OHL Eastern Conference Playoffs - (7) Belleville Bulls Vs (2) Ottawa 67's Games 5 & 6 and Series Review


OHL Eastern Conference Playoffs - (7) Belleville Bulls Vs (2) Ottawa 67's Game 5 Review.

On Friday night the Belleville Bulls traveled to the Nations Capital to face the Ottawa 67's in Game 5 of their very tight 1st round playoff match up. Coming in to game 5 every game in this series minus game 2 , where there was an empty net goal, had been decided by one goal, Three games have gone to over time. The series was tied 2-2.


On Friday Ottawa's big guns were their big guns and they defeat the Bulls 5-2 to take a 3-2 series lead. Game 6 goes Monday night in Belleville.


The Bulls did what they wanted to do and that was score early and take the 6838 fans in attendance out of it and at just over 5 minutes in at 5:18 Joesph Cramarossa scored his 2nd from Daniil Zharkov and Austen Brassard to give the Bulls a 1-0 lead. Things looked to be going the Bulls way, Ottawa had taken a penalty, their 2nd minor of the game. Belleviille looked great on their 1st chance doing everything but scoring. Some body scored but that somebody was Shane Prince shorthanded at 12:44 to tie the game. The first would end tied 1-1. Ottawa out shot the Bulls 11-8. In the 1st Dalton Smith layed a huge hit that rocked Daniil Zharkov and sent him to the quiet room for a check up. He returned.


The OHL has decided against applying supplementary discipline to Smith.
Smith caught Zharkov with his head down and rocked him with a solid check. Replays show Smith makes hard contact with Zharkov’s head with his raised arms. The Ref made the correct call — five for check-to-the-head and game misconduct.


Some others would argue that Zharkov had this coming, all series he has been doing his share of dirty work, but in a league that has made it clear it wants to rid its product of any kind of contact to the head or borderline legal hits to players in a vulnerable positions why was this hit to the head not punished ? Bulls rookie and 1st time offender Alex Carnevale got 8 games for a hit that was all shoulder but this one gets nothing ? Smith didn't have to raise his arms and it would have been a great hard hit, but he did. Smith plays a hard physical in your face game and is no saint . He is a repeat offender, I don't understand it ?


Shane Prince would score his 2nd of the night and 3rd of the playoffs from Cody Ceci and Mike Cazzola at 13:20. The 2nd ended with the home team up 2-1. Belleville had the lead in shots department 11-7 in the period.


At 9:27 of the 3rd Belleville tied the game 2-2 when Stephen Silas scored his 1st of the post season from Brendan Gaunce and Luke Judson. That was it for the Bulls as it was the 67's the rest of the way. At 12:26 Sean Monahan scored the game winner his 4th of the post season from Brett Gustavsen and Sean Callaghan. The OHL's regular season goal leader Tyler Toffoli got in on the fun lighting the lamp with his 4th from Monahan and Ceci. To round out the scoring it was Shane Prince with his 3rd of the game and 4th of the series from Toffoli in to the empty net at 19:02. Belleville would out shot the 67's 15-11 in the 3rd and 34-29 in the game.


Ottawa didn't not have any PP chances and the Bulls went 0/6. Belleville is now 1/26 in the series. The 67's with 2 have more shorthanded goals then Belleville has PP goals. The 67's are 2/15 with the man advantage in the series.


3 Stars - 1- 67's Shane Prince 2- 67's Sean Monahan 3- 67's Cody Ceci  


OHL Eastern Conference Playoffs - (7) Belleville Bulls Vs (2) Ottawa 67's Game 6 Review

Monday night in Belleville, with 2857 on hand the Ottawa 67's ended the Belleville Bulls season with a 2-1 victory, winning the series in 6 games.


The first period was scoreless with the Bulls out shooting the 67's 16-11.


In the 2nd it was Belleville that got on the score sheet first when Garrett Hooey buried his 1st of the post season from Scott Simmonds and OA Adam Payerl at 3:22. The Party didn't last long and before the period would end at 18:08 Tyler Toffoli scored his 5th from Sean Monahan and Jake Cardwell to tie the game 1-1. The 67's outshot the Bulls 17-12 in the frame.


The third seen who else but Tyler Toffoli score the game winner his 2nd of the game and 6th in the playoffs from Cody Ceci at 5:51. With his team trailing Joesph Cramarossa dropped the mitts with Tyler Graovac in what was a very impressive bout by both player but it wasn't enough for the home team and the 67's defeated the Bulls 2-1. In the 3rd Ottawa out shot Belleville 9-4 and 37-32 in the game. Both clubs went 0/3 on the power play.


3 Stars 1- 67's Tyler Toffoli 2- Bulls Garrett Hooey 3- Bulls Malcolm Subban



Series Review  


The Belleville penalty kill was very good in the series going 16/18 with a shorthanded goal and was 2nd in the league during the 1st round, only the 67's were better going 28/29. Ottawa was also very good on the kill but that number also says alot about the Bulls very ineffective power play after being ranked 20th the last two regular seasons , it was also the last ranked power play in the playoffs running at very weak 3.4%.


Both goaltenders had some great moments in this series. 67's Petr Mrazek put up great numbers posting a 2.43GAA and a .934SV%. In the games two Ottawa lost in OT he was also strong. Malcolm Subban earned his 1st OHL playoff victory and was really strong facing an average of 36 shots a game. As we have seen this season there where times when Malcolm was holding the fort on his own. He is Belleville's best penalty killer. He posted a 2.93GAA and a .917SV%.


Belleville's defence was good with Jake Worrad, Brady Austin and Stephen Silas scoring big goals for the Bulls. Jason Shaw even without any goals was Belleville's best defender.
With Captain Marc Zanetti missing the last 4 games due to suspension Ottawa turned to Cody Ceci who did his thing. Veteran Jake Carwell and Michal Cajkovsky both played well in the Captain's absence.


Upfront was the difference, Ottawa's big guns where their big guns, the 67's scored 20 goals in the series, their top 3 regular season goal scorers lead the charge, Tyler Toffoli with 6 , Shane Prince with 4 and Sean Monahan with 4 combining for 14 of the 20. For Belleville their top three regular season scorers Brendan Gaunce, Austen Brassard and Daniil Zharkov had 3 between them. The Bulls just couldn't match up, Toffoli's 6 goals matched the out put of Gaunce, Brassard, Zharkov, Luke Judson, Adam Payerl and Jordan Mayer combined. Sean Monahan was spectacular in this series and I look for him to be a deference maker for the 67's moving forward