December 13, 2013

GAME DAY: 67's host the Bulls in game 3 of the season series

After taking a 2-0 series lead back in November, the Ottawa 67’s host the Belleville Bulls for the third time this season.  Last game featured strong outings from several 67’s players including Brendan Bell who earned his first career hattrick his efforts were overshadowed by 5-point games from Dante Salituro and Nevin Guy. 

The Bulls are a team the 67’s have been able to handle quite easily so far this season winning their first game 5-4 and their latest game 9-4.  However each time these two teams meet, there has been a change in rosters.

This game is no different.  Since the last time these two met, both the 67’s and Bulls have made some roster moves.  Most recent have been from the 67’s side.  Leaving the team is defenseman Owen Stewart, he had been a healthy scratch for several games.  On Wednesday, the 67’s acquired goaltender Connor Hughes from the London Knights.  Hughes was playing in with the St. Marys Lincolns in the GOJHL.  The move puts Jacob Blair out of a job and is now waiting for a trade.

With some even bigger moves, the Bulls have sent two of their top three scorers to other teams.  Former Bulls’ captain Brendan Gaunce is now a member of the Erie Otters while former Bulls’ sssistant captain Garrett Hooey is playing with the Barrie Colts.  Both players have been instrumental in several games against the 67’s.

Joining the Bulls are a couple of 95s in defenseman Alex Yuill and winger Stephen Harper.  It appears the Bulls are in a very similar position as the 67’s were last season.  It is apparent they are sellers as they start to rebuild with younger and future assets.

The 67’s are still struggling to find their identity stuck between rebuilding and pushing for consistency.  After a couple of great games, it looks as if the 67’s have taken a couple steps back.  The 67’s have show a period or two of great work and great play, but have not put together a full 60 minutes in many of their latest games.

In a weaker Eastern Conference, the 67’s have some breathing room, but it is important for them to start stringing a couple of wins together if they want to solidify a playoff spot.

2013-14 Regular Season Record
Ottawa 67's:  10-17-1-2 (GF: 97 / GA: 129)
Belleville Bulls:  7-20-2-2 (GF: 93 / GA: 139)

Leading Scorers

Ottawa 67’s
Joseph Blandisi – 13 goals, 22 points in 21 games
Travis Konecny– 8 goals, 22 points in 22 games
Ryan Van Stralen – 7 goals, 19 points in 22 games

Belleville Bulls
Remi Elie – 11 goals, 26 points in 30 games
Cameron Brace – 8 goals, 19 points in 23 games
Jordan Subban – 5 goals, 19 points in 30 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 C list
Alex Lintuniemi – NHL draft eligible 2014, NHL Central Scouting C list
Travis Konecny – 1st overall pick in OHL, NHL draft eligible 2015

Belleville Bulls
Remi Elie – drafted 2nd round, 40th overall by Dallas in 2013
Jordan Subban – drafted 4th round, 115th overall by Vancouver in 2013
David Tomasek - NHL draft eligible 2014, NHL Central Scouting C list

Ottawa 67’s: Ryan Van Stralen, Philippe Trudeau
Belleville Bulls: Scott Simmonds, Jake Worrad, Cameron Brace

Leadership Squad
Ottawa 67’s:  Taylor Fielding (A), Ryan Van Stralen (A), Joesph Blandisi (A)
Belleville Bulls:  Adam Bignell (A), Scott Simmonds (A)

Potential Scratches
Ottawa 67's:  Mike Vlajkov, Taylor Davis (also scratched last game: Trevor Dulong, John Urbanic)
Belleville Bulls:  

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Belleville Bulls

Who's Gone?
*Brendan Gaunce –  traded to the Erie Otters
*Garrett Hooey – traded to the Barrie Colts
Daniel De Sousa – traded to the Saginaw Spirit
Luke Cairns – traded to the Saginaw Spirit
Brady Austin – traded to the London Knights
Michael Curtis – traded to the Erie Otters
Malcolm Subban - in the Boston Bruins farm system still fighting for a roster spot with the Bruins
Tyler Graovac – in the Minnesota Wild farm system still fighting for a roster spot with the Wild
Daniil Zharkov – signed contract with Nizhny Novgorod Torpedo in the KHL. He is still in the Edmonton Oilers farm system
Carter Sandlak – traded to Plymouth for a 4th round pick in the off-season
Austen Brassard – in the Winnipeg Jets farm system
Joseph Cramarossa – graduated from OHL last season
Stephen Silas – graduated from OHL last season
Jake Cardwell  – graduated from OHL last season

Who's New?
*Alex Yuill – acquired from the Barrie Colts
*Stephen Harper – acquired from the Erie Otters
Jake Marchment – acquired from the North Bay Battalion
Jason Da Silva – acquired from the Guelph Storm
Andrew Ming – 7th round pick in 2012 OHL Prority Selection
Brody Morris – 9th round pick in 2012 OHL Prority Selection
David Tomasek – 1st round pick in the 2013 CHL Import Draft
Justin Lemcke – 1st round pick in 2013 OHL Prority Selection
Jake Bricknell – 2nd round pick in 2013 OHL Prority Selection
Adam Laishram – 4th round pick in 2013 OHL Prority Selection
Justin Bean – 9th round pick in 2013 OHL Prority Selection
Remi Elie – acquired from the London Knights earlier in the season
Cameron Brace – acquired from the Owen Sound Attack earlier in the season
Mark Raycroft – acquired from the North Bay Battalion earlier in the season

Ottawa Connections
Andrew Ming – native of Williamstown (near Cornwall ), played with Cornwall Colts (CCHL)
Remi Elie – native of Green Valley (near Alexandria), played with Hawkesbury Hawks (CCHL)

So Far This Season…

2012-13 Head-To-Head Stats
Record: 2 -0-0-0 for Ottawa
Combined score:  14-8 for Ottawa

Past game preview:
Sept 20/13 Belleville Bulls @Ottawa 67’s
Nov 19/13  Belleville Bulls @ Ottawa 67’s

Past game reviews:
Sept 20/13  5-4 67’s win (regulation)
Nov 19/13  9-4 67’s win

Top scorers

Ottawa 67's
Brendan Bell – 3 goals, 2 assists in 2 games
Taylor Fielding – 1 goal, 4 assists in 2 games
Joseph Blandisi – 1 goal, 4 assist in 2 games

Belleville Bulls
Nicki Petti – 1 goal, 1 assist in 2 games
Jordan Subban – 1 goal, 1 assist in 2 games
David Tomasek – 1 goal, 1 assist in 1 game


Ottawa 67's

Abou-Assaly, Dulong, Vlajkov, Davis

Forward lines:
Bell - Blandisi - Gustavsen
Van Stralen - Salituro - Konecny
Hill - Studnicka - Fielding
Graham - Brown - Urbanic

Defensive lines:
Lintuniemi - Guy
Duchesne - Middleton
Sloboda - Henley

Starting goaltender: 
Philippe Trudeau

Belleville Bulls

Heffernan, Raycroft, Petti

Forward lines: 
Elie - Harper - Brace
Simmonds - Tomasek - Berisha
Cramarossa - Marchment - Laishram
Ming - Bean - Bricknell

Defensive lines: 
Worrad - Bignell
Yuill - Subban
Morris - Lemcke

Starting goaltender:
Charlie Graham

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