A Sasha Chmelevski hat trick helped the Ottawa 67’s to an offensive explosion, as they put up double digits on the Saginaw Sprit for an 11-3 victory Saturday afternoon.
It was a welcome change offensively for the 67’s, after scoring a combined one goal in their two previous games on the road.
Saginaw opened the scoring at 4:38, but the 67’s would take control of the game shortly thereafter.
Chmelevski opened the Ottawa scoring by dancing through the Saginaw defence in the slot and placing a backhand over the pad of Spirit netminder Cameron Lamour under a minute after the vistors scored the opening tally.
The 67’s took a lead on an Austen Keating shorthanded goal at 9:46. He blew by a Saginaw defender for a clear look at Lamour, and wired a backhander off the far post and in, making the score 2-1.
Ottawa wasted no time making the score 3-1, on Graeme Clarke’s fifth of the season. He tapped in a pass from Tye Felhaber on the back door to put him in a tie for second on the 67’s in scoring.Ottawa added a goal in the first, and would lead 4-2 headed into the second.
The scoring onslaught continued for Ottawa in the second, when they tallied five more goals and chased Lamour from the Saginaw net. Mathieu Foget had two goals in the frame, while defencemen Carter Robertson and Peter Stratis also got in on the action.
A pair of goals from Chmelevski put Ottawa in double digits in the third. He scored at 9:37 and 17:05 to put the 67’s up 11-3, which would end up as the game’s final score.
The 67’s will bring their breakfast to the rink on Wednesday, with a special 10:30 am start for the annual School Day Game. Just like last year, Ottawa hosts the Kingston Frontenacs at the Canadian Tire Centre for the morning affair. WHAT THEY’RE SAYING
Head coach André Tourigny
On winning at home… “You have to win at home – but when you’re a proud organization and you have players with a lot of pride, they want to win in front of their fans. They want to make it fun to come to the rink. Our players have talked about this since the start of the season.”GAME NOTES
- The 67’s four first-period goals was a team high on the season. Their previous high came in the September 24 home opening game versus Erie.
- The four unanswered goals was also a team high in 2017-18.
- Former Spirit Tye Felhaber burned his former team with four assists in his second game against them this season.
- Saginaw left starting netminder Cameron Lamour in the game for Ottawa’s first nine goals – he allowed those markers on 28 shots against.
- 67’s defenceman Lucas Peric notched his first career OHL goal to make the score 4-1.
- With yet another victory in the friendly confines of The Arena at TD Place, the 67’s improve their home record to 6-0-0.
- This win pulls the 67’s into a tie for first in the OHL’s eastern conference. Them, Peterborough, and Barrie have 19 points each.
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