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History made and history to be made as the 67’s face Gatineau in OHL Outdoor Classic

How many times in your life do you get to be part of history? For most of us, never. But the Ottawa 67’s will already have made history when they step onto the ice on Sunday at TD Place. It will be the first outdoor game that the 67’s will be a part of, the first OHL outdoor game in Ontario and the first outdoor game featuring teams from OHL and QMJHL.

On Sunday when the 67’s step on the ice to face the Gatineau Olympiques, it will not be at The Arena but on the specially prepared NHL outdoor rink at TD Place. 20,000 gallons of water has been frozen and laid on top of the playing turf that has so far only seen the REDBLACKS and the Ottawa Fury FC ply their trades on.

Then there’s the not-so-small matter of the cross-river rivalry. This is not just a battle between two teams, it’s between two provinces, between two cities, between two leagues trying to show who’s better. And to make matters more interesting, this is not just an exhibition game. The points scored in this game will count towards the standings. The last time these two rivals played each other in a regular season game was 14 years ago!

With so much at stake, it bodes well for the 67’s that they will go into this game riding high on confidence after a morale-boosting win over the Peterborough Petes. The Barber Poles ended their run of four straight losses with a commanding performance in Peterborough that saw them emerge victorious 5-2. The win helped them climb into third in the East and the 67’s will be keen to win on Sunday and maintain this advantage.

OPPOSITION

Gatineau Olympiques (18-10-2-2)

The Olympiques are enjoying a purple patch, having won six games in a row. They have scored 20 goals in their last five games. The 67’s will have to lock down Mitchell Balmas who has scored 21 goals for Olympiques so far with five of them coming in the last four games. The last time these two sides faced each other, the 67’s edged that encounter 6-5. The Ottawa side has also won four out of the five previous meetings between these two rivals.

GAME NOTES

  • Sasha Chmeleskvi broke his nine-game scoring drought with his goal in the last game. He now has 30 points from 33 games.
  • Captain Travis Barron got back amongst points after a two-game break. Click here to know what he thinks about Sunday’s historic game.
  • Kody Clark and Peter Stratis have now scored points in two consecutive games.

FOR THE FANS

This game is a great opportunity to a part of history themselves. The fans that come for the game will always be the ones who watched the first outdoor OHL game in Ontario. This is your ‘I was there’ moment. Don’t miss it.

And as added incentive, you stand to win big with the 50/50 draw during this game. An anonymous but generous benefactor has given a big push to the 50/50 draw by donating $10,000. One lucky fan will win a club record sum. Read about it here.

HOW TO TUNE IN

Sunday, December 17 @ 3:00PM

TV (EN): Rogers TV | TV (FR): TV Rogers | Online: OHL Live

Radio: TSN 1200 | TSN1200.ca

 

 

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