Friday October 18th vs Peterborough Petes (Friends Night) @ 7 PM
It’ll be on an active two-game winning streak that the Ottawa 67’s will head into this week-end, which will see them play two home games against tough opponents in the Peterborough Petes on Friday night and the Hamilton Bulldogs on Sunday afternoon. Friday night’s game will have be a little extra special for fans of the hit TV-series Friends, as the game will be themed after the popular 90’s sitcom.
Off to a good start this season, the 67’s currently have a record of 6-3-0-0, with only one loss at home so far, occurring on the home opener against the Petes. The Barber Poles will look to avenge that loss, but also to keep their two-game winning streak going.
Offensively, Mitch Hoelscher has been breaking out, with the best start to a season of his career. In 9 games so far this season, the New Jersey Devils prospect has piled up 14 points, including 6 goals. Defenseman Noel Hoefenmayer has 10 points, while fellow OA Austen Keating has 12 points, both in 9 games as well. Not to mention Marco Rossi, who has been lights out with 9 points in only 4 games this year. The Barber Poles have the firepower upfront, but now with injuries to Graeme Clarke and Merrick Rippon, it’ll be interesting to see who steps up into their roles. Rookie defenseman Teddy Sawyer made a good impression during his first couple of games, while young guys such as Jack Beck, Thomas Johnston and Dylan Robinson will be looked at to step up and try to fill the void, along with the other veterans, that is left in the group of forwards by Graeme Clarke.
Peterborough Petes (6-3-0-0)
The same team that defeated Ottawa in their home opener on September 29th, the Petes count on a very dynamic offense, led by two of the league’s top point getters in Toronto Maple Leafs prospects Nick Robertson and Semyon Der-Arguchintsev. Both players have been able to put up 18 points in 9 games this season (11G, 9A for Robertson and 2G, 16A for Der-Arguchintsev), which averages exactly two points per game. On top of that, Pembroke native and rookie Mason McTavish has also impressed with 9 points in 9 games so far. In goal, Hunter Jones is one of the better goaltenders in the OHL. Jones has put up one shutout, while maintaining a GAA of 2.75 in 7 games so far this season. The 67’s could benefit from the Petes’ schedule, as they will be playing against Hamilton on Thursday night before heading out to Ottawa the very next day.
– Over the course of this week end, the 67’s will go up against three players that are among the OHL’s top three in points: Arthur Kaliyev (2nd in the OHL with 19 points) as well as Nick Robertson and Semyon Der-Arguchintsev (T-3rd in the OHL with 18 points).
– Ottawa’s Mitch Hoelscher has put up 2 game winning goals since the start of the season, while Peterborough’s Nick Robertson has 3.
– 67’s forward Marco Rossi has scored at least one point in all of the four games he’s played this season. Rossi had a three point game last time around against Kingston, with 2 goals and 1 assist.
– After being pulled early in the first period last game, fans can expect a big bounce-back type of week-end from Cedrick Andree. Andree currently has a record of 4-2-0-0 this season, with a GAA of 2.98 and a SV% of .909.