Ontario Hockey League Game Day Previews for Wednesday March 6 2013
Pictured is Max Domi of the London Knights. He has been on a scoring tear lately in the absence of their #1 offensive threat Seth Griffith. Max had an honorable mention in the OHL Player of the Week based on his 7 goals in the past three games. Domi has yet to win this award.
London at Owen Sound
Is this a preview of the Western Conference finals? Many pundits are leaning that way.
London will likely finish the season with the best overall record in the OHL, but want to push on to make consecutive appearances at the Memorial Cup Tournament to cap off their season. They have put together an impressive 7 game winning streak and have won 7 of their past 10 games. Last weekend they held off Windsor 5-2, bested Sarnia 4-3 and then dismantled Kitchener 6-1. Alex Broadhurst has quietly put together a nice offensive season. He has scored in 11 of their past 12 games including 6 goals in his past 6 games.
The Attack held off the Rangers last Friday night 2-1 and then pushed around the Steelheads 6-1 on Saturday night to complete their weekend schedule. After this game they host the Erie Otters for back to back games in Owen Sound. They will then invade Windsor 8 days from now and then complete their schedule with a home/home series against the always tough Sarnia Sting. Owen Sound is current in third place in the division with a very slim 1 point lead over the Kitchener Rangers who have one less game left in their schedule than the Attack.
My prediction London 4 Owen Sound 3 (OT)
Ottawa at Belleville
The 67s are nearly assured of finishing last in the OHL, and therefore selecting first in the OHL Priority Selection on April 6th. Any combination of 67 losing points, or Erie Otter earning points totaling 4 will guarantee that Ottawa will get the first overall pick. The 67s have lost 9 straight games. This will be the first time that the 67s have failed to make it to the postseason since 1994-95.
Craig Button, of TSN, has ranked Sean Monahan 7th amongst draft eligible players for the 2013 NHL draft, down from 6th last month. Ottawa’s captain has been one of the few bright spots for the 67s this year, and leads the team with 28 goals, 43 assists for 71 points - good for 15th in the OHL. Joseph Blandisi, acquired from the Attack at the trade deadline, is a distant second with 45 points. Blandisi has 20 points in his 20 games as a 67. The Avalanche draft pick was a big part of the deal which sent Cody Ceci to the Attack.
The Bulls’ Jordan Subban has steadily risen in the eyes of NHL scouts this season, and is rated 36th this month by Button, up from 54th last month. He lead the team in point scoring early in the season, and has dropped to 5th on the team, with 49 points in 61 games. Subban is one of only 3 Bulls who have played in all of Belleville’s games. Joseph Cramarossa, and Garret Hooey are the other two.
The Bulls have cooled off a bit, after losing two straight games. It was their first back to back losses since January 1st and 3rd. The Kingston Frontenacs broke their 10 game winning streak on Friday night with a 3-1 victory at K-Rock Centre in Kingston. Belleville dominated in all three zones in the first period, but came out with just a 1-0 lead. It was all Frontenacs the rest of the way, as they were full value for their victory. It was the 3rd time this season that Fronts’ starter, Mike Morrison, had beaten the Bulls. Niagara beat the Bulls on Saturday night, 5-4 in overtime. Alan Quine salvaged the point for the Bulls, who had lead 3-1 earlier, with a goal with 5 seconds left in regulation time.
This will be the 8th and final meeting between these Division rivals this season. The 67s have not fared well, as the Bulls have won all previous 7 matchups. Belleville is currently 1st in the Eastern Conference, 3 points up on Barrie, and 5 ahead of the Oshawa Generals.
My prediction Ottawa 2 at Belleville 5