Saturday’s predictions went in our favour again – correctly predicting 6 of the 7 game winning teams correctly.
Erie at Kingston
The Otters were last in action on Friday night at Ottawa. They would handle the 67’s in the weekly televised Sportsnet game – but only by a 2-0 score. Oscar Dansk would record his fourth shutout of the year. Rugged defenceman Adam Pelech took a puck in the face and will likely be sporting a cage for this game today.
The Frontenacs were in action on Friday night as well. They hosted the Barrie Colts and handed them a 5-2 loss. The Colts came back to tie the game after the Fronts posted a 2-0 first period lead. Kingston rallied ahead with three more goals in the second period to produce the 5-2 final score. Each side had 7 powerplay chances. Today look for the Otters to be more than the Fronts can handle in this game – Erie wins by 2 goals.
Barrie at Ottawa
After giving up the only goal of the first period at Belleville last night, the Colts would gallop back into the lead in the second period and never look back. Top contributor to the teams 5 goals was Andreas Athanasiou who had 1 goal and 2 assists. Alex Yuill supported the play with a team high +4 rating. The Colts are in fourth place in the conference – three points behind the surging Sudbury Wolves in their division.
The 67’s played a respectable game vs. the top CHL ranked team at home on Friday night. They only lost 2-0 and held the Otters to 33 shots. Ottawa is clinging to the last playoff spot in the conference with 23 points this season. They have only won 3 of their past 10 games and have gathered one point in their past three starts. Barrie might have the ‘bus legs’ to start this game, but they will recover. Colts by 2 goals.
Guelph at Sarnia
The Storm rebounded quickly from their Friday night loss vs. the Attack. They trudged into Plymouth Michigan and fired 58 shots at the hosts. After a scoreless first period, they would rattle off three straight goals before the Whalers would respond with two goals of their own. Final score was 5-2 Storm. Multipoint games from Fabbri, Rychel, Hunter and Mitchell. They are in fourth place in the tight Western Conference.
Sarnia is at the bottom of the conference – involved in a three way race for last with Kitchener and Plymouth – all three are separated by two points in the standings. Their last action was Friday night in Sudbury. Despite being outshot 64-30, they would score in pairs including a power play marker with only 10 seconds left in regulation. They would gather one point in the 7-6 overtime loss. Look for Guelph’s high powered offence to be too much for the weaker Sting team. Storm by 3 goals.
Mississauga at North Bay
The Steelheads were chased out of the rink yesterday in Sudbury to the tune of 8-1. This comes on the heels of their home ice shootout loss to the last place Icedogs the night before. Sean Day did not dress and is out of action with a shoulder injury for a few weeks.
The Battalion arrived home early this morning as they were in St. Catharines for a tangle with the Niagara Icedogs last night. They would rally back from a 2-0 deficit and post a 6-3 victory. They would score 4 goals in a row between the second period and the start of the third period. Barclay Goodrow notched a hat trick and Ben Thomson had three points in this game. Mississauga and North Bay each have the same number of points, but the Battalion have played two fewer games this season. The hosts should win this one by two goals.
Bellleville at Oshawa
The Bulls were shell shocked at home by the Barrie Colts last night 5-1. They were also outshot 47-27. The lone goal was scored by Scott Simmonds very early in the first period. Belleville continues to occupy the last slot in the standings in the Eastern Conference – 2 points behind the Niagara Icedogs.
The Generals continue to clip along at the top of the conference. They have a 10 point lead on the pack, have scored 32 more goals than they have surrended, and have collected points in seven of their past ten games. Michael Dal Colle is in the third place for league scoring – Scott laughton is #8 on the list.
Look for the Generals to have an easy time with their guests – Oshawa by 3 goals.