December 10, 2013

Game Day: Ottawa 67's host Michael Dal Colle & the Oshawa Generals

The Oshawa Generals are back in town to face the Ottawa 67’s for the third time this season.  The Generals have a 2-0-0-0 series lead winning a game at home and a game on the road. 

The last game against the Gens in Ottawa was a rough one for the 67’s.  Cole Cassels, son of former 67 Andrew Cassels, had a 4 goal night contributing to a 7-1 Gens win.  Defense, discipline and specialty teams were a big issue.  The 67’s allowed 46 shots, 8 powerplays and 4 goals on those 8 powerplays.  Sam Studnicka scored the 67’s lone goal.  Game review here.

The 67’s effort in Oshawa was much better and probably deserved a better result.  After a hearbreaking loss against 5-3 loss against the London Knights, the 67’s stormed into Oshawa buidling off the game prior.  The 67’s were able to force the Generals to overtime but ultimately fell 3-2 after a Michael Dal Colle goal midway through the extra frame.  Game review here.

The 67’s seemed to turn things around a bit since that game.  Despite a hiccup last game against Barrie, the team has a great compete level and the defense has tightened up.  Some of that can be looked to getting Adrian Sloboda back on the blueline after missing several games due to injury.

Last game against Barrie looked like the 67’s took a huge step back.  The 67’s allowed too many shots and their discipline also took a hit.  The 67’s appeared to get back into the game late in the second period where hard work rewarded Tyler Hill with his 6th goal of the season.  The 67’s managed to get under Daniel Gibl skin but were unable to jump on the rattled goaltender early in the third period.  The 67’s collased in the third period allowing 4 goals on 13 shots.  The Colts skated away with an easy 7-2 win.  The game review can be seen here.

The 67’s look to regroup tonight and build on their last game against the Gens. 

The Gens are the crop of the East, sitting comfortable on top with 48 points in 32 games.  The Sudbury Wolves sit in second with 36 points In 30 games.  While the Gens are doing well, they are only  6-3-0-1 in their last 10 games.  The 67’s will have to be on their game to get past goaltender Daniel Altshuller.  Other than the Erie Otters and London Knights, the Oshawa Generals have allowed the least amount of goals (tied with Soo Greyhounds).

The Gens also boast two of the top 5 scorers in the OHL.  Michael Dal Colle with 54 points in 32 games and Scott Laughton with 48 points in 28 games.  While the Generals have been great offensively, Dal Colle and Laughton have earned most of their points (nearly 50%).  The next highest scoere is Cole Cassels and Josh Sterk with 34 points each.

If the 67’s are able to shut down the top line, they will have a much better chance at winning.

We took a closer look at the Gens during their first visit with more a focus on introducing the team.  You can read it here.

2013-14 Regular Season Record
Ottawa 67's:  10-16-1-2 (GF: 95 / GA: 124)
Oshawa Generals:  23-7-0-2 (GF: 120 / GA: 85)

Leading Scorers

Ottawa 67’s
Travis Konecny – 10 goals, 30 points in 29 games
Ryan Van Stralen – 12 goals, 28 points in 29 games
Dante Salituro – 8 goals, 26 points in 29 games

Oshawa Generals
Michael Dal Colle – 22 goals, 54 points in 32 games
Scott Laughton – 24 goals, 48 points in 28 games
Cole Cassels – 12 goals, 34 points in 26 games

Players To Watch

Ottawa 67's
Travis Konecny – 1st overall pick in OHL in 2013, NHL draft eligible 2015
Joseph Blandisi – drafted 6th round by 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

Oshawa Generals
Scott Laughton – drafted 1st round, 20th overall by Philadelphia in 2012
Cole Cassels – drafted 3rd round, 85th overall by Vancouver in 2013
Colin Suellentrop – drafted 4th round, 116th overall by Philadelphia in 2012
Josh Brown – drafted 6th round, 152nd overall by Florida in 2013
Daniel Altshuller – drafted 3rd round, 69th overall by Carolina in 2012
Michael Dal Colle – NHL draft eligible 2014, NHL Central Scouting A list
Ken Appleby – NHL draft eligible 2014, NHL Central Scouting C list *newly listed this month
Hunter Smith – NHL draft eligible 2014, NHL Central Scouting C list *newly listed this month
Joshua Sterk – NHL draft eligible 2014, NHL Central Scouting C list *newly listed this month

Ottawa 67’s:  Ryan Van Stralen, Philippe Trudeau
Oshawa Generals: Brian Hughes, Colin Suellentrop

Leadership Squad
Ottawa 67’s:  Taylor Fielding (A), Ryan Van Stralen (A), Joesph Blandisi (A)
Oshawa Generals:  Scott Laughton (C), Cole Cassels (A), Colin Suellentrop (A)

Potential Scratches
Ottawa 67's:  Mike Vlajkov, Taylor Davis (Owen Stewart, Trevor Dulong, Connor Graham)
Oshawa Generals:  ?
*follow us on twitter (@msconduct or @A_Quevillon) for game day scratches

Oshawa Generals

Who's Gone?
Adam Lloyd – playing with the Carleton Place Canadians in the CCHL
Johnny McGuire – playing with the Rochester Americans as a free agent in the AHL
Tyler Biggs – playing in the Toronto Maple Leafs farm system, Toronto Marlies in the AHL
Boone Jenner – playing with the Columbus Bluejackets in the NHL
Scott Sabourin – graduated, playing with the Manchester Monarchs as a free agent in the AHL
Trevor Morbeck – playing with the Muskegon Lumberjacks in the USHL
Lucas Lessio – playing in the Phoenix Coyotes farm system, Portland Pirates in the AHL
Matt Petgrave – graduated
Geoffrey Schemitsch – graduated, playing in the Tampa Bay Lightning farm system
Simon Karlsson – playing with the Karlskrona HK in the Swedish Elite league

Who's New?
Jacob Busch – Oshawa’s 7th round pick, 130th overall in the 2012 OHL Priority Selection
Sam Harding – Oshawa’s 2nd round pick, 31st overall in the 2013 OHL Priority Selection
Jimi Kuronen – Oshawa’s 1st round pick, 44th overall in the 2013 CHL Import Draft
Stephen Desrocher – Oshawa’s 6th round pick, 131st overall in the 2012 OHL Priority Selection
Mitchell Vande Sompel – Oshawa’s 1st round pick, 14th overall in the 2013 OHL Priority Selection
Shawn Mabley – Oshawa’s 12th round pick, 234th overall in the 2013 OHL Priority Selection
Josh Sterk – acquired from the Kitchener Rangers in the off-season

Ottawa Connections
Will Petschenig – native of Manotick, ON.  Last played with the Cornwall Colts of the CCHL
Owen McDade – native of Combermere, ON.  Last played for the Pembroke Lumber Kings in the CCHL
Daniel Altshuller – native of Nepean, ON.  Last played for the Nepean Raiders in the CCHL
Cole Cassels – his father Andrew Cassels played 3 seasons with the 67’s

So Far This Season…

2012-13 Head-To-Head Stats
Record: 1-0-0-0 for Oshawa
Combined score:  6-2 for Oshawa

Past game reviews

Top scorers

Ottawa 67's
Sam Studnicka – 2 goals, 0 assists in 1 game
Dante Salituro – 0 goals, 2 assists in 1 game
Ryan Van Stralen – 0 goals, 2 assists in 1 game

Oshawa Generals
Connor Brown – 0 goals, 4 assists in 1 game
Travis Dermott – 0 goals, 3 assists in 1 game
Dane Fox – 2 goals, 0 assists in 1 game

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