Ontario Hockey League Game Day Predictions – Friday January 31, 2014
Kingston at Plymouth
The Fronts got shut out last night at Windsor 4-0. They remain locked in with North Bay in the #3 slot in
the conference. Plymouth ran out of steam at Sault Ste Marie on Sunday and dropped the contest 4-2.
The Whalers are clinging to the last playoff spot by 3 points (over the Sting).
Kingston by 1
Belleville at Saginaw
The Bulls pushed around Sarnia last night – eventually leaving with a 5 goal victory. Six players had
multipoint games. Belleville is still one of the lower scoring teams in the league, so don’t expect them
to post these big numbers for the rest of the season! They remain in last place in the league – 8 points
behind the last playoff position.
The Spirit dropped their last 2 games but have kept their 3 point cushion over the Attack for the #6 spot
in the conference since Owen Sound has dropped their last 3 games. They will conclude their weekend
schedule on Saturday night when they host the Frontenacs. Darren McCarty will be signing his book
tonight at the arena!
Saginaw by 2
Sarnia at Guelph
The Sting are eager to get out of town with rumours swirling around Sarnia about the sale of the team.
They are only 3 points out of the last playoff spot, but haven’t been helping their cause with only 3 wins
in their past 10 games. They were run out of their building last night by the last place (in the league)
Belleville Bulls by a score of 7-2. Latta and Brown were the goal scorers. They will close out their
weekend action when they host the Steelheads in Sarnia tomorrow night.
The Storm have had their games vs. the Attack cancelled recently due to weather – so they are eager to
get on the ice ! Their last action was a double up on Saginaw 4-2 in Guelph. They are one point behind
the Erie Otters for top spot in the league. The Storm will travel to Windsor tomorrow night to round out
their weekend action.
Guelph by 4
Barrie at Kitchener
The Colts have dropped two straight games to Sudbury by two goals. They are interested in reversing
their fortunes and will be hard to ‘hold down’ against the Rangers. AA did not score in those 2 games,
but had 15 points in the 7 previous games this month. Barrie holds down spot #5 in the conference.
The Rangers are at the bottom of the heap in the Western Conference – only 2 points out of last place in
the entire league. They have only gained points in 3 of their past 10 games with their last loss coming at
the hands of the rebounding Knights 6-1 last Saturday.
Barrie by 3
Niagara at Mississauga
The Icedogs were listless last night in St. Catharines vs. the top ranked Otters – losing 8-1 in front of a
sell out crowd. Almost an entire line of starters for Niagara were in the stands due to suspension and
injuries. These 2 teams are tied in the standings for the #7 / #8 spot. Mississauga has won only 3 games
in their past 10 starts vs. the Icedogs 5 wins.
Niagara by 1
Erie at Owen Sound
The Otters easily handled an understaffed Icedogs squad in Niagara last night 8-1. With the win, they
leapfrogged the idle Storm for top spot in the Western Conference. The Attack had their last games
cancelled so they will be very eager to play – but probably not back to back vs. the top team in the
Erie by 4
London at Sudbury
This is a special tribute game where Dale Hunter’s Jersey will be retired in a pre-game ceremony. Zach
Bell is on his last game of suspension, but will not play in this game. London looked good in their 9-4
victory at North Bay last night.
Sudbury was able to get by Barrie 7-5 last night thanks to a goal in the last 2 minutes of regulation (and
then an empty net marker). 4 Wolves had 2 goals each. Both teams have points in their past 3 games
and both teams have 5 wins in their past 10 games.
Sudbury by 2
North Bay at Oshawa
The Battalion were run over at home by the Knights last night 9-4. Both teams had ample time (and
success) on the powerplay – London scored the only goals of the first period and posted a comfortable
4-0 lead. North Bay is in the #4 slot in the Eastern Conference.
Oshawa dropped their last game – a one goal decision vs. the Erie Otters. They continue to hold a lead
on the Sudbury Wolves for top spot in the conference – currently a 4 point spread.
Oshawa by 2