Some good karma may finally be heading the 67's way.
When they host the Mississauga St. Michael's Majors tonight (7:30 p.m.) at Urbandale Centre, coach Chris Byrne will have both wingers Tyler Toffoli and Matias Sointu at his disposal.
Such was not the case for all but one of nine periods last weekend, when Toffoli missed three games with strep throat and Sointu played just 20 minutes before blocking a shot and suffering what was thought to be a broken ankle.
Another positive is the fact that, in their last outing, the 67’s ended a seven-game losing streak with a 3-2 victory over the Saginaw Spirit that no doubt made the bus ride home from a gruelling three-games-in-three-days trip a little more pleasant.
“Our special teams were strong last weekend,” Byrne said upon reflection yesterday. “We were 10-for-10 on the PK (penalty kill), we did a good job in that we didn’t take too many penalties, and our power play was 5-for-13.
“We’ve played 9-of-13 on the road, we’ve had a real good test, and the guys are still together, they’re not quitting, they’re not negative. We have some home games in front of us now and a chance to make up some points.”
There is some making up to do. About a fifth of the way through the schedule, the 67’s have won just three games and have picked up three more points by getting to overtime. Injury plagued to date, they are last in the East Division, but at the same time sit just seven points back of first-place Oshawa.
They also play their next four games at home, including Sunday’s visit from Saginaw.
Chris Perugini will start in goal tonight for the 67’s, while the Majors will likely go with Chris Carrozzi, an Ottawa native and Atlanta Thrashers prospect.
In support of Breast Cancer Awareness month, the 67’s will wear pink jerseys tonight.