Ottawa 67’s take on Goliath in first-round playoff series
They may be in tough, but the Ottawa 67’s aren’t letting history dictate the future during the 2018 OHL playoffs.
The squad may have dropped all five contests this year against their first-round foes the Hamilton Bulldogs, but don’t expect the team to throw in the towel come Thursday night when their opening round series begins. The 67’s are poised to break the first-round curse that has sent them home early for the past three seasons.
Sure, the 67s may not have won a playoff round since the 2011-12 season, but the team will be embracing the underdog role this year throughout the entire playoffs after finishing in the eight and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. And that all starts Thursday night in Hamilton in a true David vs. Goliath first round match up.
The Bulldogs have been on fire all season, posting a 43-18-4 record with seven wins in their final 10 games. But the 67s top line of Sasha Chemelevski, Tye Felhaber and Travis Barron is peaking at the right time. The trio combined for 203 points this season, with six of those coming in the team’s final game last Sunday in their 5-0 rout over North Bay.
This line will have to showcase its offensive abilities if they want to stage a major upset.
The puck drops in Hamilton for Games 1 and 2 on Thursday and Sunday, respectively before the series moves back to TD Place for Game 3 on March 27 and Game 4 on March 28. Both games begin at 7 p.m.
The 67s would ideally love to come home to the Glebe with a 2-0 series lead and sweep the series on home ice, but the Bulldogs will likely bring their A-game as they chase their first Memorial Cup appearance as a franchise.
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If there ever was a time to support your hometown hockey heroes, now would be it. Head to the Glebe and cheer on the 67s, as they begin their quest for playoff glory. The odds may be stacked against them, but the Ottawa crowd will be with them.