Wolves weather the teddy bears, down 67’s in shootout
A downpour of teddy bears wasn’t enough to propel the Ottawa 67’s to a victory. It took seven rounds of a shootout before Shane Bulitka ended the game for the Sudbury Wolves.
The Barber Poles led in the third period, but a late comeback from Sudbury led to a 4-3 win for the visitors. As a result, the 67’s end a winless weekend with three losses.
The 67’s peppered Sudbury netminder Jake McGrath early in the contest, registering 18 shots in the first period. They continued to test the veteran goalie into the mid stages of the second, before Peter Stratis finally got the game’s opening goal on Teddy Bear Toss day.
4,923 Ottawa fans littered the ice with teddy bears after the goal, leading to a lengthy cleanup delay.
The Wolves tied the score 1-1 headed into the third period, and the teams would trade another goal each before the 67’s stormed back to take a late lead in the final frame. Tye Felhaber’s shot at 6:29 of period three sailed over McGrath’s pad and into the net for a 3-2 Ottawa lead.
However, late penalty trouble would bite the 67’s. Noel Hoefenmayer took a double minor penalty for checking from behind late in the final frame, and Sudbury’s Blake Murray capitalized at 16:50 to tie the game at 3-3.
Overtime solved nothing, and Bulitka’s goal to win the contest for the Wolves was the third of the shootout.
What They’re Saying
“Today our guys found a way to play really well at 5-on-5, we battled hard. We found a way to score goals – I think we could have scored 10 today. It’s a positive note, unfortunately we didn’t come up with the two points.” – Head coach André Tourigny
- 67’s D Peter Stratis’s teddy bear toss goal was his fourth of the 2017-18 season – the sophomore only had one goal in his entire rookie campaign.
- The referees did not allow Sasha Chmelevski to take a shootout attempt due to his high sticking penalty taken in overtime, head coach André Tourigny said after the game.
- The 67’s registered one goal in the shootout, from rookie forward Mitch Hoelscher in the sixth round.
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