By: Steve Irving – Ottawa67s.com Staff
Photo: Valerie Wutti – Blitzen Photography
The 2nd last weekend of the regular season will have a major impact on the 67’s playoff picture. Ottawa currently sits 4th in the Eastern Conference, 3 points up on Niagara and 4 points behind of North Bay.4th place and above will have the home ice advantage in the first round and with the 67’s having such a successful home campaign this season ranking in the top 4 could pay huge dividends in the post-season. 2nd leading scorer and team captain Travis Konecny was injured last Sunday and the timetable for his return is now 1-3 weeks so he could be ready to go for the playoff opener. The 67’s special teams have contributed greatly to the team’s success this year. They rank 2nd on the penalty kill and 8th on the power play.
Tonight’s game is Red and Black night at TD Place. Wear your team colours and meet members of the 67’s extended family, the Ottawa REDBLACKS and Ottawa Fury FC. Both teams will have players at the game for meet-and-greets during the intermissions. There’s also a Wiener Dog race on the agenda for this evening and a post-game autograph session with the 67’s. Tickets for tonight’s game are available at THIS LINK.
The top-ranked team in the country come into TD Place tonight with nothing at stake. The Generals clinched the division title 2 weeks ago and have since clinched the Eastern Conference title as well, whichguarantees home ice advantage all the way to the OHL final. The Generals leading scorer is Islanders 1st round pick Michael Dal Colle. Ken Appleby leads the league in wins, save percentage and goals against. The Generals are ranked 3rd on the power play and 1st on the penalty kill.
Saturday night in Belleville will be the last time the Ottawa 67’s ever play a regular season game against the Belleville Bulls. The Bulls dropped a bombshell on Thursday with the announcement the team will be moving to Hamilton at the end of this season. The 67’s have had a strong season against Belleville holding a 5-2 season series advantage. Belleville is currently battling Peterborough for 7th place in the Eastern Conference.