Stratis’s first OHL goal completes comeback for 67’s
Peter Stratis’s first OHL goal put the Ottawa 67’s ahead until the final buzzer Saturday afternoon at The Arena at TD Place. They completed a massive, four-goal comeback to stun the Kingston Frontenacs 4-3 in the second leg of a home-and-home against the regional rivals.
The 67’s rode the back of forward Matt Foget, who had a point on each of Ottawa’s four goals.
“He’s got a knack,” 67’s head coach and general manager Jeff Brown said of Foget. “Hopefully he stays hot here the next little while.”
Brown also expressed happiness when asked about the Stratis go-ahead goal.
“He’s been playing really well,” Brown said. “There’s been times in the last couple weeks when the 16-year-old’s been our best defenceman. He got rewarded tonight and he’s gonna be a good one for us for a long time.”
Kingston got fortunate early in the game, receiving three first period power plays and scoring on all of them.
The first goal came off a deflection from Ted Nichol in front of the net at 2:27, and Jason Robertson followed it up with a laser beam of a wrist shot into the top corner to make the score 2-0.
Cody Caron split the defence and roofed the Fronts’ third goal of the period at 19:08, just as an Artur Tyanulin boarding penalty expired.
As they usually do, the 67’s would come alive in the second period and make it a hockey game. The first goal came from Noel Hoefenmayer, when he was left all alone in the slot and wired a one-timed slap shot that Mario Peccia couldn’t react to.
Hoefenmeyer’s 13th of the season couldn’t have come at a better time, with the star defender playing in his 100th-career OHL game.
A cross-crease pass found its way onto the stick of Sasha Chmelevski at 11:49, he put the shot into the top meshing of the net, making it a one-goal game.
Matt Foget tied it at 5:36 of the third, finding space in the slot and ripping a shot passed Peccia for a goal to go along with his three assists.
That set up Stratis’s heroics in the middle stage of the third.
The rookie defenceman teed up a shot and fired it through a screen from the point. It sailed straight in, for his first goal in his 42nd OHL game.
That stood as the winner, and the 67’s avoided the home-and-home sweep with the clutch comeback victory.
Tickets for all Ottawa 67’s home games are available at Ottawa67s.com, calling 613.232.6767 X1, or in person at The Box Office at TD Place. All minor hockey players part of the 67’s Prospect Program presented by Enercare get in for FREE. For more information on the 67’s Prospect Program click here.