Lazarev backstops 67’s to 3-2 win over Guelph
The Ottawa 67’s kicked off a busy weekend on the road on a positive note, downing the Guelph Storm 3-2 on Friday night in the first of three games in three days.
The 67’s overcame an early 1-0 deficit and got big performances from forward David Pearce, who scored his first two goals of the season, and goalie Leo Lazarev, who stood on his head much of the night and finished with 43 saves.
Playing against former Barber Pole Liam Herbst, who made 16 saves for the Storm, the 67’s also got a goal and from Chase Campbell, his sixth, as well as a pair of assists from Ben Evans.
The Storm got on the board first in front of the home crowd at the Sleeman Centre, wasting little time in doing so as Albert Michnac scored before the game was five minutes old to give Guelph a 1-0 lead. The 67’s would tie things up with five minutes left to play in the opening frame when David Pearce scored his first of the season.
The 67’s jumped out to a 2-1 to open the second period as Campbell beat Herbst just 19 seconds into the period. Ottawa struck early once again in the third period as Pearce scored his second of the game a little over three minutes into the final frame. Michnac scored his second of the game midway through the third to make for a tense finish.
Lazarev was strong all night but was particularly busy in the first two periods, turning away 33 of 34 shots through 40 minutes.
The 67’s continue their road trip on Saturday night when they visit Owen Sound before closing out the weekend with a matinee in Mississauga. Ottawa’s next home game is Wednesday morning at 10:30 when the 67’s host Peterborough in the annual School Day Game at Canadian Tire Centre.
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