Game Preview: 67’s at Mississauga
The 67’s finish off their current four-game road trip with a 2 p.m. puck drop versus the Steelheads in Mississauga.
In the first three games after the holiday break, Ottawa has gone 1-2 with a win over over division rival Kingston and losses to Erie and Niagara. Over that time, the 67’s have been on fire offensively, yet struggled to play a solid defensive game. In total they’ve scored 12 goals and given up 12 goals in the past trio of matches.
Forward Dante Salituro is presently on a six-game point streak that has seen him tally four goals and five assists. After last night’s three-point game, Salituro overtook 67’s captain Travis Konecny as the team’s points leader and now sits ninth in OHL scoring with 47 points in 35 games.
In two games against Mississauga this year, the Barber Poles have not faired well. They dropped both contests and were outscored 12-2 over 120 minutes of play.
Steelheads captain Michael McLeod and winger Josh Burnside have torched the 67’s this season, racking up five points each in those two games. Gargantuan goaltender Jack Flinn, standing 6’8″, was in Mississauga’s net for both matches and stopped 56 of 58 shots fired by the Barber Poles.
Ottawa will hope to claim their first victory over the Fish this season, before they head home to TD Place where they’ll play eight out of their next ten games.
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