Owen Sound at Erie
Last time these teams met was in double header action atOwen Sound. I had predicted a split, butOwen Sound took both of the games – 3 to 1 on the Friday night and then 5 to 0on the Saturday night special. In those 2 games, Cameron Brace had 2 goals and Captain Halmohad 3 goals.
Erie sits in last place in the Western Conference with 7wins and 18 points on the season. Owen Sound is tied for fifth (downgraded to 6thbased on number of wins) in the same conference with 23 wins and 53 points.
Last weekend on home ice, Owen Sound split their two games –dropping a 6-5 overtime decision to the Windsor Spitfires on Friday and thenfollowing it up the next day with a win over the Belleville Bulls 2-1. In those games Captain Halmo had 2 goals and4 assists (tied for fifth in league scoring) and Daniel Catenacci was closebehind with 2 goals and 3 assists (tied at #14 in league scoring).
Last weekend Erie won 2 of their 3 games – beating Sudbury 7-4,and Brampton by that same score before dropping a 3-0 game at home to thesizzling Saginaw Spirit. McDonell, Harper,Fox, Brown , and Cairns were the offensive leaders in those games. Devin Williams and Ramis Sadikov with a wineach. In the last game the Otters gaveup 2 of the three goals on powerplay opportunities.
My prediction OwenSound 5 Erie 2
Sudbury at Sault Ste Marie
Sudbury has 27 wins and 58 points fourth in the EasternConference (1 point behind the Colts). They are having to cope with injuriesand suspensions and will be without 7 or 8 players for this contest on theroad. The Wolves are 5-4-0-1 in their past 10 games. Last weekend they droppeda 7-3 decision at home vs. the Greyhounds before winning 2 games on the road(Peterborough and Brampton). In thosegames they were outshot 123 – 82. Kuchinhad 4 goals in the past 2 games (20 goals on the season) – Sgarbossa with 3goals in the 2 road wins. Michael hasscored in 12 of the past 13 games (9 goals and 12 assists).
Sault Ste Marie 21 wins and 47 points – tied for the #8 slotin the Western Conference. TheGreyhounds are 3-6-0-1 in their past 10 games. Last weekend they had the big 7-4 win atSudbury before dropping a 5-0 decision at Barrie. In the Sudbury victory Fritschhad a pair of goals and Alderson and Cousins had 1 goal and 2 assistseach. Nick Cousins leads the team with26 goals and 35 assists (61 points - #12 in the league)
My prediction Sudbury3 Sault Ste Marie 4