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Sunday Matchup – 67’s vs Bulldogs

Sunday November 3rd vs Hamilton Bulldogs @ 2 PM

Currently on a five game winning streak, the Ottawa 67’s are feeling pretty good about themselves heading into the final game of their weekend road trip.  The Barber Poles had a successful home stand last week, going perfect with three wins and outscoring their opponents by a total of 16-9.  Overage players Austen Keating and Noel Hoefenmayer have been red hot to start the season, with 21 points in 13 games each.  Hoefenmayer leads the OHL in points for a defenseman.  Austrian forward and 2020 NHL Draft eligible Marco Rossi has also been outstanding thus far with 19 points in 8 games.  Other standouts have been Mitch Hoelscher (8G, 9A) and Jack Quinn (7G, 7A).  Joseph Gareffa has only played three games for the Barber Poles, but has already made an amazing impact with 7 points in only 3 games (3G, 4A).

In goal, Cedrick Andree is back to his habits from last season, being in the OHL’s top ten in most major goalie stat categories, with 7 wins, a GAA of 2.71 and .906%.

Now that they’ve found their groove, the Barber Poles are a team to look out for once again in the OHL.  Still plagued by long term injuries to Graeme Clarke and Merrick Rippon, opportunity is there for some younger players like Jack Beck, Thomas Johnston and Cameron Tolnai to step up and take the bull by the horns.  With a successful road trip this week, the 67’s could very well find themselves once again amongst the Ontario Hockey League’s elite in the top tier of the standings.

Opponent

Hamilton Bulldogs (8-8-1-0)

In a past meeting between the two sides this season in mid-october, the 67’s came from behind to win it in overtime, thanks to a Noel Hoefenmayer hat-trick.  Only five points behind Ottawa in the standings, the Bulldogs are an improved team from last year, with all their young guys being a full season more mature.  Obviously, league leader in points (with 31) Arthur Kaliyev is their player to watch, with 16 goals and 15 assists in 15 games, the American is a dynamic offensive force that is recognized throughout the OHL.  Jan Jenik is also an offensive force with his 23 points in only 13 games.  In goal, rookie and brother of 67’s defenseman Anthony Costantini, Maro Costantini, has been a pleasant surprise in nets.  The other goaltender, Zachary Roy, is also showing some good stuff, after proving he can be a good OHL goaltender during the playoffs last season against Ottawa.

NOTES

  • The 67’s power play has seen some drastic improvement over the past couple of weeks. Ottawa’s man advantage is now fifth in the OHL with 16 goals on 59 occasions, good enough for a success rate of 27.1%.
  • Jack Quinn has been hot lately. The 2020 NHL Draft prospect is currently on a three-game point streak, in which he amassed three goals and two assists for five points.
  • Multiple 67’s rookies are still looking for their very first OHL goal. This is the case for Jack Matier, Thomas Johnston, Jack Beck, Anthony Costantini and Yanic Crete.
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