In three games against division rivals, the Ottawa 67’s were able to garner three of a possible four points, but blew a glorious opportunity to leapfrog the Peterborough Petes and Kingston Frontenacs with a 3-2 shootout loss to Kingston on Monday.
Wednesday: Ottawa 3, Oshawa 4 (SO)
Friday: Ottawa 8, Kingston 6
Monday: Ottawa 2, Kingston 3 (SO)
Despite an extremely sloppy first period and late meltdown, the 67’s managed to get one point in front of their smallest crowd in years on Wednesday night. 3,240 showed up for the 4-3 shootout loss. Boone Jenner opened the scoring in a first period that didn’t see Ottawa register a shot until after the 10-minute mark.
If it weren’t for the Generals giving up nine powerplays, the 67’s may never have gotten going. Sean Monahan, Remy Giftopoulos and Ryan van Stralen all added markers with the man advantage on the night.
Tyler Biggs had two goals, but they’re likely the two easiest goals he’ll score this season. Right after Monahan tied the game in the second, Biggs had a tap-in as Matthieu Desautels’ back-pass took a wrong bounce off the back boards. In the third, he came out of the penalty box and took advantage of a Keegan Wilson giveaway, beating Ottawa’s netminder before he could get back in his net.
Jenner and Scott Sabourin scored in the shootout while Tyler Groavac responded for Ottawa. Ottawa native Daniel Altshuller made 29 saves for the win while Wilson made 27 for the 67’s.
In a nasty third period incident, Scott Laughton of the Generals elbowed Daniel Walsh in the head as he let a shot go. Walsh has not returned to the 67’s lineup since and Laughton was suspended ten games by the OHL.
On Friday, the 67’s were boosted again by an undisciplined team. Kingston opened up a three-goal lead, chasing Wilson in the process, but a five-minute charging penalty to Mike Moffat and ensuing skirmish completely turned the game around. Ryan van Stralen jumped in to defend Jake Cardwell, the victim of the hit, causing a pair of fights to break out, but Ottawa managed to come out of it with a five-minute advantage.
Graovac and Cody Ceci scored on the powerplay, but the 67’s pressure didn’t let up afterwards. By the 43 second mark of the third period, Ottawa had opened up a 5-3 lead with goals from Taylor Fielding, another for Ceci and the first career goal for Taylor Davis.
Spencer Watson added a pair of goals, one on a penalty shot, before Ottawa pulled away. Sean Monahan scored and Graovac added a pair. Henri Ikonen, Jean Dupuy, Billy Jenkins and Mitchell Fitzmorris also tallied for Kingston.
After playing the first 23 minutes on Friday, Wilson got the nod again on Monday morning, his eighth consecutive start as the 67’s faced off with Kingston again in Ottawa’s annual Children’s Day Game.
Fielding scored again early in the game, but Ikonen quickly responded. Davis was the third player to score his second goal in as many games on the morning. Roland McKeown tied the game for Kingston in the second period, a deadlock which lasted until a shootout.
Ikonen and Watson scored for Kingston while Graovac had Ottawa’s only marker in the shootout as Kingston preserved a 3-2 win to stay ahead of the 67’s in the standings.
Jonathan Duchesne continues to find himself on the outside looking in. Originally labeled a cornerstone of the Barberpole rebuild, Duchesne is a victim of the numbers game on defence and Taylor Davis’ recent strong play isn’t helping his cause. Nevin Guy also played the two Kingston games on defence.
Taylor Graovac is still the OHL’s only goal-per-game scorer, while Sean Monahan is back in the top five in league scoring, but still has a -4 +/- rating.
Ottawa heads north to take on the Soo Greyhounds and Sudbury Wolves this weekend before hosting Kingston again next Tuesday.