The Ottawa 67’s moved three points head of the Sudbury Wolves for sixth in the Eastern Conference after falling 3-2 in overtime to the Hamilton Bulldogs on Sunday.
Despite the loss, the 67’s continue to move toward officially securing a playoff berth with just three games — all at home — left on the schedule.
Matt Luff scored less than a minute overtime to hand Ottawa the loss. Leo Lazarev was strong in goal for Ottawa, making 32 saves. The overtime loss gives the 67’s four of a possible six points during their final road trip of the regular season.
There was little to separate the two teams through most of this one as neither team ever led by more than a goal.
Hamilton opened the scoring 6:48 into the game when Matthew Strome scored to give the home team a 1-0 lead. But the 67’s replied before the first period was over as Artur Tyanulin scored his 24th of the year.
It was Ottawa’s turn to take the lead in the second period, with Mathieu Foget scoring his 10th of the year. That lead would stand until the third when Hamilton, playing with the man-advantage, even the score at two goals apiece thanks to Brandon Saigeon’s 21st of the year.
Ottawa returns home Wednesday afternoon to host Peterborough in a special March Break matinee.
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