Windsor - October 20, 2012 - The Windsor Spitfires continue their 2012-13 Ontario Hockey League season this evening with a road game against the Erie Otters. These two teams last played on Thursday night and the Spits came away with a 2-1 victory. Puck drop is set for 7:00 pm.
The Otters have a 3-6-1-1 record and sit last in the Midwest Division standings. Fifteen year old Connor McDavid leads the Otters with 13 points in 11 games. Connor Brown is second with 11 points in 11 games. Erie comes into tonight’s game after surprising the London Knights at the Budweiser Gardens 3-2 in a shootout last night.
The Spitfires record sits at 5-4-0-3 following a 4-1 loss night on the road against the Brampton Battalion. Habs prospect Brady Vail leads Windsor in scoring with 15 points in 12 games. Kerby Rychel is ranked as a first round draft pick by the NHL Central Scouting bureau and sits second in scoring with 9 points. The Spits have only one road victory this season which came in the first road game against the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds on September 22nd. Jaroslav Pavelka has played well and will likely get the start tonight.
Players to Watch
ERI - Adam Pelech (New York Islanders draftee)
ERI - Connor Brown (Toronto Maple Leafs draftee)
ERI - Dane Fox (NHL Central Scouting B List)
ERI - Stephen Harper (NHL Central Scouting B List)
ERI - Nick Betz (NHL Central Scouting C List)
ERI - Connor McDavid (OHL #1 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 - Pat Seiloff (Calgary Flames 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)
Tonight, the Spitfires play game three of a run of three games in three nights. So far this weekend they have earned two of a possible four points.
The Spits have only scored three powerplay goals on the road in their first five games away from the WFCU, for a season average of 20.8% PP effectiveness on the road. Another challenge for Bob Boughner’s team is that they have been outshot by an average of seven shots per game while on the road. If the Spits can improve on these two areas and keep McDavid in check, look for them to head home with their second road victory.