The Ottawa 67’s make their way to the General Motors Centre on Sunday where they will take on your Oshawa Generals. This will be the third meeting between the two clubs this season, with the Generals winning both decisions so far. Puck drop is at 6:05pm.
The 67’s and Generals last met on November 23rd, with Oshawa defeating Ottawa 4-2 with Boone Jenner, Scott Laughton and Tyler Biggs all picking up 2 points each in the win. Ottawa continued their dominance on the powerplay, scoring both their goals on powerplay chances. Coming into the game tonight the Generals sit second in the East Division with a record of 19-12-1-2, while the 67’s sit near the bottom of the division with a record of 9-23-0-3. The 67’s won four of the six games to give themselves the edge in the season series last year.
The Oshawa Generals were last in action on Friday night when they hosted the Belleville Bulls for the 15th annual Teddy Bear Toss night. The Generals opened the scoring when Chris Carlisle nabbed the Teddy Bear Toss goal late in the first. The Generals organization collected 5470 stuffed animals for the Children’s Aid Foundation. Oshawa never gave up the lead, even when Belleville found new momentum late in the third, holding on to win 3-2. Daniel Altshuller picked up the win in net.
Ottawa was also playing Friday night, taking on the Peterborough Petes. Peterborough scored first but Ottawa answered with 4 back to back goals. After taking a 5-2 win, the 67’s swept the 3 star selection with Dante Salituro taking the first star. Clint Windsor picked up the win in net, stopping 32 of 34 shots.
The Generals player to watch is Scott Sabourin. Currently undrafted, Oshawa’s overage winger has had a scoring touch all season. He is currently third on the team with 14 goals behind Tyler Biggs (15) and Boone Jenner (27). Sabourin has been fantastic without the puck as well, creating scoring chances for his teammates by screening the goalie, or setting up plays with his passing. His +10 rating has been on a constant rise the past few games and he’ll be playing big minutes with several key players away for the World Junior Championships.
Fans should also keep an eye out for 67’s forward Tyler Graovac. Recently returning from Team Canada’s training camp, look for him to play with some fire. The leading scorer on the 67’s lineup, Graovac and teammate Sean Monahan are reasons why Ottawa’s powerplay has been so effective all season. A draft pick of the Minnesota Wild, Graovac will be pushing to bring his team back into a playoff position.
The General next game is on December 28th, when they travel to Mississauga to take on the Steelheads. The Gens will return home to the General Motors Centre on Dec. 30th, when they host the Owen Sound Attack, and later when they host the Guelph Storm on New Year’s Day, January 1st, at 2:05 PM.