December 18, 2013

GAME DAY: Ottawa 67's host the Peterborough Petes, game 4 of the season series

The Ottawa 67’s host the Peterborough Petes for the second time this season.  With a record of 3-0-0-0 and outscoring the Petes 19-7, the 67’s have had a relatively easy time against the Petes.  However, same was said for the Belleville Bulls who they faced last game.  The 67’s fell 4-3 in regulation.  While they nearly made a comeback, they found themselves underestimating the Petes and took an early 3-0 first period deficit.

Slow starts have been common for the 67’s club.  While the Petes have been beatable, they still have a core of talented players that can make you pay for small mistakes.

The 67’s and Petes met twice in Peterborough in late October and early November.  The Peterborough Memorial Centre has proven to be kind to this 67’s club.  The 67’s outscored the Petes 16-5 through these two games.  The last game in Ottawa was a 3-2 shootout win.

It’s been nearly 3 months since the last time the Petes have been in Ottawa.  There have been a couple changes to both lineups.  For the Petes, no longer with the team is Steven Trojanovic who was traded to the Guelph Storm early in the season.  Another notable is Matej Paulovic , the Petes former 1st round selection from the 2013 CHL Import Draft.  After a strong pre-season, he was released from the team after failing to produce in regular season.  The move also allows younger players more opportunities to play.

The 67’s loss to the Bulls on Friday night has now become costly.  The loss combined with an IceDogs win pushed the 67’s back out of a playoff position.  With the Petes sitting 6 points up on the 67’s in 7th place, tonight’s game is very important.  A win will push the 67’s over the inactive IceDogs for the final playoff spot and within two of the Petes for 7th.  The 67’s have a couple more chances to take a lead over the Petes as they currently have three games in hand.

As mentioned last week, there is a lot of hockey left to play, but the 67’s will need to start stringing wins together if they want to secure a spot in the playoffs.

2013-14 Regular Season Record
Ottawa 67's:  10-18-1-2 (GF: 100 / GA: 133)
Peterborough Petes:  13-18-0-3 (GF: 103 / GA: 152)

Leading Scorers

Ottawa 67’s
Travis Konecny – 11 goals, 32 points in 31 games
Ryan Van Stralen – 12 goals, 29 points in 31 games
Dante Salituro – 10 goals, 28 points in 31 games

Peterborough Petes
Nick Ritchie – 15 goals, 26 points in 28 games
Eric Cornel – 11 goals, 25 points in 34 games
Jonatan Tanus – 11 goals, 24 points in 34 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

Peterborough Petes
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
*Eric Cornell – NHL draft eligible 2014, NHL Central Scouting B list
*Greg Betzold – NHL draft eligible 2014, dropped out of NHL Central Scouting lists
*Michael Giugovaz – NHL draft eligible 2014, dropped out of NHL Central Scouting lists

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

Leadership Squad
Ottawa 67’s:  Taylor Fielding (A), Ryan Van Stralen (A), Joesph Blandisi (A)
Peterborough Connor Boland (C), Nelson Armstrong (A), Clark Seymour (A)

Potential Scratches
Ottawa 67's:  Mike Vlajkov, Taylor Davis, Trevor Dulong (also scratched last game: Andrew Abou-Assaly)
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
*Matej Paulovic – released from the team
*Cody Thompson – reassigned to the North York Canadians
*Steven Trojanovic – traded to the Guelph Storm

Who's New?
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

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

So Far This Season…

2013-14 Head-To-Head Stats
Record: 3-0-0-0 for Ottawa
Combined score:  19-7 for Ottawa

Past game preview:
Oct 6/13 Peterborough Petes @Ottawa 67’s

Past game reviews:
Oct 6/13 3-2 67’s shootout win in Ottawa
Oct 24/13 8-1 67’s win in Peterborough
Nov 2/13  8-4 67’s win in Peterborough

Top scorers

Ottawa 67's
Joseph Blandisi – 3 goals, 5 assists in 3 games
Travis Konecny – 2 goal, 5 assists in 3 games
Brett Gustavsen – 3 goal, 3 assist in 3 games

Peterborough Petes
Stephen Nosad – 1 goal, 2 assists in 2 games
Steven Lorentz – 2 goals, 0 assists in 3 games
Josh Maguire – 1 goal, 1 assist in 3 game

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