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Ottawa 67's and Gatineau Olympiques Weekly Report

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Your weekly report on all recent Ottawa 67's and Gatineau Olympiques activity.

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It's been another week of junior hockey here in the National Capital Region with the OHL fully immersed in the beginning of its schedule while the QMJHL is starting to see separation between the good and the bad teams.  Games have been played on both sides of the Ottawa River with the two teams looking to the next week of play.

Ottawa 67's

The Ottawa 67's have had a disappointing start to the season. Ottawa has played a total of four games, three in the last week, and have yet to win a single one, let alone extend the play past 60 minutes. The 67's have gone 0-4-0-0 and are sitting in last place in the division and tied for last place in the league with Niagara (0-3-0-0).

Friday's 3-0 Loss @ Oshawa

There's little to say about this game for the 67's that the scoreline doesn't already indicate. The 67's did win the puck possession battle which suggests things might not have been as bad as the final score suggests. Shots in the end were 31-28 for Ottawa. In net for the 67's was Liam Herbst who made 25 saves on 27 shots, good for a .926 Sv% and registered a "Quality Start".

Saturday's 9-3 Loss @ Barrie

The next day the 67's traveled to Barrie where they were absolutely crushed by the Colts. The 67's lost the puck possession battle in all three periods even with score effects helping them. In net was backup Leo Lazarev who made 31 saves on 40 shots resulting in a .775 Sv%. The three Ottawa goals were scored by Travis Konecny, Brendan Bell and Travis Barron. We know that plus/minus is a very poor statistic, but usually there is something worth looking into when you have players at either extreme end of the plus/minus spectrum. Despite the team goal differential of -6 there were a few players who ended up with a positive plus/minus such as top prospect Konecny with a +1.

Sunday's 7-2 Loss @ Owen Sound

18 hours, and another bus ride, later the 67's were in Owen Sound to face the Attack in the third game on a back-to-back-to-back weekend. The possession battle was much closer in this game than the night before but the tired 67's ended up losing 7-2 with shots in favour of Owen Sound 35-34.  he 67's goals were scored by Connor Graham and Bell. Both goaltenders played in this game with Herbst getting the start but he was pulled after 49 minutes of play, letting in 7 goals on 30 shots. Lazarev came in relief and played to the stopping all 5 shots.

Fancystats standings

Team Est. Fenwick Close GP SF SA GF GA SOW SOL Sh% Sv% PDO
North Bay Battalion 63.2% 3 122 76 13 9 1 0 9.917 88.158 98.075
Erie Otters 60.227% 4 161 107 24 10 0 0 14.907 90.654 105.561
Niagara IceDogs 59.259% 3 138 93 6 10 0 0 4.348 89.247 93.595
Kitchener Rangers 56.805% 4 140 115 12 14 1 0 7.914 87.826 95.74
Kingston Frontenacs 54.706% 4 136 107 12 11 0 0 8.824 89.72 98.544
Guelph Storm 54.651% 4 139 108 9 11 0 0 6.475 89.815 96.29
Sarnia Sting 52.804% 5 170 155 13 23 0 0 7.647 85.161 92.808
Plymouth Whalers 51.479% 4 112 134 14 10 0 0 12.5 92.537 105.037
Windsor Spitfires 50.259% 4 137 147 8 14 0 0 5.839 90.476 96.315
Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 50.0% 4 126 138 18 9 0 0 14.286 93.478 107.764
Owen Sound Attack 47.964% 5 160 170 21 14 0 2 13.125 92.857 105.982
Oshawa Generals 47.783% 5 156 156 20 10 0 0 12.821 93.59 106.411
Ottawa 67's 47.253% 4 120 137 6 22 0 0 5.0 83.942 88.942
Belleville Bulls 46.847% 5 155 173 18 12 0 0 11.613 93.064 104.677
Peterborough Petes 46.309% 3 106 114 12 11 0 1 11.321 91.15 102.471
Mississauga Steelheads 44.595% 3 90 126 10 9 0 0 11.111 92.857 103.968
Barrie Colts 44.545% 5 160 177 23 18 0 0 14.375 89.831 104.206
Saginaw Spirit 44.0% 4 139 158 13 17 0 0 9.353 89.241 98.594
London Knights 43.396% 4 118 123 6 15 1 0 4.274 87.805 92.079
Sudbury Wolves 42.478% 5 133 204 6 15 0 0 4.511 92.647 97.158

OHL Fancystats standings come from CHLStats.com.

The analytical numbers in the OHL continue to not look great for the 67's as they are currently ranked 13th in possession statistics. While these numbers do not suggest that the 67's are likely to win the Memorial Cup this year, it does suggest that the team should be performing better than they have been. Their extremely unlucky PDO of .889 is not helping them. These numbers suggest Ottawa should be moving closer towards the middle of the pack.  The team still has plenty of time to turn things around.

Stand Out Players

With only four games under their belt, all of which have been losses or shutouts, there has been little opportunity for any specific player to stand out with the limited OHL data we have. There are currently six players who are tied for points on the team with a grand total of 2. Those players include Konecny, Bell, Ben Fanjoy, Travis Barron, Erik Bradford and Alex Lintuniemi. Erik Bradford has had a great season so far as he spent the summer recovering from a broken femur. He started the season with limited time on ice, in the game against Kingston, to ease him into the game but he's been quickly earning his ice time back.

Upcoming Schedule

The 67's are finally coming home to their arena in Ottawa proper this week (and I'm betting those Glebe residents are ready to dial 3-1-1 with another noise complaint). On Friday and Sunday the 67's play at home vs Niagara (battle for last place) and against Oshawa respectively. On Monday Ottawa travels to Oshawa for a rematch against the Generals.

Gatineau Olympiques

The Gatineau Olympiques have started the year in opposite fashion. They appear to be around mid-pack of the league in possession standings but have had puck luck and are near the top of the league. Currently, Gatineau is in first place in its division with a record of 6-2-0-2 for a total of 14 points. This places them second overall in the league right behind Rimouski which has two more points than Gatineau. Gatineau also ranked ninth in the CHL.ca Top 10 weekly rankings which ranks teams from all three leagues. These are more power rankings than anything predictive but it's always nice to have the local team noticed and hopefully they can stay in the rankings for the rest of season.

Wednesday's 5-3 Win vs Blainville-Boisbriand

Last Wednesday Gatineau played the first game of a three-game homestand against Blainville-Bosibriand.  Gatineau controlled possession for the game, allowing the Olympiques to win the shot battle 33-26 and the game 5-3. Gatineau goals were scored by Vaclav Karabacek (x2), Alex Dostie, Marc Beckstead and Peter Woulds.  Goaltender Anthony Brodeur made 23 of 26 saves giving him a .885 Sv%.

Friday's 5-2 Loss vs Chicoutimi

The success from Wednesday did not carry over to Friday when Gatineau lost both puck possession battle and the game. Shots were 33-30 in favour of Chicoutimi. The two Gatineau goals were scored by Pascal Laberge and Alexandre Landreville.  Brodeur started again and made 28 of 32 saves putting up a similar .875 sv% on the night.  While scoring is typically higher in the QMJHL, Brodeur's Sv% of .890 is not very good and is quite similar to the save-percentage he put up last year in 30 games.

Sunday's 5-4 Win vs Baie-Comeau

The final game of the week was played on Sunday after Gatineau was able to rest for a day.  The first period was largely controlled by Gatineau but Baie-Comeau was able to swing the momentum in its direction. Ultimately, it wasn't enough from Baie-Comeau. Gatineau won the game with a score of 5-4 while losing the shot battle 31-29.  Gatineau goals were scored by Joey Richard, Vaclav Karabacek, Pascal Laberge, Marc Beckstead and Jonathan Bourcier. Brodeur started in net again but was pulled at six and a half minutes after making 1 save on 3 shots.  Nicolas Lachance was put in as relief and he stopped 26 of 28 shots.

Fancystats standings

Team Est. Fenwick Close GP SF SA GF GA SOW SOL Sh% Sv% PDO
Drummondville 58.112% 8 294 202 27 25 0 1 9.184 88.06 97.244
Rimouski 56.749% 9 321 221 42 29 0 0 13.084 86.878 99.962
Moncton 56.41% 8 255 234 32 25 1 0 12.205 89.316 101.521
Saint John 55.053% 9 299 278 38 31 1 2 12.416 89.493 101.909
Blainville-Boisbriand 54.747% 9 251 231 22 30 0 1 8.765 87.391 96.156
Sherbrooke 54.598% 9 307 270 40 30 2 0 12.459 88.889 101.348
Cape Breton 51.882% 9 295 282 44 36 0 0 14.915 87.234 102.149
Chicoutimi 50.407% 9 295 287 26 31 2 0 8.191 89.199 97.39
Acadie-Bathurst 49.711% 9 269 252 26 37 1 0 9.328 85.317 94.645
Gatineau 49.485% 10 291 280 38 34 0 2 13.058 88.489 101.547
Shawinigan 48.571% 9 265 288 31 20 0 1 11.698 93.38 105.078
Rouyn-Noranda 47.439% 10 277 277 36 27 1 0 12.681 90.253 102.934
Val-d'Or 47.368% 10 301 324 29 43 2 1 9.03 86.997 96.027
Baie-Comeau 46.647% 9 265 289 26 32 2 1 9.125 89.236 98.361
Victoriaville 46.632% 9 259 323 34 29 0 2 13.127 91.589 104.716
Halifax 44.41% 8 225 262 21 38 0 1 9.333 85.824 95.157
Québec 44.231% 8 212 304 27 31 0 0 12.736 89.803 102.539
Charlottetown 39.753% 10 273 350 32 43 1 1 11.397 87.966 99.363

QMJHL Fancystats can be found at CHLStats.com

As of right now, the Olympique are ranked 10th overall in the league in possession stats, around middle of the pack. The team's results have been better than they are playing but their PDO has been at normal levels which is a positive sign. Expect to see Gatineau slowly fall down in the standings, as they continue to play against various teams across the league.

Stand Out Players

There's been a number of players standing out the various statistical categories. Louick Marcotte leads the team with 14 points (7 goals, 7 assists) in 8 games with Yakov Trenin and Alexandre Carrier behind with 12 and 8 points respectively.  Vaclav Karabacek is fourth on the team in points with 7 which he has earned playing only 60% of the games so far. These same players are leading the team in shots as well as Jonathan Bourcier who has a team high of 30 shots in 10 games but no assists to his name.

Upcoming Schedule

The Olympique play tonight, at home against Moncton, before heading off on the road for a weekend trip.  On Saturday, Gatineau will face Baie-Comeau and then the Sunday after is a later afternoon game against Chicoutimi before five days off.