Thursday November 14th @ Saginaw Spirit – 7:05 PM
With wins in eight of their last ten games and currently standing at sixth overall in the OHL standings and third in their very powerful division, with Oshawa first (29 points), Peterborough second (27 points) and the Barber Poles third with 26 points. After seeing their six game winning streak come to an end last Friday at home against Oshawa in what was a controversial ending to the game, Ottawa bounced back instantly from that loss less than 48 hours later against Peterborough, when they defeated them in overtime on the road thanks to a Jack Quinn beauty that gave his team the win.
This upcoming USA road trip will not be an easy one for Ottawa, as they will be playing against three good teams that have been playing great hockey as of late. Both Flint and Saginaw have won seven out of their last ten games and are tied atop of the West Division with 24 points each in the standings, while the Sarnia Sting is bouncing back in a big way from a tough start. Sarnia has won their last four games and nine out of their last ten, slowing climbing back in their respective division’s standings.
Players to look for on the 67’s side of things and that have been playing very well recently are Austen Keating, Noel Hoefenmayer and Marco Rossi, who are in a three-way tie for the team lead in points with 27 each. Jack Quinn has been very hot for Ottawa with 13 points in his last 8 games, including a three-point night in Peterborough in Ottawa’s last game. Cedrick Andree also appears to be back in the great form he was all year last season as he is now amongst the leaders in GAA, save percentage and wins.
Saginaw Spirit (11-6-1-1)
One of the top teams in the West last season, who lost in the Western Conference Finals against the Guelph Storm, Saginaw lost a few key pieces of their lineup, but still count on a lot of offensive fire power on their roster, primarily lead by 2020 top five ranked draft prospect Cole Perfetti. After 74 points in 63 games during his rookie campaign, Perfett is currently on pace to crush this total with 32 points in 19 games thus far this season. Apart from Perfetti, Saginaw also counts on three other players who have but up more than a point per game this season, including a pair of New York Islanders prospects (Cole Coskey and Blade Jenkins) as well as Minnesota Wild prospect Damien Giroux. In goal, Tristan Lennox and Marshall Frappier have been sharing duties in front of the cage for the Spirit, but Lennox has had starter duties for the most part after having a good rookie campaign last season.
- 67’s forward Marco Rossi is eight points away from 100 OHL career points. He could very well reach that milestone over this road trip.
- After competing in the CHL Canada/Russia series, Kevin Bahl will join his teammates for the road trip. Bahl played in his 200th career OHL game against Oshawa on November 8th.
- Mitchell Hoelscher is tied for the OHL lead in game winning goals with four.
- Cedrick Andree currently leads the OHL with the best GAA (2.47) and has the second best SV% (.916) in the Ontario Hockey League.
Multiple 67’s rookies are still looking for their very first OHL career goal. This is the case for Jack Matier, Thomas Johnston, Jack Beck and Anthony Costantini.