@ North Bay Battalion – Sunday, March 8th, 2:00 PM
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After a tough road trip in northern Ontario a couple weeks back, the 67’s seem to be back on track and back to their usual form following a perfect four-game week that has turned into their latest four-game winning streak. Now, after a win in Barrie last night, the 67’s are ready to take on North Bay today at 2pm. On February 20th, the last time the 67’s visited the North Bay Memorial Gardens, Ottawa was handed what was probably one of their worst losses of the season when they were defeated by a score of 6-2 by the last place team in the OHL.
To do so, Ottawa will need contributions from everyone, but luckily for them, they count on one of the deepest lineups in not only the OHL, but in the whole CHL. Obviously, they count on the OHL’s top scorer in Marco Rossi, who’s put up 110 (36G, 74A) points in 53 games thus far this season. Among other 67’s players who are in the OHL’s top 15 most points are Joe Garreffa (84 points), Jack Quinn (83 points), Austen Keating (82 points), on top of Noel Hoefenmayer is tied for league lead for most points among all defencemen (75 points). In nets, both goalies have been very good for the Barber Poles as of late. Cedrick Andree has won his last two starts, allowing only four goals doing so, including a stellar 37 save performance against Oshawa last Friday. On his side of things, Will Cranley has been rock solid in front of the Barber Poles’ net this season, with an awesome 16-2-0-0 record this year.
North Bay Battalion (16-39-4-0)
North Bay may be very last in the Ontario Hockey League, with only 16 wins this season, but this will completely be disregarded by the Ottawa 67’s when they travel to North Bay on Sunday to finish their week. Fans, but especially coaches and players, have fresh in their memories the last time the Barber Poles went to North Bay, only a couple weeks back on February 20th, a game that the 67’s lost 6-2 to the hands of the Battalion, against all odds. In that win, which was definitely North Bay’s biggest of the season, captain Luke Moncada led the ship for the Battalion with a hat trick. Moncada has been their top player this season, with a total of 33 goals and 25 assists for 58 points in 59 games, good enough for team lead in points and goals. In nets, Joe Vrbetic has seen the majority of his teams’ games and was the one who collected the win back on February 20th, making 28 stops on 30 shots that day. The 67’s will look to avenge their loss this time around in their final visit to the North Bay Memorial Gardens of the season on Sunday.
- 67’s forward Jack Quinn is at 49 goals on the season right now and could very well hit 50 goals as soon as this weekend.
- 67’s Marco Rossi leads the OHL with 110 points in only 53 games, good enough for 2.08 points per game.
- Ottawa’s power play still stands at number one in the OHL with an efficiency rate of 29.1% (62 goals on 213 power plays). The next best power play is London at 26.7%
- Ottawa also counts on the sixth best penalty kill in the OHL with a PK% of 81.1% (43 power play goals allowed on 227 occasions).
- 67’s goalie Cedrick Andree is tied for league lead in wins with 31.
- Noel Hoefenmayer and Mitch Hoelscher are both tied for second best in the OHL for game winning goals, both with 8 GWGs apiece.