March 11, 2014

GAME DAY: 67's look for first win vs Fronts in second last regularseason home game

The Ottawa 67's will try to win their first game of the season series when they host the Kingston Frontenacs tonight.  The Frontenacs hold of dominant 5-0-0-0 record against the 67's this season but will be missing leading scorer and top NHL prospect Sam Bennett. 

Sam Bennett has been a huge threat against Ottawa 67's so far this season. He's scored 5 goals and 16 points through 5 games against the 67's.  Bennett sat out the last two games after being suspended indefinitely from a stick infraction against the Petes last week.  His discipline was finally announced today and will be 5 games. 

The Fronts will also be missing forward Corey Pawley who was suspended 2 games after receiving a fighting major, an instigator and aggressor penalties in Sunday's game vs the Mississauga Steelheads.

The Frontenacs have earned 8 of 10 points in their past 5 games and will open the OHL playoffs next week with home-ice advantage for the first round. The Frontenacs position is not set in stone but they cannot finish any worse than fourth.

The 67's are tied with the Steelheads for 8th in the Eastern Conference with 51 points. The 67's have a game in hand on the idle Steelheads and will have opportunity to gain some selection with a win.

Both the 67's and the Steelheads will be keeping a close eye on the only other OHL hockey game on tonight. The Peterborough Petes host the Niagara Ice Dogs who are one point ahead of the 67's for 7th place. 

It appears as if it will come down to the final game of the season before the Eastern Conference playoff picture is sorted out. 

2013-14 Regular Season Record

Ottawa 67's:  23-36-2-3 (GF: 212 / GA: 282), 8th in Eastern Conference
Kingston Frontenacs:  36-22-3-3 (GF: 283 / GA: 241), 3rd in Eastern Conference

Leading Scorers

Ottawa 67’s
Erik Bradford – 25 goals, 68 points in 65 games
Travis Konecny – 24 goals, 67 points in 59 games
Ryan Van Stralen – 28 goals, 57 points in 59 games

Kingston Frontenacs
Sam Bennett – 36 goals, 91 points in 56 games
Henri Ikonen – 22 goals, 67 points in 50 games
Spencer Watson – 33 goals, 65 points in 61 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 – quickly became the team's leading scorer since being acquired

Kingston Frontenacs
Matt Mahalak – drafted in the 6th round by the Carolina Hurricanes in 2011
Mikko Vainonen – drafted in the 4th round by the Nashville Predators in 2012
Henri Ikonen – drafted in the 6th round by the Tampa Bay Lightning in 2013
Ryan Kujawinski – drafted in the 3rd round by the New Jersey Devils in 2013
Samuel Bennett – NHL draft eligible 2014, 1st on NHL Central Scouting’s midterm rankings
Roland McKeown – NHL draft eligible 2014, 15th on NHL Central Scouting’s midterm rankings
Spencer Watson – NHL draft eligible 2014, 43rd on NHL Central Scouting’s midterm rankings
Ryan Verbeek – NHL draft eligible 2014, 147th on NHL Central Scouting’s midterm rankings

Ottawa 67’s:  Ryan Van Stralen, Philippe Trudeau
Kingston Frontenacs:  Darcy Greenaway, Michael Moffat, Matt Mahalak

Leadership Squad
Ottawa 67’s:  Brendan Bell (C), Taylor Fielding (A), Ryan Van Stralen (A)
Kingston Frontenacs:  Michael Moffat (C), Mikko Vainonen (A), Darcy Greenaway (A), Henri Ikonen (A)

Potential Scratches
Ottawa 67's:  Mike Vlajkov, Trevor Dulong, Adrian Sloboda
Kingston Frontenacs:  Sam Bennett (suspension), Corey Pawley (suspension), Warren Steele
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Kingston Frontenacs

Who's Gone?
Marc Beckstead – cleared waivers, now playing for Gatineau in the QMJHL
Cody Alcock – graduated from the OHL, now playing for Lakehead in the OUAA
Jean Dupuy – traded to Sault Ste. Marie in OHL
Luke Hietkamp – graduated from the OHL, now playing for Wilfrid Laurier in the OUAA
Ryan Hanes – graduated from the OHL, now playing for Waterloo in the OUAA
Ryan Hutchinson – sent home, personal issues
Colin Furlong – cut from team
Mike Morrison – graduated from the OHL, now playing for Waterloo in the OUAA
Sam Povorozniouk – traded to the Windsor Spitfires
Billy Jenkins – traded to the Niagara IceDogs
Dylan DiPerna – traded to the Kitchener Rangers
Jean Dupuy – traded to the Sault Ste Marie Greyhounds
John Bowen – went through waivers, played two games with Victoriaville in the QMJHL, no longer active

Who's New?
Lawson Crouse – drafted by Kingston in the 1st round, 5th overall in 2013
Conor McGlynn – drafted by Kingston in the 6th round, 110th overall in 2011
Corey Pawley – aqcuired from the London Knights
John Bowen – aqcuired from the Windsor Spitfires
Loren Ulett – signed as a free agent this season, played with Trenton in the OJHL last season
Matthew Watson – drafted by Kingston in the 5th round, 98th overall in 2012
Matt Mahalak – aqcuired from the Windsor Spitfires
Robert Polesello – drafted by Kingston in the 5th round, 98th overall in 2010
Ryan Hutchinson – drafted by Kingston in the 4th round, 70th overall in 2011
Mack Lemmon – acquired from the Niagara IceDogs
Ryan Verbeek – acquired from the Windsor Spitfires
Evan McEneny – acquired from the Kitchener Rangers

Ottawa Connections
Samuel Schutt – Previously played for the Ottawa Valley Titans in the OEMHL
Warren Steele – Previously played for the Smith Falls Bears in the CCHL

So Far This Season…

2013-14 Head-To-Head Stats
Record: 6-0-0-0 for Kingston (0-5-0-1 for Ottawa)
Combined score:  37-19 for Kingston

Past game preview:
Oct 29/13  Kingston Frontenacs @ Ottawa 67's
Dec 20/13  Kingston Frontenacs @ Ottawa 67's
Jan 22/14  Kingston Frontenacs @ Ottawa 67's

Past game reviews:
Oct 4/13  7-4 67's loss in Kingston
Oct 29/13  2-1 67's loss in Ottawa
Nov 17/13  8-0 67's loss in Kingston
Dec 20/13  8-5 67's loss in Ottawa
Jan 1/14  6-5 67's shootout loss in Kingston
Jan 22/14  6-4 67's loss in Kingston

Top scorers

Ottawa 67's
Dante Salituro – 3 goals, 5 assists in 6 games
Ryan Van Stralen – 6 goals, 1 assist in 6 games
*Joseph Blandisi – 4 goals, 3 assists in 5 games

Kingston Frontenacs
Sam Bennett – 5 goals, 11 assists in 5 games
Henri Ikonen – 2 goals, 9 assists in 4 games
Spencer Watson – 6 goals, 3 assists in 6 games

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