Ontario Hockey League Game Day Predictions for Saturday Feb 18 2012
So yesterday was my worst day in predicting games EVER. I did have the guts to choose some underdogs, but didn’t pick the right games. My underdogs didn’t prevail and some of the teams that I picked against came out on top. I am left to reflect on my dismay 3/9 record last night ..... good thing there are a handful of games on today so that I can restore my confidence !!!!!
PETERBOROUGH @ OTTAWA
This game was on yesterday’s schedule, but was postponed due to problems with a leaky roof. Game is to be played today @ 2 pm. I’m going with the same preview and same score prediction.
The Petes were pushed out by the Fronts Thursday 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 trail 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
MISSISSAUGA @ BELLEVILLE
The Majors gained one point last night by going to overtime and then the shootout vs. their Peel Region rivals the Battalion. It took 8 rounds to decide the winner of this game. Partanen and Wise scored in regulation. The Majors were 1 for 4 on the powerplay. That one point pushed them into seventh place in the Eastern Conference – now one point ahead of the Petes and 2 points ahead of Belleville. Oshawa is one point ahead in the sixth spot. Last night the Bulls gave up an early lead and could not keep up with the Generals eventually losing 8-1. Belleville was only 1/8 on the powerplay – Payerl had a team low -5 rating. Belleville has now lost 3 in a row. Subban will get the start tonight.
My prediction Mississauaga 3 Belleville 2
GUELPH @ PLYMOUTH
I was wrong on both predictions for these teams yesterday so I guess all that I know is that one of these teams will win tonight. Guelph was defeated at home by the streaking Sarnia Sting last night by a score of 4-2. Kosmachuk scored early in the first period on the powerplay and McNaughton scored late in the game. The score could have been more lopsided if Sarnia had scored on any of their 8 powerplay chances. Guelph is losing ground to the Greyhounds in the hope for the last playoff spot – currently trailing them by 3 points.
Plymouth was shocked last night by the visiting Owen Sound Attack. Shots on net were even (39-34) but the Whalers could not solve the puzzle presented to them in the form of Jordan Binnington. The Whalers did manage to squeak one by him late in the third period (Whaley’s second of the year). They look to regroup against the desperate Storm team tonight.
My prediction Guelph 3 Plymouth 6
OWEN SOUND @ WINDSOR
The Attack continue to roll with points in their last 6 games. They are 1 point behind the streaking Sarnia squad but are only 4 points ahead of the Saginaw Spirit. Last night Owen Sound was in Plymouth where they outscored the strong Whalers team 5-1. Brace, Garvus and Bigras had 2 point games – Binnington played well stopping 33 of 34 shots.
Windsor returns home after a strong road win at London. Kerby Rychel was the offensive star (3 goals) while Pavelka had a strong game in net (stopping 39 of 40 shots). They sit in seventh place 2 points behind Saginaw and 3 points ahead of Sault Ste Marie. At the start of this match the Spits organization will honour former player Mickey Renaud who passed away 4 years ago.
My prediction Owen Sound 5 Windsor 4
SARNIA @ SAGINAW
Sarnia was at Guelph last night where they were trailing 1-0 but took the game back to their advantage with 2 second period goals and then added two more in the third period to cruise to a 4-2 win. Hottot was ‘on fire’ with 2 goals (4 points in 5 games), Sarault with his 16th goal and Rensfeldt with his 17th of the year. The Sting need to get the powerplay going if they are going to go far in the playoffs – they were 0 for 8 in this game.
Saginaw was at Sault Ste Marie last night where they lost 4-3 in overtime. Locke, Shalla and Trocheck (sounds like a lawfirm) had multipoint games. The Spirit had an early 2-0 lead but then gave up three straight goals. They were 2/3 on the powerplay and managed 40 shots on netminder Jack Campbell. The Spirit trail Owen Sound by 4 points for fifth place in the Western Conference and lead Windsor by only 2 points.
My prediction Sarnia 5 Saginaw 3
OSHAWA @ BARRIE
Oshawa was home last night where they pushed around the Bulls to the tune of 8-1. Laughton had 3 goals and 1 assist, Jensen and Petgrave helped with 3 assists each. The referees and linesmen were busy in this game as there were 5 different fights which complemented 76 penalty minutes. The Gens continue their playoff push and stand in sixth place 2 points ahead of the Majors, 3 points ahead of the Petes and 4 points ahead of the Bulls.
Barrie was able to outduel the strong Rangers club in Kitchener last night 5-3. Waterloo native Behenna had a big game with 2 goals and 1 assist and a +3 rating. Telegin had a goal and an assist – Beyers had 2 assists. The Colts were 2/5 on the powerplay. The Colts steady play this month has them sitting in fifth place with 30 wins and 64 points on the season. Sudbury holds the tiebreaker for fourth spot – both teams trail Brampton by only 3 points. Oshawa is 7 points behind and will be a dangerous opponent tonight.
My prediction Oshawa 4 Barrie 2
NIAGARA @ SAULT STE MARIE
The Icedogs are coming off a gritty win in Sudbury last night 5-2. Three first period goals was the cushion that the visitors needed to control the game. Agozzino had a goal and an assist to lead the team (he is currently 9th in the league in scoring). The Dogs continue their leapfrog with the 67’s for top spot in the Eastern Conference – Niagara with the advantage to start today (Dogs 75 pts, 67’s 74 pts).
The Greyhounds were able to get by the Saginaw Spirit 4-3 in overtime despite being outshot 40-29. Nick Cousins continued his strong play with a goal and an assist. Former Icedog Mike Schwindt recorded his first goal of the season as well (2nd in 4 year career).
My prediction Niagara 4 Sault Ste Marie 1