Ontario Hockey League Game Day Previews
Sault Ste Marie at Brampton
The Greyhounds start their 3 game road trip in Southern Ontario with a stop into the Bunker for the final time. They will continue their trip with stops in Peterborough and then a late game on Sunday night in Oshawa. The Greyhounds are on a real tear now with points in their last 6 games and winning 8 of their last 10 games. They are in sixth place only 1 point ahead of the wavering Sarnia Sting and 3 points behind the steady Guelph Storm. Nick Cousins sits atop the leaderboard in points (19 goals and 61 assists – 3 more than Griffith and Sarault) and Ryan Sproul was recently honoured as OHL Player of the Week (3 goals and 3 assists in past 2 games – 7 game scoring streak) and all is good in Greyhound Country!
The Battalion have been playing steady hockey – they have won 5 off their last 10 games (3 shootout losses). They have 57 points and are in fifth place in the Eastern Conference – three points ahead of Niagara and one point behind the Sudbury Wolves. They will take a quick trip up to Sudbury for Friday night’s matchup and then return to play the Whalers on Sunday afternoon. Blake Clarke continues to lead the team with 42 points in 51 games this season. Barclay Goodrow leads the team in goals with 26 (11 on the powerplay - #7 in the league in this category). Francis Menard has not really ‘light it up’ since coming over in a trade with Peterborough – he has 4 points in 8 games played.
My prediction Sault Ste Marie 5 Brampton 2
Sarnia at London
The Sarnia Sting have tailed off a little recently after a very hot start to the year. They have only won 4 of their last 10 games and have 59 points as they sit in #7 spot 4 points ahead of the Saginaw Spirit. The London Knights continue to enjoy their perch atop the Conference and the League. They have 81 points and have won their last 3 games after a rough losing patch a few weeks ago.
Seth Griffith and Charles Sarault each have 77 points and are tied in second place in the league for scoring. Reid Boucher has 69 points and Max Domi tips the card at 64 points. Rookie Nikolay Goldobin was hot to start January, but has tailed off significantly. He has 5 points in his team’s last 12 games.
My prediction Sarnia 3 London 4
Windsor at Peterborough
The Spitfires begin their eastern road swing with some bad news, as it was just announced that another forward has been suspended. This time, it's Sam Studnicka who was suspended for 4 games for an incident in Sunday's game against Guelph. Rookie, Ryan Verbeek is in the midst of a 5 game suspension. He will be eligible to play on Sunday in Kingston. Defenseman Pat Sieloff (groin) will miss this weekend's trip as well, putting pressure on a shorthanded defense. Windsor is in 9th place in the Western Conference, 5 points behind Saginaw who hold down the last playoff spot.
The Petes handed it to the 67s in Ottawa last night, by the score of 10-6 to move within 4 points of the Kingston Frontenacs, who hold down the 8th and final Eastern Conference playoff spot. The Petes outshot the 67s 52-37 at Scotiabank Place. Michael Clarke, Jonatan Tanus, and Cody Thompson scored twice each for the Petes last night.
On January 31st, the Petes defeated Windsor 7-5, in Windsor. They chased starter Jaroslav Pavelka, who gave up 5 goals in the first 29 mins of the game. Former Spitfire, Michael Clarke tallied twice for the Petes, including the game winner. The powerplays were effective for both teams. The Petes scored on their only advantage, and Windsor was 2 for 3.
My prediction Windsor 3 at Peterborough 5