Ontario Hockey League Game Day Previews for Wednesday January 30, 2013
Pictured is Darcy Greenaway – Kingston’s goal scoring leader (21). He also has 37 points (tied with Kujawinski for tops on the Fronts). Kingston will need their ‘game faces’ on to break out of their 8 game losing streak tonight vs. a tough Bulls team. Kingston’s longest losing steak was 9 straight games from Sept 30 – Oct 22 last season. They would only win 19 games then – this year they have a record of 20-23-2-2.
Barrie at Owen Sound
Barrie has stretched a 6 point lead over the Belleville Bulls for top spot in the Eastern Conference. They have won their last 2 games and 7 of their last 10 contests. Those victories were a 4-1 score over the Petes and a slim 2-1 win over the Icedogs. Zach Hall is #15 in league scoring with 56 points. Anthony Camara is third in the league for power play goals (12).
Tonight’s game is a rematch of the blizzardy game held in Owen Sound last Wednesday when the Attack outlasted the Colts 3-0. Binnington was rock solid in the nets with 25 saves and his ninth career shutout (3rd this season). Janes and Brace each had 2 points in that game as well. Since that game the Attack lost back to back contests vs. the Guelph Storm. Owen Sound is tied for third in the West (have the tiebreaker vs. Kitchener) but are still 13 points behind the London Knights for top spot in the conference. The Attack’s schedule doesn’t get any easier with a visit to Kitchener this weekend then a home/home series against the OHL’s top ranked team in London . At least those back to back games have 6 calendar days between them.
My prediction Barrie 2 Owen Sound 4
Kingston at Belleville
The Frontenacs are in 8th place in the Eastern Conference, with 10 home games, and 11 road games left in their season, including tonight's game. They are 9 points ahead of 9th place Peterborough, and 4 points behind 7th place Mississauga. 7 of their 20 wins have come away from home.
The Frontenacs are looking to avenge an embarrassing 8-2 thrashing in Kingston, on January 11th. The Bulls spoiled a complete sell-out at K-Rock Centre - just the 2nd one since the team moved into their beautiful downtown arena. The first was on opening night in February of 2008. The Bulls spoiled that night as well, with current Anaheim Duck Matt Beleskey scoring all 3 Bulls' goals in a 3-2 Belleville victory.
Former Frontenac Alan Quine made his Bulls' debut on January 11th, and was named the game's first star with a goal and 4 assists. Joseph Cramarossa had 3 goals and 2 assists - defenseman Jordan Subban had a goal and 3 assists.
The Bulls humbled the best team in the OHL, the London Knights, 3-1 on Saturday night, in Belleville, in their last game. They were full value for their victory, as they outshot London 40-23. Belleville is 6-2-0-2 in 2013, and are in 1st place in the East Division, and 2nd in the Conference.
My prediction Kingston 2 Belleville 4