Mississauga at Ottawa
The Mississauga Steelheads (13-5-0-1) are hot right now, going 8-2 in their last 10. They can win any way they need to as evidenced by their last two wins. The beat Peterborough on Sunday 2-1 in a tight checking affair, and Niagara 6-3 on Friday night in a more wide open game. In the Niagara game 6 different players found the back of the net for the Steelheads. Spencer Martin has been terrific in goal, and is currently third in the OHL in GAA at 2.08. Riley Brace and Dylan Smoskowitz continue to lead the offense.
The Ottawa 67s (6-11-0-2) are not where they wanted to be after their first 19 games and that is 19th in the OHL. To that end, coach and GM Chris Byrne made three trades yesterday. Starting goalie, Keegan Wilson was dealt to Guelph, for a 7th round pick in the 2013 Priority Selection. Wilson has been a disappointment after being picked up as an overager from the Brampton Battalion. He had just 4 wins in his 15 starts, and was pulled from the game against the Bulls on Sunday afternoon, after giving up 3 goals on 11 shots. To take his place, Ottawa picked up underused Steelhead goalie Clint Windsor. Windsor had been acquired from the Spirit when it appeared as though Spencer Martin was going to be out for an extended period with an injury. 19 year old, Windsor should be an upgrade for the 67s. In another deal, Ottawa traded veteran defenseman Jake Cardwell to the Bulls for 3 draft picks. The 5th year overager seemed to lose his game in Ottawa, and was a -20 in 17 games with the 67s.
These moves may prove to be a wake up call for the 67s, who just haven't played well at home this season. They have only two wins in 11 games at Scotiabank Place.
My prediction Mississauga 3 at Ottawa 4