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The North Bay Battalion looked to a familiar face to decide Saturday’s game.
Despite 67’s leading 1-0 for more than two periods and dominating most of the game, Ottawa-native Brett Mackenzie beat his hometown team with a late goal, giving the Barber Poles a 2-1 loss at the Arena at TD Place.
Mackenzie’s goal was one of two North Bay markers in the latter half of the third period.
Despite good chances all game and outshooting North Bay 35-31, it was the third that spelled the end according to head coach and GM Jeff Brown.
“It’s heartbreaking, but at the same time we have to be better,” he said. “We weren’t as good as we should have been in the third period.”
Brown said there are a lot of positives to take away from the game, including a second period where the 67’s dominated with 19 shots on net.
Ottawa’s first goal of the game came just four minutes in. A tic-tac-toe passing play saw Patrick White knock home a one-timer after a one-touch dish from team captain Travis Barron. That gave Ottawa a 1-0 advantage.
The 67’s would spend a good portion of the first and second attempting to add to that lead. Battalion starter Brent Moran made 24 saves in the first two periods. White led the way with six shots after 40 minutes.
In the middle of the second period, Maurizio Colella appeared to tie the game for North Bay. But after a lengthy review, the officials waved the goal off, citing a kicking motion.
Despite the setback, North Bay wasn’t done.
The Battalion would break out in the dying moments of the game. Brett Hargrave and Brett Mackenzie would score the tying and go-ahead goals in under a minute, giving North Bay a lead with two minutes to go.
Ottawa could not respond on a late power play despite a flurry of great chances, and North Bay held on.
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Linesman’s last game
Veteran Ontario Hockey League official Steve Corlyon worked the final game of his career today at TD Place.
Corlyon had 31 years of experience as a linesman in the OHL, which included 679 regular season games and 98 playoff games.
The 67’s held a pre-game ceremony celebrating the career of Corlyon. His family and representatives from the OHL were invited onto the ice to present him with an award.
Ottawa will have the chance to shake this loss off quickly, as they return to action at TD Place tomorrow. They face off against the Soo Greyhounds at 2 p.m.
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