Chmelevski’s pair clinches crucial win over Peterborough
Photo | Val Wutti/Blitzen Photography/Ottawa 67’s
Both the game-winner and the insurance goal came off the stick of Sasha Chmelevski Sunday afternoon.
His two goals vaulted the Ottawa 67’s past the Peterborough Petes with a 5-3 victory, and secured the 67’s some insurance over Peterborough in the Ontario Hockey League standings.
The game began well for Peterborough, with the visitors scoring first on a high shot by Chris Paquette that solved 67’s starter Olivier Tremblay on the short side at 5:20 of the first period.
Shortly thereafter, Ottawa found an equalizer on the power play. Noel Hoefenmayer dished the puck down to Jacob Cascagnette, who found a whole and deposited the game’s tying goal.
Ottawa went ahead 2-1 right off the bat in the second period, then appeared to extend their lead to 3-1. However, a video review overturned the goal due to an offside on the zone entry, reverting the score back to 2-1.
The Petes then stormed back to a 2-2 tie off a goal from Zach Gallant, and Nikita Korostelev took the lead for the Petes at 18:20 of the second.
However, Chmelevski’s heroics late in the game were enough, as he notched his 24th and 25th goals of the season to give the 67’s a victory.
WHAT THEY’RE SAYING
HC André Tourigny
“We had the choice of being four points ahead of them or eight, so it was very important. It’s huge. We had a chance to put the game away early but we didn’t. They have a lot of talent so if you give them a chance they’re going to take it.”
“There’s a little bit of a gap between us now, and we talked about that. This was a huge game with them creeping up on us, so we wanted to keep them in the rearview mirror and not look back.”
- The victory extends the 67’s point streak to six games –they have either won or lost in extra time for all of those contests.
- The 67’s now have an eight point lead on Peterborough in the OHL’s eastern conference standings and sit in seventh.
- 67’s F Sasha Chmelevski leads the 67’s in points with 49 in 50 games, and his two goals put him four up on 67’s F Austen Keating for the team lead.
- 67’s outshot the Petes 34-30 in the contest, including a 17-8 advantage in the first period.
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