The first weekend of regular season OHL action came and went – and we did allright with our predictions notching 3 correct and one wrong. We had at least one team’s goal production correct in each game as well (nice one – hey thanks!). After the first week our record is 12 right and 4 wrong.
Compiled by D Williams (@notsoheavyd) and J Duncan (@frontsfocus).
Pictured is John Gibson of the Kitchener Rangers – who was the OHL Goaltender of the Week for his solid performances en route to a 2-0 record this past weekend.
Erie Otters at Peterborough Petes
The Erie Otters started this season, like they finished last, with two losses. They were outscored 12-4 on the road against the Ice Dogs, and the Knights. The difference is that there is renewed optimism for the future with young Connor McDavid in the lineup. He leads the team with a goal and an assist. Not bad for a 15 year old. The bad news is that it appears as though last year’s team leader, Dane Fox, will be out 6 – 8 weeks after surgery on his foot. The Otters are a very young, inexperienced team, who will continue to struggle on the road, despite picking up a good goalie in the Import Draft in Oscar Dansk.
The Petes are coming off a split last weekend, losing their home opener against a strong Oshawa Generals team. The Generals came out flying and took a 5-0 lead before the Petes notched two third period goals. They played much better in Ottawa, defeating the 67’s 4-3. In that game, the Petes took advantage of some poor defensive play by the 67’s, and took a 3-0 lead before the game was 6 minutes old. Rookie goaltender Michael Guigovaz was stellar, stopping 39 of Ottawa’s 42 shots. The Petes’ strength remains on defense.
My prediction Erie 2 at Peterborough 4
Kitchener at Windsor
The Rangers continue their extended road trip as their arena nears the completion of it’s renovations. In their second game last weekend, Kitchener was able to put 49 shots on the Sarnia Sting net (JP Anderson stopping 47 of them) and eeked out a Shootout win. Veteran Matt Puempel paced the team with 2 powerplay goals (on six powerplay chances) and scored one of his team’s 2 shootout goals.
Windsor has one road win and one home loss on this young season. This Spits team is on the young side - three 1996 players are on their regular lineup – featuring one of the top picks in June’s OHL entry draft – Josh Ho Sang. Goaltending continues to be a big question mark for this team – LA Kings draft pick Nick Ebert anchors their defence. Draft eligible Kerby Rychel has yet to ‘catch fire’.
My prediction Kitchener 4 – Windsor 1
Sudbury at Saginaw
The Wolves have 2 wins on this young season – with 8 goals for and only 3 goals against. Sudbury takes to road this weekend with 2 games in Michigan and then at Windsor on Sunday afternoon. The Wolves better get their bus legs and their ipod chargers ready because they don’t play in their own arena until October 12th. Import newcomer Dominik Kubalik had 2 goals on the weekend – Nathan Pancel led the way with 3 goals and 1 assist – defenceman Corrado chipped in 4 assists. Joel Vienneau has 2 wins and a .951 save percentage.
Saginaw started the season on the road with visits at Guelph and Owen Sound. They were close in the Guelph game dropping it 4-3 on a goal 44 seconds into overtime. In Owen Sound they were overwhelmed by the home side and trailed by 4 goals until late in the game – ending in a 5-2 score. Garrett Ross and Vincent Trocheck had good offensive games with 2 goals each (1 ppg each). Defenceman Dalton Young has three assists and is the only player on the team with a plus rating (+2). After this game the Spirit will host Sault Ste Marie on Saturday night.
My prediction Sudbury 2 Saginaw 5
Owen Sound at Barrie
The Attack had a successful opening weekend – notching a victory on the road at Windsor – and then winning their home opener vs. Saginaw. Offensive stars were Cameron Brace (6 pts), Daniel Catenacci (4 pts) and D-man Kyle Hope (3 pts). Jordan Binnington is in the top 5 in most goalie categories as well.
Barrie has a record of 1 win and 2 losses after their first weekend of action. Offensive leaders are Anthony Camara (5 pts), Mark Schiefele (5 pts) and D-man Ryan O-Connor (4 pts). Goalie Niederberger has a 3.51 GAA and a .901 save percentage. These defensive numbers will have to be improved on by a tighter team effort for more W’s this season.
My prediction Owen Sound 4 Barrie 5 (OT)