October 06, 2013

Preview: Peterborough Petes @ Ottawa 67's - Oct 6/13

Ottawa 67's overage forward, Ryan Van Stralen, tallied his first two goals of the season bit it wasn't enough and the 67's fell 7-4 to the Kingston Frontenacs on Friday night. The powerhouse Fronts got off to a quick 4-0 start, but the 67's started to show more promise at that point. 

In similar 67's fate, Stephen Nosad scored a pair of goals in the Peterborough Petes' 7-4 loss to the Sudbury Wolves.  This added a loss to the Petes 3-3-0 record so far this season.

Both teams are off to a bit of a disappointing start so far this season. But both teams appear to be committed to make the playoffs. This is an important divisional game. 

It is beneficial to get off to a good start. The 67's have not been able to do this yet and they have very top heavy home schedule. Last season, the Petes started off terribly, but started to show promise towards the end of the season.  The Petes had a good run, but at the end of the season they missed the playoffs for the 3rd straight time by only one point. 

Already trading away the likes of Slater Koekkoek & Alan Quine before the end of last season; the Petes started to clean house like the 67's did with Cody Ceci, Steven Janes, Tyler Graovac and several more. 

Missing their leading scorer from last year, Brett Findlay, the Petes will rely on Stephen Pierog & Nick Ritchie to provide offense. Luckily for him, Ritchie has found success vs Ottawa already with 10 points in 7 games last season. 

Both the 67's and Petes are young teams that have several returning players. These players have gained a lot of experience and played more minutes than they would with powerhouse teams. This creates more depth on the team as there are more young guys on the team who are now OHL ready. Being a young team puts pressure on all the players knowing that their spot could be easily up for grabs. 

One big roster change for the Petes occurred on Oct 4th. The Guelph Storm acquired overage defenseman  Steven Trojanovic in exchange for a 3rd round pick in the upcoming OHL Priority Selection. The Pittsburgh Penguins returned Clark Seymour to juniors for his overage season.  This move put the Petes over the 3 overage maximum and Trojanovic became the odd man out. 

This afternoon should be a hard battle between two clubs that have a lot to play for early in the season. 

2013-14 Regular Season Record
Ottawa 67's:  2-4-0-0
Peterborough Petes:  3-3-0-0

2013-14 Pre-season Record
Ottawa 67's:  3-1-0-0
Peterborough Petes:  4-2-0-0

2012-13 Regular Season Record
Ottawa 67's:  16-46-0-6
Peterborough Petes:  26-35-3-4

2012-13 OHL Playoffs
Ottawa 67's:  Did not qualify
Peterborough Petes:  Did not qualify

Players to watch

Ottawa 67's
Joseph Blandisi – drafted by the Colorado Avalanche in the 6th round in 2013
Jacob Middleton NHL draft eligible 2014, NHL Central Scouting B list 
Alex Lintuniemi – NHL draft eligible 2014, NHL Central Scouting C list
Travis Konecny – 1st overall pick in OHL, NHL draft eligible in 2015

Peterborough Petes
Matej Paulovic – drafted by the Dallas Stars in the 5th round in 2013
Clark Seymour – drafted in by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the 5th round in 2012
Nicholas Ritchie – NHL draft eligible 2014, NHL Central Scouting A list
Greg Betzold – NHL draft eligible 2014, NHL Central Scouting C list
Michael Giugovaz – NHL draft eligible 2014, NHL Central Scouting C list

Ottawa 67’s: Ryan Van Stralen, Philippe Trudeau
Peterborough Petes: Clark Seymour, Andrew D'Agostini, Nelson Armstrong

Leadership Squad
Ottawa 67’s: Sean Monahan (C), Taylor Fielding (A), Ryan Van Stralen (A), Joesph Blandisi (A)
Peterborough Petes:  Connor Boland (C), Stephen Pierog (A), Clark Seymour (A)

Potential Scratches
Ottawa 67's:  Sean Monahan (NHL camp), Michel Vlajkov (injury), Also scratched last game: Connor Graham, Trevor Dulong, Troy Henley
Peterborough Petes:  ?

*follow us on twitter (@msconduct or @A_Quevillon) for game day scratches

Peterborough Petes

Who's Gone?
Nick Czinder – graduated from OHL
Brett Findlay – graduated from OHL
Derek Mathers – Philadelphia Flyers system
Peter Ceresnak – New York Rangers system
Steven Trojanovic – recently traded to the Guelph Storm

Who's New?
Matej Paulovic – 1st round pick 2013 CHL Import Draft 
Matt Spencer – 1st round pick 2013 OHL Priority Selection
Mitchell Webb – 2nd round pick 2013 OHL Priority Selection
Cameron Lizotte – 2nd round pick 2013 OHL Priority Selection
Anthony Stefano – 5th round pick 2013 OHL Priority Selection
Steven Lorentz – 12th round pick 2013 OHL Priority Selection

Petes' Ottawa Connections:
Clark Seymour  native of Brockville, ON
Eric Cornell  played with the Kemptville in the CCHL
Jody Hull  played for the Ottawa Senators 

2012-13 Head-To-Head Stats
Record: 6-2-0-0 Peterborough
Combined score: 34-28 for Ottawa

Top scorers

Ottawa 67's
Sean Monahan  5 goals, 5 assists in 8 games
Joseph Blandisi  2 goals, 4 assists in 6 games (also 1 assist in 1 game with Owen Sound)
Cody Ceci  4 goals, 2 assists in 6 games

Peterborough Petes
Brett Findlay – 4 goals, 7 assists in 8 games
Nick Ritchie – 8 goals, 2 assist in 7 games
Jonatan Tanus  4 goals, 4 assists in 8 games

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