~~On this snowy Saturday, fully expect the attendance figures to be down (walk up purchases).
Kitchener at London
The Rangers were able to put together enough moxie to gain the victory over the Whalers. They ahead 1-0 after one period and then 2-1 after the second period. Kitchener blew the game open in the third period with 3 goals and final 5-1 score. Fanelli, Kohn and Marcantuoni each had 2 point games. Jordan DeKoort stopped 29 of 30 shots sent his way. With the win, the Rangers vaulted out of last place in the Western Conference to lead the Sarnia Sting by 1 point. They have now won 3 of their past 10 contests.
London has been playing average hockey lately – with 5 wins in their past 10 games including a win in their last game. They would score 6 goals in the second period (1 powerplay and 1 short handed). 9 players tallied multipoint games including Gemel Smith. He only has 4 points in his 7 games with his new squad. They will continue to play without Stolarz (injury) and Bell (suspension).
London by 3
Ottawa at Niagara
The 67’s were very close last night at Mississauga dropping a 4-3 contest. The Steelheads built up a 3-0 lead after 2 periods – Ottawa rallied but was behind the entire game. Trudeau allowed 4 goals on 35 shots. Multipoint games from Bradford, VanStralen and Konecny. The loss pushed the 67’s further behind the #8 spot as they now trail Niagara and Mississauga by 6 points for the last playoff spot.
Niagara was in Erie and was able to pull off the upset over the #3 CHL team in Pennsylvania. After building up a 3-1 lead, the youngsters from St. Catharines were able to hold off the more experienced Otters 4-3. Niagara’s back up back up (yes #3 on the depth chart) Jon D’Ilario was able to get the win in his first OHL start. The road victory turns out to be costly to personnel though with the following players ‘banged up’: Perlini shoulder (possibly out for a month), Jenkins (broken foot?), DifFruscia and a possible suspension to Mercer. Will be interesting to see how the young guns ‘rise to the occasion’.
Ottawa by 2
Erie at Belleville
Game has been cancelled
Sarnia at Plymouth
The Sting were beat up on last night in London 8-1. They were outshot 56-22 and including a 20-5 first period thumping. With the loss, the Sting drop to the last spot in the Western Conference. They have only 2 wins in their past 10 starts and have lost 4 in a row.
Plymouth is at the #8 slot in the Western Conference with a 5 point lead on the Rangers and a 6 points lead on the Sting. The Whalers have 5 wins in their past 10 games. They dropped their last contest on Friday night at Kitchener. They were outshot 59-40 and gave up 3 third period goals en route to a 5-1 loss to the Rangers. Zack Lorentz had the lone goal – his 19th of the season and team leading 34th point.
Plymouth in OT
North Bay at Barrie
Game has been cancelled
Guelph at Owen Sound
Postponed due to weather – the Attack are happy to have the night off after they lost to the Storm last night in Guelph 4-2.