The Ottawa 67’s will look to take over sixth spot in the OHL’s Eastern Conference this weekend in a pair of back-to-back games against Owen Sound and Sudbury.
Not only is this an important weekend of home games for a 67’s team that currently sits seventh, three points behind Sudbury, in the East, but with the full length of the Rideau Canal open and the REDBLACKS and Fury FC theme game on Sunday, there promises to be much excitement on the ice, in the stands and throughout Lansdowne.
The 67’s open the busy weekend at 2 p.m. on Saturday when the Owen Sound Attack drops by the Arena at TD Place. It’s the first time the teams have played each other since November 6 in Owen Sound, when the 67’s picked up a 2-1 overtime win thanks to Artur Tyanulin’s goal a minute into the extra frame.
Despite that win, the Attack sit fifth in the East and will be a tough test for the 67’s, who are coming off a 3-1 loss to Peterborough on Wednesday in a game that, result aside, was hailed by Ottawa’s coaching staff as one of their better performances of the season.
“We really like the way we played Wednesday and we’ve got to build on it and continue to get better,” said Associate Coach Mike Eastwood. “At the same time, it’s about understanding what’s going to make us successful and what’s going to give us an op to win hockey games. If we play like we did Wednesday and build on that we’ve got a chance to win every game that we step on the ice for.”
On Sunday, the rink will be rocking as Sudbury, whom the 67’s are chasing in the standings, comes to town for the REDBLACKS and Fury FC game. Several members of the REDBLACKS Grey Cup-winning team will be on hand signing autographs, as will the entire Fury FC roster. The Grey Cup, in one of its final public appearances of the off-season, will also be there for photos.
On the ice, the 67’s will be taking on a Wolves team that Ottawa also owns a 1-0 record against this season. Back on October 23, the 67’s took the play to the Wolves in an eventual 6-2 win in Sudbury, a game in which the scoring was spread around with the six goals coming from six different players.
Ottawa will be looking for more of the same in Sunday’s rematch, which starts at 2 p.m.
“We can’t get ahead of ourselves, obviously it’s a big tilt Sunday against Sudbury, but Owen Sound is a very good hockey team,” said Eastwood. “The standings are very tight; it’s a chance to get a couple points and we’ve got to make our building tough to play in. Owen Sound is coming a long way to play us so we have to take advantage of them being on the road and us being at home in front of our crowd and come and play with a ton of energy and excitement, and think defence first.”
Sunday’s game marks the end of a lengthy home stand for the 67’s, who will then head out on the road for a pair of games in Oshawa on February 17 and Hamilton on February 18. The 67’s will be back home for four-straight games starting February 20 when London comes to town on Family Day that will see the first 3000 fans score an Ottawa 67’s toque!
Tickets for our REDBLACKS and Fury FC Game are available by clicking here, calling 613-232-6767 x1, or in person at the Box Office at TD Place.