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Friday Matchup – 67’s vs Bulldogs

@ Hamilton Bulldogs – Friday, February 7th, 7:00 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.

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Hamilton Bulldogs (20-22-5-1)

Seventh in the OHL’s Eastern Conference, the Bulldogs have only won three of their last ten games, but if you took a look at their roster, you would think they’d be higher up there with the amount of talent they have.  Los Angeles Kings prospect Arthur Kaliyev has been scoring at an unreal pace, with 35 goals and 76 points in 43 games.  After their second-best producer, Jan Jenik, went down to injury at the World Juniors, the Bulldogs called upon the 20th overall pick in the 2019 CHL Import Draft, Jan Mysak, who’s been a great fit with them since coming in.  The 2020 Draft eligible has put up an impressive 7 goals and 9 points in eight games, on top of displaying his speed.  Last but not least, there could be a very familiar face in nets for Hamilton, not because he’d played for the Barber Poles before, but because Bulldogs goaltender Marco Costantini, is

 

NOTES

  • With 88 points in 40 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 67 points.
  • Among the OHL’s top fifteen in points, the 67’s count five players; Rossi (88), Quinn (67), Hoefenmayer (67), Garreffa (65) and Keating (64).
  • 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 10 points away from 300.
  • 67’s Jack Quinn is currently on a nine game point streak, in which he has scored 14 goals and put up 8 assists for a total of 22 points.
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