3-v-3: Players to watch tonight in Kingston

Ottawa 67’s

Dante Salituro (#96)
Ottawa’s leading scorer in 2014/15, Dante Salituro is on pace for close 100 points this year. In November alone, Dante has recorded 13 points (7G, 6A) in eight games. He recorded his second hat-trick of the season on Sunday night in Oshawa. Look for the speedy, skilled centre to keep racking up the points in Kingston tonight.

Leo Lazarev (#37)
Lazarev could easily be on this list every game going forward. He’s evolved into one of the league’s top netminders, ranking eighth going into tonight’s matchup. The 67’s goaltender has taken the reigns and become their unofficial starter. He’s already recorded eight wins and two shutouts, and should add to those numbers this evening against the Fronts.

Stepan Falkovsky (#51)
The big man got game. Not sure GM/head coach Jeff Brown expected Falkovsky to lead Ottawa’s blue line in goals through the first third of the season, but I’m sure he liked the surprise. He scored the winning goal against the Fronts the last time these clubs met, and has six goals in his 23 games in the OHL. Look for Falkovsky to a force offensively, or defensively, at the K-Rock Centre tonight.

Kingston Frontenacs

Lawson Crouse (#67)
Best friend of 67’s captain Travis Konecny, Crouse was selected by the Florida Panthers in the first round of this year’s NHL Draft alongside his buddy, who went to the Flyers. The 6’3″ power forward almost made the Panthers starting lineup, but was returned to Kingston and has overwhelmingly shown his readiness for the majors. Crouse has 18 points and 15 games, and will lead the Fronts offence tonight.

Roland McKeown (#20)
In his fourth Ontario Hockey League season, Kingston captain Roland McKeown looks be having a career year. His past best in points was 43 (11G, 32A) in 2013-14. So far this season, he’s scored four goals and added 17 assists, good for second among OHL defencemen. Look for McKeown to be a potent point-producer in Kingston tonight.

Lucas Peressini (#40)
A testament to the top-end talent throughout Kingston’s roster, Lucas Peressini is one of the elite netminders in the league. Though he’s already 20 years old, the Fronts ‘tender only has 101 OHL games under his belt. He stopped 27 of 29 shots against the 67’s last they met and will have to repeat that performance if Kingston hopes keep the 67’s at bay.

Where to watch

Catch the 67’s live on Rogers TV Ottawa (Cable 22) or listen to tonight’s game on 580 CFRA

Follow Ottawa 67’s on Twitter for all the latest info and in-game updates.

The 67’s return to TD Place this Friday to take on the Sarnia Sting. Tickets are available here, or by calling 613-232-6767, x1.

Youth hockey players in the Ottawa-Gatineau region can obtain free tickets to any 67’s regular-season home game through the 67’s Prospects program. Visit the 67’s Prospects website for details, or call 613-232-6767, x1.

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