Ontario Hockey League Game Day Previews for Thursday November 15, 2012

Pictured is Mathias Niederberger from the Barrie Colts.  He leads the OHL with 13 wins in 18 games played.   His team is ranked this week in the CHL list at #7.


Oshawa at London

The Oshawa Generals (11-9-0-2) lost 3 straight games last weekend.  In fairness, they were faced with a very difficult 3 games in 3 days, which included at trip to Erie sandwiched between two home games. Starting goalkeeper Daniel Altshuller was replaced midway through Friday’s 5-3 loss to the Barrie Colts.  Boone Jenner scored two goals in this game.

They then boarded the bus to Erie, where they were trounced on Saturday night 6-1. Oshawa outshot Erie 50-19, so they deserved a better fate, but Erie's goalie Oscar Dansk proved why he was the #1 Import Selection in the OHL. He was outstanding. Oshawa's backup, Ken Appleby allowed 5 goals on 18 shots.

The Generals returned home to face the red hot Kitchener Rangers who were after their 5th consecutive win. Once again, the Generals outshot their opponents, including a 10-3 count in the scoreless third period. Final score was 2-1 for the Rangers. Rookie Michael Dal Colle scored the only goal for Oshawa - his 8th.

The London Knights (13-5-0-2) have won 5 straight. They had a similar weekend to Oshawa travel wise. They would win their home game on Friday, then travelled to Plymouth where they shut out the Whalers 5-0.
London came home on Sunday afternoon to win once again.  Max Domi scored twice and had an assist in Sunday's 5-3 win over the Greyhounds. Matt Rupert and Josh Anderson each had a goal and an assist. Kevin Baille was outstanding vs. Plymouth stopping all 36 shots fired his way.  Matt Rupert lead the way again, this time with a hat trick and an assist. The Knight's powerplay went 4-9 in this one. Jake Patterson stopped 41 of 42 shots on goal, to lead the Knights to a 4-1 victory over the Sudbury Wolves on Friday night. Ottawa native
Jacob Jammes scored his first OHL goal.

 My prediction  Oshawa 3  at London 4

Ottawa at Peterborough

The Ottawa 67's (6-12-0-2) are a team in turmoil having lost 4 straight. They have just traded OA goalie Keegan Wilson who they brought in at the beginning of the s season to carry the load.  Clearly this didn't work out, and Ottawa traded for Clint Windsor, from the Mississauga Steelheads this week to take his place.
They also traded away 5th year OHLer Jake Cardwell for 3 future draft picks.

Clint Windsor made his debut on Tuesday night against his former team in a 5-4 67s' loss. Despite their record, the 67s have the OHL's #1 ranked powerplay, and they went 3-3 in Tuesday night's game. Ottawa's problem has been and remains defensive lapses while playing 5 on 5.  With the trade of Cardwell, the 67s have chosen to go with a very young, inexperienced defense, with the exception of,  Mike Cajkovsky, and Cody Ceci. It
will be a steep learning curve for this group, unless the 67s choose to bring in some experience.

Peterborough (4-14-2-1) has lost 7 straight. They have recently faced some tough teams including the Oshawa Generals, Barrie Colts (twice) Mississauga Steelheads (twice), and the Niagara Ice Dogs (twice). They had some leads early in some of these games, only to be disappointed in the end. The Petes really don't have the talent to compete with these teams especially with the injuries and illnesses to key players that they have had to endure this season. Francis Menard, and Slater Koekoek have been Peterborough's only consistent offensive threats this season, and former Frontenac Alan Quine has 5 goals, and 2 assists, in the 7 games he's played this season.

The 67s sit 19th in the OHL, and the Petes are 20th in the 20 team OHL. Both teams will be hungry for a victory tonight. This is the first of 8 meetings between the two East rivals this season. If Peterborough can stay out of the penalty box, and put pressure on the young 67s' defense, they should create enough turnovers to win this one.

My prediction  Ottawa  3  at Peterborough 4


Saginaw at Windsor

After last night’s offensive explosion vs. Plymouth, the Spirit now have the most goals scored in the league (they also have the 2nd most goals scored against in the league now). In that game, both teams would score in bunches and lead at different points. Saginaw was up 4-2 after one period – then Plymouth score 4 times in the second period to put the game all tied up at 6-6. Saginaw potted 2 goals early in the third period and Plymouth would only respond with one goal. With the win, the Spirit climb ahead of the Windsor Spitfires by one
point but they have also played 2 more games. The Spirit completes their weekend schedule on Saturday when they host the hot Brampton Battalion squad.

Tonight is their competition for the BMO Ultimate Fan.  Windsor is winless in their last 3 games and have a record of 4-5-0-1 in their last 10 games. GM Boughner has been threatening that there will be changes to improve the roster, but no major moves have happened yet. The Spits have only played four games this month - twice at home. They would win 6-3 over London on Nov. 1st and then lose 2-1 vs. Belleville on Nov 4.  After this game, the Spits travel to Barrie for a date with the Bulls on Saturday night and then play in Owen Sound on Sunday afternoon.

My prediction Saginaw 4 Windsor 1

Sarnia at Barrie

Sarnia is done cleaning up from the whirlwind that is the Subway Super Series – with all the hype around the game, let’s move back to your regularly scheduled OHL programming. The Sting are 2 points up on the
Plymouth Whalers for top spot in their division, so they have the privilege of the #2 overall spot in the Western Conference.  If the conference was seeded only according to points, they would be in the #6 spot.  They have been hot, winning their last 4 games and 7 of their last 10 games.  Last weekend they were able to beat Guelph
4-2, then outlast a gritty Sudbury Wolves squad 3-2.  Team leader Alex Galchenyuk continues to play well – scoring 11 points in 5 games this month. After this game, the Sting will continue on their 705 area code road trip with stops in at Sudbury and then Sault Ste Marie.

Barrie continue to put together a solid campaign with a record of 14-5-0-1 as they sit in first place in the  Eastern Conference with 29 points.  They are currently ranked # 7 in the CHL. Before losing to Brampton on home ice 4-3, the Colts rang off three straight wins vs. Oshawa, Peterborough and Sault Ste. Marie. Scheifele
and Camara lead the team with goals (14) while Hall and Beyers have the team lead in assists (20).   They will host Windsor on Saturday night, then travel to Sudbury for a Sunday afternoon match.

 My prediction  Sarnia 3 Barrie 5