Pictured is a shot from last night’s game between the Fronts and 67’s. Blandisi and Dupuy would drop the mitts early in the first period of last night’s home ice loss for Kingston. Blandisi would go on to score the winning shootout goal to give Ottawa the victory.
Kitchener at Erie
This is rematch of last night’s nationally televised match where the Rangers would easily handle the Otters. Captain Murphy led the way with a goal, an assist and a plus 4 rating. Joel Vienneau stopped 31 of 32 for his 4th win in 5 games played this season for the Rangers. Look for Coach Spott to start Moylan tonight to save Vienneau for Sunday’s match at Guelph on Sunday afternoon.
This loss continues to dim the playoff chances for Erie. They currently sit in last place in the Western Conference 13 points behind the Saginaw Spirit for the #8 spot and have recorded points in 6 of their last 10 games. JP Labardo was the lone goal scorer in last night’s contest. In their last 10 home games they have a record of 3-4-1-2.
My prediction Kitchener 3 Erie 2
Saginaw at Niagara
The Spirit went into Mississauga last night and squeaked by the Steelheads for their 23rd victory in 48 games this season. The win gives them 51 points as they hover in the # 8 spot in the conference. Goal scorers were Lindberg, Lodge and Addison. Eric Locke leads the team with 30 goals and 30 assists – and has 17 points in 10 games this month.
This is Niagara’s annual Pink In The Rink game – look for specially colored jerseys, helmets and other merchandise to support cancer research. The Dogs played a solid game on Thursday night vs. the top ranked Eastern Conference Barrie Colts. The game was tied up late in the third period by the visitors and then the winning goal came on the same play from the Colts for the 2-1 overtime victory. Niagara has a record of 4-4-1-1 in their last 10 home games. Brett Ritchie will miss this game as the second of his two game suspension.
My prediction Saginaw 3 Niagara 4 (OT)
London at Belleville
On paper, this promises to be the game of the night in the OHL. The London Knights are fresh off of an 11-1 drubbing of the last place Ottawa 67s on Thursday night. They look to follow in two Western Conference teams from the past weekend, and win out on an Eastern road swing. Last weekend, the Guelph Storm beat the Petes, 67's, and Frontenacs. The Attack beat the Frontenacs, Bulls, and 67s. The Knights will face the Frontenacs on Sunday afternoon.
On Friday night, the Knights were at their offensive best pumping 11 goals past 67's starter Clint Windsor and reliever Jacob Blair. The Knights scored 4 powerplay goals, and an unbelievable 4 shorthanded goals. Max Domi, and Chris Tierney each recorded hat tricks. Bo Horvat was named the game's first star, with 2 goals and 2 assists. The win broke the Knights out of a modest 3 game losing streak, which dropped them from 2nd to 3rd in the BMO CHL's Top 10 rankings.
The Bulls lead the East Division of the Eastern Conference, despite blowing a 2-0 3rd period lead to the Petes, and eventually losing in a SO on Thursday night in Peterborough. The Petes outshot the Bulls 46-34, including 18-13 in the 3rd period. The night before the Bulls looked like a different team, in beating their rivals from Oshawa 4-1 to take over first in the East. Malcolm Subban beat Daniel Altshuller in this one.
Despite their shootout loss in Peterborough, the Bulls are playing their best hockey of the season. The additions of OHL veteran snipers, Alan Quine from the Petes, and Tyler Graovac from the 67s , allows the Bulls to roll out 3 solid scoring lines. Subban is 2nd in the OHL with a save % of 0.932, only behind his WJC teammate, Jordan Binnington of the Attack.
The Bulls are dead last, however on the powerplay in the OHL, but are #1 in killing penalties. The Knights are 4th on the PP, and 6th in killing penalties.
My prediction London 4 Belleville 3
Sarnia at Plymouth
This is a rematch of last night’s game at Sarnia where the home side would score a 5-4 shootout victory. The Whalers easily outshot the Sting 40-29, but came up just short in the final score. Roughing was the penalty of choice this night as 7 of the game’s 11 minor penalties were that flavour. Plymouth was successful on 2 of their 3 powerplay chances, whereas the Sting were 0 for 2.
Reid Boucher scored twice for Sarnia (and leads the league with 40 goals this season), Basso and Goldobin had the other goals. Garrett Meurs scored twice for Plymouth, Payne and Uvira with the other markers. Stefan Noesen had 3 assists but a -1 rating for the game. Both teams now have 57 points. The winner of this game will possess the #2 seed overall in the Western Conference.
My prediction Sarnia 4 Plymouth 6
Oshawa at SSM
The Oshawa Generals are tied with the Bulls atop the East Division. They are 6-3-0-1 in their last 10 road games, which includes a 4-1 loss in Belleville in their last game. The Greyhounds are 8-1-0-1 in their last 10 home games. The SO loss was Friday night to the Windsor Spitfires. They won their last two road games, which were in Sudbury (5-4 in OT) and Plymouth (7-3).
The Generals have Lucas Lessio back from his serious wrist injury, which has only allowed him to play 15 games this season. He has 15 points in those 15 games. Boone Jenner leads the Gens with 55 points in his 38 games, which ranks him 13th in league scoring.
The Greyhounds are in 7th in the Western Conference, 3 points up on one Michigan team (Spirit) and 3 points behind the other (Whalers). Nick Cousins of the Greyhounds is 2nd in point scoring in the league, with 73 points (54 assists) in 48 games.
My prediction Oshawa 2 Sault Ste Marie 4
Peterborough at Barrie
On paper, this should be a blowout. It's the top team in the Conference hosting the 9th place team. They are 29 points apart in the standings. The Petes were sellers at the deadline, but have played very well as a team since Jody Hull took over the Head Coaching duties. The Pete’s record of 5-2-0-3 attests to that.
Barrie's captain, Mark Scheifele continues to play in the NHL for the Winnipeg Jets. They have plenty of other top scorers to pick up the slack. They have solid goaltending in Mathias Niederberger, who leads the OHL with 25 wins in his 38 starts. He has stopped 18 of 20 shootout attempts this season.
My prediction Peterborough 2 Barrie 4
Guelph at Owen Sound
This is a rematch of last night’s classic rivalry held in Guelph. All 3 of the game’s goals would come in the second period – Brock McGinn collecting both goals – his 16th and 17th of the season. Cook’s goal for the Attack was sandwiched between Guelph’s goals. Lots of rough stuff happened late in the game – the result will be Cameron Brace watching the next 2 games from the stands (he has 54 points this season).
Guelph trails Owen Sound by 5 points in the standings and has now won 6 in a row. The third place Attack have played at an average clip of 5-4-0-1 in their past 10 games.
My prediction Guelph 2 Owen Sound 3(OT)