Sunday March 17 2013 OHL Game Day Previews
PERFECT! Correctly predicted all 8 games correctly – maybe not the exact score, but the spread was very accurate including the Erie win in overtime. It may have taken all season, but we finally did it. Going into last yesterday’s and today’s games, it is difficult to have 100% confidence, because at our press time it is not always known which top end players will be ‘rested’ and which ones will be playing at 50% as the playoffs approach.
Peterborough at Brampton
The Petes can guarantee their miraculous comeback with a win today against the stingy Battalion. They could also get in if Kingston loses their game in regulation. Their last action was that gritty 5-4 overtime win at Kingston on Friday night. Six different players had 2 points in the game including the #1 star Nick Czinder. Stephen Pierog had the game winner and sits at 19 goals on the season.
Brampton is locked into the #4 spot in the conference and cannot move, so they will likely be resting a few of their banged up players here.
My prediction Peterborough 4 at Brampton 2
Ottawa at Kingston
The 67’s continue to play for pride and give some of their youngsters a chance to impress for next year’s team. Last night they were involved in a back and forth 4-3 home loss vs. the desperate Steelheads. Ottawa tied the game in the first part of the third period, but the Steelheads pushed back and took a 2 goal lead in the final minute. A very late Ottawa goal made for an exciting finish. The 67’s were 1/6 on the powerplay.
Kingston needs to win or lose in overtime to give themselves a shot at the post season. They currently trail the #8 Petes by 1 point and trail the Steelheads by 2 points. Wouldn’t it be interesting if there was a three way tie for the #7 spot? The Fronts have gathered only 1 point in their past three games.
My prediction Ottawa 4 Kingston 5 (OT)
Plymouth at Windsor
The Whalers and Windsor hooked up last night in Plymouth. The Spits were able to capitalize on their powerplay chances (2/4) and had good goaltending from Pavelka (38 saves on 42 shots). In the extra frame, Mitchell Heard banged in the overtime winner – Noesen and Uvira each had three points for the Whalers. Trocheck continues his push for the season scoring title as he notched 2 more points and now trails Sarault by 2 points. Sarnia has completed their schedule, so they will be watching this game for sure. Windsor had goals from Rychel, Vail and Khokhlachev – Aleardi notched 3 assists.
My prediction Plymouth 5 at Windsor 3
Sudbury at Oshawa
Both teams are in cruise control as they have first round matchups in mind for later this week. Look for both teams to field their ‘B’ teams and rest their top scorers and top goaltenders. Oshawa will face the Icedogs and the Wolves will tangle with the Battalion in first round playoff action.
My prediction Sudbury 2 Oshawa 4
London at Sault Ste Marie
The Knights will conclude their lengthy road trip with a stop in the north. London played good enough at Erie earlier this week (3-1 victory at Erie Wednesday) before they went to Saginaw and collected another win last night (3-2 overtime). A very late goal by the Spirit (20 seconds remaining in the game) sent the contest to overtime. Goal scorers for the Knights were Horvat, Tierney and Broadhurst with the winner. Dale Hunter has now eclipsed the 500 win mark in his OHL career.
The Greyhounds returned to their winning ways. They would edge out the visiting Kitchener Rangers 6-4 based on a 4 goal second period and an empty net marker in the final minute of the game. Fritsch, McCann and Schumacher each tallied three points. Matt Murray posted his 26th victory of the season. Sault Ste Marie is in sixth place and is prepping for their first round playoff matchup vs. the Owen Sound Attack.
My prediction London 3 Sault Ste Marie 2