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Christmas came a little early for the Ottawa 67’s as they defeated the Steelheads 4-3, Sunday afternoon in Mississauga, in their final pre-Christmas game with a come-from-behind overtime win. Ottawa closed out its three-game road trip picking up five points out of six.
Jared Steege scored his second goal of the game 46 seconds into the overtime period to lift Ottawa past Mississauga, despite trailing 3-1 with less than six minutes left on the clock. Steege netted his first of the game late in the final frame to pull his team within one.
Ben Evans also had a strong performance, picking up a goal and an assist. Between the pipes, Leo Lazarev made 26 saves on 29 shots, before being replaced by Olivier Lafreniere – who will be credited with the win – early in the third frame, due to an injury. Lafreniere stopped all three shots he faced.
The Steelheads took an early 1-0 lead, as Spencer Watson opened the scoring at 1:03 into the first period, but Evans would tie the game a little bit more than three minutes later, with his fifth goal of the season, his second in three games.
With the score tied at one late in the second period, Mississauga would score two back-to-back power play goals in a span of four minutes to take a 3-1 lead into the dressing room after 40 minutes.
The 67’s regrouped and raise their intensity level in the last frame, dominating the Steeleheads 21-5 on the shot clock. As they continued to battle late in the game, their effort paid off when Steege netted his first of the game to cut the deficit at one with five minutes left on the clock.
With less than two minutes left in the game and the 67’s trailing 3-2, Drake Rymsha tied the game when he tipped in a shot from Travis Barron sending both teams to overtime – a second straight game decided in overtime for Ottawa.
46 seconds into the overtime period, Steege found himself on a partial breakaway and didn’t miss his chance. The 20-year-old forward sent the puck past Steelheads’ goaltender Matthew Mancina giving his team a well-deserved 4-3 win.
The 67’s will now enjoy an 11-day Christmas break, before getting back to action on December 29th in Peterborough.
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