OHL Game Day Predictions – Saturday January 4, 2014
North Bay at Ottawa
~~– earlier twitter prediction - Troops by 2 goals (67’s rally back to tie the game and eventually win it in overtime !!)
Owen Sound at Erie Last night at Erie, these 2 teams tangled into overtime. The Attack were able to get past the Otters to give Erie their first home loss of the season and set a franchise record of 19 straight wins. Next weekend the Otters will get together with the Attack again but this time in Owen Sound. In last night’s game, Holden Cook was the only player to register 2 points (1G, 1A). Neither team scored on the 9 powerplay chance (OS 0/4, Erie 0/5). Owen Sound has allowed 10 more goals than they have scored this season – Erie has an astonishing 80 goal differential – that is to say they have scored 80 more goals than they have surrendered. Since rattling off 9 consecutive wins in the month of November, Devin Williams has gone 3-3-0-1. Erie wins tonight by 1 goal in regulation time.
Kitchener at Sudbury Kitchener plods along at the bottom of the Western Conference with only a 1 point lead over the current basement dwelling Sarnia Sting. The Rangers have 14 wins, 22 losses and one shotout loss. Last night they were able to squeak out a slim 6-5 home ice victory over Sarnia. Nick Magyar had a 4 point game – multipoint games were also gathered by Bailey, MacInnis and Pederson. Kitchener outshot Sarnia 51-32. The Wolves continue to hold a 7 point lead in their division and thus a #2 rank in the Eastern Conference (7 points behind Oshawa). Their last action was a tidy 2-0 home ice victory over the Generals despite being outshot 40-15 !! Franky Palazzesse with his third shutout of the season and fifth of his career in 148 games played. Baptiste scored his 21st goal of the season and Pancel notched his 35th goal (second in the OHl behind Dane Fox). Sudbury by 2 goals.
Windsor at Belleville The Spits continue their Eastern Ontario tour with a stop in to visit the Belleville Bulls. There is a 27 point difference in the standings between these teams. The Spits are in the midst of a 5 game winning streak and are cruising along nicely in the heart of the Western Conference standings (5th place). The Bulls are at the bottom of the traditionally weaker Eastern Conference with 2 consecutive losses and only 4 wins in their past 10 starts. Spits by 3 goals
Niagara at Plymouth The Dogs continue their Michigan tour with a stop in to visit the Whalers. Last night they were able to stick around with the Saginaw Spirit through regulation, ending in a 2-2 tie. Overtime would see some action but no goals. In the shootout Saginaw scored twice and Niagara failed to score. In regulation, Aaron Haydon was busy on ice gathering 9 minutes in penalties – Cody Caron would also make the scoresheet with a fight early in the first period. The only 2 players with top +/- in this game were Niagara’s Vince Dunn as well as Saginaw’s Jesse Graham. Overager Eric Ming was back in the lineup for Niagara after missing a few weeks with a suspected knee injury. but that would be shortlive as the 67’s would leapfrog them after a hearty overtime victory over the Battalion on Saturday afternoon. The dogs still enjoy a 5 point cushion over the last place Bulls. Plymouth is in eighth place thanks to their last victory. They have a 3 point cushion on the Rangers and a 5 point lead on last place Sarnia. On Thursday, Plymouth was able to outlast the high powered Sault Ste Marie Greyhounds on home ice with a shootout victory. A powerplay goal in the last minute of regulation by Zac Lorentz (16th of the season) tied the game and sent it into extra time. The extra frame did not solve anything. After both sides scored twice in the first round of three shooters, 3 more rounds would be required before any team would come out ahead. Seldom used Jordan Adessi (2 goals in 11 GP this season) would beat Matt Murray for the home ice victory. Whalers in OT
Oshawa at Barrie The Generals were stymied last night vs. Frankie Palazzesse of the Wolves at Sudbury with a 2-0 loss on the road. The Generals outshot the home side 40-15. Both teams were 0/4 on their respective powerplay chances. Oshawa is eager to get back in the win column after a lackluster stretch where they have a record of 5-4-0-1 in their past 10 starts. Their lead in the Eastern Conference is still a comfortable 7 points over the Wolves. The Colts are 14 points further down the standings as they sit tied at fourth with North Bay. Barrie was last in action on Thursday at Peterborough. An early third period goal by AA would tie the game at 2-2. The home ice Petes would rally with 2 additional goals (MacDonald, Ritchie) for a 4-2 advantage. Barrie’s Zach Hall would score with under 4 minutes to play – but they would get no closer producing the 4-3 loss to Peterborough. MacKenzie Blackwood would be tagged with the loss pushing his record to 10-10-1-1 this season. Barrie in OT