April 02, 2017

Round 1 Game 6: 67's bow out

They lasted longer than most expected, forcing a six-game series, but the 67's eventually bowed out and did it by way of a blowout loss on Sunday.

March 31, 2017

Round 1 Game 5: Lazarev turns aside 51 shots to force game 6

Photo from game 4

Down 3-1 in the series, a depleted Ottawa 67’s squad took to the ice in Mississauga with their backs up against the wall. Without their captain, who was injured in game 4, the 67’s had to find a way to win to extend their playoff hopes.

Enter: Leo Lazarev.

March 30, 2017

Round 1 Game 4: 67's on the ropes after fight night

A year ago this time, the 67’s had suffered a hearbreaking overtime loss to carry a 3-1 deficit into a gruelling fifth game on the road, with veteran players proclaiming that it “felt like an elimination game”.

Fast forward and they’re in an eerily similar position, losing a fourth game on home ice and losing the captain to injury just as they did in the 2016 post-season dance, albeit more violently. 

March 28, 2017

Round 1 Game 3: Steelheads win back home-ice advantage with 2-1 win

Noel Hoefenmayer and the rest of his Ottawa 67’s know they can’t dwell on one game.

“It’s a long series,” the top-defenseman said after Ottawa’s 2-1 regulation loss. “You’ve just got to forget about it and move on to the next.”

He isn’t wrong. The 67’s will have a day of rest to regroup and try to head into game 5 with a 2-2 series tie.

In the last two games, the 67’s have done a great job so far standing up against the highest scoring team in the Eastern Conference limiting them to only 2 goals. However, scoring is something that has plagued them in this series so far.

March 26, 2017

Round 1 Game 2: Ottawa sets the pace and ties the series with a big 4-0 win

Leo Lazarev is a quirky as they come, but like any good goaltender, he rarely lets a bad night rattle him two-games in a row. After allowing 5 goals on 29 shots in game 1, Lazarev turned aside all 31 shots for a solid bounce back game in Mississauga. With the help of an Ottawa 67’s scoring blitz late in the second period, he shutout the Mississauga Steelheads 4-0 in game 2 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals.

March 24, 2017

Round 1 Game 1: Mississauga gets to Lazarev, winning 6-2

The 67's probably couldn't have drawn up a better start to the opening night of the playoffs, putting a brief scare into the heavily-favoured Steelheads, but it didn't last long.

Sasha Chmelevski, a near-miss on a 2-on-1 in his back pocket, buried a cross-seam pass to open the scoring on the powerplay.

March 23, 2017

Mississauga awaits; playoffs begin Friday

There was a time in the early 2000's where Ottawa-Toronto playoff hockey was just about guaranteed at both the junior and professional levels.

Now, that Toronto OHL franchise has gone through two name changes and a short-distance relocation since meeting the 67's three consecutive years in the post season, and the 2017 Eastern Conference Quarterfinal that begins Friday in Mississauga surely won't have the same vitriol of the old rivalry.

It also, admittedly on the part of Ottawa's bench boss, probably isn't the end of the stick that modern-day Ottawa wanted to end up on.

March 21, 2017

Playoff scenarios: Who would Ottawa rather face?

In their final game of the regular season, the Ottawa 67’s had a chance to lock down sixth place in the Eastern Conference. But it wasn’t until the final when this all came crashing down. With a 1-0 lead going into the third period, the 67’s allowed three straight Hamilton Bulldogs goals to lose 3-1 on Sunday afternoon.

The fate of their playoff opponent is no longer in their hands. They will have to wait the result of the final OHL game of the regular season tonight when the Sudbury Wolves face the Mississauga Steelheads.

February 16, 2017

67's slipping away, wakeup call missed

A meeting with the bench boss’ former team, a game ripe with opportunity and teaching points, slipped through for the 67’s on Sunday and a rough weekend has them at serious risk of missing the postseason.

January 29, 2017

67's party like it's 1999

The 67's are so far removed from a championship that all of the OHL teams they faced in their 1999 Memorial Cup win and 2001 Ontario Hockey League title run respectively have all since relocated.

But for a couple hours on Saturday, they turned back the clock and re-lived the old days.

January 10, 2017

Salituro nabbed by Knights

The London Knights pulled another rabbit out of their hat and this time it just so happened to impact the 67's.

December 16, 2016

The 67's and the Pittsburgh Model

They aren't going to be overly vocal about the 'Pittsburgh Model' -- team executives that speak on it never seems to end well -- but the 67's aren't doing a lot to curb the idea of the hockey world as a copycat one.

It's following the model of what just worked at hockey's top level.

November 25, 2016

Walk down memory lane for Cup-bound Addison

Ottawa recently backed out of its bid to host the 2018 Memorial Cup, and barring some sort of miracle over the two-season span between now and then they won't be front-dooring their way into the national championship.

But someone with the Barberpoles still in his heart will be heading to the big dance this postseason.

November 18, 2016

Sudden temporary shakeup of 67's coaching staff

News broke late last night that put a halt in Jeff Brown's coaching career. After leading the Ottawa 67’s back to the playoffs including two straight appearances, his team has recently struggled to remain a .500 team. Effective yesterday, Brown has (temporarily) stepped down from behind the bench for an indefinite amount of time.

At this time, it is unknown the reasoning for Jeff Brown to step down and if he will return. In the meantime, it will likely be Mike Eastwood and Brad Brown who take over the Ottawa 67's head coaching roles.

Jeff Brown has also been absent from the bench for a couple periods throughout this season. He missed the 67's last game on the road in Oshawa on Sunday. At that time it was reported that he had suffered from flu like symptoms and was not on the bench due to a precautionary measures.

As more details become public, we will keep you up to date with this story.

The 67's look to extend their 4-game winning streak to 5 on the road in Niagara tonight and in Barrie on Tuesday.