67's face big weekend test

CHRIS STEVENSON, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:18 AM ET

It hasn't taken long for the Ottawa 67's to face their first big test of the season.

How about a 3-in-3 weekend that starts with two teams ranked in the CHL's Top 10.

Friday at 7:30 p.m., the 67's (1-2-0-1) host the No. 3 Windsor Spitfires (3-1-0-1) and forward Taylor Hall, potentially the top pick in next summer’s NHL draft, and Ryan Ellis, the dynamic offensive defenceman taken 11th overall by the Predators in this year's draft.

Hall, a Kingston native, was tied for the OHL scoring lead with 11 points (six goals, five assists) in five games going into last night.

Saturday at 7:30 p.m., the 67's (1-2-0-1) will be in Barrie to face the No. 7 Colts (3-1-0-0), then play the Oshawa Generals (1-1-2-0) at 6 p.m. Sunday on their way back home.

"You've got maybe the top team (in the Western Conference) and maybe the top team on our side (Barrie). It's going to make for a tough weekend, but a little adversity early is never a bad thing," said 67's rookie coach Chris Byrne. "It gives us a chance to figure some guys out."

The 67's will be without some veteran help as 19-year-old forward Anthony Nigro is still out with mono and veteran winger Corey Cowick, who was expected to provide scoring punch, is out until February after dislocating his shoulder in the pre-season. Defenceman Julien Demers is day-to-day with bumps and bruises. A decision on his status will be made today.

Byrne is also looking for his team to be a little more disciplined.

"It's not like we’ve taken a ton of penalties, but we've taken penalties at bad times," he said. "We’ve had a good week of practice. Now I'd like to see it in the games."


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