Erie at Niagara
The #1 team in the league and CHL comes to town to tangle with one of the lower teams in the OHL this season. The Otters have been steamrolling over the competition and are on a 8 game winning streak. They were last in action last night at home vs. the sputtering Mississauga Steelheads. After an impressive 6-1 first period score, the Otters would cruise to a 9-1 home ice victory and push their overall record to 27-4-1-0.
The Icedogs have a record of 8-19-2-2 as they continue their rebuilding roster plans. They have only won 2 of their last 10 games and are sitting two points ahead of the basement dwelling Belleville Bulls. After this game, the Dogs will travel to Kingston for a game on Friday night and then Belleville on Saturday night. An upset by the Dogs is almost impossible even though the Otters will be missing McDavid, Pelech and probably Dansk. Erie by 4 goals.
Barrie at North Bay
The Colts have won their last 2 games by feasting on the lowly 67’s 7-2 and the Bulls 5-1. They will be adjusting to playing without their #1 defenceman Aaron Ekblad who is at the WJHC camp in Toronto. The Colts are in fourth place in the conference only 2 points ahead of the Battalion. Newcomer Garrett Hooey will provide an interesting offensive punch to this team for sure (29 points in 27 games this season).
North Bay trekked to the Essar Centre in Sault Ste Marie last night and held on for the win against the nationally ranked Greyhounds. The Battalion were up 4-1 until two quick powerplay goals early in the third period made the outcome of the game uncertain. Barclay Goodrow continued his torrid scoring pace with 2 goals and an assist in the 4-3 victory. He has 33 points in 32 games this season including 10 points in the 5 games played this month.
North Bay wins tonight by 2 goals.
Peterborough at Windsor
The Petes are 2 points ahead of the #8 spot in the Eastern Conference. They have lost 4 games in a row and only won 3 of their last 10 starts. Nick Ritchie has 26 points in 27 games played this season – only 1 goal and two assists in his last 5 games though.
The revamped Spits have collected points in five straight games. They are tucked into fifth spot in the Western Conference only 2 points ahead of the average Saginaw Spirit. Windsor has one of the lower goals against this season (90) compared to Peterborough (144).
Look for the Spitfires to keep ahead of the Petes in this contest and win by 2 goals.