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67’s drop season opener; refocus for Friday night tilt in Mississauga

Photo | Val Wutti/Freestyle Photography/Ottawa 67’s

Call it bulletin board material for the next time Ottawa and Barrie meet.

It was not the best start to their 50th anniversary season, as the 67’s fell 11-2 to the Colts Thursday night at the Barrie Molson Centre.

After trailing 3-0 through the opening frame, the Barber Poles found themselves in a four-goal hole before Matt Foget opened his account beating former teammate Leo Lazarev to breathe life into the 67’s.

The Colts refused to let Ottawa back into the hockey game, scoring a pair of goals in a span of 22 seconds and adding two more to carry an 8-1 lead into the final frame.

Seva Losev would net his first-career OHL goal in the third, but that would be all the offence on the night for the Barber Poles.

The 67’s will have less than 24 hours to put the result behind them, as they refocus for a Friday night tilt in Mississauga against the Steelheads – a team that has ousted them from the playoffs last season, not to mention the former hockey club of new General Manager James Boyd.

Following their two-game road trip to open the season, the 67’s will ready for their home opener on September 24 against the defending OHL champions, Erie Otters, as the celebrations of the 50th anniversary season begin.

Earlier in the evening back in Ottawa, the Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group (OSEG) unveiled the Brian ‘Killer’ Kilrea Legacy Wall that fans will see for the first time at Sunday’s home opener. The legacy piece honours the 50 years of hockey history along the concourse wall running from Gate 2 to Gate 3. It was also announced that the 67’s will retire Brian Campbell’s #44 on November 3 when Ottawa hosts … the Barrie Colts.

GAME NOTES

  • Six Ottawa players made their OHL debut on Thursday night
  • Seva Losev scored his first career OHL goal at 6:12 of the third period
  • Ottawa will host the Barrie Colts on November 3 at TD Place
  • Sasha Chmelevski joined the team in Barrie following his first NHL camp with the San Jose Sharks
  • The 67’s were 1/4 on the power play
  • Ottawa won 40 of 61 faceoffs with Chmevelski claiming 12 or 14 draws
  • Losev and Chmevelski led Ottawa with three shots apiece
  • February 11, 2016 was the last time Ottawa allowed double-digits (10-5 loss to Owen Sound)
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