Pictured is your new OHL Points Leader – Sarnia’s Charles Sarault. Last night he had 2 goals and an assist in his team’s SO loss at London. He has 22 goals and 100 points this season which is 2 points ahead of suspended Nick Cousins from the Greyhounds. Last month Charles had 4 goals and 21 assists in 13 games.
Windsor at Erie
This is the battle of the basement dwellers in the West and Midwest Divisions, two teams that will miss the playoffs. They each have 7 games remaining including tonight's contest. The short list of teams that could host the 2014 Memorial Cup will be announced on Tuesday. Windsor and London have both submitted bids.
A three goal third period lifted the visiting London Knights to a 5-2 victory over the Spitfires, on Thursday night. The Knights had battled back from down 2-0 early. Windsor was outshot 18-8 in the 3rd period, by a team that wanted it more. Windsor will have a short bench again tonight as head coach Bob Boughner announced that forward Emerson Clark, and defenceman, John Bowen will sit for their second of three games for club-imposed disciplinary reasons. Windsor played with 9 forwards and 6 defensemen against the Knights. Defensemen Pat Sieloff (groin) and Adam Bateman (concussion) will not play either.
The Otters were beaten on home ice by the Plymouth Whalers, last night, by a 7-2 score. Vincent Trochek had 2 goals and 2 assists. The Otters were without 4 regulars due to suspensions. Hayden Hodgson will miss the rest of the regular season, and 3 games next season after his hit on Kingston's Henri Ikonen on Sunday. Jake Evans will miss tonight's game, as he instigated a second fight in the same stoppage in the Kingston game, as well. Centre Dane Fox is eligible to return tonight after missing the last 2 games for the same reason in a game against Sarnia. Adam Pelech is eligible to return on March 8th after his 5 game suspension. Otters' captain, Connor Brown remains out with a concussion.
My prediction Windsor 5 at Erie 2
Niagara at Belleville
The Ice Dogs have their share of injuries right now. They were without 4 regulars on Thursday night in a 7-1 home ice loss to the surging Plymouth Whalers. Aaron Haydon (jaw), Ben Hughes (rib), Jordan Maletta (foot infection), and Rio Anzolin were out of the lineup for the Dogs. According to coach Marty Williamson, Plymouth has the best 4 lines in the league right now, and they took full advantage of Niagara's mistakes. Williamson said that there was plenty of blame to go around, but that his goaltending has to be better in order for them to be successful.
The Bulls saw their 10 game winning streak come to an end in Kingston last night. The Frontenacs spotted the Bulls a 1-0 lead after 1, but were full value for the victory with a strong second and third period outshooting the Bulls 36-24. Belleville couldn't seem to get anything going, as the young Fronts seemed to win the puck battles most of the night. Jake Cardwell and Carter Sandlak returned to the Bulls lineup after serving their suspensions. Michael Curtis (knee), Stephen Silas (concussion-like symptoms) and Niki Petti (elbow) will likely miss tonight's game.
The month of February was incredible for the Bulls, as they went 11-1. These 11 wins set a franchise record for a month.
My prediction Niagara 2 at Belleville 5
Sarnia at Saginaw
Last night the Sting were at London. They were up 3-1 late in the third period and were almost able to put the #1 Knights squad away. London would manage to chip away at the lead thanks to a late third period goal by D-man Zadarov and then a last minute goal by birthday boy Max Domi. Overtime did not produce a result for either side. Each team would score once in the first round of shooters. The fourth round saw DeAngelo stopped but London’s Broadhurst scored giving the Knights another win and the Sting a single point for the SO loss. With his 2 goals and 1 assist, Sarnia’s Charles Sarault is the first player to reach the 100 point mark this season as he takes the scoring lead. Sarnia is currently in the #7 spot and trails #6 Sault Ste Marie by only 2 points in the standings.
The Spirit have almost clinched a playoff spot – there is only one spot left for them to claim and it is the #8 seed. They lead the Windsor Spitfires by 9 points and trail the Sarnia Sting by 6 points with 8 games remaining. The Spirit open this Month with 2 home games and finish their regular season schedule with 2 homes games. Besides having a home/home series with the Sting, Saginaw will also have a home/home series with the Kitchener Rangers.
My prediction Sarnia 4 at Saginaw 3
Mississauga at Owen Sound
The Steelheads are in tough with a game against one of the top teams in the Western Conference. Their last action was last night at home vs. the Barrie Colts. They would manage 36 shots on Barrie’s Niederberger but could not get any pucks behind him – Barrie scored early in the second period and then squeezed in an empty net goal for the slim 2-0 result. The Steelheads managed a season high 21 shots in the first period and then a season low 2 shots in the second period. Tyson Teichmann stopped 30 of 31 shots sent his way in this tough loss. While Mississauga was losing, the Frontenacs were winning – at the end of the night, both teams would be tied with 55 points looking up at the Icedogs who are stuck at 58 points.
The Attack were tough on home ice last night vs. the Kitchener Rangers. After a scoreless first period, the Rangers would score in the second period. They would outshoot the Attack 22-8 in the frame. The third period would see the Attack outshoot the Rangers 19-9 and they would be rewarded with a powerplay marker by Cameron Brace. Overtime would solve nothing so a shootout was required. Kitchener scored twice and Cameron Brace would be the only goal scorer for the home side. The single point equals their 1 point lead that they have over the same Rangers squad. Their 6-3-0-1 record over their past 10 games is almost the opposite of Mississauga’s 3-6-0-1 record
My prediction Mississauga 2 at Owen Sound 4