It's been General dismay for 67's

BARRE CAMPBELL -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 9:04 AM ET

Chris Hulit, for one, is trying to figure it out.

Usually, when the last-place team comes to town, you're pumped.

But not with the Oshawa Generals, who have been nothing but trouble for the 67's.

In fact, the Gens have dominated Ottawa, winning three of the four contests, with the 67's earning their only victory against Oshawa at home in November.

Fact is, the 67's just aren't doing as well as they should against the squads ranked lower than them in the Eastern Conference.

In seven games vs. Oshawa and Mississauga, the teams currently out of the playoff picture, the 67's have earned just five out of 14 points.

The 67's will be wondering at the end of the regular season if more favourable results in those games might have given them a better positioning for the playoffs. And making the playoffs isn't a foregone conclusion for Ottawa.

"I think our problem is that we underestimate them and we don't play as intense as we should," said Hulit, who knows a thing or two about Oshawa.

He toiled part of four seasons with the Gens before coming to Ottawa in a trade last season that sent Peter Tsimikalis to Oshawa.

The 67's did themselves a big favour last weekend, scoring shutout wins over Peterborough and Owen Sound with a one-goal loss to the Petes sandwiched in between.

Those hard-fought victories helped the 67's, currently ranked eighth in the East, establish a nine-point lead on Mississauga for the final playoff position.

But the 67's also know that keeping their momentum going could also vault them ahead in the standings, with four points separating third from eighth.

"We all know that if we lose a couple or a bunch in a row, we could be in ninth, but if we win a few, we could move up," said Hulit.


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