Ottawa jumps to fifth spot in standings
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.