camara lead the
team with 11, and 10 points, respectively, and Zack Hall and Andreas Athanasiou
(obtained from the Knight this off-season) are “point a gamers”.

 

On paper, Barrie should win this game
easily, but the Spirit will be looking to extend their modest 1 game winning
streak, on home ice.

 

My prediction   Barrie 4 
at Saginaw 2