East division showdown highlights OHL weekend

Frontenacs and Generals will try to outgun each other in big Friday night game

Brampton Battalion celebrate goal 

This weekend’s marquee matchup in the Ontario Hockey League features the two top teams in the East division, as the Oshawa Generals host the Kingston Frontenacs on Friday night.

The offensively stacked Generals will hope to keep firing on all cylinders and retain their lead atop the East division.

Other big games include the Barrie Colts facing the Mississauga Steelheads and the Brampton Battalion travelling to Erie to face the Otters.

Kingston Frontenacs at Oshawa Generals

The Generals have scored 24 goals in five games so far this season including seven power-play goals.  Boone Jenner leads the way with seven goals and five assists to date, centering a gifted line of Lucas Lessio and Tyler Biggs.

The top defensive pairing of Matt Petgrave and Colin Suellentrop has also been an important part of the team’s offensive arsenal.

In goal for Oshawa, Daniel Altshuller has been solid but unspectacular with a 2.40 goals against average and a .916 save percentage.

The Frontenacs scoring has been more spread out but center Ryan Kujawinski leads the forwards with two goals and three assists through three games.

Defenceman Michael Moffat leads team with six points so far, he has one goal and five assists.

Barrie Colts at Mississauga Steelheads

With both teams battling to move up in the Central Division this game will be a matchup of styles, with the Steelheads being defensively stout and the Colts looking to win with offence.

The Steelheads are led by Maple Leafs first rounder, Stuart Percy, who contributes offensively and is equally important along blue line.

Goaltending is a huge component as Spencer Martin and Tyson Teichmann have split time in goal so far but both have been very impressive.

The Colts are led by Winnipeg Jets first rounder Mark Scheifele, who has three goals and five assists through five games. The talented centre is one of the OHL’s most dynamic players and Barrie relies on him night in and night out.

The Colts also have highly touted defensive prospect Aaron Ekblad on the backend who is as talented as young defenceman come.

Brampton Battalion at Erie Otters

This match will showcase the OHL’s first overall pick, Connor McDavid, the young phenom who was granted eligibility to play in the OHL at age 15.

Both Brampton and Erie have only earned one victory this season but with McDavid improving on a day-by-day basis, this game should be very entertaining.

McDavid has a goal and five assists in five games but due to his teams defensive deficiencies he has a plus minus of -2.

Brampton’s best player this season has been Brandon Robinson, the young power forward from Pickering has three assists on the season.

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By: John Spurr
Posted: Oct 5 2012 12:35 pm
Filed under: Hockey Sports