It was a Wednesday night in North Bay and fans in attendance got to witness the beginning of something special. They just didn’t know it yet.
It was the second intermission and the 67’s were trailing by two after one so Coach Andre Tourigny decided to juggle his lines a bit. He moved Austen Keating from the third line to the top line and promoted rookie Marco Rossi as the first line center between Keating and left winger Tye Felhaber. Since that moment in North Bay that has been the Ottawa 67’s top line both on the lineup sheet and on the score board.
Not only is Felhaber-Rossi-Keating the 67’s top line, they are the most exciting lineup in all of junior hockey. Don’t believe us? Let’s take a look at some top highlights from each guy this season.
Let’s start with Tye Felhaber walking into the offensive zone putting the puck between his legs before he flies cross crease to tuck in a beauty.
Here’s a clip of Rocket Rossi flyying down the ice before finishing the goal while airborne.
Lastly we’ve got a walk off overtime buzzer beater from Austen Keating to lift the Barber Poles past the Knights.
If watching those highlights still doesn’t have you convinced, let’s talk stats.
When this line is on the ice, the 67’s outscore their opponents by a lot. Collectively they are a +64 and hold the first, second, and fourth overall spots in league +/- (67’s defenceman Merrick Rippon is third).
Marco Rossi leads both the OHL and CHL in points among all rookies as well as the rookie with the most goals in the entire country. He is also tied for third most assists in the country by a rookie.
Austen Keating is on pace to have his best season ever. The 19 year old has asserted himself as a top play maker in the league. If you counted only Keating’s assists he would be averaging more than a point per game, the winger sits atop the OHL with 24 assists in 20 games, which also puts him at third overall in the entire country for assists. When you factor in his seven goals he has 31 points which is good for an average of 1.55 points a game and fourth overall in league scoring. He’s also been named to Team OHL for the CIBC Canada-Russia series for game 4.
Tye Felhaber the 67’s overager is looking to end his OHL career on a high note. The 20 year old leads the nation in goals scored with 21 in 20 games. Often scoring early, Tye has nine first goals of the game. To put into context how impressive that is, nobody in all of Canada has even half as many opening goals as Felhaber. There have only been four games all season where he hasn’t recorded at least one goal and only three where he hasn’t registered a point. Felhaber’s 13 assists and 21 goals combine for 34 points which puts the 20 year old second in league scoring and in a tie for fifth in points across the CHL.
Come see this line for yourself when they play at the Arena at TD Place. Get your tickets here.