The 67’s travel down the 401 today to take on the Oshawa Generals at 6:05 p.m., as they look to finish off the season on a six-game winning streak.
With Saturday’s OHL action in the books, Ottawa knows they’ll face their playoff opponent from last season, the Niagara IceDogs no matter what outcome tonight’s matchup materializes. The only thing not known is who will host who.
If the 67’s win tonight and Niagara loses in regulation, Ottawa will be home to the first two games. If the 67’s win and the IceDogs collect at least a point against Mississauga or the 67’s lose, Niagara will hold home ice advantage and lock up the fourth seed.
Odds are in Ottawa’s favour, as they have yet to lose to the Generals in regulation this season. The 67’s struggled against Oshawa last year, which makes their 6-0-1 dominance this season even more impressive.
Tonight’s contest doesn’t seem like it will yield an irregular result, as the 67’s are red hot right now. They’ve collected ten straight points and downed their last five opponents by a combined score of 25-13. Two of those victories came against two of the OHL’s elite, Barrie and Kingston.
Leading the way for the Barber Poles recently has been import Artur Tyanulin. The Russian winger has racked up 11 points (8G, 3A) in his last five games. His linemates Nathan Todd and Travis Barron have also capitalized off his success, tallying 13 points combined over that time. Look for them to be all over the ice tonight in Oshawa.
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The Ottawa 67’s are headed to the OHL playoffs for the second straight year and they’ll face off against the Niagara IceDogs. Tickets for the first two home games will go on sale Monday, March 21 at 10 a.m.