Today’spreviews are brought to you by the letters:
O – overtime. Two of the three games yesterday went to overtime. Sudbury loses to Sault Ste Marie in the shootout and the Erie Otters lose at home vs the Plymouth Whalers.
H – home ice. Two of the three games last night were won by the home side. Belleville destroyed Niagara 6-2 and the Greyhounds slipped past the Wolves 4-5.
L – Labardo (JP) who scored the first goal of the game for the Erie Otters last night.
Belleville at Peterborough
The Belleville Bulls (15-8-3-0) will be looking to move ahead of the Oshawa Generals on top of the East Division standings with a win in Peterborough tonight. It's the first of 6 meetings between these division rivals.
It is FAITH night at Memorial Centre, and current Toronto Maple Leaf, James Reimer will be speaking to the crowd about his faith after the game.
The Bulls defeated the Ice Dogs 6-2 last night, in a game that took an ugly turn towards the end. Six different Bulls scored last night, and Jordan Subban had 3 assists, and captured first star honours. Austen Brassard is facing a suspension, as he was the instigator in a fight in the last minute of the game. This usually brings a two game suspension. Carter Sandlak may be suspended as well, as he was very upset and was awarded a misconduct at the 19:36 mark of the third period.
Belleville scored a 3-0, shut-out, victory over the Ottawa 67s on Sunday afternoon. Malcolm Subban recorded his 2nd shut-out and 12th victory of the season in this one. Carter Sandlak, and Stephen Silas each had a goal and an assist.
The Peterborough Petes (5-19-2-1) have lost 5 straight, and 9 of their last 10. On Tuesday night the Oshawa Generals defeated the Petes 3-2. The Petes were down 3-0 six minutes into the 2nd period, but displayed resilience by coming back to within a goal, on two powerplay goals. Alan Quine had a goal and an assist on
Slater Koekoek's goal. On a positive note for Peterborough, they were 2 for 3 on the PP and killed off all 5 of Oshawa's PP chances.
Despite losing 22 games this season, the Petes have been in the vast majority of those games, at home especially. On home ice, the Petes have lost to only two teams by more than 2 goals. The Petes have battled some very good teams, including Plymouth, London, Niagara, and Barrie, to very close outcomes.
The Petes are due to break out of their 5 game losing streak, despite the fact that Derek Schoenmakers has yet to report to Peterborough, since being traded from Windsor last week. Petes' fans need to continue to have FAITH in their team.
My prediction Belleville 2 at Peterborough 3
Barrie at Windsor
The Barrie Colts are cruising at the top of the Eastern Conference standings. Their record is 18-7-0-1 as they have 37 points so far this season. They are 1 point ahead of Niagara and 2 points ahead of Mississauga. They have won 7 of their last 3 games – and each of those loses was by only 1 goal (once to Owen Sound and twice to Brampton). Mark Schiefele continues to have a solid offensive season – he has 20 goals and 23 assists in the 25 games played this season. Anthony Camara has 19 goals this year – he had only 9 goals in his shortened 31 game season last year. Zach Hall and Stephen Beyers are near the top of the league for assists with 26 so far this year.
Their peculiar OHL schedule continues as they travel to London for their next game on Friday – and then are out of action until Thursday Dec 6.
The Windsor Spitfires are struggling with only 3 wins in their last 10 games. Their record this season is 10-11-1-4 good for 25 points and a tie for eighth place in the Western Conference. Last weekend they squeaked by the Saginaw Spirit 2-1 before they dropped their most recent game to Kingston 5-4. Nick Ebert potted 2 goals and was the #2 star in their last game. Their next game is in Kitchener on Friday and then they will host Ottawa
on Sunday afternoon.