By: Ottawa67s.com Staff
Photo: Valerie Wutti – Blitzen Photography
The Ottawa 67’s have done a great job finding ways to win on home ice this season, but ran into all kinds of problems against the North Bay Battalion on Tuesday night.
They spotted the Battalion a 5-0 lead and could not recover during a 6-3 decision at TD Place, just the third regulation-time loss for the 67’s in 16 home starts this season.
North Bay, with newly-acquired forwards Ryan Kujawinski and Nick Moutrey in the line-up, led by three heading into the first intermission, then scored killer back-to-back shorthanded goals in the second to take control.
Sam Studnicka responded with a shorthanded marker of his own, while Dante Salituro and Brendan Bell scored in the third, but it was too little and too late.
Moutrey scored his first goal in a Battalion uniform late in the third to seal it for North Bay.
Ottawa defenceman Alex Lintuniemi received an ovation prior to the opening face-off for his efforts at the world junior championships for the Finnish team.
The 67’s practise at TD Place on Wednesday afternoon, then travel to Peterborough on Thursday for a game against the Petes.
Ottawa is back at TD Place on Friday against the Windsor Spitfires. Face-off is at 7:30 p.m.
North Bay Battalion 6, Ottawa 67’s 3
(at TD Place arena)
67’s goals: Sam Studnicka, Dante Salituro, Brendan Bell
North Bay goals: Owen Green, Ryan Kujawinski, Mike Baird, Mike Amadeo, Ray Huether, Nick Moutrey
Ottawa record: 18-17-1-1
Ottawa record at home: 12-3-1-0
Multi-point games: Ottawa – Dante Salituro (1-1); North Bay – Ryan Kujawinski (1-1), Mike Amadeo (1-1), Nick Moutrey (1-2), Mathew Santos (0-2)
Goaltenders: Ottawa: Leo Lazarev (L: 8-11-0-0; 13 shots, 9 saves), Marcus Serniao (3:56 of 2nd, 17-15); North Bay: Jake Smith (W: 16-7-4-2)
Shots on goal: Ottawa 22; North Bay 30