A look at three key players for each team ahead of today’s game between Ottawa and Kingston.
Travis Konecny (#17)
After last weekend’s rough, three-game road trip, one positive to take from it would be that Travis Konecny re-established his place in the OHL’s top ten in scoring. Konecny tallied three assists in Sunday’s game against Sarnia and now has 43 points in 29 contests this year. The 67’s captain has two points in two games against the Fronts this year and uses his speed and skill to elude Kingston’s blue line.
Stepan Falkovsky (#51)
Recently named to Belarus’ World Championship Selection Camp, Falkovsky leads the Ottawa’s defence with seven goals and eight assists this season. He was the 67’s only pick in the 2015 CHL Import Draft and has more than panned out. In two meetings with Kingston, the big man has two goals, including the game-winner in the 67’s School Day Game in early November. His size and shot are hard to contain, so the Fronts might struggle keep Falkovsky from impacting tonight’s matchup.
Travis Barron (#19)
The Belfountain, ON native is only three points away from eclipsing his rookie points total of 21 and is on pace to post 36 this season. Barron also has two points in two games against the Frontenacs. He’s yet to get on the board in December, but could break out against the Fronts tonight.
Lawson Crouse (#67)
Though the their teams may be division rivals, Crouse and 67’s captain Travis Konecny are best friends off the ice. The pair will square off directly against each other as Crouse plays left wing on the Fronts top line and Konecny claims the right wing on Ottawa’s first forward group. Lawson’s size (6’3″) always makes him a tough competitor and he’ll use that to his advantage against the Barber Poles tonight at TD Place.
Lucas Peressini (#40)
A top-5 goalie in the league, Peressini is nothing if not consistent. Since taking over as the Fronts starter last season, he’s posted a 2.31 GAA and 42 wins. He’s a big reason why Kingston is leading the East Division and if he gets the start tonight, the 67’s will have to put a ton of traffic in front of him to defeat the Fronts.
Roland McKeown (#20)
The Fronts boast top-end talent on the blue line, Carolina Hurricanes’ prospect and Kingston captain, Roland McKeown leads the OHL defenceman in scoring with six goals and 21 assists in 29 games this year. His combination of size, speed, and elite offensive skill makes him a key contributor for the Fronts. The 67’s will need to focus on shutting down McKeown if they hope to make it three straight against Kingston.
Getting to TD Place
Remember, if you purchase your ticket in advance to any 67’s home game you’ll receive free service on all OC Transpo routes to and from TD Place. Enjoy the game, and remember to keep your event ticket stub for your return trip. Free service begins three hours prior to game time and finishes three hours after the end of the game. Plan your trip here.
Looking to park at TD Place? Game day parking passes can be pre-purchased here. Please enter the parking garage via Queen Elizabeth Drive.
Where to watch
Can’t make it down to TD Place? Catch the 67’s live on Rogers TV Ottawa (Cable 22) or listen to tonight’s game on TSN 1200.
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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.
The 67’s Holiday Game is set for December 13 at 3 p.m., don’t miss this annual event that features the Teddy Bear Toss, Sing-for-Santa and a post-game autograph session with the team.
Great seats are still available here, by calling 613-232-6767 x1, or directly from the TD Place Box Office.