67's Weekend in Review Week 17
Ottawa dropped a pair of home decisions on the weekend, although with a much better effort on Sunday than the first of the weekend, the coaching staff wasn't too worried about compete level and the direction this team is heading down the home stretch.
Friday: Guelph 6, Ottawa 0
Sunday: Owen Sound 3, Ottawa 2
Chris Byrne was absent on Friday night, taking the opportunity to scout while handing the reigns of the bench to associate coach Misha Donskov. Without their coach behind them, the 67's were blanked on home ice.
Clint Windsor stood in for the entire 60 minutes, and had it not been for him, things could have been a lot uglier.
Guelph scored three times on 20 first-period shots, as Tanner Richard, Dan Poliziani and Scott Kosmachuk quickly put the visitors on the board. By the end of the night, Windsor had made 47 saves on 53 shots.
The game featured a lot of chippiness, seeing rookie Jake Middleton got into his second fight in as many weekends.
The Storm added three more, two on the powerplay, to sink the 67's 6-0.
Over 10,000 fans came out on Sunday afternoon to see a much better effort as the 67's welcomed ex-teammates Steven Janes and Cody Ceci back to The Bank.
Ceci assisted on a Daniel Catenacci goal, while Janes didn't register a point. Middleton and Blandisi registered assists against their old team.
Owen Sound took a 3-2 lead into the second period of what looked like it would be a high-scoring, rough-and-tumble game. Surprisingly, it would be all the scoring they would need.
Blandisi nearly tied the game in the third, while Jacob Blair shut the door. Ottawa gave an honest effort but simply ran out of gas.
Middleton played big minutes in every situation, the top line of Sean Monahan, Sergey Kuptsov and Blandisi was on the ice every second shift, and they were down to four defencemen in the second period as SeanCallaghan left briefly after his first fight of the day and Michal Cajkovsky had a skate issue.
"We've got to do that every night from here on out," said Chris Byrne. "Our guys played hard and played the game we asked them to play. We played hard against a very good team."
Ottawa will take on the league-leading London Knights on Thursday night before heading on a two-game road trip.
They sit last place, six points behind Peterborough. The Petes have one game in hand.