The Ottawa 67’s battled hard in a thriller against the London Knights on Saturday but came up just short in a 5-3 loss.
After the Knights jumped out to a 2-0 lead thanks to first and second period goals by London’s Connor McMichael, the 67’s responded with two goals of their own to tie things up. First it was Sasha Chmelevski, in his first game back since returning from World Juniors with a silver medal, scoring his 13th of the year to bring Ottawa to within a goal. Kyle Maksimovich, playing his first game with Ottawa since being acquired before last week’s trade deadline, pulled the 67’s even in the third period.
London would take a two-goal lead once again in the third, but that was quickly cut in half thanks to Sam Bitten’s ninth goal of the OHL campaign before the Knights would would go ahead for good.
Ottawa returns to action on Sunday afternoon as the 67’s close out this weekend road trip with a stop in Guelph at 2 p.m.