vs North Bay Battalion – Sunday, February 9th, 2:00 PM
After stretching their six game winning streak to a nine game winning streak over the past week, following a successful three game sequence between Thursday and Sunday, the Ottawa 67’s will look to repeat what they did last week; which is to add three more wins to their impressive record. Heading into a busy three in three weekend, kicking things off in Hamilton on Friday, before paying a visit to the Peterborough Petes and finally rounding out their busy weekend at home against the North Bay Battalion on Sunday afternoon.
The marquee matchup of this three in three sequence is definitely the Saturday one, as the Barber Poles will be on the road to face the last team who beat them, a defeat suffered on January 11th, the Peterborough Petes. People will remember the 67’s outstanding 17-game win streak that stretched from November 16th to January 11th. To put an end to that magical streak, the Peterborough Petes shut the 67’s out at the Peterborough Memorial Centre by a score of 4-0, which was one of the only two times Ottawa has been shut out this season. Looking for redemption, and more importantly, more wins, it’ll be a challenging weekend that will include travel and three games in as many nights.
It’s easy to assume that the 67’s are happy with where they’re at, with many leaders in the statistical departments on top of leading the OHL overall standings, ten points ahead of the second place London Knights. Marco Rossi has been keeping up with his unreal pace since the start of the season, as the 2020 NHL Draft eligible still leads the OHL in points with 88 in only 40 games played, while Cobden native Jack Quinn leads the league in goals with a total of 41. It seems as if the Barber Poles have a player leading just about every statistical department, which speaks to the levels of the success of the team. This group of talented young men will look to go for another perfect weekend, in what will be their first road trip of February.
North Bay Battalion (11-35-2-0)
It’s been a difficult season for the Battalion, who are dead last in the OHL standings, but as every good junior hockey fan knows, anything can happen on any given day in this league. Currently riding a four-game losing streak at the time these lines were written, having only won two of their last ten, it’ll be a team that is determined to get out of a bad funk coming into TD Place on Sunday afternoon, in a game where the 67’s will be coming back from a back to back on the road to finally end their three in three weekend at home. Among their roster, the Battalion counts on 2017 OHL third overall pick Brandon Coe, who’s been having a decent year with 45 points in 46 games thus far. 2000-born forward Luke Moncada has also been stepping up to the plate in his fourth OHL season, with 27 goals in 48 games. Finally, local product and rookie Kyle Jackson, who hails from Ottawa, has put up decent numbers as a rookie on a struggling team with 16 points.
- With 91 points in 41 games, Marco Rossi has the OHL’s best point per-game average with an average of 2.20 points per game.
- Noel Hoefenmayer leads all OHL and CHL defensemen in scoring with a total of 69 points.
- Among the OHL’s top fifteen in points, the 67’s count five players; Rossi (91), Quinn (69), Hoefenmayer (69), Garreffa (67) and Keating (67).
- The 67’s have the OHL’s top power play, having scored 52 goals on 170 opportunities, giving them a % of 30.6%, while the team that’s trailing them the closest is going for 25.8% (London).
- Joseph Garreffa is 2 goals away from 100 in his OHL career and 8 points away from 300.
- 67’s Jack Quinn is currently on a ten game point streak, in which he has scored 16 goals and put up 8 assists for a total of 24 points.