Previews for Friday February 17 2012

Ok so I was only 50% in yesterday’s predictions – Fronts edged out the Petes (I had the Petes edging out the Fronts) and I had Plymouth winning, but by a larger margin.  3 for 5 this week – 60% … hey that sounds like my English mark in High School! Anyways enough about me, let’s get to today’s schedule. All 20 teams are in business tonight – which game are you watching? Game previews today are more team focused today and speak about positions in the standings

Owen Sound at

The Attack won their last 4 games to help their push up the standings. They are now only 1 point behind Sarnia and are 3 points ahead of Saginaw. Their 12 goal game vs. Peterborough was definitely a season high for
this streaky team    Pymouth is coming off a close win last night at Windsor 4-3. Noesen and Rackell had multipoint nights.  The Whalers trail the Knights by 6 points and lead the Rangers by 3 points in the standings.

 My prediction Owen
Sound 3 Plymouth 5


Sarnia at Guelph

The Sting are banged up – and are just over .500 in their past 10 games (5-4-0-1).  Word is that Chiarlitti is out of the lineup for an extended period of time with an ankle sprain. Yakupov is always dangerous – can Sarnia win at Guelph? The Sting cling to a 1 point lead for the #4 spot in the conference. The Storm desperately need a win after dropping their last 2 games. They are also 1 point from the last playoff slot – so look for some more urgent hockey from this squad tonight.

 My prediction Sarnia
3 Guelph 4 (OT)


Erie at Kingston

Erie is riding high after upsetting one of the top teams in the league on Wednesday night. Devin Williams with the league best 61 save game to allow his team to chip away and get the W 2-1. Erie has one win on the road
in their past 10 games. My head says no – but my gut says maybe the Otters will win 2 in a row here?  Kingston played a good game last night defeating Peterborough 5-4. Greenaway with the hatrick and Kujawiniski with 2 goals.

  My prediction Erie 3
– Kingston 1


Barrie at Kitchener

Barrie has been a very solid team on the road lately – winning 7 of their last 10 games.  Currently they trail  udbury by 2 points and Brampton by 3 points.  If the playoffs started today they would draw the Wolves but not have home ice advantage.  Goalie Niederberger is 5-1-0-1 in the past 7 games. Kitchener has won 6 of 10 at home recently – they play London on Sunday so will Frankie start today or will Spott stay with the youngster Moylan?  The Rangers are comfortably in third place in the West leading Kitchener by 14 points- and trail London by 7 points.

 My prediction Barrie 2 Kitchener 3


Windsor at London

Windsor hosted Plymouth last night. They outshot the Whalers 41-24 but came up short on the scoreboard 4-3. There were 3 different penalized fights and 68 PIM. The Spits are chugging away near the bottom of the  standings – sitting at seventh place. They trail Saginaw by 3 points and the Attack by 4 points. Looking the other way – they lead The Greyhounds by 3 and the Storm by 4 points. London continues their strong season with  nother #1 CHL rank this week.  They are 6 points ahead of Plymouth in the Western conference and have won their last 4 in a row.

 My prediction Windsor 2 London 6


Brampton at Mississauga

The struggling Battalion will be happy to have Coach Butler behind the bench. They have really struggled losing 6 of their past 7 games. They slipped in the standings to the #3 slot and could end up in fifth place by the end of the weekend. Mississauga is involved in a jostle at the bottom of the standings. They are tied with the Petes in the #7 slot  - one point behind the Generals and one point ahead of the Bulls.

  My prediction
Brampton 3 Mississauga 2


Peterborough at Ottawa

The Petes were pushed out by the Fronts last night 5-4.  The Fronts were 2/2 on the powerplay whereas the Petes were only successful on 1 of their 3 powerplay opportunities.  Yogan, West, Ritchie and Nosad had  multipoint games.  Ottawa is engaged with Niagara in a back and forth battle for the top spot in the Eastern Conference (they currently lead by 1 point). They have won their last 2 games as well as winning 6 of their past 10.  News of losing John MacFarland for the rest of the year is still sinking in as they adjust their forward lines for their playoff run.

 My prediction
Peterborough 2 Ottawa 6


Belleville at Oshawa

Belleville is on the outside looking in right now.  They are in the #9 position in the Eastern conference. They are chasing the Petes/Majors (+1), and Generals (+2). Unfortuately they have lost their last 2 games and only  ained points in 4 of their last 10 contests. Subban will need to get sharper if this team is to make a bid for a playoff spot. Oshawa only won 1 of 3 last weekend so they are also looking for a stronger result this weekend. When these teams met on Jan 4 the Gens won 4-1 (3 third period goals)

 My prediction
Belleville 4 Oshawa 2


Saginaw at Sault Ste

Saginaw is in the thick of the standings in the Western Conference. They are in sixth place with 56 points – trailing Owen Sound by 3 points and Sarnia by 4 points. Windsor trails by 3 points only.   The Spirit won 4 in a row before dropping their last 2 games last weekend. They will be working for a better result this weekend for sure.  When these teams last met the visiting Greyhounds defeated the Spirit 4-3.  Cousins and Findlay had multipoint games. Each team scored once on the powerplay.  Shalla and Trochek had multipoint games for the Spirit.   The Greyhounds are clinging to the last playoff spot as they lead the Storm by a single point. 

 My prediction Saginaw 2 Sault Ste Marie 3 (OT)


Niagara at Sudbury

Niagara is coming off that 2-1 loss at Erie where their goaltender (D Williams – same initials as mine!) made an OHL season high 61 saves (not 100% sure about that… but it sounds good). Look for the Icedogs to rebound here with a gritty road win. Last time D Hamilton and R Strome were in town they didn’t play for quite awhile afterwards – watch for action on them tonight.  Visentin is ready to shut the doors as well. Sudbury trails the Dogs by 9 points in the conference. Closer races are Ottawa leading Niagara by 1 point and Brampton leading Sudbury by 1 point.  The Dogs will have to watch for the always dangerous Sgarbossa who has 15 points in his last 7 games.

 My prediction Icedogs 5 – Sudbury 1