It is too early in the season to call it a statement game, but less than 24-hours after the 67’s were humbled by the Barrie Colts in their season opener, the Barber Poles claimed a morale-boosting 4-3 win over their rivals in Mississauga.
The 67’s offense came from four different scorers and the power play again look composed. Defensively, the 67’s were much sharper on Friday night in front of Olivier Lafreniere who claimed victory in his first start of this young season.
Following a scoreless first period, it was the Steelheads that broke the deadlock less than four minutes into the second frame when Ryan McLeod lit the lamp. Four minutes after the opening goal, Mississauga would take a two-goal lead through Albert Michnac.
Queue the comeback.
With 2:28 remaining in the second, San Jose Sharks draft pick Sasha Chmelevski cut the deficit in half with a power play marker. 35 seconds later Kody Clark pulled the Barber Poles level with his first of the season. Less than two minutes after that, and with two seconds remaining in the second period, Tye Felhaber scored his first of the campaign to power Ottawa into the 3-2 lead heading into the third period.
It was a strong defensive final period for the 67’s who looked to have claimed a 4-2 win courtesy of Matt Foget’s empty-netter for his second goal of the season, but Ryan McLeod tallied his second of the game with one second remaining to make it 4-3.
Next up for the Barber Poles is their much-anticipated home opener on Sunday against the defending OHL champions, Erie Otters, as the celebrations of the 50th anniversary season begin. Puck drop is set for 7:00 p.m. Fans are encouraged to arrive early to view the recently unveiled Brian ‘Killer’ Kilrea Legacy Wall, see the 2017-18 team introduced and the 1967-77 alumni honoured pre-game.
- Captain Travis Barron made his season debut after enjoying his second NHL camp with the Colorado Avalanche
- The 67’s had offensive production from four different forwards
- Matt Foget has scored in both games this season for the Barber Poles
- The 67’s went 2/5 on the power play Friday night and are 3/9 with the man advantage through two games this season
- Ottawa and Mississauga combined for 31 shots and five goals in the second period
- Sasha Chmelevski led the team with a goal and an assist and a team-high 5 shots
- Olivier Lafreniere turned aside 30 of 33 shots to claim victory for Ottawa