67’s look to extend their win streak this weekend
The Ottawa 67’s will be looking to extend their winning streak to four games for the first time this season when they take on the Hamilton Bulldogs at TD Place this Saturday with first place in the Eastern Conference on the line. The 67’s have put together and impressive 7-2-0-0 record at home and they will be keen to maintain that advantage. After tackling the Bulldogs, the 67’s visit the Kingston Frontenacs to close out the weekend. Saturday’s contest will be their last home game until December 2 with the Barber Poles on the road for five straight during the week of the 105th Grey Cup and Grey Cup Festival.
The Barber Poles won their double header against the Oshawa Generals in commanding fashion, scoring 11 goals in those two games. They have now scored 15 goals in the previous three wins, which included the morale-boosting 4-3 win over OHL’s top attacking side, the Sarnia Sting.
Three times this season, the 67’s have won three games in a row and so this game against the Bulldogs will be a good opportunity to grab that fourth consecutive win. This weekend’s games will also be a chance for the 67’s to avenge their losses to these sides earlier in the season.
Hamilton Bulldogs (11-5-1-3)
After a four-game losing streak in the last week of October, the Bulldogs have reversed the trend and registered five consecutive wins. They have scored 19 goals in those five wins and also had two shutouts. When these two sides met earlier in the season, it resulted in a 3-0 loss for the 67’s. In the previous five matches, the 67’s have won just once.
Kingston Frontenacs (10-6-1-2)
The Frontenacs are coming off a 6-3 loss against the Peterborough Petes. This defeat ended their five-game winning run. The Frontenacs had handed the 67’s their first loss at home this season – a 5-1 defeat during the School Day Game at the Canadian Tire Centre. The Kingston side also enjoy a superior head-to-head record, with the 67’s only having won twice in the previous five games between these two sides.
- Austen Keating and Travis Barron have both scored points in four consecutive games. Keating has scored two points apiece in the last three games.
- Sasha Chmelevski has scored in each of the previous three games, including two in the last one.
- Tye Felhaber has provided assists three games in a row.
- The 67’s have an away penalty kill percentage of 82.5 that puts them 6th in the league.
- Ottawa sits third in the OHL Eastern Conference with 25 points, one point back of both Barrie and Hamilton for top spot.
- The Barber Poles are the most penalized team in the OHL, yet have been strong on the penalty kill, especially away from home at a rate of 82.5% – good for 6th in the league.
- Kevin Bahl returns after a strong show for Team OHL in their win over Russia on Monday in Sudbury. Graeme Clarke also returns after a standout performance with Canada White at the World U-17 Hockey Challenge helping them reach the semifinals.
HOW TO TUNE IN
Saturday, November 18 vs Hamilton Bulldogs – 2:00PM
TV: Rogers TV | Online: OHL Live
Radio: TSN1200 | TSN1200.ca
Sunday, November 19 vs Kingston Frontenacs – 2:00PM
TV: Rogers TV | Online: OHL Live
Radio: 580 CFRA | CFRA.com