Owen Sound at Erie
This is the first of two consecutive games between these teams at Erie, PA. The Attack have 6 wins in their past 10 years – losing their last game on Wednesday vs. the Guelph Storm. The game was 2-1 in favour of the visiting Storm with 1 minute left in regulation. The final score was 3-2 due to a flurry of activity in the final minute of play.
Erie is looking to start another streak after consecutive road losses at Kitchener and Guelph. Erie rebounded with a home victory over the Rangers 4-0 thanks to 2 point performances from league leaders Connor Brown (73 points) and Dane Fox (42 goals).
Erie by 2 goals.
Peterborough at Kingston
The #3 Kingston Frontenacs should be able to stay ahead most of this game. 10 points separate these teams in the standings.
Fronts by 2
Niagara at Saginaw
Niagara is coming off a home ice New Years Eve victory over the Belleville Bulls 5-2. Perlini netted 2 of Niagara’s 5 third period goals (his 22nd and 23rd of the season). They are 1 point out of the #8 playoff spot and have a .500 winning percentage in their past 10 games. The Icedogs have three players from the US that will have many friends/family taking in the game – Siebenaler, Perlini and Haydon.
The Spirit had an abysmal month with a recent record of 1-8-1-0. They continue to enjoy the #7 spot in the Western Conference, 5 points ahead of the #8 Plymouth Whalers. Head Coach Gilbert continues his suspension tonight. Niagara’s former captain – Jesse Graham – is sure to have a good game against his former squad. Niagara will venture down to Plymouth on Saturday while the Spirit will host the Guelph Storm on Sunday.
Niagara by 2 goals.
Sault Ste Marie at Guelph
This is the premier matchup for the evening. The #3 Guelph Storm have 2 more points than the #2 Greyhounds – Sault Ste Marie getting the nod for the second seed due to their division supremacy. Both teams have been sizzling lately – Guelph with a solid 6 game win streak whereas the Greyhounds have points in 7 consecutive games. The Storm have scored 32 more goals than the Greyhounds this season.
Guelph wins in OT
Sarnia at Kitchener
Both teams are without the services of their top players (SAR DeAngelo, KIT Faksa). Both teams are struggling this season (Sarnia 28 pts in 38 games, KIT 27 pts in 36 games). Both teams have only 3 wins in their past 10 games. Kitchener pushed the Otters around at home and won 6-2 to close out December. The Sting put up 6 goals vs. the Knights on New Years Day, but allowed 8 goals in that loss.
The winner of this game stays out of the basement of the league.
Kitchener by 2 goals
Mississauga at London
The Steelheads recently split wins with the Barrie Colts and dropped a close game to Kingston (3-2) at home on Dec 31.
Reigning OHL Player of the Month – Max Domi – leads the London Knights offensive charge. The Knights have 58 points this season – far ahead of Mississauga’s 34 points. London has won 7 of their past 10 starts whereas the Steelheads have only won twice in their past 10 starts.
London by 3 goals
Windsor at Ottawa
The Spitfires just keep winning. After the ‘big trade’ they haven’t fallen off the tracks, but continue to rack up wins and points in their conference. They are currently in the # 5 slot, 5 points ahead of the #6 Owen Sound Attack and a healthy 17 points atop the last qualifying playoff spot. Giftopolous is an ex-Ottawa player, so look for him to have a big game tonight.
Ottawa clings to the final playoff slot – holding the tie breaker vs. the Icedogs. The 67’s have only 2 wins in their past 10 starts. Their 28 points this season is significantly lower than the Spits 49 point total so far.
Windsor by 3 goals
Oshawa at Sudbury
The Generals remain without Scott Laughton who is active with Canada’s national team in Sweden. Sudbury will be without their gritty forward Connor Crisp who will be sitting out this game for his activity on Dec 31. Sudbury is playing much better lately (9 wins in their past 10 starts) vs. the Generals (5 wins in their past 10 starts). The Generals continue to enjoy their 9 point lead over the #2 Sudbury Wolves for top spot in the Eastern Conference.
Sudbury by 2 goals