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67’s clinch playoff spot despite high-scoring loss to London

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Despite a 7-5 loss to the London Knights, the Ottawa 67’s had something to cheer about Sunday afternoon. They clinched a playoff spot in the OHL’s eastern conference after the Peterborough Petes fell 4-2 in Niagara.

Ottawa needed one point to get the job done themselves, but they couldn’t overcome an early deficit against one of the OHL’s top organizations and dropped a high-scoring affair at the Arena at TD Place.

The Knights took advantage of some early chances and opened up a 4-1 lead after the first period, but Ottawa found their way back into the hockey game.

After outshooting London 16-11 in the first period, the Barber Poles continued to dominate the shot clock in the second. They had 15 shots to London’s six, which eventually led to the 67’s getting back into the game.

Mitchell Hoelscher made it a two-goal game at 5:39 of the second, and then the 67’s came flying out of the gate in the third period. 19 seconds in, Travis Barron’s 17th of the season put the 67’s down 4-3.

The furious third period pace continued for the home side when Austen Keating tied the game at 3:58, completing another impressive three-goal comeback for Ottawa against one of the best teams in the OHL.

London would pull away with two late goals, however, and Alex Formenton’s dazzling move at 13:56 of the third would stand as the game winner.

WHAT THEY’RE SAYING

Head coach André Tourigny

On effort from young 67’s squad… “Our guys never quit and we care a lot. It’s a young team and sometimes we are overemotional or our mind isn’t always in the right place. And I’m not saying that in a negative way, that’s part of the growth. I like the fight in our guys.”

Does the mindset change now that a playoff spot is clinched? “At this time we’re too young of a team to be focused on the playoffs. Seven games takes two years for us. It’s the other side of the world. We don’t know how we will play tomorrow. We have to keep getting better, and our game has gotten way better since Christmas. ”

GAME NOTES

  • Seva Losev’s first period 67’s goal was the second of his OHL career, and his first since the opening game of the season against Barrie.
  • The 67’s have now come back from a three-goal deficit to tie or win on seven different occasions in 2018.
  • The most recent occurrence was during a 9-6 loss to Owen Sound on February 17.
  • Ottawa pulled Olivier Tremblay after the first period; he allowed four goals on 11 shots in the opening frame. Cedrick Andree came on in relief, making 17 saves.

67’s single-game tickets start at $12 and are available at Ottawa67s.com/Single-Game-Tickets, by calling 613.232.6767 or in person at The Box Office at TD Place. All minor hockey players part of the 67’s Prospect Program get in for FREE. For more information on the 67’s Prospect Program click here.

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