The OHL playoffs are set to begin this Friday at the Hershey Centre in Mississauga pitting the second seeded Steelheads against the seventh seeded Ottawa 67’s. Game 2 is set for Sunday afternoon before the series shifts to the nation’s capital for the next two games slated for March 28 and 30 at The Arena at TD Place.
Ottawa have won both trips to Mississauga this season, but know that they must bring their best to the Hershey Centre to start the series strong.
“We’re going to have to play physical against these guys,” said 67’s Head Coach and GM, Jeff Brown. “They are fast and they have firepower up-front so we will have to slow them down and win the special teams battle – that’s for sure.”
The 67’s boast ample firepower of their own – the trio of Artur Tyanulin, Austen Keating and Mathieu Foget have combined for a total of 69 points over the last 16 games. Their play will be key to a strong start in this series.
While the 67’s are one of the youngest teams in the OHL, Brown knows this is a key learning opportunity for them, but won’t set for just pride in being there.
“Our young guys are going to get valuable experience in this series, but we’re not just happy to be there. We must approach this series with the intention of going a long way. A few good bounces here and there, and we will be in a position to create an upset.”
Having to battle for the playoffs down the home stretch, the 67’s have already been playing playoffs hockey for a solid month and have had their fair share of success in one-goal games this season.
Despite facing the highest scoring team in the Eastern Conference, captain Travis Barron says his team is prepared to battle with the Steelheads offensive firepower.
“We match up really well actually,” said Barron. “They’re a team that can score a lot of goals, and we’re a team that can skate with them. I’m very confident that we have the speed and talent to compete against them.”
The 67’s know what they have to do to secure wins and that special teams could also prove crucial in tipping scales.
“The level of play increases during the playoffs,” said Noel Hoefenmayer. “It’s a constant battle and we have to be on the same page. It’s as a team and a unit that we will be able to weather the storm.”
With young up-and-comers, and a plethora of talent from the front lines to the back lines, the 67’s are confident in their ability to leap forward.
After their back-to-back road games, the 67’s return to Ottawa for Games 3 and 4, starting Tuesday March 28 at 7 p.m. at The Arena at TD Place.
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Here’s how the series will break down:
Game 1, Fri, Mar 24 at Mississauga – 7:00 p.m.
Game 2, Sun, Mar 26 at Mississauga – 2:00 p.m.
Game 3, Tues, Mar 28 at Ottawa – 7:00 p.m.
Game 4, Thurs, Mar 30 at Ottawa – 7:00 p.m.
Game 5, Fri, Mar 31 at Mississauga – 7:00 p.m.**
Game 6, Sun, Apr 2 at Ottawa – 2:00 p.m.**
Game 7, Tues, Apr 4 at Mississauga – 7:00 p.m.**