Ot­tawa jumps to fifth spot in stand­ings

Ottawa Sun - - SPORTS - — Don Camp­bell

The Ot­tawa 67’s jumped two spots in the stand­ings with their fifth win in a row Wed­nes­day night, all the way from sev­enth to fifth, tied with North Bay but with a game in hand.

They haven’t taken their eyes on fourth-place Ni­a­gara ei­ther, the 67’s now just four points back of a spot that would give them home-ice ad­van­tage in the first round of the play­offs.

Un­for­tu­nately, a lot of what hap­pens in the OHL East­ern Con­fer­ence race is go­ing to hap­pen away from TD Place.

And with only eight wins in 24 road games to date, it’s go­ing to be a lot to ask.

“Seven or eight games ago, we were 20 points back of Ni­a­gara,” said head coach An­dre Tourigny. “Now it’s four.

“We can’t get ahead of our­selves but right now, we’re play­ing the good teams and we’re go­ing toe-to-toe with them. That’s a good sign.”

The 67’s take their show on the road to Guelph and Owen Sound, Fri­day and Satur­day, then re­turn home for a Fam­ily Day game against the Kitch­ener Rangers Mon­day.

That’s the last the 67’s will see of their home rink un­til March 4, with five straight and eight of their next 10 out of town.

All 10 of those are against teams with records north of the .500 mark, start­ing with a tough hree games in four days in Wind­sor, Lon­don and Kitch­ener Feb. 22, 23 and 25.

In fact, the 67’s don’t play an­other game against a team with a los­ing record as they close the sea­son with 15 games in 30 days, with just four games at home in March.

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