Pictured is Barrie’s point leader Mark (everyday I’m) Schiefele-ing. Last night he went on a tear at Sarnia with 3 goals and 3 assists. He now sits alone atop the point scoring list in the OHL this season with 7 goals and 12 assists. Last season he has 63 points in 47 games.
Plymouth at Kingston
Plymouth (3-3-2-1) beat the Petes 2-1 last night in Peterborough, and continue their Eastern swing in Kingston this evening. Defenseman, Connor Carrick scored 1 minute into the third to break a 1-1 tie. The Whalers outshot the Petes 41-24, including an 18-4 2nd period.
Kingston is coming off a perfect weekend, where they beat the Petes in OT in Peterborough, and then the Rangers at home. Overage netminder, Mike Morrison played very well against his two former OHL teams. First year Import, Henri Ikonen, scored his first two OHL goals for the Fronts in the Rangers' game.
What has been very impressive for Kingston has been the steady play of the 16 year old youngsters. Up front, Sam Bennett, and Spencer Watson are contributing offensively, and on defense, Roland McKeown, and Dylan DiPerna look quite comfortable, taking a regular shift. Kingston will be raring to go, as this will be their first action, since last Friday night. The rest of this weekend is busy for Kingston, as they travel to St Catharines to play the Ice Dogs, on Saturday night, and on to Kitchener, to finish their season series with the Rangers, on Sunday night.
My prediction Plymouth 3 at Kingston 4
Erie at London
The featured game on Sportsnet’s CHL Game of the Week should be a fast paced contest. These two teams have played each other twice already this season with London winning both contests – 8 to 2 in the home opener and then 4 to 3 at Erie on Oct 6.
Erie continues to show promise, but is having trouble getting in the win column. They only have 2 wins this season and 6 points total. Last night they would venture into Windsor to compete against an evenly matched team. Windsor held a 2-0 lead for most of the game until rookie phenom Connor McDavid potted a goal at the10:30 mark of the third period. Both Windsor’s goals were on the powerplay, so the Otters have some work to do there. Oscar Dansk was peppered with 47 shots in the game and earned first star honours in the losing cause. Erie is the third least penalized team in the OHL.
The Knights have been steady with 5 wins and 3 losses good for 10 points and a comfortable spot in the middle of the Western Conference. Last weekend London would take care of Plymouth 4-1 at home and then travel to Oshawa where the tough Generals squad would come out on top 5-3. Griffith and Domi are both tied for 4th place in league scoring with 15 points in 8 games. A player to watch for is import Defenceman Nikita Zadarov has 18 PIM and a +9 rating. Kevin Baille has played every minute this season for the Knights – sporting a 2.35 GAA and a .924 save percentage.
My prediction Erie 2 London 5
Mississauga at Saginaw
Mississauga is showing promise of late with their current 4 game winning streak. Last night in Sarnia they would allow the Sting to fire 40 shots at Spencer Martin. The game was back and forth with scoring but never a lead change as the Steelheads would push on to a 5-3 victory. Centre Brett Foy would notch a goal and an assist for first star honours. Hot shot Dylan Smoskowitz was held scoreless for the first time this season.
Last weekend the Spirit were in Central Ontario for a road trip. They would drop their first game to Barrie 8-5, then smother the Sudbury Wolves 6-3 before dropping their Sunday game 5-3 vs Brampton. They are near the bottom of the Western Conference with a record of 3-5-2-0 and 8 points (still 1 point better than Kitchener and 2 points ahead of Erie). Trocheck (16 pts) and Ross are the offensive producers on this team on the front end. Webermin and Young each have 7 points from the defensive corps. Jake Paterson has received the lions share of the netminder duties. He has a GAA of 3.18 and a save % of .904.
My prediction Mississauga 4 Saginaw 3 (OT)
Windsor at Brampton
Windsor was able to push by the last placed Erie Otters squad by a score of 2-1 last night. Both goals were powerplay markers – Rychel scored his sixth and Shoenmakers netted his 5th goal of the season. The Spits peppered Erie’s Dansk with 47 shots so he had a very solid game – they limited the Otters to only 5 shots in thesecond period. Windsor is in the top half of the Western Conference with a record of 5-3-0-3.
Brampton played it’s predictable opportunistic defensive game at Niagara last night. They had a chance to win after Santos potted two quick goals 33 seconds apart (second one was unassisted) to tie things up late in the second period. Brampton outshot the Icedogs 39-26 in the contest by were not able to put any more rubber past Chris Festarini – and would give up an overtime goal to Dougie Hamilton for a 3-2 overtime loss. The Battalion now have a record of 3-4-2-2 tied for 6th in the Eastern Conference.
My prediction Windsor 3 Brampton 1
Sarnia at Guelph
The Sting played a solid game last night at home vs. the Mississauga Steelheads. They peppered 40 shots at netminder Martin, but were only able to beat him three times. Sarnia never had the lead and were not able to score on their 4 powerplays chances. Craig Hottot notched a goal and an assist and Charles Sarault would hit the nets for 2 goals. Team leader Alex Galchenyuk has 4 points in his last 3 games. The Sting are in the middle of the pack of the Western Conference with a record of 5-4-0-1 good for 11 points.
Guelph has put together a solid season so far. They are in third place in the Western Conference with a record of 6-2-0-1 and 13 points. Last weekend they would outshine the Erie Otters 6-3 and then outlast the Peterborough Petes 7-6 in overtime. Kosmachuk leads the way with 13 points - Mitchell and Richard have 12 points each.
My prediction Sarnia 2 Guelph 5
Oshawa at Kitchener
Because of arena renovations, the Kitchener Rangers (3-4-0-1) will become the last team to play a home game tonight, after 8 straight on the road to start the season. They will welcome the BMO CHL's 4th ranked team, the Oshawa Generals (7-2-0-1) to town. Kitchener is coming off of a forgettable Eastern swing, which saw them loose in Kingston and Ottawa. The Rangers have gotten solid goalkeeping this season from John Gipson, and Franky Palazzese, but they continue to have difficulty scoring. Matt Puempel, Radek Faksa, and Tobias Rieder have been the only reliable offensive threats. Kitchener's fourth leading point producer, Ben Thomson, has 0 goals and 3 assists in his 7 games played!
Oshawa, on the other hand, are filling opponent's nets. They lead the OHL with 43 goals scored, compared to Kitchener's 17. Captain, Boone Jenner has had a dream start. Prior to last night's action, he was tied, with the Soo's Nick Cousins for the OHL lead, with 17 points. He now finds himself in 4th place, behind Sheifele, Cousins, and Zack Hall, who all had big nights. When asked about his great start, he deflects praise to his linemates, newcomers, Tyler Biggs, and Michael Del Colle (Oshawa's first round pick this year). Jenner is a +13, good forsecond in the OHL, prior to last night's action. Lucas Lessio, and Scott Laughton have had great starts, as well.
My prediction Oshawa 4 at Kitchener 3
Ottawa at Owen Sound
Ottawa (3-6-0-0) had little success on the PK last night, in Barrie, as the Colts PP went 5-8. Mark Scheifele scored on the powerplay twice in the first period, and once more in the 3rd to lead the Colts over Ottawa. The Jets' prospect finished the game with 6 points in Barrie's 7-3 victory. The 67's managed to outshot the Colts 44-39, and managed two PP goals of their own, with Cody Ceci connecting in the first period, and Tyler Graovac,with his team leading 10th of the year, midway through the third. Remi Giftopolous scored his fifth in thegame, as well.
Owen Sound (7-1-0-1) will play their 4th and 5th consecutive home games this weekend, starting tonight against Ottawa. Overall, the Attack have won their last 4 straight, and lead the Western Conference, with 15 points. They have moved up, from 10th to 6th in the BMO's CHL Rankings this week, for their efforts. Cameron Brace, Daniel Catenacci, and Gemel Smith are averaging a point a game, while goaltender, Jordan Binnington is ranked 4th amongst OHL goalies with a GAA of 2.23, and tied for second in save %age at .934.
My prediction Ottawa 3 at Owen Sound 5
Belleville at Sudbury
Belleville (7-2-1-0) is one of the hottest teams in the OHL, going 5-0-1 in their last 6, including last night's 5-3 victory in Sault Ste Marie. They conclude their Northern swing, with a stop in Sudbury (5-6-0-0). With last night's win, the Bulls are tied with the Generals, on top of the East Division.
The Bulls continue to get balanced scoring and exceptional goaltending, from Malcolm Subban. Surprisingly, Malcolm's brother, defenseman, Jordan leads the team in assists, with 9, and points, with 11, after 10 games. Jake Worrad was named the game's first star, last night, with 3 assists. Never entirely satisfied with his club'seffort, Belleville's coach, and GM, George Burnett indicated that the Bulls needed to bear down better in the face-off dot, as they spent most of the night chasing the puck, in his words. Burnett did give credit to his D-pairing ofStephen Silas, and Jason Shaw, who kept the Soo's best line of Cousins, Schumacher, and Staples, largely, in check.
The Wolves have cooled off, losing their last 3 games, including their last outing in the Soo, on Wednesday night, 3-1. Wolves' goalkeeper, Joel Vienneau, was strong in goal, stopping 35 of 37 shots, which was enough to be awarded the game's 2nd star. The Wolves need to stay out of the penalty box, as they were penalized 8 times to the Greyhounds' 2.
My prediction Belleville 3 at Sudbury 2