Saturday November 16th @ Flint Firebirds – 7 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.
Flint Firebirds (12-5-0-0)
It’s well documented, the Flint Firebirds have had a difficult past couple of years, but this season, things have taken a turn for the better of the Firebirds. Flint is currently atop of the West Division standings, in a three-way tie for the lead between themselves, Saginaw and Windsor and count on a very large amount of talented players on their team. First year European forward Evgeniy Oksentyuk has been leading the charge offensively, along with Dallas Stars prospect and OHL veteran Tye Dellandrea, as they are tied for team lead in points with 19 apiece. On the blue line, Florida Panthers second round pick in 2019 Vladislav Kolyachonok has been very solid in this start to the season with 12 points in 17 games. Another offensive weapon to watch for Flint in this one would be the second overall pick in the last OHL Priority Selection Draft
After a very tough start to the season, Sarnia has turned things around. After dropping their first seven games of the season, the Sting are now currently on a four-game winning streak and have won nine out of their last ten games. The catalyst on offense for this team has been Sean Josling, who is third in OHL scoring with 36 points (18G, 18A) in 17 games this year, but Sarnia also counts on great other offensive weapons such as Carolina Hurricanes prospect Jamieson Rees, who’s put up 26 points (10G, 16A) in only 11 games. Sarnia also counts on former Ottawa 67’s forward Sam Bitten, who’s had a decent start to this season with 14 points (6G, 8A) in 17 games. In goal, Sarnia counts on the experience of veteran goaltender Jordan Kooy, who came from London during the start of the season, as well as on talented rookie Benjamin Gaudreau who has been impressive thus far.
– The 67’s have played once against one of these teams thus far this season. The Barber Poles defeated the Sarnia Sting at home on October 27th by a score of 7-2. Noel Hoefenmayer had four assists while Marco Rossi added three of his own.
– 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.