In the lone game in yesterday’s schedule, we correctly predicted that the visiting Guelph Storm would defeat the Kitchener Rangers. We also had the score 100% correct at 3-2 – BUT not in a shootout (rats!).
Plymouth at Owen Sound
Last weekend the Whalers hosted a decimated Ottawa squad. Plymouth easily outshot the visitors 48 – 23 and outscored them 4-1. Noesen, Hartman and Wilson were the goal scorers. These three were recently named to their respective World Junior camps. Attending the USA Jr. Camp are Noesen (24 pts) and Hartman (27 pts) . The Canadian World Jr. team invited Tom Wilson(21 pts) to their tryout camp. Rickard Rackell (28 pts) will try out for team Sweden.
On Saturday night they would host a solid Kitchener Ranger team. Kitchener would score on both of their powerplay chances – Plymouth was 0/4 on the man advantage. Even though the Whalers would lead in shots (42-31) the two teams would remain tied at 4-4 after regulation and overtime. The shootout saw Radek Faksa slip one in for the only goal in the set.
Plymouth is in sixth place with 33 points in 27 games played this season.
The Attack continue their push to stay on pace with the #1 Knights – Owen Sound has 45 points in their 29 points this season. Last weekend they would take the road on a Northern Ontario road trip. When all was said and done they would have 3 victories … 6-4 in Sudbury, 2-1 in Sault Ste Marie and a tight 4-3 decision at Saginaw. Cameron Brace had 3 goals and 3 assists in those games.
The Attack have 2 players named to the Canadian Jr. Camp – Daniel Catenacci and goaltender Jordan Binnington. On Friday the Attack will play at Guelph and then host Belleville on Saturday night.
My prediction Plymouth 2 Owen Sound 4
Peterborough at Belleville
The Peterborough Petes (6-20-2-1) are without Luke Hietkamp, and Derek Schoenmakers, who for various reasons won't play in Peterborough. WHL's free agent, Andrew Rieder's brief 5 game stint with the Petes ended with the news that he needed shoulder surgery, ending the OA's OHL career. The rest of the team is finally getting healthy for the first time in a calendar year.
In their last game the Petes were beaten 5-2, on home ice, by the Sarnia Sting. Alex Galchenyuk, Reid Boucher and Alan Quine were too much for the home team. Scoring for the Petes were veteran Alan Quine, with his 7th and Jonatan Tanus, with his 4th. J.P. Anderson was solid for the Sting in this one, as the Petes outshot Sarnia 41-25, including 15-3 in the second period. The Sting outscored the Petes 1-0 in the second.
Last Thursday night the Petes hosted the Bulls, and beat them in a shootout 4-3. Charlie Graham took the loss for Belleville. The Bulls outshot their hosts 34-32 in an evenly played game. Stephen Pierog scored his 3rd and 4th in this one, and Francis Menard tallied his 12th for the winners.
Daniil Zharkov (Edm), Joseph Cramarossa (Ana), and Brady Austin (Buf) replied for the Bulls in regulation time. In the shootout, Jordan Subban remained a perfect 6-6 in shootouts, but was the only Bull able to beat Petes' starter, Michael Giugovaz. Alan Quine and Nick Ritchie beat Graham, to win it for the Petes. On Saturday night, the Bulls lost at home to the Kingston Frontenacs 3-1. Brendan Gaunce was the only Bull to beat Kingston starter, Mike Morrison on this night. Going into the game the Bulls lead the league on the penalty kill, but Kingston managed to go 2-4 on their PP.
Jake Cardwell is expected to return to the Bulls' lineup tonight, after his 2 game suspension. Austen Brassard is eligible to return on Dec. 8th from his 4 game suspension. Malcolm Subban has been invited to attend Canada's World Junior camp in Calgary from Dec 10-15. He will leave the team after this weekend's set of games, and is expected to make the team that will travel to Russia to compete for the World Junior Championship, beginning on Boxing Day.
My Prediction Peterborough 2 at Belleville 4