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67’s look for big weekend as midway point of the season looms

The Ottawa 67’s head into a busy weekend with three consecutive game days where they will face the Oshawa Generals, Niagara IceDogs and Sudbury Wolves respectively. Last weekend the Barber Poles emerged with mixed results winning one against the Barrie Colts, ending their four-game losing streak, but lost to the Soo Greyhounds.

The 67’s will be confident going into this weekend having defeated the Generals and Wolves earlier this season. The games against the IceDogs have been close encounters with the last four games being decided by one-goal margins.

The Barber Poles travel to Oshawa for the first game this weekend on Friday night and then return home for the remaining two. The game against the Wolves on Sunday will be a special and much-awaited one at The Arena at TD Place with it being the annual Teddy Bear Toss game for the 67’s.

The Opposition

Oshawa Generals (12-15-2-0)

The Generals have lost their previous two games and are currently bottom of the East. They have the league’s worst numbers when it comes to overall power play percentage (13.2%) and penalty kill percentage (70.7%). They’re also third in the league when it comes to conceding penalties (400 minutes). The 67’s will be looking to exploit these numbers. The Barber Poles have lost just one game against the Generals this season, with the last meeting at this venue resulting in a 6-2 win for the 67’s.

Niagara IceDogs (13-9-3-2)

The IceDogs are coming off a 3-1 loss against the Saginaw Spirit that halted their four-game win streak. But they are second in the Central and in Stephen Dhillon they have a goaltender who is 10th in the OHL when it comes to least goals conceded (2.91 average). If you consider goalies who have played 500 minutes or more, Dhillon is fifth in the league. The 67’s will have to find a way to get past him. The Barber Poles have lost three out their last five games against the IceDogs but except one, the rest were all decided by a one-goal margin.

Sudbury Wolves (9-16-4-0)

Two consecutive wins will give the Wolves a bit of confidence going into this game. They are however last in the Central. They have lost 16 games this season with only Flint Firebirds having lost more (17). Their 22 points from 29 games also puts them second to last in the OHL. Though the 67’s have won three out of the last five games against the Wolves, the last two meetings have resulted in losses for the Barber Poles. The 67’s will have to be wary going into this game.

Game Notes

  • The game against the Soo Greyhounds was the first time in five games that Graeme Clarke failed to score
  • Ottawa will look to big contributions from their veterans who have been held pointless in their last two contests

HOW TO TUNE IN

Friday, December 8 vs Oshawa Generals – 7:35PM

TV: Rogers TV | Online: OHL Live

Radio: 580 CFRA | CFRA.com
Saturday, December 9 vs Niagara IceDogs – 7:00PM

TV: Rogers TV | Online: OHL Live

Radio: 580 CFRA | CFRA.com

 

Sunday, December 10 vs Sudbury Wolves – 2:00PM

TV: Rogers TV | Online: OHL Live

Radio: TSN 1200 | TSN1200.ca

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