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The Ottawa 67’s hit the road this weekend for their first gruelling road trip of the season.

After winning two of three to open the 2017-18 season last weekend – including a 6-4 victory in their home opener – the Barber Poles will play three road games in a little under three days this time around. Up first is Saginaw on Friday night, followed by stops in Flint to take on the Firebirds and then a matinee game in Sarnia.

While the 67’s will look for offensive contributions from throughout their lineup, they’ll also be hoping for games like the one forward Austen Keating had last Sunday. The third-year 67 netted a hat trick in front of the hometown fans. Forward Sasha Chmelevski has also had a big impact since returning from San Jose Sharks training camp, with two goals and assist in his first three games.

Following this road trip the 67’s will be back at home for a pair of games over Thanksgiving Weekend as they host Peterborough on October 6 and Flint on October 8 at The Arena at TD Place.

Ottawa 67’s This Weekend

Friday, Sept. 29: Ottawa at Saginaw (7:05 p.m.)
TV: Rogers TV
Radio: TSN1200.ca (Online Only)
Online: OHL Live

Saturday, Sept. 29: Ottawa at Flint (7 p.m.)
TV: Rogers TV
Radio: 580 CFRA | CFRA.com
Online: OHL Live

Sunday, Sept. 30: Ottawa at Sarnia (2:05 p.m.)
TV: Rogers TV
Radio: TSN 1200
Online: OHL Live

What They’re Saying

Austen Keating, Forward
On rebounding to win two of three last weekend: “I think there’s a lot of excitement in the dressing room. It wasn’t the best start in Barrie (to open the season last weekend) but I think our group rebounded really well and everyone’s excited for this road trip. We have a great group in there.

On what this team can accomplish: “Our DNA says it’s all, we want to be relentless and play fast and win. Going into last year I don’t think we had the same mindset coming in and now I think we have the group to do something special here.”

André Tourigny, Head Coach and VP, Hockey Operations
On opening weekend: “I’m really proud of the way the players handled themselves. We started not the way we wanted, we were a little bit too loose. But right from the get go of the second game the guys played with way more urgency and energy.”

On what they can work on this weekend: “We have a lot of detail we can tighten up in our game like every team in the league. We’re not in our full stride yet, we played two solid games to get those two wins. But we need consistency and we need to get better, everyone in the league will get better. We have to be more efficient than the other team and try to find that edge.”

Game Notes

  • Austen Keating is tied for the league lead with 2 power play goals through three games.
  • Captain Travis Barron is 6 points away from 100 in his OHL career and 15 games away from 200 games in his OHL career (all with the 67’s)
  • Austen Keating leads the team with 3 goals and 2 assists to start the season
  • Ottawa is an impressive 6/13 on the power play through the first three games this season
  • Sasha Chmelevski is 5 games away from 100 in his OHL career
  • The 67’s finished even or above all three Western Conference teams they are playing this weekend in the standings but had fewer points than each of them.
  • The 67’s have four players averaging at least a point per game so far this year (Keating, Foget, Chmelevski, Felhaber)
  • 67’s goalie Olivier Lafreniere has started Ottawa’s last two games and won both of them.

 

67’s single-game tickets start at $12 and are available at Ottawa67s.com/Single-Game-Tickets, by calling 613.232.6767 or in person at The Box Office at TD Place. All minor hockey players part of the 67’s Prospect Program get in for FREE. For more information on the 67’s Prospect Program click here.

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