October 13, 2013

Preview: Sudbury Wolves @ Ottawa 67's - Oct 13

A bounce back game is something both the Ottawa 67’s and Sudbury Wolves will be looking for when the two clash this afternoon.  Both squads suffered a big loss on Friday night. 

The 67’s fell 5-1 to the visiting Guelph Storm.  Brendan Bell had the lone goal.  Coach Chris Byrne was happy with the effort level, but not the end result.  The loss came at a bigger price when both Adrian Sloboda and John Urbanic left the game with injuries.  Sloboda was hit and fell awkwardly into the boards injuring his knee.  He is expected to miss 7-10 days.  Urbanic took a puck to the elbow on a clearing attempt but his status is unknown as they had to take x-rays.  With Mike Vlajkov already out for an extended period of time, this could be a taxing loss – especially on a young blueline.

A shot from last season's game in October 2012

The Sudbury Wolves had a game they would like to forget.  They were slaughtered 10-1 against the powerhouse Kingston Frontenacs.  After scoring a goal in the first 50 seconds, the Frontenacs just continued to pour it on.  With 20 shots in the first period, the score was 5-0 within the first 13 minutes.  Veteran goaltender Franky Palazzese was pulled after allowing 4 goals on 13 shots.  Jacob Harris potted the lone goal for the Wolves early in the third period when they outshot the Frontenacs for the first time in the game (17-9).

The last time these two teams met was a 4-3 shootout win for the 67’s on November 3, 2012.  Much has changed since then.  The top 4 leading scorers in the series for the 67’s are no longer with the team.  For now, that includes Sean Monahan who had 5 points in 2 games vs the Wolves last season.  The Wolves are also missing their top two series scorers including Michael Kantor & Joshua Leivo who combined for 9 points in two games.

The Wolves are in a similar position as the 67’s where they have a lot of returning players but with a lot of young experience.  Many of these players were rookies last season and were able to log a lot of ice time requiring them to play in bigger situations and learn more.


Michael Kantor is the only Wolves forward to graduate from the OHL.  Returning are their top 3 scorers veterans Matthew Campagna, Orleans native Nathan Pancel and Ottawa native & Sabres prospect Nicholas Baptiste.  A low scoring but well balanced attack, they combine for 71 goals and 172 points.

The Wolves will look to sophomore Dominik Kahun to step into a bigger role with OHL experience under his belt and posting 40 points in 58 games.

Add in Habs prospect Connor Crisp and remove Cory Genovese.  The two were involved in a big trade early September.  New additions also include rookies Austin Veleke and David Zeppieri.   Veleke is a 10th round selection in 2012 that really impressed during camp.  Zeppieri was selected in the 3rd round in 2013.


Remove Charlie Dodero and add in Jimmy McDowell.  Dodero graduated from the OHL and McDowell was another part of the Genovese/Crisp deal in September.

McDowell comes in as an overager and will help mentor a young blueline with team captain Kevin Raine and associate captain Jeff Corbett.  The extra experience will be helpful especially in the case of first round selection Kyle Capobianco.

Stefan Leblanc is the final addition to the blueline. The 7th round pick (2012) is off to a great start.  He has 6 points in 4 games and is tied for 6th in OHL rookie scoring.


Returning is overage Franky Palazzese who is coming off a solid season behind the pipes.  Last season he posted a 0.922 save percentage and 2.61 goals against average good for 4th and 5th place respectively in OHL rankings.  Palazzese will be backstopped by rookie Troy Timpano.  The second round selection has gotten off to a rough start.  He has only played 3 games so far this season but has allowed 15 goals for a goals against average of 6.81. 

Tayor Dupuis is the odd man out and was traded to the Sarnia Sting earlier this season.  He played 18 games for the Wolves and had a 5-6-1-1 record with the club.


After taking a job in the AHL, Trent Cull’s coaching job was taken over by Paul Fixter who spent the past 5 seasons as the Associate Coach for the Kitchener Rangers.

The 2013-14 Regular Season Record
Ottawa 67's:  4-5-0-0
Sudbury Wolves:  3-2-3-0

2013-14 Preseason Record
Ottawa 67's:  3-1-0-0
Sudbury Wolves: 3-0-0-0

2012-13 Regular Season Record
Ottawa 67's:  16-46-0-6
Sudbury Wolves:  29-27-5-7

2012-13 OHL Playoffs
Ottawa 67's:  Did not qualify
Sudbury Wolves: Eliminated in the Eastern Conference Semfinals by the Belleville Bulls in 4 games

Players to watch

Ottawa 67's
Joseph Blandisi - drafted 6th round to Colorado 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 2015

Sudbury Wolves
Connor Crisp – drafted in the 3rd round by the Montreal Canadiens in 2013
Nick Baptiste – drafted in the 3rd round by the Buffalo Sabres in 2013
Dominik Kubalik – drafted in the 7th round by the Los Angeles Kings in 2013
Stefan Leblanc – tied for 6th in rookie scoring with 6 points in 8 games, NHL draft eligible in 2015

Ottawa 67’s: Ryan Van Stralen, Philippe Trudeau
Sudbury Wolves:  Jimmy McDowell, Kevin Raine, Franky Palazzese

Leadership Squad
Ottawa 67’s: Sean Monahan (C), Taylor Fielding (A), Ryan Van Stralen (A), Joesph Blandisi (A)
Sudbury Wolves:  Kevin Raine (C), Jeff Corbett (A), Nicholas Baptiste (A), Mathew Campagna (A)

Potential Scratches
Ottawa 67's:  Sean Monahan (NHL camp), Michel Vlajkov (IR), Adrian Sloboda, John Urbanic (unknown). Also scratched last game:  Trevor Dulong, Connor Graham, Taylor Davis. 
Sudbury Wolves:  unknown
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Sudbury Wolves

Who's Gone?
Charlie Dodero – graduated from the OHL
Michael Kantor – graduated from the OHL, playing with Hartford in AHL (as free agent)
Matt Schmalz – did not make the team
Mackenzie Braid – did not make the team
Cory Genovese – traded to the Erie Otters with picks for Connor Crisp & Jimmy McDowell
Taylor Dupuis – traded to Sarnia Sting this season for a 6th round pick
Chad Thibodeau – released this season 

Who's New?
Austin Veleke – drafted into the OHL in the 10th round by Sudbury in 2012
David Zeppieri – drafted into the OHL in the 3rd round by Sudbury in 2013
Kyle Capobianco – drafted into the OHL in the 1st round by Sudbury in 2013
Stefan LeBlanc – drafted into the OHL in the 7th round by Sudbury in 2012
Troy Timpano – drafted into the OHL in the 2nd round by Sudbury in 2013
Jimmy McDowell – acquired from the Erie Otters with Connor Crisp for Cory Genovese, a 3rd round pick and a 4th round pick. 
Connor Crisp – acquired from the Erie Otters with Jimmy McDowell for Cory Genovese, a 3rd round pick and a 4th round pick. 

Ottawa Connections: 
Nicholas Baptiste – native of Ottawa, ON - played for the Cumberland Grads in the CCHL
Nathan Pancel – native of Orleans, ON - played for the Gloucester Rangers in the CCHL
Evan de Hann – native of Ottawa, ON - played for the Pembroke Lumber Kings in the CCHL
David Bell – (coach) played 4 seasons with the 67's

2012-13 Head-To-Head Stats
Record: 1-0-0-1 Sudbury
Combined score: 9-8 for Sudbury

Top scorers

Ottawa 67's
Sean Monahan – 2 goals, 3 assists in 2 games
Tyler Graovac – 1 goals, 2 assists in 2 games
Steven Janes – 1 goals, 2 assist in 2 games
Cody Ceci – 1 goal, 1 assist in 2 games
Taylor Fielding – 1 goal, 1 assist in 2 games

Sudbury Wolves
Michael Kantor – 3 goals, 2 assists in 2 games
Joshua Leivo – 3 goals, 1 assist in 2 games
Nathan Pancel – 1 goals, 3 assists in 2 games
Matthew Campagna – 1 goal, 1 assist in 2 games
Dominik Kahun – 1 goal in 2 games

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