By: Steve Irving
Photo: Valerie Wutti
The early going of the Ottawa 67’s 2014-2015 campaign has been a tale of two teams. The road team that has yet to win and the home team that has yet to lose.
The 67’s came back to win 4-3against the Niagara IceDogs in the TD Place opener last Friday after trailing 3-1 in the 2nd period. Dante Salituro was on fire scoring a hat trick including the game winner. Overager Eric Bradford scored the other goal for the 67’s.
The 67’s kept their momentum going in Sunday’s Thanksgiving tilt, a 4-1 win over Oshawa. In that game, the Ottawa scoring was shared between 4 different players. Jeremiah Addison scored his first goal as a 67 with a 1:13 left in the 1st. Connor Graham, Sam Studnicka and Dante Salituro were the other goal scorers. Jacob Busch broke Liam Herbst’s bid for his first ever OHL shutout at 13:46 of the second. The 67’s locked down defensively and Herbst made some big saves when he was counted on.
The 67’s look to go 3-0 at home as they welcome the Mississauga Steelheads to town tonight. It’s going to be special as legendary 67’s coach Brian Kilrea steps behind the bench to celebrate his 80th birthday and coach alongside Head Coach Jeff Brown and Assistant Mike Eastwood. Killer’s 1194th victory won’t be an easy one to get as the Steelheads have started the season going 4-1 in their first 5. The Steelheads have 2 of the top scoring defenseman in the league with Brandon Devlin and Sean Day. Mississauga has the 12th best Power Play and has had a perfect penalty kill this year and they’ve even added one shorthanded goal.
Here is more information on Killer and his special night
The Whalers will make their only trip of the year to TD Place on Sunday for a 2 pm game. Plymouth sits 7th in the Western Conference with a 3-3-1 record. Some players to watch on the Whalers are Connor Chatham (NJ, 3rd round), Matt Mistele (LA, 6th round), Viktor Crus-Rydberg (NYI, 5th round) and Gianluca Curcuruto (CLB, 7th round). Dunda Liam and Mercer Cullen are both CSS preliminary watch list for the 2015 NHL draft. Alex Nedeljkovic (Car, 2nd) has been strong in net for the Whalers with a 2.97 GAA and a .910 save percentage. The Whalers have the 7th ranked Power Play and 15th ranked Penalty Kill.