Kingston at Ottawa
The Fronts are eager to turn the page on last week after three consecutive 6 goal road losses. They dropped games against #8 Niagara, #1 Erie and #3 Guelph. (Erie and Guelph have since swapped positions in the West). Seems like they are ‘out of synch’ without highly touted forward Sam Bennett – he hasn’t played since Jan 11. The Fronts are clinging to their #3 rank in the Eastern Conference as they hold the tiebreaker vs. North Bay and have a slim 3 point lead on Barrie as well. Kingston will host Belleville on Sunday to conclude their very light schedule for the weekend.
Ottawa is 2 points out of the #8 spot in the Eastern Conference. They have won 3 games in their past 10, and dropped their last contest (a 7-4 home lost to Peterborough). Last weekend they split a home/home series vs. equally challenged Belleville Bulls (currently last place). They will play 2 very important games this weekend at Mississauga and Niagara.
Kingston by 2
Oshawa at Belleville
The Generals are maintaining their top spot in the Eastern Conference with a 3 game winning streak – pushing them to a 5 point cushion over the #2 Sudbury Wolves. Oshawa has 181 more penalty minutes than Belleville this season. Oshawa has also scored 33 more points than they have allowed. The Bulls are on the other side of that stat - having allowed 54 more goals than they have scored.
The Generals top scorer Michael Dal Colle has cooled off – only 4 points in 7 games this month. WJC team member – Scott Laughton – has picked up the slack with 7 points in his 4 games this month. The Bulls’ top scorer – Remi Elie – has 4 points in 7 games this month. Top Defenceman Jordan Subban passed over the 100 point mark in his third season in the league.
Oshawa by 3