Tuesday March 12 2013 Ontario Hockey League Game Day Previews
Pictured is Nelson Armstrong of the Peterborough Petes who was on fire in their last game. He tallied 4 assists in their 7-2 thrashing of the Ottawa 67’s.
Brampton at Ottawa
The Battalion are just ahead of the Sudbury Wolves in the middle of the Eastern Conference standings. Brampton has 69 points in fourth place and the Wolves have 67 points in fifth place. The higher of these 2 teams has home ice advantage in the first round of the playoffs. Their last action was a lacklustre 4-1 loss at home vs. the Oshawa Generals. They would outshoot the visitors 38-33. Brampton had numerous chances on their 9 powerplay opportunities but only got one puck past Daniel Altshuller.
After this game, the Battalion will play at Niagara on Thursday before closing out their regular season hosting Barrie and then Peterborough.
The 67’s are playing out their schedule and will probably finish in last place in the league this season. They have only one win in their past 10 games with their last game 2 days ago at Peterborough. They would get pushed around by the highly motivated Petes and dropped the game 7-2. Although they are the most penalized team in the Eastern Conference (1003 PIM), they only had 3 minors and 1 major last game.
My prediction Brampton 5 at Ottawa 2
Mississauga at Peterborough.
The Steelheads are eager to get Riley Brace back into mid season form as their top ‘set up’ player. In four games played this month, he has only 1 assist. Mississauga has only 1 win in their past 10 games and have allowed the Fronts to stay with them in the standings (both have 57 points). The Petes have climbed back from a sluggish start, to have a chance at the playoffs. Their last action was a Sunday afternoon 3-1 loss at Kingston. They were 1/6 on the powerplay and only managed to get 1 shot past goaltender Mike Morrison on 20 shots. Dylan Smoskowitz now has 32 goals (13 on the powerplay) to lead the team in those categories. The team has only 173 goals this season (OHL low) which is 2 goals behind the Battalion
The Petes’ last action was on Sunday afternoon when they hosted the lowly Ottawa 67’s. They were able to outshoot the visitors 47-25 and outscore them 7-2. Peterborough was buoyed by three goals in each of the second and third periods after a 1-1 tie at the first intermission. Seven different players scored goals for the Petes. Nelson Armstrong was the #1 star with 4 assists in the game. Only 5 of their players did not register positive ratings in the plus/minus category. Goaltender Andrew D’Agostini has a record of 2-1 this month after records of 6-2 and 5-2 in the 2 previous months.
My prediction Mississauga 3 at Peterborough 2