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3 Players to Watch

Sunday is set to be a historic game for the Ottawa-Gatineau region. With each city’s respective junior club’s set to take the ice reigniting a historic rivalry you can expect an exciting game! When you take your seats at the Stadium at TD Place these are the players you should keep an eye on.

Noel Hoefenmayer

The 67’s defenceman is a force to be reckoned with. The fourth round selection of the Arizona Coyote’s in last year’s NHL draft can do it all, performing well on both ends of the ice. Typically found on the top D-pairing for the Barber Poles, Hoef has been holding his own in the 67’s and performing well in the oppositions end as well. The smooth skating defenceman is the team’s highest scoring defender with twice as many points as the next closest D-man on the team. Hoefenmayer must be accounted for on both ends of the ice and is someone you must account for when watching the game this Sunday.

Kody Clark

Since returning from injury on December 8th, Clark has averaged a point per game with four points in four games evenly splitting the points between goals and assists with two each. Kody was also recently named to the Sherwin-Williams CHL/NHL Top Prospects game. The 6’1” winger has been rocketing through NHL draft boards this season and has recently landed himself a B rating from NHL Central Scouting meaning he is projected to be picked in the second or third round in the 2018 NHL draft. Kody has been having a great season so far and he isn’t done yet. Still looking to up his draft stock, expect the young winger to finish 2017 with a bang.

Tristan Berube/Mathieu Bellemare

Whichever goaltender Gatineau decides to play for them between the pipes during Sunday’s outdoor game will have to be a player you keep an eye on. Both goaltenders boast SV % above 9.00 and GAA under 3.00. Berube currently leads the QMJHL in both categories with a 9.26 SV % and a 2.05 GAA. Quebec rotates both goaltenders fairly frequently with the 17 year old Berube playing 19 games and the 18 year old Bellemare getting in for 14 games. Whoever gets the nod on Sunday will be looking to extend Gatineau’s six game winning streak to a seventh game.

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