Ottawa 67s @ Barrie Colts, September 21, 2017
Final score: 11-2 Colts
BAR #14 RW Svechnikov, Andrei (2018) – Svechnikov was dominant in this game from start to finish. He was very decisive with the puck and consistently made crisp, firm passes to his teammates. He showed incredible power blasting home a one-time goal from a tough angle and scored another just seconds after bouncing out of a big hit attempt by Kevin Bahl. Svechnikov seemed to have the puck on a string throughout and he was very good using his size to shield it, especially on the penalty kill when he was able to kill off a lot of time along the wall. The only complaint about Svechnikov is that on a couple occasions he retaliatory slashed players after taking a hit, which could lead to some bad penalties in the future.
BAR #61 LW Suzuki, Ryan (2019) – Suzuki was very good in his OHL debut. He made quick, smart decisions with the puck and played with good pace. He was positionally sound on the penalty kill and did a nice job of keeping his stick moving and taking away shooting and passing lanes. He scored on a perfect shot over the shoulder and under the bar and also picked up an assist on a 2-on-0 play with Lucas Chiodo. Suzuki did get muscled off the puck a couple times, including once in the defensive zone that led directly to a quality scoring chance.
BAR #71 LW Nizhnikov, Kirill (2018) – Nizhnikov was very good through the neutral zone as he was able to regularly gain the line with possession and side step, or deke around, defenders who challenged him. He displayed good speed while slipping past his man on the rush. Nizhnikov did fire off a few shots with some zip but it was his passing that was particularly good in this game. He put it on tape with regularity and picked up four assists, which included involvement on a beautiful tic-tac-toe play and a perfect one-time pass to Svechnikov.
OTT #10 LW True, Oliver (2018) – During his first couple shifts he was darting all over the ice and Ottawa was able to sustain pressure in the offensive zone. That didn’t amount to anything, though, and was very quiet after. He struggled to create space for himself and forced a couple shots into shin pads as a result.
OTT #13 C Bitten, Sam (2018) – Bitten was one of Ottawa’s better players in this game. He worked really hard, was very engaged in battles even after the score was out of hand, and his effort and grittiness seemed to bother some Barrie players (he drew a penalty after Justin Murray decided he was tired of Bitten breathing down his neck while carrying the puck). While his defense and effort were what stood out, he did chip in offensively with a primary assist on Ottawa’s lone even-strength goal.
OTT #28 D Okhotyuk, Nikita (2018) – Okhotyuk had a tough night. He made some mistakes early and it seemed like he was trying to do too much to compensate, which only made things worse. He was caught pinching several times and that led directly to at least two goals. He also tried to force some passes that simply weren’t there. You can see he has a good skill set (he moved around the ice effortlessly and can really rush the puck) but he made some bad decisions that proved to be costly. The highlight of his night came when he blocked an Andrei Svechnikov shot while down eight goals in the 3rd, then got back up and flattened Svechnikov along the wall.
OTT #88 D Bahl, Kevin (2018) – Bahl’s night was hit and miss. He seemed to defend well in one-on-one situations and when the play was directly in front of him, but he also made some questionable decisions that made life harder than it needed to be. For example, he pinched up the boards in the offensive zone to try and land a big hit, which he did, but it took him completely out of position and went the other way for a quality scoring chance. In general he was too aggressive at times.