By Aedan Helmer, Ottawa Sun
The 67’s chased Soo starter Matt Murray with four unanswered goals and cruised to a 6-1 win over the Greyhounds at the Essar Centre Friday.
The game could have cost the Greyhounds more than the points in the standings as overage defenceman Chris Buonomo was ejected — and will likely face further discipline — for a late head shot to rookie Connor Brown.
Brown stayed in the game and had a would-be power-play goal called back after absorbing the hit that handed the 67’s a 5-minute advantage to close out the third period.
67’s forward Tyler Graovac cashed in on the power play and added another third-period goal to extend his lead atop the OHL goal-scoring derby with 16 in 15 games.
After Soo defenceman Matt Fuller opened the scoring early in the first, Steven Janes tied it 90 seconds later and then the 67’s top-rated power play went to work against the league-worst Greyhounds penalty killers.
With two extra attackers on the ice after a delayed penalty with the 67’s already enjoying a power play, Jake Cardwell blasted a shot through Murray at 5:21 of the second period and Remy Giftopoulos added another power-play goal 1:01 later.
The 67’s went 3-for-4 on the man advantage, while the Greyhounds went 0-for-4.
A hard shot from Janes would be the last one Murray would stop as Ryan Van Stralen’s rebound chased the Soo starter in favour of Justin Nichols midway through the second.
Graovac beat the rookie netminder on a breakaway five minutes into the third, reeling in a breakout pass from Cody Ceci.
The 67’s could have padded their stats further if not for some quick whistles that negated third period goals from Janes and Brown.
Janes, Sean Monahan and Dante Salituro each picked up two assists, and Keegan Wilson stopped 24 of 25 shots for the win.
The 67’s travel to Sudbury to face the Wolves Saturday night.