Pictured is Sault Ste Marie defenceman Ryan Sproul who should be back in action tonight vs. the Saginaw Spirit. He has been out of the lineup since early October with an arm injury.
Guelph at Mississauga
This is an 11 AM start – it’s the Steelheads annual schoolday game. They are having a mask design contest this week as well.
Guelph is looking for the reset button as they have had some tough luck of late. In their last three games they have 1 win and 2 shootout losses to show for their efforts – and only 3 wins in their last 10 games. They have 13 wins on the season and 29 points to put them in 5th place in the Western Conference. In their last shootout loss at Erie, Cody McNaughton would notch 2 assists on both of the Storm’s goals (Fabbri and McGinn were the goal scorers).
The Steelheads are currently in third place in the Eastern Conference – trailing the #1 Barrie Colts by only 2 points and leading Niagara by only one point. In their last 10 games they have won 8 games and lost twice. They have the second lowest goals allowed total in the Eastern Conference so far this season. The Steelheads #1 goaltender Spencer Martin was recently ranked #1 for draft eligible goaltenders in the OHL. In their last game they would outpace the Generals in Oshawa to the tune of 5-3. Josh Burnside had a pair of goals and Stuart Percy had 3 assists and a +4 rating.
My prediction Guelph 2 Mississauga 5
Barrie at Owen Sound
This will be a true test between the conference leaders in the OHL. Both teams have played 23 games and have gathered 35 points this season. Barrie tends to be involved in higher scoring games as they have scored 95 times this season and given up 71 goals. Owen Sound has scored only 83 goals and surrendered 55 goals – hey also have the current OHL player of the week in Jordan Binnington who has recorded two consecutive shutouts and is now the Attack’s career goalie wins leader. The Attack are coming into this game on a two game win streak whereas Barrie has won their last three games.
Top scorers for the Colts are Schiefele with 17 goals (37 pts), Hall with 24 assists (33 pts) and Camara with 17 goals (8 on the powerplay). Top scorers for the Attack are Catenacci with 21 assists (36 pts), Brace with 17 goals (28 pts) and Smith with 13 goals (7 on the powerplay). Both teams’ #1 goalies are in the top 10goalie categories with the current edge going to Binnington over Niederberger.
My prediction Barrie 3 Owen Sound 2 (OT)
Windsor at Plymouth
Turkey bowling – yes turkey bowling will be happening during the intermission at today’s game in preparation for American Thanksgiving – don’t you dare miss it!
The Spitfires are still looking for some answers as they have struggled with only 3 wins in their past 10 games. They have only 9 wins in their 23 games this season. They are also the second highest penalized team in the league with 429 PIM. Their last game was a major disappointment as they had the #1 team in the East – the Barrie Colts – ‘on the ropes’. Early in the third period, the Spits had built up a 5-3 lead. Two very late powerplay goals allowed the Colts to send the game into overtime. The hosts were able to pot a goal in overtime from Mark Schiefele leading to the disappointing 6-5 final score.
Kerby Rychel is tied for second in the league with 8 powerplay goals. Brady Vail leads the team with 10 goals and 15 assists . Top goalie for the Spits is import Pavelka – his record is 9-6-1 with a GAA of 3.49 and a save % of .902.
The Whalers are putting together a solid season and find themselves in the top spot of their division and thus the #2 spot in the Western Conference. They have 26 points in their 22 games played this season with a recordof 5-4-1-0 in their last 10 games. Last weekend they would venture to Eastern Ontario and split their games with Ottawa and Belleville – winning and losing with identical 3-2 scores.
Noesen has 21 points this season (5 ppg), Rackell and Hartman have 19 points each. Ryan Hartman has acquired penalty minutes in the last 7 consecutive games for the Whalers (21 PIM total). Top goalie for the Whalers is Mahalak – his record is 10-4-2 with a GAA of 2.83 and a save % of .911. The Whalers conclude their weekend action when they host the Kingston Frontenacs on Friday night.
Last time these two teams tangled was on November 9. In that game the Whalers were able to pepper the Windsor netminder Pavelka with 51 shots en route to a 5-3 win. Each team scored 3 times on their powerplaychances in this penalty filled affair (60 PIM in the game).
My prediction Windsor 3 Plymouth 6
Saginaw at Sault Ste Marie
Saginaw has lost their last 2 games and have a mediocre 4-5-0-1 record in their last 10 games. In those 2 games, they were only able to muster one goal each in their losses to Brampton (4-1) and Windsor (6-1). Vincent Trocheck leads the team with 35 points and 4 powerplay goals. Locke has 27 points and Ross is third on the team with 25 points. Defenceman Brandon Archibald announced that he will be done for the season with shoulder surgery.
The Greyhounds will be happy to welcome back defenceman Ryan Sproul to the lineup for some assistance on the defensive side of the puck. He hasn’t played for the last six weeks as he recovered from a broken forearm. In their last game, the Greyhounds plastered the Sarnia Sting to the tune of 9-2 for their highest offensive output of the season. Nick Cousins added to his team leading totals with 2 goals and 3 assists. The Greyhounds will spend their weekend at Sudbury and then at Barrie.
My prediction Saginaw 2 Sault Ste Marie 4