January 19, 2014

GAME DAY: 67’s host the Petes for game 5 of the season series

The 67's close out their 3-in-3 weekend with a game against division rival Peterborough Petes who sit comfortably in a playoff position, for now.  After splitting their home-and-home with the Belleville Bulls this weekend, the 67’s are still sitting 9th in the East but have narrow the gap for the final two positions.  They are 2 points behind Niagara and Mississauga but have one game in hand on Niagara and three games in hand on Mississauga.  

As Brett Gustavsen explained, in so many words, every game is a must win from here on out. “It’s a big push it’s almost like playoff hockey right now. We’ve been through it before and we’re going to have to play like it.  I think it’s going to be a long run, the next 26 games or so. We just have to keep playing our game every single night.”

The 67’s have had a lot of success against the Peterborough Petes this season. They are 4-0-0-0 and have outscored the Petes 22-9 in the process.  This included two road wins where the 67’s scored 8 goals in each game.  But the other two of the four wins were forced to a shootout on Canadian Tire Centre ice.  Brendan Bell scored a shootout goal in both games. The 67’s will look to build off their road wins and win in regulation as all points could be crucial in the final standings.

Specialty teams have played a factor in these games.  Both teams struggle on the powerplay, while penalty kill has been much stronger. Ottawa is 16-for-17 on the penalty kills while Peterborough is 12-for-16 (in one game, the 67’s went 4-for-4 on the powerplay).

Recently traded forward, Joseph Blandisi had 5 points in 4 games against the Petes.  While he was the leading scorer between the two clubs, his “replacement”, Erik Bradford, has been on fire since being acquired from the Barrie Colts.  Bradford has 10 points in his first 5 games with the 67’s.  It should also be noted that Travis Konecny has 8 points in his last 5 games while Gustavsen has 8 points in his last 8 games.

The Petes have done well in their last several games.  Goaltender Andrew D’Agostini was won 8 of his last 11 games.  He was pulled in two of the three losses, both against the Kingston Frontencas.  D’Agostini was also pulled in their 8-1 loss to the 67’s when he allowed 3 goals on 9 shots in approx. 9 minutes into the game.  Kemptville native, Eric Cornel has 9 points in his last 4 games while Anthony Stefano has 4 goals (4 points) in his last 3 games.

2013-14 Regular Season Record
Ottawa 67's:  15-24-1-3 (GF: 146 / GA: 186)
Peterborough Petes:  19-21-0-4 (GF: 141 / GA: 189)

Leading Scorers

Ottawa 67’s
Ryan Van Stralen – 19 goals, 41 points in 43 games
Travis Konecny – 13 goals, 41 points in 38 games
Dante Salituro – 14 goals, 37 points in 43 games

Peterborough Petes
Hunter Garlent – 11 goals, 46 points in 41 games
Nick Ritchie – 19 goals, 38 points in 37 games
Eric Cornel – 16 goals, 37 points in 44 games

Players To Watch

Ottawa 67's
Jacob Middleton – NHL draft eligible 2014, 87th on NHL Central Scouting’s midterm rankings
Alex Lintuniemi – NHL draft eligible 2014
Travis Konecny – 1st overall pick in OHL, NHL draft eligible 2015
Erik Bradford – 10 points in 5 games since being acquired from Barrie

Peterborough Petes
Clark Seymour – drafted in by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the 5th round in 2012
Nicholas Ritchie – NHL draft eligible 2014, 7th on NHL Central Scouting’s midterm rankings
Eric Cornell – NHL draft eligible 2014, 23rd on NHL Central Scouting’s midterm rankings
Greg Betzold – NHL draft eligible 2014

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), Nick Ritchie (A)

Potential Scratches
Ottawa 67's:  Mike Vlajkov, Taylor Davis
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
*Stephen Pierog – traded to the Guelph Storm
*Chase Hatcher – released from team
*Michael Giugovaz – traded to the Belleville Bulls

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
*Hunter Garlent – acquired from the Guelph Storm
*Josh MacDonald – acquired from the Barrie Colts
*Jason Da Silva – acquired from the Belleville Bulls

Ottawa Connections
Clark Seymour – native of Brockville, ON
Eric Cornell – native of Kemptville, ON, played with the Kemptville in the CCHL
Jody Hull – played for the Ottawa Senators 
Josh MacDonald – teammates with Erik Bradford in Barrie this season

So Far This Season…

2013-14 Head-To-Head Stats
Record: 4-0-0-0 for Ottawa (2-0-0-2 for Peterborough)
Combined score:  22-9 for Ottawa

Past game preview:
Oct 6/13 Peterborough Petes @Ottawa 67’s
Dec 18/13 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
Dec 18/13  3-2 67’s shootout win in Ottawa

Top scorers

Ottawa 67's
*Joseph Blandisi – 3 goals, 5 assists in 4 games
Travis Konecny – 2 goals, 6 assists in 4 games
Ryan Van Stralen – 4 goals, 2 assists in 4 games
Brett Gustavsen – 3 goals, 3 assist in 4 games

Peterborough Petes
Stephen Nosad – 1 goal, 3 assists in 3 games
Steven Lorentz – 2 goals, 0 assists in 3 games
Michael Clarke/Josh Maguire/Clark Seymour – 1 goal, 1 assist in 4 games

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