Ontario Hockey League Game Day Previews for Thursday November 1 2012
Pictured is former Niagara Icedog defenceman Brock Beukeboom. He was traded yesterday tothe Guelph Storm. Brock is in his overage year and has career totals of 228 GP, 15G, 54 A, -11 and 209 PIM. He will be a welcome addition to the blueline especially during the 4 game suspension of Andrey Pedan for his actions last weekend.
Kitchener at Niagara
Dust off your costumes for this one – dubbed to be the Icedogs costume / hallowe’en game. Both teams here are heading in opposite directions. Niagara is in the midst of a tailspin with 2 consecutive losses and 4 wins in their last 10 games. Kitchener has won 5 of their last 6 games and is starting to ‘put things together’ after a rough start. Niagara is one point ahead in the standings, but has played 2 more games than the Rangers.
With the recent departure of Brock Beukeboom (to Guelph for three future draft picks) the Icedogs may begin to siphon off their better players for future picks as they consider a rebuild to match up with the new building that will be built ‘down the road’ in 2014.
Top scorers for the Rangers include Rieder with 15 points in 14 games and Matt Puempel with 14 points in 14 games. Both of these players are averaging at least a point per game over their productive OHL careers. Ryan Strome continues to lead the way for the Icedogs with 21 points in 16 games. Hamilton has 17 points and Brett Ritchie close behind with 16 points.
My prediction Kitchener 4 Niagara 2
Oshawa at Peterborough
Oshawa (9-5-0-2) goes into Peterborough (4-7-2-1) looking for revenge. The Petes beat the Generals 3-2 in a shootout last Sunday night. Petes' rookie goalie, Michael Giugovaz was the story in this one, as he stopped 45 of 47 shots. Giugovaz also backstopped the Petes to a home ice victory over the Saginaw Spirit, last Saturday night, to earn CHL goaltender of the week honours.
Oshawa will be without Lucas Lessio, who was recently dropped from the OHL roster for the Subway Super Series (wrist injury) and Scott Laughton (suspension). Prior to Saturday night, the Generals had won 9 of the ast 10 regular season meetings between the two Eastern rivals, dating back to last season. Boone Jenner was once again the Generals' best player, with a goal and an assist, but he and teammate, Cole Cassels were unable to beat Giugovaz in the shootout. Peterborough shooters, Francis Menard, and Greg Betzold beat Ken Appleby, who stopped 22 of 24 shots fired his way in regulation and overtime.
My prediction Oshawa 4 at Peterborough 3
London at Windsor
The Knights have pulled things together in the past 10 games with 6 wins and overtime points in two games. They have tallied 18 points in 14 games and are tied for fourth with the Kitchener Rangers. Seth Griffith erupted for 3 points in their game vs. Guelph last Saturday night (Knights would drop the game 4-3 in a shootout). Max Domi is second in team scoring (to Griffith) with 20 points and a healthy +9 rating. Kevin Baille has been the workhouse in net and can be found in the top 10 for many of the goalie leading categories in this league.
Windsor has been average recently with 4 wins and 4 losses to go with 2 overtime points in their last 10 games. They have 17 points in 16 contests this season. Brady Vail is head and shoulders above histeammates offensively so far this season. He is having a career year with 6 goals and 14 assists (including 2 PPG). Pavelka has been the goalie of choice for the Spits – he has a record of 7-5, a save % of .894 and a GAA of 3.62.
My prediction London 4 Windsor 1