Game Preview: Undefeated Generals Faceoff against Unvictorious Sarnia Sting
Tonight's match is between two teams riding streaks - one very good, and one very bad. The Generals have tied the fourth best start to an OHL season, matching the 2015-16 Erie Otters with a 9-0-0 start. The Sting are having a particularly poor start to the season with a dismal 0-7-0, with at least a three-goal deficit in 4 of those games. The Generals are hoping to get an easy two points from the furthest team from them in the standings, but, facing a team with nothing to lose can be difficult and this will be a spirited match.
Players to Watch; Oshawa Nico Gross - Gross has seen an increase in utilization this season and has grabbed that opportunity by the horns. Gross has already surpassed his career high goal total of 3 with 5 goals this season, and has been a point-per-game player for the OHL leading Generals. His 9 points in 9 games suggest he will also topple his career high in points of 20. Gross has developed quite the chemistry on the powerplay with Generals newcomer, Oliver Suni. Suni has gotten the primary assist on 2 of Gross' 3 powerplay goals.
Kyle MacLean - The Generals captain has started off the season without missing a beat. The workhorse, heart-and-soul forward will leave everything he has on the ice this weekend - as he always does. While MacLean has 4 points in his last 2 games, his impact will also be felt off the scoresheet as he leads your Oshawa Generals into battle this weekend - looking to preserve their perfect record. Captain Kyle always puts on a good show, expect nothing different in this bout.
Players to Watch; Sarnia Jacob Perreault - Perreault leads the team with 10 points in their first 7 games of action. Perreault was recently ranked as an A Prospect (Projected as first round selection) in NHL Central Scouting's preliminary rankings. Perreault was a 30-goal scorer with 55-points as a 16-year old rookie last season and is on pace to exceed those numbers this season. He's not the biggest player at 5'11", but he has a full frame at around 200 lbs. He already has 2-short handed goals on the season and 5 short handed points, so look for him to be aggressive on the penalty kill.
Ryan Roth - Roth is a recent acquisition for the Sting from the Soo Greyhounds. In his last two games with the sting he has scored 3 goals and 6 points for the team. Being a newcomer, and a smaller guy - at 5'7" and 166lbs - look for Roth to be a sneaky player playing a skill game over a physical game.
Key Notes Heading Into the Game:
Oshawa ranked Number 1 in this week's Kia CHL Top 10 - as the top ranked team in Canada.
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