Ontario Hockey League Game Day Previews for December 6 2012

We were correct (again) in yesterday’s prediction.  The Owen Sound Attack defeated the Plymouth Whalers 3-2 (shootout) and the Belleville Bulls beat the Peterborough Petes 3-2 (overtime).  Both games went to overtime – a detail that we did not think would happen in either game.  We said that both games would be 4-2 victories.  

Today’s slate of games will provide a little more variety.

 

London at Brampton

The #1 Knights take their winning streak into the Bunker for a tangle with the hottest team in the Eastern Conference.  London has only lost 5 times in their 30 games this season – they did not lose a game in the month of November! Can they take their winning streak to 16?

Seth Griffith has tallied 50 points this season and now has 200 in his OHL career over 183 games played.  He is in second place in the OHL Scoring race trailing Ryan Strome by 9 points. Second on the team in scoring is Max Domi (41 pts) who is at the #10 spot in league scoring.  They will be missing defencemen Harrington and Zadarov for the world junior training camps starting next week.

 

Brampton has won their last 7 of 10 including their last 2 in a row. Barclay Goodrow has hit the 20 goal mark and is tied for ninth in that category in the league. In November he had 12 goals in 12 games. Blake Clarke has been a pleasant surprise for the Battalion with his team high 19 assists to go with 6 goals.

 

Brampton is snuggled into the #6 spot in the Eastern Conference – trailing Oshawa by 2 points and leading Kingston by 3 points. The two teams will meet again on Friday Feb 1 2013 for the final time.

 My prediction London 4 Brampton 2

 

Ottawa at Niagara

The Ottawa 67s (7-20-0-3) had some good news for a change this week, when Tyler Graovac, and Sean Monahan were named to the Team Canada World Junior tryout camp in Calgary, from Dec. 10-15th. The Brampton natives have been terrific for Ottawa. Monahan leads the team with 36 points, and Graovac has 18 goals to lead the team in that category. Monahan has served 6 of his 10 game suspension, and Graovac has missed time recently with an injury. Somewhat surprisingly, teammate Cody Ceci was left off of the tryout list.

The 67s have lost 6 straight road games, including their last one, on Sunday afternoon, where they were defeated 2-1 in a shootout, in Windsor. Taylor Fielding scored the loan Ottawa goal in regulation. Jacob Blair stopped 40 of 41 shots for Ottawa in this one.

With Monahan and Graovac out of the lineup, rookie, 1st round pick, Dante Salituro has had more quality ice time of late. Over the past weekend, he scored once and added 4 assists.

Recently named as OHL Performers of the month are the League’s leading point producer Ryan Strome (59 pts) and Defenceman of the month Dougie Hamilton (39 pts).  Both of them plus Brett Ritchie (Dallas Stars
draft pick) will be at Team Canada World Junior tryout camps next week and will be sorely missed by this team through the rest of the month.  Depending on the NHL lockout situation as well as the Icedog’s trading strategy, this may be the last time to see these players in the black and red.  Tomorrow night the Icedogs travel to London to play in Sportsnet’s Friday Night Hockey nationally televised game.

 Ottawa has 17 points from their 7 wins in 30 games this season – Niagara has 38 points and 18 wins in their 30 games this season.

 My prediction Ottawa 3 Niagara 5

 

Kingston at Peterborough

The Kingston Frontenacs (15-13) announced yesterday that they have signed defenseman, Matthew Watson, twin brother of Spencer Watson.  Spencer is second in OHL rookie scoring, behind Connor McDavid of the Erie Otters, with 11 goals and 15 assists. He was playing for the Jr B Strathroy Rockets, is expected to join the team and get into a couple of games prior to the departure of new teammates, Mikko Vainonen, and Henri Ikonen, who were both named to the Finnish National Junior team selection camp for the World Junior Championships. Spencer Watson, Dylan DiPerna, Roland McKeown, and Sam Bennett will be leaving the team soon to join
the Under 17 tournament. This makes Matthew's signing huge at this time, especially since Michael Moffat is at least a week from playing, with the shoulder injury he suffered last weekend against the Gens.

The Peterborough Petes (6-20-2-1) lost a heartbreaker in Belleville, last night, 3-2 in OT. Joseph Cramarossa, of the Bulls, scored the winner 1:53 into OT. It was his third point of the night. Malcolm Subban shut out the Petes until the big line of Francis Menard, Alan Quine, and Nick Ritchie got rolling. Ritchie tied the game at 1 just shy of the 7 minute mark of the third, and Francis Menard tied it again less than 5 minutes later.

Kingston won the previous two meetings of the season between these division rivals. On October 11th the Fronts won in Peterborough 4-3. Sam Bennett was the hero that night as he scored in OT.

 On November 16 Kingston beat the Petes 7-3. Rookie Mark Beckstead had arguably the best game of his OHL career on that night, with two goals. Billy Jenkins had a goal and two assists.

My prediction  Kingston 4  at  Peterborough 3

 

Sault Ste Marie at Windsor

The Greyhound boarded the bus early this morning for this road trip.  They will also make stops in to Saginaw on Saturday night then a quick jaunt over to Sarnia to finish their weekend schedule. They are in the honeymoon stage of playing under their new Head Coach (Keefe) who had a lot of success at the CCHL level.

 

Solid defenceman Ryan Sproul was named to Canada’s Junior Training Camp.  Nick Cousins continues to lead the team in points (40). He had a productive November with 4 goals and 11 assists with one of his goals being shorthanded.  Tolchinsky and Fritsch are tied with Cousins in the goals scored department – all of them have scored 11 times.   The Greyhounds are tied for seventh with the Spitfires and the Spirit – all teams have 28 points but Saginaw has played one more game.  Sault Ste Marie gets the edge in the standings.

 

Windsor has won both contests between these clubs this season.  Early in the schedule on September 22, the
Spits would edge past the Greyhounds 3-2. On Oct 11 the Spits would push past the visiting Greyhounds to the tune of 7-4.   Kerby Rychel leads the team in goals (17), powerplay goals (8) and points (29). Brady
Vail is in second place overall with 27 points – while rookie Josh Ho-Sang has put together solid numbers with 5 goals and 17 assists so far.

Tomorrow the Spits will tangle with the Sting in Sarnia and then they will return home to battle with the Oshawa Generals .

 My prediction Sault Ste Marie 2 Windsor 5

 

Sarnia at Saginaw

The Sting are sitting in sixth place in the West as the weekend action begins. They have 16 wins this season along with 2 shootout losses good for 34 points. Sarnia has won their last 4 games and hope to continue their fortunes across the border. The Sting have the third best away record in the entire league (10-4-0-1). Alex Galchenyuk continues to lead the way for this team with 20 goals and 29 assists. Charles Sarault has been hot recently with 8 points in his last 3 games.

 Saginaw will have newly acquired Nathan Glass in action tonight. Last weekend the Spirit dropped a high scoring game to Sarnia 7-4 before they destroyed Ottawa 10-3.  They closed out the weekend with a 4-3 overtime shootout loss to the visiting Owen Sound Attack.  They are currently in a three way tie for seventh place with Sault Ste Marie and Windsor – all have 28 points this season.

 My prediction Sarnia 4 Saginaw 1

 

Sudbury at Barrie

Leivo leads the team with 27 points, followed closely by Pancel (25), Kahun (25) and Campagna (23). The
Wolves will be without the services of Frank Corrado next week when he attends the U20 World Junior tryouts for Team Canada.  He leads the team with 18 assists.

Last weekend the Wolves were defeated at the hands of the Owen Sound Attack 6-4, then were able to squeak by the Erie Otters by one goal 2-1.  They are in the #8 spot of the Eastern Conference with 26 points in 30 games played this season.

 

The Colts continue to lead the Eastern Conference with 39 points in 28 games played (19 wins). They have won 6 of their last 10 games.  Barrie’s top guns include Schiefele (44 pts), Hall (37 pts), Camara (8 PP goals) and Beyers (28 assists and +16 rating).

Their last action was a hearty test against the #1 team in the league the London Knights. Barrie was ahead 2-0 before London was able to score 4 straight goals to take the lead and not look back.  The Colts would drop this game by a score of 5-3.

 Barrie’s home record this season is tops in the league 11-2-0-1.

 My prediction Sudbury 0 Barrie 3