Owen Sound at Brampton

The Attack come to town after a nailbiting 2-1 overtime
shootout win vs. the Erie Otters.  In that game the Attack scored on one of their 2 powerplays.  Daniel Catenacci with the goal – assists from Halmo and Bigras. Garvus and Catenacci scoring in the shootout. Jordan Binnington was solid in regulation as well as stopping  5  of 6 shooters after overtime.  Binnington (14 wins 13 losses) has 2 straight wins (which were preceded by 3 straight losses).  Stajer’s (8 wins 3 losses) last three games resulted in an overtime loss, a regulation loss and a shootout loss.  The Attack is now in fifth place in the Western Conference – tied with the Saginaw Spirit and 2 points ahead of 7th place Windsor Spitfires.

 Brampton has a similar record in the last 10 (not 100% identical – but close)  4-5-0-1. Owen Sound has a record of 4-4-1-1.  Coach Butler has 2 games left on his suspension – the Battalion have been struggling recently with 4 straight losses (2 at home 2 away).  Last weekend they were outscored 15-7 ... so they will need to improve in that area for sure.  Leading scorer for the Battalion Sam Carrick (47 points) has 1 goal in the past 4 games - second leading scorer Barclay Goodrow (38 points) has 0 points in that winless streak.  Sudbury is only 3 points behind (now in fourthplace) and Niagara is 4 points ahead (in 2nd place).

 My prediction Owen
Sound 3 Brampton 4

 Mississauga at Niagara

Mississauga has not won in the month of February.  They did not win a game last weekend – losing 1-0 to Barrie, 5-2 to London and 5-3 to Windsor.  Their shots on net were 23 vs. Barrie (only 3 in the 3rd period), 17 vs. London (4 shots in the 2nd period) and then a 42 shot barrage to finish the weekend.  Their powerplay was 2 for 17. Multipoint scorers were Jamie Wise, Kristoff Kontos and Mika Partanen.  Top scorer Riley Brace has 1 assist during their 4 game winless streak.

Niagara is really on a roll – they have won 3 in a row and 11 of their last 13 games and sit in second place in the Eastern Conference – 4 points ahead of Brampton and trailing Ottawa by only 2 points.  Top scorers are Aggozino (62) F. Hamilton (56) and Friesen (52).  Ryan Strome has been cleared to play this weekend but Dougie Hamilton remains suspended until Feb 12.

 My prediction
Mississauga 1 Niagara 5


Ottawa at Peterborough

The #1 team in the Eastern Conference (recently ranked #10 in Canada) will play a home and home series’ against Peterborough and Belleville the next 5 games. Last weekend they lost to Kingston 4-3 and beat Oshawa 3-2.   They were 3 for 9 on the powerplay – Prince and Cazolla with 3 points each in those games.  Team leader Toffoli has 1 goal and 1 assist in the last 4 games.

Peterborough was 1/3 last weekend – beating Kingston on the road 4-2 and then dropping 2 home decisions 8-4 to Sudbury and 5-2 to Oshawa.  In those games multipoint players were Yogan (2), Quine (5), Martschini (3). Their powerplay was 4/15.  Andrew D’Agostini was busy with 81 saves on 90 shots.  The Petes are in the tight battle at the bottom of the Eastern Conference with 23 wins and 52 points.  They are 1 point behind Oshawa –
Mississauga and Belleville are within 2 points of them as well.

 My prediction Ottawa 6 Peterborough 2


London at Windsor

The Knights were 1-1 last weekend – dropping a tight 3-2 game vs. the surging  IceDogs and then rebounding with a 5-2 win over the struggling Majors. In those matches  Namestnikov, Watson, McKegg and Knight registering more than one point. Their powerplay was 2/9.  Michael Houser stopped 36/41 shots as well –
he is the league leader in wins (36) and minutes played(2796) – he is also in the top 5 in all of the other statistical goalie categories.

The Spitfires had a rough game vs. the Whalers last weekend and have many suspensions to show for it – they will be without the following players for this game: Cullen, Bowen, Devlin, Machese. Last weekend Windsor dropped a 6-5 OT loss at Owen Sound and then dropped a busy 5-1 game to Plymouth. They ended the weekend with a 5-3 victory over Mississauga. Kerby Rychel continues to lead the team in scoring with 59 points – he has scored in 5 of the last 6 games (7 goals and 3 assists).

  My prediction London 4 Windsor 2


Sarnia at Barrie

The Sting are in 4th place in the Western Conference 1 point ahead of Owen Sound.  Last weekend they played one game (really??) against the Whalers where they won 4-1. Rensfeldt with 2 goals and Thompson with 2  ssists in that game.  Sarault leads the team in scoring (68 pts – tied for 3rd in the league). Nail Yakupov is a +19 rating and has 55 points (11 ppg).

Barrie had a solid weekend with great goaltending from Niederberger (OHL Player of the Week).  They shutout the Greyhounds 5-0 on Saturday and Mississauga 1-0 last Friday.  Top scorers were Colin Behenna with 3 assists
and Zach Hall & Anthony Camara with 1 goal and 1 assist.  The streaky Colts lost 2 in a row(Jan 22 and Jan 26) before winning their last 4 games in a row.  Barrie sits in 5th place in the Eastern Conference with 28 wins and 59 points – 1 point behind the Wolves.

 My prediction Sarnia 1 Barrie 3