Windsor - October 11, 2012 - The Windsor Spitfires continue their 2012-13 Ontario Hockey League season tonight with a home game against the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds at WFCU Centre. This is the second meeting of the year between these two West Division rivals. On September 22nd, the Spits secured their first win of the season with a 3-2 victory over the Hounds in the Soo. Puck drop is set for 7:05pm.
Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds
The Greyhounds have a 5-2-0-0 record and sit atop the West Division standings, two points ahead of the Spits with a game in hand. Flyers prospect Nick Cousins leads the Hounds in scoring with 12 points in seven games. Red Wings draftee Ryan Sproul is second with nine in the same number of games. Sault Ste. Marie comes into tonights game following a 6-3 home ice loss to the Sarnia Sting on Saturday.
The Spitfires record sits at 3-3-0-2 and look to turn their fortunes around after a difficult Thanksgiving weekend. In three games the Spits managed to capture one point out of a possible six and were outscored 16-4 in the process. Habs prospect Brady Vail leads Windsor in scoring with 10 points in eight games. Spits rookie star Josh Ho Sang has four assists in his first eight OHL games. Jaroslav Pavelka played all 185 minutes over the long and unproductive weekend.
Players to Watch
SSM - Matthew Murray (Pittsburgh Penguins draftee)
SSM - Colin Miller (Los Angeles Kings draftee)
SSM - Ryan Sproul (Detroit Red Wings draftee)
SSM - Nick Cousins (Philadelphia Flyers draftee)
SSM - David Broll (Toronto Maple Leafs draftee)
SSM - Darnell Nurse (NHL Central Scouting A List)
SSM - Mitchell Dempsey (NHL Central Scouting C List)
SSM - Jared McCann (OHL #5 Overall Pick)
WSR - Ben Johnson (New Jersey Devils draftee)
WSR - Michael Clark (Colorado Avalanche draftee)
WSR - Nick Ebert (Los Angeles Kings draftee)
WSR - Brady Vail (Montreal Canadiens draftee)
WSR - Kerby Rychel (NHL Central Scouting “A” List)
WSR - Jordan Maletta (NHL Central Scouting “C” List)
WSR - Josh Ho Sang (#5 Overall OHL Pick)
It is expected Matt Murray will get the start for the Hounds, while Pavelka is believed to be getting the nod in the Windsor cage.
Tonight, the Spitfires play game two of a four game home stand. The Niagara Ice Dogs come to town on Sunday. Next Thursday, Connor McDavid and the Erie Otters will be the opponent.
Two dynamic, young future stars of the Ontario Hockey League meet tonight. Windsor's Ho-Sang, the fifth-overall pick in the 2012 OHL Draft and Sault Ste Marie's Sergey Tolchinsky both are expected to be among leading rookie scorers this season. Last Christmas, the now 17-year-old Russian Tolchinksy winger scored six times in six games, leading Team Russia to the gold medal at the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge hosted in Windsor and surrounding communities.
There has been considerable speculation that the Spitfires had hoped to draft Tolchinsky in the 2012 Import Draft, however he was selected earlier in the round by the Greyhounds. Instead, the Spitfires drafted Russian Vladimir Ionin with the 15th Overall Pick. Ionin was let go by the team after the pre-season.