The Petes and 67’s Meet for the First Time This Season

It’s an East Division matchup as the Peterborough Petes (4-6-0-0) battle the Ottawa 67’s (6-4-0-0) tonight at TD Place. Peterborough is coming off a heroic loss to the North Bay Battalion last night while Ottawa is playing for the first time since their 4-3 loss to the Kingston Frontenacs on Oct. 30. With only four points separating these teams, it’s sure to be an exciting contest.

Emmett Sproule is tied for the longest active point streak in the OHL at 10 games with Ty Tullio of the Oshawa Generals. Sproule put up a short handed goal to open the scoring against North Bay. The former Erie Otter has registered at least one point in every game as a member of the mighty maroon and white since being acquired on Oct. 5.

The Petes’ penalty kill did well facing the top team in the Central Division. They eliminated three out of four North Bay power plays. Sproule’s goal brings the team’s total short handed goals to four, which is second-best and tied with the Kitchener Rangers in the OHL.

Michael Simpson stood between the pipes last night. He blocked 29 of 35 shots faced. Although the Petes grabbed momentum throughout the night, the pucks would not go in for Peterborough, resulting in the 6-3 defeat. Simpson robbed veteran Mitchell Russell early in the first period to keep the game scoreless.

It will be the first meeting this season between the Petes and 67’s. The Petes hold an edge in head-to-head matchups over the last five years playing in Ottawa, 8-6-1-0. The clubs’ last meeting on Feb. 8 2020 resulted in a 4-1 Peterborough victory.

The teams are tied in one category: goals scored. Both squads have produced 34 goals through the season. Despite letting in more goals than Ottawa, Peterborough’s points leader, Tucker Robertson, has produced their points leader, Jack Beck. Robertson has seven goals and 20 assists for 17 points while Beck has accumulated nine goals and four assists for 13 points.

The 67’s have two Jacks who are currently prospects in National Hockey League systems. Beck is a Calgary Flames prospect since being selected in the sixth round, 168th overall in the 2021 NHL Entry Draft by the club. Defenceman Jack Matier, who has tallied two goals and five assists over 10 games, was drafted by David Poile’s Nashville Predators in the fourth round at 124th overall during the same draft.

The 67’s have weapons on the power play led by Beck, Cameron Tolnai, Matier, and Anthony Constantini. Each player has three goals when on the man advantage.

Goaltender Will Cranley has logged the majority of minutes in the crease. His record is 3-4-0-0 while his tandem partner, rookie Collin MacKenzie, posts a 3-0-0-0 record.

The Petes will be on the road for a couple weeks, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy exciting Petes hockey! Check out all their games on YourTV Peterborough and don’t forget the Petes will be back at the PMC to take on the Hamilton Bulldogs on Thursday, Nov. 18!

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