(Photo Via: Ottawa 67’s/Valerie Wutti)
NORTH BAY – The Ottawa 67’s are looking to go on a three game road win streak on Thursday night as they travel to North Bay to take on the Battalion at the North Bay Memorial Gardens.
Ottawa comes into the matchup, winners of their last two games, both on the road. On Sunday, they beat the Kitchener Rangers 5-2, and on Friday night, they doubled up the London Knights 4-2. Prior to winning two straight, the 67’s were on a three-game losing skid, losing to Owen Sound, Kitchener and Windsor. Now playing game three of four on the road, the 67’s are looking to leap frog the Battalion and sit in 6th place in the OHL Eastern conference.
North Bay comes into the game not having played at home in the last week, the last time they won a hockey game. North Bay had a tough weekend losing both of their games by a combined score of 8-3. The Battalion took on Niagara on Saturday in Niagara, which they lost 4-2, and Hamilton on Sunday in Hamilton, which they lost 4-1. North Bay currently holds the 6th spot in the OHL Eastern conference, but need to beat Ottawa, or else they will fall into 7th. The troops are two points back of Oshawa and Niagara for 4th and 5th place respectively.
Both of these teams are 1-0-1 against each other in the season series. The first matchup came back on October 12th when the 67’s beat North Bay 4-3 in OT. The other game came back on January 26th when the Battalion won the contest 6-5, that win came in a shootout.
It has been the road teams that have come out on top in the previous games where these squads have squared up. Advantage Ottawa. However, these two teams are so close, not only when they play each other, but also in the OHL standings. Ottawa has scored four more goals than North Bay this season, but the 67’s have allowed 10 more than the Battalion.
For the Thursday night matchups in the OHL, this one will definitely be the one to watch. You can watch the game live on YourTV North Bay. You can listen on TSN AM 1200 Ottawa, or on AM 600 CKAT Country North Bay.
North Bay – 60 Games Played, 27-24-9, 192 Goals For, 212 Goals Allowed, 4-3-3 in last 10 games
Ottawa – 59 Games Played, 27-24-8, 196 Goals For, 222 Goals Allowed, 7-3-0 in last 10 games