Whether it’s thinking positively or negatively, only six games remain in a woeful 2012-13 campaign for the Ottawa 67’s and by the end of the next week, they could possibly have clinched the first overall pick in the 2013 priority draft.
They got to this point, nine points back of 19th-place Erie with only 12 possible points on the table, with a pair of losses to Peterborough (4-3 in a shootout) and Brampton (4-2).
Without Chris Byrne behind the bench on Thursday, as the coach and general manager was off scouting, Ottawa collapsed and blew a first-period three-goal lead.
Although team toughness hasn’t been an issue this year, it was a lack of response to a liberty from Peterborough’s tough guy that seemed to turn the game around.
With his team still down 3-1, Derek Mathers crunched rookie Daniel Walsh into the boards, not letting up when he saw Walsh’s numbers. None of the 67’s responded, and the team looked deflated for the remaining 19 minutes.
Nick Richie scored shorthanded for the Petes on the ensuing powerplay, and Jonatan Tanus tied the game with another shorthanded marker in the final two minutes before scoring the lone goal in the shootout.
After a two-day layoff, Ottawa wasn’t going to allow another game to be physically dictated to them, playing a tough road game against Brampton.
Unfortunately for Ottawa, this didn’t garner any results. Ex-67 Nicholas Foglia scored his second goal in three games against his former team to seal a 4-2 victory for the home side.
The 67’s finish up their road swing with a pair of divisional games against Belleville and the Petes before playing their final three home games of the year.
And for those fans counting, yes, only 37 “home” regular season games left at Scotiabank Place before we move back.