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Six big points up for grabs as 67’s kickoff busy weekend

Another busy weekend is on the horizon for the Ottawa 67’s, who hit the road Friday for back-to-back road games before returning home to host the Guelph Storm on Sunday afternoon.

Though hardly an uncommon occurrence in Major Junior hockey, any stretch of three games in less than three full days is a challenge that places extra importance on rest, recovery and eating well. The 67’s will be plenty motivated to do all of those things heading into a weekend in which they have a chance to put some space between themselves and the lower half of the OHL’s Eastern Conference.

Sitting in sixth but just a point up on Peterborough, who Ottawa plays Saturday, the 67’s are five points behind Oshawa for fifth place and want to close that gap. The Petes also play Guelph on Thursday night which could have an impact on that positioning.

With an interleague game against Gatineau on Friday to open the weekend, followed by the Petes on Saturday and Sunday’s tilt against Guelph, who sit seventh in the West, the 67’s are approaching the weekend confident they can pick up all six available points.

The opposition

Gatineau Olympiques (QMJHL record: 23-13-2-2)
The second of Ottawa’s home-and-home series against the QMJHL’s Gatineau Olympiques goes Friday night at “The Bob” with Ottawa looking for some revenge. Despite a hard fought effort in chilly conditions during the 67’s first-ever outdoor game at TD Place back on December 17, the Olympiques picked up the 4-1 win.

Peterborough Petes (16-21-2-1)

The 67’s have gotten the better of the Petes this season and head into Saturday’s game holding a 3-1 advantage in the season series. Though Ottawa sits sixth in the conference and Peterborough is in ninth, only one point separates the two teams in the OHL’s Eastern Conference Standing. The last time the two teams met on January 6, the 67’s picked up a 3-2 win.

Guelph Storm (19-16-1-3)

The 67’s return from the road to host the Storm on Sunday afternoon. The game will mark the first of two meetings between the teams this year, with the Storm sitting in seventh spot in the Western Conference. The game against Guelph will kick off a lengthy homestand for the 67’s, who will play six-straight games at The Arena at TD Place during that span.

Game notes

  • The last time Ottawa and Peterborough met, 67’s defenceman Quinn Yule scored the winning goal on what happened to be his birthday.
  • Kody Clark scored the lone goal for the 67’s the last time Ottawa played Gatineau during the Dec. 17 outdoor game at TD Place.
  • Merrick Rippon has a goal and an assist in two games since coming to Ottawa via trade from Mississauga.
  • Rookie winger Graeme Clarke leads the 67’s in powerplay goals with five on the year. Newly-acquired teammate Jacob Cascagnette also has five powerplay goals, all scored with his former club in Mississauga.
  • Austen Keating leads the 67’s with three shorthanded goals.
  • Kody Clark leads the 67’s with four game-winning goals.
  • Both of rookie defenceman Lucas Peric’s goals this season have been game-winners.

How to tune in

Friday, January 12 at Gatineau Olmpiques – 7:30 p.m.

Robert Guertin Arena

TV: Rogers TV | Online: OHL Live

Radio: TSN 1200 | TSN1200.ca
Saturday, January 13 at Peterborough Petes – 7 p.m.

Peterborough Memorial Centre

TV: Rogers TV | Online: OHL Live

Radio: 580 CFRA | 580CFRA.com

 

Sunday, January 14 vs Guelph Storm – 2 p.m.

The Arena at TD Place

TV: Rogers TV | Online: OHL Live

Radio: 580 CFRA | 580CFRA.com

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