The Barber Poles scored a crucial three points on their northern road trip closing it out with a convincing 6-2 win over Sudbury – their most dominant performance of the young season.
With 14 goals scored in their last three games, the 67’s will look to bring their high-octane offence home to The Arena at TD Place for a pair of home games this weekend – Saturday night against the East Division-leading Hamilton Bulldogs and Sunday afternoon against the Flint Firebird for the team’s Halloween-themed game.
Third-year centre Drake Rymsha displayed strong performances during the road trip, picking up three points (1G, 2A), bringing his season total to 10 points in 13 games. The Huntington Woods native believes that a hockey season is filled with ups and downs and it’s all about consistently.
“You never want to be too high and never want to get too low,” said Rymsha. “ It’s a matter of riding the wave when the things are going good and when things are struggling you have to stick to it and keep working hard. It felt good to pick up a few points in the last two games, but now I want to keep going.”
Rymsha also wants his team to play with the same energy at home as they do on the road and get the maximum amount of points this weekend.
“When you’re on the road you want to make a statement as opposed to when you’re home sometimes you get too comfortable,” added Rymsha. “We have to treat our home games as road games and have the same intensity. We’re looking for two wins this weekend and we want to give our fans something to cheer about.”
In the meantime, goaltender Olivier Lafrenière – who has played seven games this season, with an GAA of 3.28 and a Save Percentage of .904 – hopes that his team will build on the positives from the road trip, as they guys spent a lot of time together.
“We came back from being down 3-1 to Sault Ste. Marie so we showed a lot of character,” said Lafrenière. “We showed that we have a lot of character during that road trip and that if we stick together as a team we can truly outmatch the opposition. That’s what we’ll be looking for this weekend.”
The 67’s will kick of the weekend with the first of their six games of the season against the Hamilton Bulldogs, who are currently first in the East Division with a 7-4-1 record and 53 goals scored – the third highest total in the OHL.
Jeff Brown’s team will then celebrate Halloween with their fans on Sunday afternoon as they host the Flint Firebirds and will be looking to avenge their 5-4 overtime loss in Flint on October 2. The 67’s head coach expects his team to put on two good performances in front of home fans.
“It doesn’t matter who’s coming in, we have to be better at home,” said Brown. “We didn’t score as many goals as we wanted here, and this week our focus has been making sure we come out strong so hopefully we will see it on the ice this weekend and hopefully we will score some goals.”
Tickets are available by clicking here, calling 613.232.6767 X1, or in person at The Box Office at TD Place. All minor hockey players part of the 67’s Prospect Program presented by Enercare get in for FREE. For more information on the 67’s Prospect Program click here.
Click here for the complete 2016-17 Ottawa 67’s schedule.