67's decide own fate

BARRE CAMPBELL -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 7:47 AM ET

The 67's have fate in their own hands as the OHL regular season ends this weekend.

Ottawa can finish no higher than third place and no worse than sixth in the Eastern Conference.

But wins in each of their remaining games, both at the Civic Centre, tonight against Peterborough and Sunday against Kingston, could get the 67's into fourth place which would give them home-ice advantage in the first round of the playoffs.

"If we win them both, then we should end up with home-ice advantage," said 67's coach Brian Kilrea. "And if we don't, then we're going to be on the road."

"That's our focus," said 67's defenceman and captain Will Colbert about finishing in the top four. "These games just keep getting bigger and bigger for us."

The 67's got into this position by going on a tear, winning five straight before losing 4-3 to top-ranked Mississauga on Sunday.

"Hopefully we are peaking at the right time," said Colbert. "We got production from all four lines last weekend. If we can get our top three lines really going and get the fourth line to chip in here and there and keep the goaltending going like it has been all year, then we should be all right."

Peterborough trails top-ranked Mississauga by one point, but has played one more game than the IceDogs.

It's a big game for the Petes tonight, too.

AKESON ACTIVE: LW Jeremy Akeson will play for the first time tonight since Jan. 23. The overager suffered an ankle injury against London on that day, then broke his hand during a road trip to Kitchener and Brampton on the following weekend.

Akeson could get time with C Julian Talbot and RW Chris Hulit, his linemates prior to the injuries. He could also play on the wing with C Jakub Petruzalek and RW Lukas Kaspar.

Akeson has 10 goals and 19 points in 42 games.

OH DANNY BOY: Danny Battochio will start in goal for Ottawa tonight. Battochio recorded his only shutout of the season in the last meeting between the 67's and the Petes, Feb. 18, at the Civic Centre (4-0 Ottawa).


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