Pictured is Max Domi of the London Knights. He has scored 30 goals and has 40 assists this season and is second on the team in scoring. The Knights have not been producing wins recently and will be without the services of their top scorer Seth Griffith (hand fracture) for a few weeks yet. Max is in action this afternoon in St. Catharines vs. the Niagara Icedogs.
Barrie at Brampton
Barrie is coming off a relatively easy home victory over the Mississauga Steelheads last night. The Colts would score in each period and cruised to a 3-0 win. They outshot the visitors 45 – 28. Schiefele, Hall andTheoret each had 2 points. Mathias Niederberger held the fort with a 28 save shutout – his first of the season and fourth of his career. With the win, Barrie maintains their one point cushion at the top of the Eastern Conference over the Belleville Bulls.
The Battalion are eager to get back on the ice after their result at Peterborough on Thursday. They were only able to solve D’Agostini once on 47 shots and gave up 3 goals to produce the final 3-1 score. The surprising Petes squad was 1 for 5 on the powerplay. Blake Clarke has gone quiet on the scoresheet of late only registering one goal in six games this month. The second leading scorer on the team – Barclay Goodrow – has notched 3 goals and an assist in those same six games. The Battalion are still positioned in the #5 spot in the conference even after losing their last 2 games. After this game the team will jump on a bus for a poorly scheduled game at Ottawa.
My prediction Barrie 4 Brampton 2
London at Niagara
This is a rematch of last year’s OHL final – but the flavor is a little different this time around. The Knights have cruised to the top spot in the league (similar to last year) whereas the Icedogs are battling to remain in a comfortable playoff position.
The Knights were not in action yesterday. They will be eager to get back on the ice though after an embarrassing loss to the last place Otters on Friday night. In that game, the Knights would have trouble getting started and fell behind 2-0 after starter Jake Paterson gave up 2 goals on the first 5 shots of the game. Matt Rupert replied for the Knights later in the period. The lone goal of the second period by former Knight Dane Fox (his 12th) would give the Otters a strong 3-1 lead going into the final frame. Erie was outscored 2-1 in the final frame, but held on for the well earned 4-3 regulation victory. The Knights have not won in their past 4 games and have a suddenly average record of 4-5-1-0 in their past 10 games. The 10 point lead that they have in the Western Conference over both Kitchener and Owen Sound doesn’t seem so insurmountable now. After this game, the Knight have 12 games left in their schedule – only 5 of them on home ice.
The Icedogs were in Owen Sound last night and arrived early this morning in St. Catharines. The game was back and forth with the score notted at 2-2 after two periods. The third period would remain scoreless until Cody Ceci would score on the powerplay with a little over 5 minutes remaining in the game. Their record is now a tidy 26-26-2-2 - this game did not effect the Icedogs place in the standings – they remain in sixth place. They have a home record of 15-9-1-1.
My prediction London 5 Niagara 3