4 of the top 5 Eastern Conference teams are in action today – and all of the top 5 teams in the Western Conference.
Windsor at Erie
The Spits came back from being down 3-1 to tie the Icedogs at Niagara last night via a Josh Ho-Sang goal with 33 seconds remaining in regulation (his third point of the game). The Spits would only leave with 1 point though as Russian D-man Mikulovich fired home a shot from the blueline for his second consecutive overtime game winning goal for the Icedogs. The Spits 5-4 overtime loss was better than Thursday night’s 8-3 home ice defeat to the Ottawa 67’s. Windsor remains in fifth place – 8 points behind the sputtering Knights and 6 points ahead of the Attack.
The Otters are clipping along again after an impressive 4-0 shutout win at Owen Sound. Connor Brown had a goal and 2 assists to continue his lead in the OHL scoring race by 4 points over second place teammate Dane Fox. Erie leads the Guelph Storm by a slim 3 points for top spot in the league at this juncture.
Erie by 2
Kitchener at Guelph
~~Another installment of the highway 7 rivalry …… The Rangers have a sour taste in their mouth after pushing the Icedogs to the brink on Friday night. They would lose in overtime 6-5 … this give them a record of 4-5-1-0 in their past 10 games. They are currently in last place in the Western Conference only 1 point behind the Sarnia Sting.
Guelph looked impressive on Friday night at home vs. London. They were checking well, passing plays were clicking and received adequate goaltending. They have won their last 2 games and have posted 9 wins in their past 10 games as they push for top spot in the league (3 points behind the Otters).
Guelph by 3
London at Sault Ste Marie
The Knights were not very impressive on Friday night’s Sportsnet televised game. They were not able to keep up to the scoring of the Storm and eventually dropped the contest 5-3. Bell, Domi and Austin were the goal scorers. Last night in Saginaw, they would run into a suddenly sizzling Jake Paterson who would stop all 30 shots sent his way for a home ice 2-0 shutout for the Saginaw Spirit. Jake Patterson of the Knights would record the loss. Expect Stolarz to start today.
The Greyhounds were able to handle the Steelheads last night 4-1 after traililng 1-0 early in the first period (after the opening 20 seconds). Fritsch, Jenkins and Tolchinsky were the goal scorers for the home side. Sault Ste Marie was 1/5 on the powerplay. They are tops in their division and thus have the #2 seed in the Western Conference. They have 61 points – only 1 ahead of the London Knights.
Sault Ste Marie wins in OT
Kingston at North Bay
The Fronts scored 4 goals in a row to tie their contest last night at Barrie. The next three goals would be scored by the host Colts - one on the powerplay and the next two as ‘empty netters’. On Friday night, they would also be involved in a high scoring game vs. the #1 Oshawa Generals (Front would win 9-4 thanks to five straight goals.). Kingston is 4 points behind the division and conference leading Generals.
North Bay ran into a hot goalie last night at Peterborough. They managed 45 shots on Andrew D’Agostini but he stopped all of them but 2. The Petes scored 4 goals in 24 minutes prompting a goalie chance from Smith to O’Neill at the beginning of the second period. He was victimized twice himself producing the 6-2 losing score. The Battalion are tied with the Colts for the #4 spot (but lose the tiebreaker and fall to #5).
Kingston by 2
Sudbury at Oshawa
The premier matchup of the day (on paper) pits #1 hosting the #2 team in the Eastern Conference. If the Wolves win, they would tie the Generals in points, but Oshawa would take the tiebreaker since they have more regulation wins.
Sudbury has won 5 in a row and 9 of their past 10 point. Faksa has scored 3 points in his 2 games with Sudbury since the trade from Kitchener. Oshawa is in a rough patch – they have a recent record of 0-2-1-0 and have won only three times in their last 10 games.
Sudbury by 2