Ontario Hockey League Game Day Previews for Saturday December 7, 2013
Last night we were able to correctly predict 8 of the 9 winners in OHL action last night. Only blemish was the Owen Sound Attack getting past the Storm in Guelph.
North Bay at Niagara The Battalion were last in action on Thursday night at home vs. the Saginaw Spirit. The 2 teams were knotted at 3-3 until very late in the third period when the visitors would poke one by Jake Smith with 1:49 left in the game. Saginaw was on the powerplay. Another very late empty net goal gave the visitors a 5-3 victory. The Battalion are #6 in the Eastern Conference – they have only won 4 of their last 10 games. The Icedogs are coming off a big shootout win in Mississauga last night. The two points lifted them out of the basement of the Eastern Conference. The game was costly though as veteran forward Eric Ming was taken into the end boards late in the game and twisted his knee – he will probably be out of action for a few weeks. Look for the home side Icedogs to come out on top during this ‘Teddy Bear Toss’ game tonight. Dogs by a goal.
Mississauga at Sudbury The Steelheads lost at home in a shootout vs. the Niagara Icedogs last night. Josh Burnside was buzzing with energetic penalty killing and a handful of quality scoring chances. Bobby MacIntyre found the back of the net twice. The Steelheads are locked into fifth place in the conference. Sudbury squeaked by the visiting Sarnia Sting last night in overtime 7-6. The home ice Wolves peppered the visitors with 64 shots on net! Campagna, Pancel and Crisp each gathered 2 goals in this contest. Sudbury is atop their division and thus the #2 seed overall in the conference behind the CHL ranked Oshawa Generals. Sudbury by 2 goals tonight.
Barrie at Belleville The Colts have lost their last three games so they are happy to have a chance against the last place Belleville Bulls. The Bulls have only won three times in the past 10 games. Barrie has a record of 6-6-1-1 away from their rink … interesting that the Bulls have an almost identical record at home … 6-6-1-0. Barrie should take this contest by 2 goals.
Guelph at Plymouth The Storm are looking to rebound after dropping only their second game on home ice this season A quick trip out of town may be what the doctor ordered for this squad to get back on track. The Plymouth Whalers have a less than stellar home record of 4-6-0-2 vs the Storm’s road record of 7-4-2-0. The Whalers were up against the solid Greyhounds squad last night in Plymouth. The Whalers could not overcome a 3-0 lead to the Greyhounds – eventually losing 4-3. Zach Lorentz had 2 goals, Ryan Hartman with 2 assists. Look for the Storm to get back on track and take this contest by 3 goals
Kitchener at Windsor The Rangers were able to build up a 5-1 lead over the Spirit last night in Kitchener. They would hang on for a 5-3 victory. Max Iafrate would notch 4 assists and Radek Faksa added 3 helpers. After a horrible start to the season, the Rangers have won 6 of their last 10 games but still find themselves in the basement of the Western Conference. The Spits were able to push past their highway 401 rival in overtime last night 5-4. Kuchmey was able to turn away 42 of 47 shots sent his way (and the Spits were outshot 47-27). Giftopoulos potted 2 goals and Josh Ho Sang added 3 helpers. Look for the Spits to extend their lead in the standings on the Rangers from 14 points to 16 points by the end of the night. Spits by 1.
Sault Ste Marie at Saginaw After the Greyhounds built up a 3-0 lead, the Whalers chipped back to make the game interesting. Sault Ste Marie would hold on for the 4-3 victory. The Spirit have a slightly better home record (9-4-1-0) than the Greyhounds road record (8-5-0-1). The Hounds are in second place overall in the Western Conference a full 9 points ahead of the Spirit. Look for the Hounds to win this one by two goals.
London at Owen Sound The Knights visit the snowy near north as they look to add to their 4 game win streak. Last night the Knights were able to slip by the visiting Spitfires 5-4 in overtime. The Knights have not been decimating the opposition as their lineup strength would suggest, but they have been doing enough to get come out on top. The Attack are rolling along well with points in their last 6 consecutive games. They have won 6 fewer games than the Knights and are 8 points behind in the standings. The Attack were able to push past the very strong Storm squad at Guelph last night. Look for Owen Sound to stay close, but the Knights should push past them in the late stages of this game. London by one goal.