Pictured is Plymouth Coach Mike Vellucci who gathered his 400th win in the OHL last Saturday night vs. the Niagara IceDogs. He is the third ranked active coach in the OHL for career wins.
Brampton at Belleville
The Battalion (2-3-2-1) are coming off of a disappointing, home-ice, Thanksgiving Monday, overtime, loss to the Mississauga Steelheads. The Battalion had a 3-1 lead 12 minutes into the third period, only to give up two unanswered goals, in the third, and the winner in overtime. The Steelheads got a bit of a break when a point shot struck a skate in front and deflected into the top corner to get them to within one, at 3-2. This seemed to deflate the troops. On a positive note, Barclay Goodrow continued his hot streak with a goal and a helper for the Battalion, and newcomer, overager, Brandon Childerley made his Brampton debut, after being acquired off waivers from Owen Sound, last Friday.
The Bulls (3-2-1) are playing good hockey right now. Goaltender Malcolm Subban has been very sharp. They are starting to get contributions from everyone on offense, and if not for the goalie, Jacob Blair, would have blown out the 67’s, in their last home game, on Saturday night. As it was the Bulls peppered Blair with 46 shots, and managed to beat him 5 times. Belleville lost their last road game, on Monday afternoon, in overtime, to the OHL’s leading team (in terms of points), the Oshawa Generals. Garrett Hooey had a goal and an assist in each of these games for the Bulls.
This should be a low scoring game, as both teams rely on sound defensive play in order to be successful.
My prediction Brampton 1 at Belleville 3
Plymouth at Owen Sound
Owen Sound fans will be treated to a visiting team full of pink hair. The Whaler players have had their hair dyed in preparation for Saturday’s home game where they will Pink the Rink in support of Cancer Research. Last Saturday they were able to handle the visiting Niagara Icedogs squad by a score of 6-3. Riley Corbin had his first start in that game as well as third star honours. Cody Payne had a goal and an assist and was complemented with first star honours. Tom Wilson leads the team with 7 points – Noesen and Mistele each have 6 points. Plymouth has only played 5 games – the lowest total in the OHL so far – so their 6 points finds them at the bottom of the Western Conference with 2 other teams.
Owen Sound has a record of 5 wins, 1 loss and 1 shootout loss good for top spot in the Western Conference. The Attack had a close shootout win vs. the Guelph Storm on Saturday night. They were up 2-1 at one point, then trailed 3-2 before the game was tied up early in the third period. Zach Natasiuk was the #1 star with 1 shorthanded goal and 1 powerplay assist. Jordan Binnington stopped 30 of 33 shots. Offensive team leader Cameron Brace is tied for fifth place in the OHL scoring race with many others who also have 10 points.
Should be a highly entertaining game from these ‘sound’ teams.
My prediction Plymouth 3 Owen Sound 4