A breakaway buzzer-beater in overtime kicked the weekend off in style for the Ottawa 67’s on Friday night.
Austen Keating’s fourth of the year came with less than a second left in the extra frame to give the 67’s their second-straight win and eighth victory in their last nine games.
Jack Quinn also scored for the 67’s and assited on Keating’s winner. It’s the first time Ottawa has defeated London at home since 2011.
A scoreless first period saw the 67’s outshoot London 9-2, with Ottawa coming very close to opening the scoring when Merrick Rippon thought he had put his team on the board before it was waived off for goalie interference.
The Knights struck first halfway through the second period, with Swedish defenseman Adam Boqvist scoring his first OHL goal, slipping a backhand shot past Cedrick Andree. The 67’s goalie would end the night with 18 saves in a winning effort.
Quinn leveled things up with his second goal of the campaign, this one a thing of beauty as the rookie beat his defender on the inside in a one-on-one battle before firing a shot that lit the lamp for the first time in favor of the 67’s.
The 67’s are back in action Sunday afternoon at the Arena at TD Place when they host the Sudbury Wolves at 2 p.m.
Tickets for all upcoming home games are available at www.ottawa67s.com.
What they’re saying
Austen Keating, 67’s forward
‘’I had no idea that the time was that close, when Coach called my name, I saw there was about 45 seconds left on the clock. I got on the ice, unbelievable play by Quinner to get that pass on my tape and after that I kind of blacked out, so I guess I got a little bit lucky.’’
Jack Quinn, 67’s forward
André Tourigny, 67’s Head Coach
‘’We played really well as a team. Ever guy worked really hard tonight and everyone was going.’’
‘’It was a really tight game, it was a battle. It’s a big machine, one of the best teams in the league this year so it’s always good to have a measuring stick to see where you are at. I think the guys stood up to the challenge every time we played against top opponents this year.’’
- Tye Felhaber saw his point streak come to an end at 11 games. He put up 21 points during that span.
- Ottawa dominated in the faceoff circle 29-17. Sasha Chmelevski was notably brilliant from the dot, winning 13 of 19 faceoffs.
- This was Jack Quinn’s third 2-point game this year. The rookie now has 9 points this season.
- Cedrick Andree is now tied for the league lead in wins with 9. He also has the second-best goals against average this season for goalies who have appeared in 10 games or more.