Having officially won the Hamilton Spectator trophy as the OHL’s regular season champions, the Ottawa 67’s will look to reach a couple more milestones starting Thursday as the regular season draws to a close.
The 67’s will face the Peterborough Petes in a home-and-home series with games Thursday in Peterborough and Friday night at the Arena at TD Place, before closing out the regular season schedule when the Barber Poles host the Kingston Frontenacs on Sunday afternoon.
With the first seed and home ice advantage through the playoffs now guaranteed, the 67’s with 101 points on the year, can set a new franchise record for points by winning two of the last three games. Winning all three would also set a new team record for wins, with 51.
Meanwhile, overage sensation Tye Felhaber is two goals away from 60 on the year, while rookie phenom Marco Rossi needs three goals to hit 30.
Peterborough Petes (32-30-1-2)
The Peterborough Petes are coming off a 6-5 win against the North Bay Battalions and are looking to extend their win streak to four games this Thursday against the 67’s. Ottawa is coming off of a 4-0 blowout against the Oshawa Generals this past Sunday. The 67’s right winger Tye Felhaber recorded another three points, scoring two goals and one assist. Felhaber has 58 goals and 45 assists this season leading the league with 103 points. The last time these two teams met, Ottawa won 4-3 in a shootout. Both teams are 7-3-0-0 in their last ten games and have played each other five times this season. The Petes managed to clinch the sixth playoff spot in the Eastern Division as last season they fell short of playoff contentions finishing in ninth place with 52 points. Petes’ top scorer, Ryan Merkley has 69 points so far recording 13 goals and 56 assists. Hunter Jones, Peterborough’s starting goalie has a 0.901% save average this season but on Sunday, Tye Austin started in nets for the Petes saving 34 out of the 39 shots against him. The 67’s are facing the Petes again on Friday night at TD Place for their second last game of the season. The 67’s have seen some of the biggest crowds in a while, with almost 6,000 fans in attendance at last Saturday’s game against Oshawa.
Kingston Frontenacs (14-49-1-1)
On Sunday the 67’s will finish off their season at home against the Kingston Frontenacs for an early afternoon game at 2 p.m. The two teams have met seven times this season, Ottawa winning six out of the seven games. Kingston Frontenacs are currently sitting in last place in league standings with 30 points. The Frontenacs are 2-8-0-0 in their last ten games and are looking to finish the season on any kind of high note as they won’t be competing in the playoffs. Last year, Kingston made it to the third round of the playoffs but lost to the Hamilton Bulldogs who went on to win the Memorial Cup. Ryan Cranford leads Kingston in scoring with 17 goals and 21 assists this season. Cranford is sitting close in points to Ottawa’s Mitchell Hoelscher who has 39 points so far this season. The 67’s Michael DiPietro is the league leading goalie in terms of save percent average. DiPietro has faced a total of 974 shots so far this season and has saved 887. Opposite of DiPietro in nets is Kingston’s Brendan Bonello who has played 46 games this season, winning seven of those games. Bonello has a 0.884% save average this season, ranking lower compared to DiPietro’s 0.911% average.
Icing one of the best teams in franchise history, the 67’s will begin their quest for an OHL title and Memorial Cup on March 22 at 7 p.m. at The Arena at TD Place. Click here to get your playoff tickets now and for the complete schedule.
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