Pictured is the Petes’ goalie Michael Giugovaz. In October he had 3 wins and 2 overtime losses. November hasn’t been so kind as he would drop 2 home games to Oshawa (Nov 1) and Niagara (Nov 4). He has a .908 save percentage and a goals against average of 3.69.
Saginaw at Plymouth
It doesn’t sound very exciting for a #7 team to be vs. a #9 team but the geography and recent history will keep the crowds interested. This is also a traditional game on the same date as the US election. These teams are 5 points apart with Plymouth having the edge with 19 points and the Spirit only collecting 14 points on 6 wins this season. The Whalers have 6 wins in their last 10 games whereas the Spirit only have 4 wins. Trocheck(24 pts), Locke(21 pts) and Ross(20 pts) lead the way offensively for the Spirit. Plymouth gives a recent flavour to the phrase ‘balanced attack’. They have 9 players with more than 10 points and their top 3 scorers all have 14 points (Meurs, Payne and Hartman).
After this game the Spirit hit the road for an Eastern Ontario road trip to Ottawa on Friday, Belleville on Saturday and Kingston on Sunday. The Whalers will host Windsor on Friday and then London on Saturday.
My prediction Saginaw 2 Plymouth 5
Mississauga at Kitchener
The Steelheads have put together a solid campaign so far this season. They have 23 points and are in fourth place in the Eastern Conference standings. On Sunday they hosted the Erie Otters. They would outchance the visitors 52-22 and also outscore them 4-1. Dylan Smoskowitz would get back on the goal scoring train with 2 goals (11 on the season). Tyson Teichmann would record his second win of the season in five appearances. On Friday night they hosted Peterborough and beat them by the same 4-1 score. After this game the team will entertain Niagara on Friday night and then host the Petes again on Sunday afternoon.
Last weekend the Rangers were edged out by the streaky Niagara Icedogs on Thursday night 2-0 and then they would record two consecutive victories at home vs. Windsor and then in overtime vs. the #1 team from Owen Sound. Top scorer Matt Puempel was active in his last game with 2 goals and 1 assist after being in a mini 2game scoring drought. Tobias Rieder has the same point total this season (17 points in all 17 games) but only 2 points in his last six games. The Rangers will host the scrappy Sault Ste Marie Greyhounds on Friday night and then travel to Oshawa for an afternoon tilt on Sunday.
My prediction Mississauga 2 Kitchener 3
Kingston at Ottawa
Kingston (7-9-0-0) are coming off a split this weekend. They beat Brampton at home on Friday night 6-3. Brampton lead 3-2 after one period. Kingston played well but seemed to pay for each mistake they made. 16 year old Spencer Watson scored both of Kingston's goals.
The second period was all Kingston, as they broke open a close game with 4 straight goals Brampton looked lost for long stretches. The Battalion simply couldn't match Kingston's speed, and were beaten to every loose puck. Veteran's Cody Alcock, and Darcy Greenaway broke scoring slumps with goals in this one, and rookie Sam Bennett scored the other goal. Mike Morrison was solid in Kingston's goal.
If the Frontenacs could have focused in the first and final minutes of each period, they could have beaten the Generals in Oshawa on Sunday night. Kingston had a 2-1 lead after one period, but gave up a goal at the 12 second mark of the second to tie it. That seemed to demoralize the team, and Oshawa went on to score goals in the last minute of the second, the first and last minute of the third to take the 5-2 win.
Ottawa (6-8-0-2) celebrated back-to-back wins for the first time this season, when they scored a shootout win in Sudbury on Saturday night. They also recorded a 6-1 win on Friday night in Sault Ste Marie.
The 67s offense exploded for 4 unanswered goals to chase the Soo starter, Matt Murray, after the Greyhounds had opened the scoring. Tyler Graovac scored his league leading 16th of the season. Sean Monahan was named the game's first star and 16 year old, rookie, Dante Salituro was the second star - each had two assists.
In Sudbury, Tyler Graovac and Tyler Fielding scored in the shootout, and Sean Monahan scored two in regulation to power the 67s to the 4-3 victory.
Ottawa will be out for revenge this evening as Kingston beat them 3-2 in front of 11 000+ fans last Monday. Ottawa beat the Fronts 8-6 in a wild, undisciplined game the previous Friday night, in Kingston.
My prediction Kingston 3 at Ottawa 5
Barrie at Peterborough
The Barrie Colts (12-4-0-1) are coming off the same road trip that the 67s just had, only in the reverse. Sudbury beat the Colts 6-4 on Friday night, and the Colts beat the Soo 5-4 in overtime on Saturday night. The Colts were ranked 6th (up from 10th the week before) in the BMO CHL Weekly Rankings. They sit tied for first with the Niagara Ice Dogs in the Eastern Conference – both are two points behind the West leading Owen SoundAttack. Mark Scheifele was not in the lineup in the Sudbury loss, but scored a hat trick, including the winner in OT, and had an assist in the Soo.
The Peterborough Petes (4-10-2-1) are in the Eastern Conference basement with 11 points and are tied for worst in the league with the Erie Otters. They have been decimated with injuries this year, and have recently had a player go home complaining of lack of ice time. Fourth year winger Luke Heitkamp has gone home to London, to await a trade. He has played 178 OHL games - all for the Petes.
Alan Quine has scored twice in his three games this season, and Nick Ritchie has been slowed by injury and has only played in 5 games. They signed former WHL winger Andrew Reider from the CHL waiver wire, and he has played 5 games too.
The Petes have given up a Conference high 68 goals, but they really aren't getting blown away in their losses. Goalie Andrew D'Agostini has had a start to forget with no wins in 6 starts. Rookie goalie, Michael Giugovaz has been the workhorse with a 4-4-2 record in 11 games, this season.
My prediction Barrie 5 at Peterborough 3