By: Steve Irving – Ottawa67s.com Staff
Photo: Robert Lefebvre – Icelevel Photography
The 67’s kick-off a huge weekend at TD Place tonight with a match-up against Max Domi and the London Knights starting at 7:30 PM. Then it’s off to St. Catherines for a tilt against the Niagara Ice Dogs with a stop in Mississauga on the way home Sunday. Each game has playoff implications and a good weekend could all but clinch home ice for the boys in round 1. Tickets for tonight’s game against London have been moving well this week but great seats are still available by following this link: TICKETS
The London Knights are 3rd in the Western Conference and the 67’s are now 4th in the East, 1 point behind North Bay. The Knights are 7-3 in their last ten and the 67’s are 7-2-1-0 in their last ten. London has firepower up front with 3 of the OHL’s top scorers. Mitch Marner leads the league with 119 points in 57 games. Christian Dvorak is 5th with 103 points and World Junior gold medalist Max Domi is 8th with 94. The Knights have appeared in the last 3 Memorial Cups in a row but the closest they came to winning was 2012 when they lost in OT in the final to host Shawinigan. They are ranked 2nd on the power play and 19th on the penalty kill heading into tonight’s game.
If the playoffs started today the 67’s and the 5th place IceDogs would meet in the first round with Ottawa having the home ice advantage. The spread between the two teams is only 4 points but Ottawa does have a game in hand. The 67’s are 3-0 vs. Niagara so far this season but the IceDogs have been one of the best teams in the OHL since January and are 8-2 in their last ten. They’re led in scoring by Leafs 3rd rounder Carter Verhaeghe and Islander’s 1st rounder Josh Ho-Sang has 53 points in 42 games since going to Niagara in a trade earlier this year. The Ice Dogs are ranked 10th on the power play and 3rd on the penalty kill.
The 67’s are 3-0 vs. the Steelheads so far this season. Mississauga is 1-9 in their last ten and sits 7 points out of the playoffs right now. Mississauga suffered a huge loss when starting goaltender and Colorado Avalanche draft pick Spencer Martin went down with a season-ending knee injury in early January. The Steelheads are ranked 18th on the power play and 12th on the penalty kill.