vs Hamilton Bulldogs – Saturday, January 18th, 2:00 PM
After seeing their franchise record 17-game win streak come to an end last Saturday in Peterborough, the Ottawa 67’s bounced right back with a win the very next day against the Owen Sound Attack by a score of 7-4. After a 5-4 SO win against Flint, the 67’s now go up against the Hamilton Bulldogs once again at home on Saturday afternoon. They’ll round out a busy three days on the road in Oshawa against their division rival, who made a huge splash at the trade deadline.
The newest member of the 67’s, Daylon Groulx, has been a welcomed addition to the team, bringing in tons of energy, feistiness and production since coming in. Groulx was able to find the back of the net against his old team, the Owen Sound Attack, last Sunday, while putting up two assists since joining, giving him a total of three points in three games with his new team. Groulx has adapted well and even took Austen Keating’s spot on the first line next to Marco Rossi and Joseph Garreffa, as Keating was out for the Sunday contest and could be for this week-end as well. Having won 9 out of their last 10 games and 19 of their last 21, the 67’s success can be explained by many things; it could be the OHL-leading 183 goals for, or it could also be the OHL leading 105-goals against. It could also be because of the team’s lethal power play, who is the OHL’s best unit with41 goals on 134 occasions, good for 30.6%. It could be because of the Keating-Rossi-Garreffa line combining for a total of 187 points, just like it could be because of Cedrick Andree’s league-leading 22 wins and league second-best three shutouts. You’ll understand by reading these last few lines that there’s layers that explain the Barber Poles’ success, and it’s because they play as a unit. The 67’s will look to maintain the good habits they’ve built so far this season by tackling this upcoming three-in-three head on, but they’ll need the help of their fans to do so, as they get ready to play back to back games inside The Arena at TD Place.
Hamilton Bulldogs (18-19-2-1)
The Barber Poles have played twice so far this season against the Bulldogs, defeating them both times (5-4 in overtime on October 20th and 7-4 on November 3rd). While it may be more of a rebuilding type of year for the Bulldogs, who are on a four game undefeated in regulation streak (3-0-0-1), they do count on some offensive threat. Czech Republic representative Jan Jenik, who had 56 points in 27 games before heading to the World Juniors, won’t be in uniform, however, as he suffered a season-ending knee injury at the tournament. The Dogs’ top scorer, Arthur Kaliyev, will be, though. The LA Kings second round pick in 2019 counts 31 goals and 69 points in 35 games thus far this year, second in league scoring behind Ottawa’s Marco Rossi.
- 67’s NHL draft eligibles Marco Rossi and Jack Quinn will be in uniform over the week-end, after performing in the CHL Top Prospects Game on Thursday night. Rossi has 74 points (26G, 48A) in 32 games, while Quinn has 48 points (30G, 18A) in 38 games.
- Noel Hoefenmayer leads all OHL defensemen in scoring with a total of 54 points and is third in the OHL in power play assists with 20.
- Mitch Hoelscher leads the OHL in game winning goals with 7.
- The OHL’s top five players in +/- are all 67’s. Here’s the order: Marco Rossi (+47), Austen Keating (+36), Noel Hoefenmayer (+34), Jack Quinn (+32) and Joseph Garreffa (+30).