67’s season comes to a close on home ice
The 2016-17 OHL season came to a close for the Ottawa 67’s Sunday afternoon at The Arena at TD Place. After Leo Lazarev helped his team steal Game 5 Friday night in Mississauga, the 67’s were unable to force the series to a seventh and deciding game falling 5-1 in the game and 4-2 in the series.
It was a tough end to the season for 67’s head coach and general manager Jeff Brown, but he said 67’s fans will have a lot to look forward to in 2017-18. “I would have to do some research, but I can’t imagine a junior hockey team ever icing three 16-year-olds and two 17-year-olds on defence,” he said. “It’s an incredible experience that they’ve had, and it should help them going forward.”
The 67’s were again without the services of their captain Travis Barron and defencemen Ryan Orban (both injured in Game 4) and defenceman Kyle Auger and head coach Jeff Brown were sidelined serving their second of a two-game suspension resulting from Auger’s misconduct penalty in Game 4.
After a 51-save performance in Game 5, Lazarev picked up where he left off in the opening frame denying all 13 Mississauga shots. The opening period ended scoreless.
The second-seeded team in the Eastern Conference flexed their offensive muscle in the second period scoring four goals in the span of ten minutes. Spencer Watson struck early to break the deadlock with his third of the playoffs. Just over two minutes later Mike McLeod’s sixth of the postseason paced the visitors to a 2-0 lead. Another tally from Mike McLeod and one from Jacob Cascagnette rounded out the scoring for the Steelheads in the middle frame.
Mississauga continued to carry the pace of play in the early stages of the third, scoring to make the score 5-0 at 4:53. Watson’s second goal and fourth point of the afternoon came with assists from both McLeod brothers. The 67’s would add one more goal for the home fans before time expired, with Mathieu Foget taking a feed from overage forward Patrick White and burying it to cut Mississauga’s lead to four.
That’s all the offence the young 67’s would see in Game 6. Mississauga would take away the victory, ending the series.
The 2016-17 season draws to a close with ample positives for the 67’s, most notably the play and added experience for their young players. Starting the OHL season with the youngest blueline in the League, the 67’s are positions to have a strong 2017-18 campaign – the hockey club’s 50th anniversary season.
Some of the highlights of the 2016-17 season include:
- Jeff Brown records 100th career OHL win March 18 vs Oshawa (5-2 win)
- Artur Tyanulin leading the Eastern Conference in scoring. The first 67’s player to lead the East in scoring since Tyler Toffoli (2010-11 season)
- Club record 1700th win on March 10 vs Oshawa (7-0 win)
Fans can renew their Ottawa 67’s season tickets for the 50th anniversary season by calling 613.232.6767 and speaking to their season ticket representative.