Your game day predictions are brought to you by John Duncan (twitter @frontsfocus) and Dwayne Williams (twitter @notsoheavyd). The action for this week will be exciting with lots of great matchups. Is there aseparation in the standings now between the elite teams, the average teams, and the weaker squads? Pictured is Jake Paterson who was recently announced as one of the goalies for the Subway Super Series. He is in action tonight at Erie.
Saginaw at Erie
Last weekend Saginaw played twice and posted 6 goals and 5 goals in those games. They were able to push around Mississauga to the tune of 6-1 then lost to the strong Guelph Storm 8-5. In those 2 games, their powerplay was 3 / 10. Eric Locke and Vincent Trochek would each collect 4 points. The Spirit come into the gamewith a record of 4-6-2-0 and find themselves near the bottom of the Western Conference with 10 points. Jake Paterson was appointed to the roster for the OHL Subway Series vs. Russia alongside Binnington of the Owen Sound Attack.
The Otters played at home on Saturday vs. the Windsor Spitfires. 4 of the 5 goals were scored in the first period before both sides were able to ‘stop the bleeding’. Only Windsor would score in the second frame – with the third period being scoreless leading to a Spits 3-2 victory. Devin Williams had his second start of the season – his first being a 3-2 overtime loss at Kingston. Adam Pelech was also selected for the Subway Series for his offensive skills. Erie comes into this game with a record of 3-7-1-1 and is only 2 points behind theSaginaw Spirit.
My prediction Saginaw 5 Erie 4
Oshawa at Ottawa
The Generals' (8-4-0-1) had three players selected to play against the Russian Selects in the Subway Super Series. They happen to be the team's top three scorers. They are Captain Boone Jenner (18 points), Lucas Lessio, and Scott Laughton who each have 13 points.
In Oshawa's last game on Sunday night Ex-General Cody Payne scored two goals against his former mates, to lead the Plymouth Whalers to a 4-2 victory. The Generals thought they had tied the game, with 46 secondsleft on the clock, but after a lengthy review, the goal was disallowed. The Whalers scored the insurance marker into an empty net. The Generals connected twice on the powerplay in this one, so the 67's would be well-advised to stay out of the box. Ottawa (3-8-0-0) remains in the OHL's basement, so they will be looking for a big weekend against their Eastern opponents. After tonight's game they will play a home and home with the Kingston Frontenacs starting on Friday night in Kingston.
The 67's continue to score, but give up way too many goals. Their 40 goals puts them 4th in the Conference, behind teams who have played two more games than they have. Only Sault Ste. Marie, Windsor, and Saginaw have allowed more goals than Ottawa. Ottawa also had three players chosen to represent the OHL in the Super Series. Having terrific years for the 67's are defenseman, Cody Ceci, and forwards Sean Monahan, and Tyler Graovac.
My prediction Oshawa 5 at Ottawa 4
Mississauga at Belleville
Despite a winning record Mississauga (6-4-0-1) continues to have difficulty scoring. They are tied with the Peterborough Petes for the fewest goals scored (29) in the entire OHL. Needless to say, the strength of the Mississauga Steelheads is on defense. Two defensemen were chosen to represent the OHL in the Super Series. They are team captain, Stuart Percy, a Maple Leaf draft pick, and San Jose pick, Dylan DeMelo. Recently, Dylan Smoskowitz was named OHL player of the week, for the week ending October 14th. Also considered for the player of the week award was Steelhead's teammate, Riley Brace, who matched Smoskowitz's 7 points in 3 games effort.
The Belleville Bulls (7-3-1-0) are playing very well. Goaltender Malcolm Subban, a Bruin's pick, and team captain Brendan Gaunce, a Canucks pick, were chosen to represent Team OHL in the Super Series. Unfortunately for Gaunce, he will be sidelined for the next 3-6 weeks with a second degree shoulder separation, suffered in last Friday night's 3-2 loss in Sudbury. The team will miss his leadership and excellent penalty killing skills, as Belleville leads the OHL on the PK with a 91.4% success rate. Belleville is ahead of Mississauga by 2 points in the standings
My prediction Mississauga 1 at Belleville 3