67's Week 18 In Review
Soundly out of the playoff race, the Ottawa 67's showed some signs of life picking up three of a possible four points in a two-game road trip. It wasn't until after an 11-1 loss on home ice, however.
London came in on Thursday night and skated to an easy 11-1 win; easy becuase while skating to the win, Ottawa completely stopped skating altogether it seemed.
Sean Monahan made the game interesting in the first period, cutting a 2-0 London lead in half, but that was the only optimism coming Ottawa's way.
Jacob Blair allowed four more goals to put things out of reach before being pulled, and Clint Windsor allowed five more. Chris Tierney and Max Domi finished the night with respective hat tricks.
A night later, Ottawa headed to Kingston for another rough-and-tumble matchup with their divisional rivals. Ottawa came out with a quick one-goal lead to go along with three fights in the first eight minutes.
The first half of the game was very kind to the visitors as goals from Sean Callaghan, Nevin Guy, Monahan and John Urbanic's first as a 67 got them out to a 4-1 lead.
Kingston would storm back late in the second, however, scoring three times in under nine minutes to draw even before the end of the second.
The game wouldn't be decided in the third period or overtime, instead in a shootout, where Brett Gustavsen and Joseph Blandisi scored to give Ottawa the 5-4 win. Blair stopped 37 shots and two in the shootout to preserve the win.
Two days later, another 5-4 shootout game, although this one not as favourable for the Barberpoles.
Ottawa had a see-saw battle with Mississauga on Sunday, opened 48 seconds in by ex-Mississauga forward Sergey Kuptsov.
Neither team held a lead more than one goal in this one, and no goal other than the first one went more than three minutes without being answered. Dante Salituro continued his strong performance with a pair of goals, and nearly had the tying goal before Blandisi put it in the back of the net to tie the game at four.
On this afternoon, the 67's shootout scoring tandem from Friday came up short. Gustavsen was stopped while Blandisi missed the net, and Mississauga's Stuart Percy and Kristoff Kontos scored to win the game.
The 67's are still buried in last place with every other team in the East holding a game in hand. Peterborough is five points up (two games in hand) while Erie in the west has one game in hand and are eight points up of Ottawa, as Ottawa holds the undisputed spot right now for the first pick in the 2013 OHL Draft.