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Back at it vs the Petes – Game Preview

@ Peterborough Petes – Saturday, February 8th, 7:05 PM

After an OT win last night in Hamilton the 67’s stretch their streak to a ten game winning streak! They are back at it vs the Peterborough Petes tonight before 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.

OPPONENT

Peterborough Petes (29-19-2-1)

The last team to have beat the 67’s, which was on January 11th, the Peterborough have the second most amount of wins in the Eastern Conference with 29, which is ten less than Ottawa’s 39.  Their prized trade deadline acquisition, Akil Thomas, has been quick to acclimate to his new surroundings, as the Canadian golden goal scorer has 21 points in only 11 games since joining his new side.  The Petes also count on some other great talent, such as Toronto Maple Leafs prospects Semyon Der-Arguchintsev and Nick Robertson.  Robertson has piled up an impressive 39 goals in 35 games this season, which would be on pace for about 75 goals over a full OHL season.  The Petes also count on a young up and coming local product in Mason McTavish.  The 16-year old Pembroke native has put up 27 goals thus far this year as a rookie, which is a sign of great this to come for the young man.  This will be the sixth game between both sides this season, and an Ottawa win would make it three apiece, as the Petes are the only team to have defeated the Barber Poles more than once this season.

NOTES

  • 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.
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