A look at three key players for each team ahead of Saturday’s game between Ottawa and Kingston. Great seats are still available here, by calling 613-232-6767 x1, or directly from the TD Place Box Office.
Dante Salituro (#96)
With his captain away at the World Juniors, Salituro has been awarded an ‘A’ and his leadership will be relied upon today against the Fronts. After scoring his 20th goal of the season on a beauty top-cheese snap shot last night against the Petes, Dante now only trails Travis Konecny by five points for the overall team lead. Look for Salituro to ignite the 67’s offensively this afternoon against Kingston.
Evan de Haan (#22)
Another player taking advantage of extra ice time, de Haan broke out with a three-point game against Peterborough last night. In 25 games previously this year, de Haan has only recorded one goal and nine assists. The absence of Stepan Falkovsky has provided de Haan with extra opportunities in the offensive end. Look for him to continue the trend today versus the Fronts.
Travis Barron (#19)
After tallying eight points in 11 games in November, Barron was yet to get on the board in December. Thankfully, he broke out of that slump last night versus Peterborough, with his ninth goal of the season. Barron is known to be a streaky scorer, and if he can keep it going against Kingston, look for Ottawa to make it two in a row.
Spencer Watson (#96)
After leading Team OHL with three goals in the CHL Canada Russia Series, Watson was hopeful to make Canada’s 2016 World Juniors roster. Unfortunately for the Fronts’ fourth-year forward though, those hopes were dashed when he was one of three players cut before the team headed over to Finland for pre-tournament games. This afternoon marks only his second matchup since being released by the national team, so look for Kingston’s leading scorer to play with a chip on shoulder this afternoon.
Stephen Desrocher (#37)
Kingston quickly knew they had an OHL championship calibre team this season and added to their already stellar blue line, by trading for all-around defenceman Stephen Desrocher. They acquired the 19 year-old from the Oshawa Generals in exchange for six draft picks over the next three years. Desrocher’s size, hockey sense and ability to play well in both zones makes him a top-end blue liner for the Fronts. Look for him to lead their backend today at TD Place.
Lucas Peressini (#40)
A testament to the top-end talent throughout Kingston’s roster, Peressini has evolved into one of the elite netminders in the OHL. In only his second year as the Fronts starter, he currently sports a 2.60 GAA and a .914 save percentage. Lucas has been a big factor in the Fronts success this season, but has struggled against Ottawa this year. He has one win in three games and allowed nine goals over that time. He’ll need to be at his best if his Fronts’ hope to defeat their division rivals.
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.
*Please be advised, on December 19 expect the parking garage to be extremely busy as Cineplex Cinemas Lansdowne and VIP has an out-of-this-world adventure premiering that weekend.
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 this afternoon’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 have a quick turnaround and will face off against the East Division leading Kingston Frontenacs at 1 p.m. tomorrow afternoon.
Great seats are still available here, by calling 613-232-6767 x1, or directly from the TD Place Box Office.