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Keating’s third period outburst leads 67’s to comeback win over Oshawa
It took a gutsy 5-on-3 penalty kill in the final two minutes of the hockey game, but the Ottawa 67’s rode Austen Keating’s clutch third period to hold off the Oshawa Generals with an inspired 5-3 victory at The Arena at TD Place Friday night.

The win gives the 67’s yet another win in their home arena – they have taken all but one contest at The Arena at TD Place, and did so tonight in front of 4,798.


Ottawa would hit the ground running in the first period, getting on the board early. It was Travis Barron registering his first goal of the game on a one-timed blast from the right side of the slot at 2:19.


Oshawa would respond just over a minute later. Allan McShane potted his first of three goals at 3:39 to tie the game at one.

 
The two teams exchanged goals in the second, then McShane completed his hat trick by shoveling a backhand through Olivier Tremblay on the short side. The score was 3-1 Oshawa after two, putting the 67’s on the brink.


But three goals in the third by the home team, including two from Austen Keating, would be the difference. The eventual game-winner came at 12:20, when a Noel Hoefenmayer shot from the half-boards was deflected by Keating up and over Cole Ceci in the Oshawa goal for a 4-3 advantage.


The 67’s then ran into some penalty trouble late in the game. Nikita Okhotyuk and Mitchell Hoelscher went off to the sin bin for double minor and minor penalties respectively, but Ottawa successfully burned a full two-minute 5-on-3 to preserve their one-goal lead.


They added an empty netter for the exclamation point.
WHAT THEY’RE SAYING

Head coach Andre Tourigny“In the first two periods, even though we had a lot of shots on net I don’t think we were detailed enough. We weren’t as good as we can be. But we have another gear, and in the third period we showed it.”
 
On holding leads late in games…
 “I think you cannot win a championship or a playoff series without being able to close the game. Killing a 5-on-3, or killing a 6-on-4 like we did tonight – I think that’s part of the learning process.”GAME NOTES
  • With today’s victory, the 67’s have taken at least a point from Oshawa in every meeting at The Arena at TD Place since November 25, 2011.
  • Ottawa has also not lost to Oshawa at home since the 2014-15 season.
  • Face-offs for the game were dead even – with both teams winning 30 draws each.
  • Kody Clark took a team-high seven shots on net and set a new season-high with three assists in the 67’s victory.

 

67’s single-game tickets start at $12 and are available at Ottawa67s.com/Single-Game-Tickets, by calling 613.232.6767 or in person at The Box Office at TD Place. All minor hockey players part of the 67’s Prospect Program get in for FREE. For more information on the 67’s Prospect Program click here.
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