Ontario Hockey League Game Day Predictions – Friday December 20, 2013
Windsor at Saginaw The Spitfires were last in action on Sunday when they lost 3-2 at Owen Sound. Josh Ho-Sang potted Windsor’s lone powerplay goal (on 5 chances). The Attack scored a late powerplay goal of their own for the one goal victory. The Spits are in fifth place in the Western Conference only a single point ahead of Owen Sound and 3 points up on Saginaw. The Spirit have not played ‘out of this world’ as their 2 consecutive losses will attest (and slim 3-5-2-0 record in their last 10 starts). This game starts a strange 3 consecutive dates between these 2 teams – including a date at the Winter Classic at the end of the month. Windsor by 1 goal.
Sault Ste Marie at Kitchener The Hounds are looking to rebound from last night’s disappointment in Guelph. They were stung by draft eligible Robbi Fabbri of the Storm who scored with less than a second left in regulation time, and then scored again in the extra frame. Sault Ste Marie is tops in their division (9 pts ahead of Windsor) and the #2 seed in the Western Conference. The Rangers are in last place in the Western Conference – they have won 4 of their last 10 games. Their last action was at Sault Ste Marie this past Sunday where they were dominated 5-1 by the hosts. Look for a similar score tonight in favour of the Hounds.
Niagara at London Life after Festarini – the Dogs have declared Brent Moran as their #1 goaltender following the voluntary departure of overage tender Chris Festarini. Both have not posted glistening records, but Moran has played more – and had more success lately. The new backup is Blake Richard who had a solid training camp but only has action in 9 OHL games with a record of 0-5-1. Niagara looks for a repeat of the upset vs. the Knights in St. Catharines a few weeks ago as they continue to flirt with last place in the Eastern Conference and last place in the OHL. The Knights are 8-0-0-1 in their last 9 games and are in third place in the OHL just 6 points behind the stellar Erie Otters. They will be missing a handful of players to injury and World Junior action. They managed to get the job done this past Sunday at home vs. the Frontenacs in a 6-4 game. It was troubling that their 4-0 lead turned into a 4-4 tie after 2 periods, but they were able to pull away in the third period for the win. Domi has 16 points in 7 games this month. Knights by 3 goals.
Kingston at Ottawa The Fronts were last in action on Thursday when they visited the Petes and delivered them a lump of coal for Christmas (4-1 for Kingston). After a 3-0 first period lead, they would cruise the rest of the way for the easy victory. They were not damaged by the meager 3 shots registered on offence. The 67’s are clinging to eighth place in the East by a slim 1 point over Niagara. Their last action was a 3-2 shootout victory over the Petes in Ottawa. Hill and VanStralen had the goals for the 67’s. Kingston should be able to stay ahead of Ottawa in this match – Fronts by 2 goals.
Plymouth at Oshawa The Whalers are near the bottom of the Western Conference (1 point ahead of last place Kitchener) and have only 1 win in their past 10 starts. They have allowed 40 more goals than they have scored in their 35 games this season. Oshawa has struggled in their last 2 starts in the absence of Scott Laughton (WJC). Last weekend they would lose at Sudbury 4-2, then were shutout by the Greyhounds 3-0. They have an eight point lead on second place Sudbury Wolves for top spot in the Eastern Conference. Oshawa by 2 goals.