With all teams in action last night we made a reliable set of predictionw again. 8 of our 10 predictions went our way!! 80% is a good grade. We also nailed the London score bang on (4-1). Today’s pictured player is Defenceman Brandon Prophet of the Saginaw Spirit. He opened the scoring and then notched another goal in the second period as his team went on to embarrass the host Ottawa 67’s by a score of 8-3. Brandon is from Brockville (Eastern Ontario) and will be playing at Belleville tonight. He has 4 points in his OHL rookie season.
Oshawa at Erie
The Oshawa Generals had to board the bus and make the trip to Erie after they hosted the Barrie Colts last night. The Colts beat them despite a pair of goals from Boone Jenner - his 16th and 17th of the season. Tyler Biggs had a big night as well setting up both of Jenner's goals, and one by Oshawa's first round pick Michael Dal Colle(7th of the season).
Dal Colle has been very impressive for the Generals of late – scoring his 2 goal and 2 assist in their game against the Kingston Frontenacs in Oshawa last Sunday evening. Boone Jenner continues to lead the team. Tyler Biggs had a goal and 3 assists in that game as well. Undrafted German born forward, Sebastian Uvira has turned his play up of late and is one of the hardest working players on the team.
The Otters are led by two Subway Super Series performers in Connor McDavid, and Connor Brown. Brown had 2 goals and 2 assists in last night's 6-3, home ice win over the Peterborough Petes – he also leads the league with 11 powerplay goals. McDavid had 2 goals and 1 assist, as the Petes had no answer to the Otters' best players. Goalie Oscar Dansk stopped 41 of 44 shots to earn his 4th win of the season.
My prediction Oshawa 6 Erie 3
Peterborough at Niagara
The Petes were beaten in Erie last night 6-3. Slater Koekkoek picked up a couple of assists in a losing cause for Peterborough. Andrew D'Agostini was lifted at 2:59 of the 2nd period after giving up the 3rd Erie goal. Michael Giugovaz played the rest of the game.
Niagara gave up two powerplay goals to the Steelheads last night, in Mississauga, en route to a 6-3 loss. 4th year winger, Mitchell Theoret picked up his 7th and 8th goals of the season, and Brett Ritchie, his 15th for Niagara. The Icedogs continue to search for secondary scoring – will it arrive tonight? On a penalty kill in the second period, Ryan Strome was assessed a 5 minute major and a game misconduct for a check from behind. The Icedogs were also called for a too many men on the ice penalty late in the game – after the play was stopped it was drawn to his attention that goalie Festerani was on the bench (whoops).
My prediction Peterborough 2 at Niagara 4
Saginaw at Belleville
The Saginaw Spirit started their eastern swing on a positive note last night, as they defeated the Ottawa 67s at Scotiabank Place 8-3. Rookie defenseman Brandon Prophet - Saginaw's second round pick in the 2012 Priority Selection - had his biggest night in his OHL career. Even former 67 Ryan Perklin scored for Saginaw (3rd goal in his 67th OHL game). Jake Patterson was solid in goal for the Spirit. It stands to reason that back-up goalie, Russian import, Nikita Serebryakov will get one of the starts this weekend, as the Spirit will play 3 in 3. His performance has been less than stellar, as he has a GAA average of 4.97 and a Save % of 0.865 in 3 losses.
It'll be interesting to see how the Bulls respond after losing to the Kingston Frontenacs 2-0 last night, especially since Kingston's winning goal was scored with less than 5 minutes left in regulation time. For the second game in a row, the home team has earned a shutout in this series. The Bulls had the better of the chances in last night's game, but couldn't find a way to beat Mike Morrison in Kingston's net. Malcolm Subban earned the game's second star, with some great saves, especially in the first and third periods of the game. Daniil Zharkov returned late in the 3rd after being high sticked in the face. He along with acting captain Joseph Cramarossa were Belleville's best forwards despite being on the ice for both Kingston goals. Jordan Subban skated miles on the Bulls defense.
My prediction Saginaw 2 at Belleville 3
London at Plymouth
Last night the Knights were able to smother the visiting Sudbury Wolves in London Ontario. The Knights jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the first period via goals by Griffith (tied for fifth in the OHL) and Jammes’ first career OHL goal. The Knights would score twice more (M Rupert & Pawley’s first) before Sudbury’s Brody Silk would damage Jake Paterson’s hopes for his second career shutout. The Knights are comfortably in fifth place of the Western Conference within 2 points of third place. Their record now stands at 11-5-0-2.
The Whalers were able to deal with the Spits last night to the tune of 5-3. They scored four straight goals in a 12 minute span to end the first period and start the second period. Their powerplay was 3/9 and the Windsor powerplay was 3/10 in a penalty filled contest. Stefan Noesen continues to shine this month with 5 goals and 3 assists in 4 games played. Garreett Meurs also had a good game with one goal and 2 assists after being held off the scoresheet for the past 2 games.
My prediction London 4 Plymouth 3 (OT)
Brampton at Barrie
The Battalion hosted the #1 Owen Sound Attack last night in a back and forth affair. The game was tied 3-3 until late in third period – then an empty net goal gave the final score of 5-3 in favor of the Attack. Bell, McLeod and Childerley were the goal scorers. Barclay Goodrow is in a mini-slump as he has only 2 goals and 0 assists in the past 5 games. The Battalion will host Guelph Sunday afternoon at the bunker.
Barrie continues to roll as they lead the Eastern Conference by 4 points over second place Mississauga. Last night they were able to jump out to a quick 2-0 lead at Oshawa and never gave up the lead. Camara and Beyers each had 2 goals in this contest. Goalie Neiderberger continues his steady play with 36 saves on 39 shots (including an impressive 20 saves in the third period). Last time these teams tangled was on Oct 25 where the Colts pushed by the Battalion in overtime for a 2-1 victory. The Colts do not play on Sunday, so look for Niederberger to continue to patrol the nets in this contest.
My prediction Brampton 0 Barrie 3
Sault Ste Marie at Owen Sound
The Greyhounds were in Kitchener last night where they continued to struggle. They have only won 3 of their past 10 games and currently sit in eighth place with a record of 9 wins, 9 losses and 1 overtime loss. The Rangers outshot them 42-22 – Staples had the only goal (powerplay marker late in the third period) to make the score 3-1 in favour of Kitchener. Nick Cousins had a quiet game with only 2 PIM on the scoresheet. He is tied for eighth in scoring with 8 goals and 19 assists this season (215 pts in 219 career OHL games).
Owen Sound was at Brampton to tangle with the Battalion in front of 2373 fans. Brandon Hope got the call in net to give Binnington a rest in preparation for tonight’s tilt. Jordan Binnington will be looking for a bounce back game after giving up 2 goals in the Subway Super Series game on Thursday night. This provided Team Russia with their first win in the history of the international competition. The Attack’s top line was buzzing last night – Catenacci with 2 goals and 1 assist, Gemel Smith with a goal and an assist. D-man Chiarlitti notched 3 assists and a + 3 rating (league leading +24 rating).
My prediction Owen Sound 5 Sault Ste Marie 2