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Travis Barron broke out for two goals, as 67’s fans were treated to a 4-1 home win and lots of stuffed animals on teddy bear toss day at TD Place.
The teddy bear toss game was a success, seeing thousands of teddy bears litter the ice for donation to Salvation Army.
67’s associate coach Mike Eastwood was happy with his team’s performance.
“I couldn’t be happier for them today,” Eastwood said. “They earned the win, worked their butts off and played well right to the final buzzer, which was nice to see.”
Eastwood said Ottawa played with “urgency and purpose” on route to the win.
He also smiled when asked about the teddy bear toss, and the effect it had on his players after Ottawa’s first goal was scored moments into the game.
“The players love it,” he said. “It’s a race between them to see who can get (the first goal) because everyone wants to score the goal that sends them all onto the ice.”
The 67’s didn’t make their fans wait long to start the teddy bear toss. Just over three minutes in, Patrick White went top shelf with a backhand shot on a partial break, beginning the torrential downpour of stuffed toys.
However, Oshawa would bounce back before the first-period buzzer. Joe Manchurek fired a shot through Olivier Lafreniere, knotting the game at one goal apiece.
That would be all the Generals got though, thanks to the stellar play of Ottawa both offensively and defensively.
On the offensive side of the puck, Barron got on the board twice with his third and fourth goals of the year.
The third was a highlight-reel marker, where Barron pulled a toe-drag move around one defender then tucked a backhand deke into the Oshawa net. The sensational goal held as the game-winner.
Barron added a second goal late in the third, preserving the win.
The 67’s return to action tomorrow afternoon, with a 2 p.m. start versus Peterborough, where they look to avenge a 5-3 loss from Thursday night.
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