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A late goal from Austen Keating cemented a 3-1 victory for the Ottawa 67’s, defeating the Barrie Colts through a hot outing by netminder Leo Lazarev.
The Russian-born 67’s goaltender stopped 31 shots and was received first star honours inside The Arena at TD Place. 67’s head coach and general manager Jeff Brown said Lazarev was by far his team’s best player on the ice.
“Today was his best game of the weekend,” said Brown. “If we don’t have him in the net we might lose that game. I’m not saying that Olivier (Lafrieniere) can’t do that, but I’m just saying I felt that he won us the game.
The victory puts Ottawa past Sudbury for sixth in the OHL’s eastern conference. They now lead the Wolves by one point, although Sudbury still has one game in hand.
Ottawa came flying out of the gate for the first time this weekend, notching nine shots in the first 10 minutes of the opening period. They were rewarded at 11:27 when Mathieu Foget notched the first goal of the game, kicking a pass off his skate onto his stick and into the yawning net for a 1-0 67’s lead.
The goal is Foget’s fifth point in the last two games, as the Orleans, Ont. native continues to ride a hot streak.
Roy Radke would open the scoring in the second with a shorthanded breakaway goal, and then Sasha Chmelevski had a response at 18:13. He gave the 67’s their first power play goal of the game, deflecting in a low shot from Peter Stratis.
The insurance goal came from Austen Keating, after Artur Tyanulin turned on the jets and blew passed a Barrie defender. He passed it across the slot to Keating who made no mistake and sealed the deal for Ottawa.
It is the second straight four-point weekend for Ottawa, after defeating the Oshawa Generals and Hamilton Bulldogs last week.
The 67’s will return to action Thursday in Peterborough against the Petes. Brown said Lazarev will be the 67’s starting netminder for the fourth-straight game.
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