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Game Preview – 67’s vs Steelheads

The 67’s will be back at TD Place this Friday night, October 11 at 7pm, looking for a way to bounce back when they host the Mississauga Steelheads for Toonie Beer Night.

After three hard fought battles on the road, Ottawa will have one goal in mind on Friday night; giving their fans a first home win this season. Third in the East Division, Ottawa (4-3) will face Central Division’s fourth place, Mississauga (2-4), for the first time this year.  Despite having lost their last two games, a lot of positive can be taken from this away game for the Barber Poles. In fact, in their 4-3 loss against the Kitchener Rangers, the 67’s heavily outshot the opposition, with 38 shots against 23. Also, Jack Quinn and Mitch Hoelscher’s three point games were the best of their respective OHL careers.

After Friday night’s action, the 67’s will be back at home for some thanksgiving festivities when they host the Kingston Frontenacs, Monday October 14 at 2pm. Currently sitting in the middle of the East Division with eight points in seven games, Andre Tourigny’s squad is only six points behind Oshawa who is in first place and have six points over the Frontenacs, who are ranked fifth.

Scouting the opposition

Mississauga Steelheads (2-4-0-0)

The Steelheads only played one game on the road this season, which resulted in a 7-3 loss against the Barrie Colts. Mississauga is on a two game winning streak.

Forward James Hardie registered two goals in the last game to help the Steelheads complete an undefeated weekend. In addition, NHL first round draft pick Thomas Harley (1 goal, 1 assist) and NHL third round pick Cole Schwindt (1 goal, 1 assist) registered multi-point games.

 

Storylines

  • Jack Quinn has scored in three of his last five games.
  • 67’s forward Marco Rossi’s will be eligible to come back to the lineup on Friday night.
  • Mitch Hoelscher is leading the way offensively for the 67’s with nine points since the beginning of the campaign.
  • Also, Ottawa can count on many players who are no strangers to the scoresheet. Keating, Hoefenmayer and Quinn, are three players who have accumulated seven points each so far this season.
  • Mississauga will be visiting TD Place after two big wins at home.
  • Leading the way offensively for the Steelheads is Cole Schwindt, with nine points in six games played. He’s also a third round pick (81) for the Florida Panthers in 2019 NHL Draft.
  • Traded from the 67’s to the Frontenacs just before the start of the season, Lucas Peric will be playing his first ever game against his old team on Monday afternoon, when the Frontenacs visit the Barber Poles.
  • Monday will also be the very first opportunity for Ottawa fans to see Exceptional Status player and 2019 OHL first overall pick Shane Wright.

 

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