Guelph at Erie
This is the premier match up of the night ……
#1 Erie is clinging to a 3 point lead over the surging Storm. Guelph has the best record in the their past 10 games in the league (9-1-0-0) whereas Erie is tied with Sudbury for the best current winning streak in the OHL at 6-0-1-0. Erie is sporting the top 2 scorers in the league (Brown & Fox) whereas Guelph has the league’s #10 scorer (Komachuk) and #18 (draft eligible McGinn). These two teams are by far the highest scoring teams in the league – Erie has 207 goals for and Guelph has 213 goals for.
Erie by 2
Ottawa at Belleville
This is a repeat of last night’s game at Ottawa where the visiting Bulls handed the hosts a 5-2 loss. Belleville snapped home 4 straight goals in the first 3:58 of the third period to push Trudeau to the bench. Liam Herbst went the rest of the way stopping all 7 shots that he faced. Neither team scored on the 5 powerplay opportunities presented to them. Belleville is only 2 points behind Ottawa for the #7 spot in the Eastern Conference. The 67’s have lost 3 games in a row.
Ottawa by 2
Sarnia at Peterborough
#9 in the West vs. #6 in the East. Sarnia was outshot last night 42-24 by the Sault Ste Marie Greyhounds and ended up losing 6-2. DeAngelo had 2 assists – goal scorers were Nikandrov and Korostelev. On Thursday night the Petes squeaked by the lackluster Steelheads 5-4. Newly acquired Hunter Garlent had 3 points and now has 5 points in 3 games played with his new squad.
Petes in OT
Windsor at Plymouth
Plymouth has been playing average 5-3-0-2 in their past 10, but the Spits have been taking a nosedive. They have only 1 point in their past 6 games. They have struggled with their on ice composure and any leads they have in games are very short lived. Windsor built up a bit of a cushion in December and are comfortably in fifth place. Plymouth is 13 points behind in the #8 slot in the conference. Last night the Whalers skated with the #2 team in the East – the Sudbury Wolves. A lone goal in the first period by the Wolves was the only goal in this game. Neither team scored on the 8 powerplay chances availed to them.
Windsor by 1
Sudbury at Saginaw
The Wolves continue their Michigan trip with a stop in to Saginaw. Sudbury is tied for the #1 hottest team in the league with a 6-0-0-1 consecutive record. Saginaw has won 5 straight so they will be eager to extend their hot streak. Sudbury is the second least penalized team in the league, so the Spirit will have to capitalize on any powerplay chances that they get.
Sudbury by 2
Niagara at Barrie
The Dogs were flying at home on Thursday night vs the Kingston Frontenacs. They would come out with a solid 6-3 victory but would lose starting goaltender Brent Moran with a dislocated shoulder. He will miss the next 7 – 10 days recovering from that injury. Blake Richard was called into action and played at a high level to preserve the win. Niagara was able to stay ahead of Kingston without the services of Hayden and Perlini (both are expected to be in action tonight). With their third win in a row, they have leapfrogged into the #7 spot in the Eastern Conference.
The Colts have posted 2 consecutive wins and have won 6 of their past 10 games. Mitchell Theoret has recently come off the sick list and will certainly be eager to play against his former team. Barrie is alone in fifth place – 3 points behind the Battalion and 7 points ahead of the Petes. AA continues to lead the team offensively – he has 4 goals and 4 assists in 5 games played this month.
Barrie in OT
Kitchener at Owen Sound
The Rangers travel north to tangle with the Attack. Both teams have been struggling since departing with their offensive leaders at the trade deadline. In the past 4 games for each team, Owen Sound has zero points and Kitchener has one point. The Attack have fallen to the #7 slot in the Western Conference with 46 points – the Rangers remain in last place at 32 points but only 5 points from the eighth seed in the West.
Owen Sound by 2