Ontario hockey league game day previews for Friday December 6, 2013
Pictured is Sarnia's top Defenceman Anthony DeAngelo. He leads all defencemen this season with 41 points. The Sting are in action tonight at Sudbury vs. the Wolves.
Barrie at Kingston This is a quality match up between the #3 and #4 teams in the Eastern Conference. With a regulation win the Colts can match the Fronts with 33 points this season. The Colts have lost their last 2 games and the Fronts are on a 4 game win streak. The Fronts should start their weekend homestand with a slim victory – home side by one goal.
Erie at Ottawa The #1 team in the CHL makes their only stop into Canada’s capital. The 67’s team is playing a little above expectations, but still won’t have enough firepower to keep up with the experienced and highly skilled visitors. Watch it live on Sportsnet Ontario. Erie by 3 goals.
Sault Ste Marie at Plymouth The Greyhounds were off yesterday after dropping a close 3-2 decision to the London Knights on Wednesday night. They have a road record of 7-5-0-1 this season. The Whalers are a mediocre 4-5-0-2 at home this season. Plymouth’s weekend doesn’t get any easier with the energized Guelph Storm dropping in on Saturday night. SSM will squeak out a win in overtime.
Owen Sound at Guelph The Attack will have a difficult time with the ‘juiced up’ Storm lineup. Owen Sound has played good hockey recently with a 4-0-1-0 record and 6 wins in their last 10 starts. Guelph has a 5-2-2-1 record in their last 10 starts. All eyes are on the Storm as they strive to stay in touch with the league leading Erie Otters. Guelph has a sparkling home record of 13-1-0-1 …. Expect them to add #14 to their credit tonight. Storm by 2 goals.
Saginaw at Kitchener The Spirit take their .534 winning percentage on the road into the Memorial Auditorium in Kitchener. They have 6 wins in their last 10 games, but only 1 point in their last 2 starts. The Rangers were in action at Owen Sound on Wednesday night. They would be bested by 2 goals. Some positives from the game were their 40 shots on net (+8 ) and 2/6 on the powerplay. 2 goals in the last 5 minutes of the game by Kitchener made the score sound more respectable. Rangers squeak out a win by a goal in this one.
Windsor at London The Spits did well last night against the Saginaw Spirit with a 5-2 victory. The honeymoon ends tonight though as the London Knights are eager to show their dominance in this 401 rivalry. London has won 9 of their last 10 games and are really coming into form. The Knights are in fourth place trailing Guelph by a single point. London wins tonight by 2 goals.
Niagara at Mississauga The Icedogs are a little banged up (Mercer concussion, Jenkins shoulder) and have only won one of their past 10 games. They are playing with a great deal of grit in this development season. Niagara is tied for the last spot in the conference with the Belleville Bulls. The Steelheads are floating in fifth place in the Eastern Conference. They have only won 2 of their past 10 games and have lost 4 straight. Look for the Dogs to sneak by in this contest in overtime.
Sarnia at Sudbury The Sting got a 41 save performance from Taylor Dupuis last night at North Bay. They were able to get past the Battalion by a score of 5-3 – all goals and the majority of the points coming from Nikandrov, Goldobin and Korostelev. The Sting are one point ahead of the Kitchener Rangers for last place in the Western Conference. Sudbury has 10 more points, but only 3 additional wins to their credit. They are currently riding a 3 game win streak. Home side should win this contest by 2 goals.
Peterborough at Oshawa The Petes are in a 3 game losing streak and have only won three times in their last 10 games. Last night they were pushed around by the superior Erie Otters squad in Peterborough and lost 6-1. The Generals continue to roll right along and have stretched their lead in the conference to 11 points (over the Kingston Frontenacs). Look for a strong push ‘out of the gate’ in this game as the Generals are coming off a 3-2 shootout loss vs. the last place Belleville Bulls on Wednesday night. Oshawa should win by 3 goals.