Ontario Game Previews for Sunday February 26 2012
4/7 yesterday – some upsets happening in the league now – I guess some teams near the bottom are playing with a little more desperation as they make a push for the playoffs.
Sault Ste Marie at Brampton
The Greyhounds played their second game of the weekend at Erie. They managed to score 4 goals in the second period to push the game out of reach and cruised to a 6-3 victory. The Otters made it close in the second period (4-3) but the Greyhounds pushed past them for the win. Nick Cousins had a goal and an assist, Sproul had 2 goals and Alderson and Quesnele had a goal and an assist each. The Greyhounds cling to the eighth spot by one point over the faltering Guelph Storm.
Brampton dropped a 2-1 game on Friday night to the visiting Belleville Bulls. They scored with 1:32 left in the game to ruin the shutout bid for Malcolm Subban. Sam Carrick with the lone goal. Brampton had a 4 game winning streak before this loss. They have fallen to fourth place in the standings with the surging Barrie Colts now ahead of them by one point. The Battalion remain without the services of Barclay Goodrow who is almost done his 3 game suspension.
My prediction Sault Ste Marie 2 Brampton 3
Kitchener at Guelph
The Rangers were on the road last night playing a scrappy Owen Sound Attack squad. The Rangers trailed 3-0 after 2 periods while being outshot 22-12 at that point. Four more goals were put past Moylan to complete the 7-1 drubbing. The Rangers still sit comfortably in third with 78 points. Guelph had an early 2-0 lead at Sarnia last night but could not hold onto it – Sarnia scored 3 in a row early in the third period to take a stranglehold on the game. The Strom were 2/3 on the powerplay. Dickinson, Menard and Pedan had multipoint games. The Storm continue to trail the eighth place Greyhounds by 1 point for the final playoff position.
My prediction Kitchener 4 Guelph 2
Erie at Mississauga
The Otters hosted the Kingston Frontenacs last night. There was plenty of action on the scoresheet as the Fronts led the Otters 3-1 to start the third period. Penalties were also abundantly assessed with a couple of fights and misconducts handed out in the second period. Luke Cairns had a big game with 1 goal and 2 assists – Connor Brown also had 2 assists. In the third period Erie scored twice to make it close but still lost 4-3. Mississauga went into Barrie and trimmed the Colts by a score of 2-1. The Majors scored twice in the second period (Wise on the PP and Carrick). In the third period they went into a defensive shell and notched only 2 shots on goal vs. the Colts 18 shots. Goaltender Morrison played a solid game for the victory. With the win the Majors are now in sixth place one point ahead of the Generals and two points ahead of Belleville.
My prediction Erie 2 Missisauga 4
Kingston at Niagara
Kingston was at Erie last night in a penalty filled affair. The Otters scored a late powerplay goal to make the score close – but the Fronts held on for a 4-3 win. Riley Jacob stopped 27 of 30 shots.
Niagara had Saturday off but will be eager to get back onto the ice. They dropped a frustrating 3-2 game at Mississauga on Friday. In that game Brandon Maxwell stopped 43 of 45 shots that the Icedogs directed his way. Brett Ritchie had a goal and an assist – Captain Agozzino had 2 assist. Niagara is tied for first with Ottawa in the Eastern Conference with 79 points. Kingston is 4-4-1-1 in the past 10 and Niagara is 8-2-0-0
My prediction Kingston 0 Niagara 5
London at Ottawa
The Knights finish their Eastern road trip with a visit to the nation’s capital. The Knights were not able to get by the Bulls last night and lost 3-2. London scored 2 in the second but allowed 2 in the third period to the hometown Belleville squad. There were 7 penalties called in the game all but one of them in the first period. Tyson Teichmann stopped 31 of 34 against his former team in the losing effort. The Knights have not lost 2 games in a row this year so look for a bounce back against. the 67’s. Last weekend Ottawa won 2 of 3 (defeating Erie and Kingston) and on Friday night they lost in a shootout at Barrie. In that game on Friday both teams scored three times in the third period. The shootout went 7 rounds until Barrie’s Zack Hall put one past Mrazek. Shane Prince scored twice and extends his point streak to 19 straight games (20 goals and 17 assists). Ottawa is tied with Niagara for first place in the Eastern Conference.
My prediction London 5 Ottawa 3
Belleville at Peterborough
This is a huge 4 point game for these teams - The Bulls are in eighth place now a slim 2 points ahead of the Petes and 1 point behind the Generals. Belleville hosted the #1 ranked Knights last night and were able to score twice in the third period to secure the win (3-2). Goal scorers were Cramarossa, Zharkov and Judson. Subban stopped 29 of 31 shots directed his way. Peterborough was in Kitchener on Friday night and was only able to muster 1 goal as the Rangers scored 3 to hand the Petes their third loss in a row. They have only won 2 of their last 10 games. They will be without Mathers who was suspended for coming off the bench to participate in a fight earlier this week. Coach Pelino was also suspended in that game and will not be with his team on the bench for 2 games.
My prediction Belleville 3 Peterborough 1
Sudbury at Windsor
Wedgewood played a stellar game last night for the Whalers as the Wolves were held to an early goal (McFadden PP) and the Whalers scored four times for the victory. The Wolves outshot the Whalers 14-5 in the first period and 43-33 for the entire game. The Wolves are in fifth place in the Eastern Conference with 67 points – 4 behind Brampton and 6 ahead of Mississauga. The Spitfires were run out of the building on Friday night at Sarnia 5-0. They are eager to play better than that tonight. Windsor is in seventh place in the Western Conference with 56 points – only 2 points ahead of Sault Ste Marie and 3 points ahead of the Guelph Storm. Ty Blicke leads all OHL players with 204 PIM this season.
My prediction Sudbury 4 Windsor 3