A resilient road effort in Oshawa saw the 67’s close out the month of January on a high note Sunday evening with a 5-4 shootout win over the Generals in a penalty-filled affair.
Goaltender Leo Lazarev made 34 saves while Connor Warnholtz scored the decisive goal in the shootout earning Ottawa their seventh win in their last 11 games (7-3-0-1).
In the opening frame it was the 67’s who struck first thanks to Adam Craievich’s second goal of the season coming on the powerplay. Minutes later, the Barber Poles got into penalty trouble that saw the Generals have a full two-minute 5-on-3 powerplay.
Lazarev and the penalty killers kept the Generals at bay. Seconds after the 67’s returned to even-strength, Dante Salituro put home his 29th of the season on a great feed from Jeremiah Addison to put Ottawa up 2-0 halfway through the period.
With less than two minutes remaining, Salituro picked up a 5-minute major and a game misconduct for slashing, sending the Generals to a lengthy powerplay. Oshawa would cut the deficit in half before the period ended with the 67’s remaining in front thanks to 19 saves from Lazarev. The two teams combined for 25 penalty minutes in the opening 20.
The penalties continued in the second and the Generals would even the score 2-2 on a power play goal less than five minutes into the period. Four minutes later the Generals took their first lead of the game. The Barber Poles responded less than two minutes later on Ben Fanjoy’s 15th goal of the season. The seesaw battle continued and three minutes later Oshawa regained the lead carrying a 4-3 lead into the third period.
The 67’s generated plenty of momentum as the third period wore on, but despite power play opportunities and several scoring chances Generals goaltender Justin Nichols stood tall. Continuing to push for the equalizer, Jeremiah Addison found the back of the net with less than four minutes remaining on a bullet of a shot over Nichols to force overtime.
In OT, Leo Lazarev came up with some big saves. The extra period saw plenty of scoring chances for his team, but neither club was able to clinch the victory, forcing a shootout.
It took eight rounds and 16 shooters, but with great saves by Lazarev and goals by Fanjoy, Tyanulin and Warnholtz, Ottawa earned two big points on the road.
The 67’s return to action Friday night at The Arena at TD Place against the Hamilton Bulldogs at 7 p.m.
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GAME SUMMARY: – http://www.ontariohockeyleague.com/schedule/show/game/70258
Ottawa 67’s 5 , Oshawa Generals 4 (at General Motors Centre)
67’s goals: Adam Craievich (2), Dante Salituro (29), Ben Fanjoy (15), Jeremiah Addison (21)
Generals goals: Joe Manchurek (16), Kenny Huether (20), Riley Stillman (4), Mitchell Vande Sompel (4)
Multi-Point Games: 67’s- Artur Tyanulin (0-2), Jeremiah Addison (1-1), Jacob Middleton (0-2), Adam Craievich (1-2); Generals- Anthony Cirelli (0-3), Kenny Huether (1-1), Mitchell Vande Sompel (1-1)
Goaltenders: 67’s – Leo Lazarev- (W, 20-12-0-0-2, 38 shots, 34 saves) ; Generals- Justin Nichols- (L,4-18-2-0-0, 19 shots, 15 saves)
Power Play: 67’s: 1/4 , Generals: 2/8
Shots on goal: 67’s: 19 , Generals: 38
Upcoming 67’s games: February 5, 7:00 p.m. vs Hamilton, Arena at TD Place; February 6 at Peterborough, 7:05 p.m., Peterborough Memorial Centre; February 9, 7:00 p.m vs. North Bay Arena at TD Place
Ottawa record: 25-22-1-1
Ottawa record at home: 12-10-0-1
Ottawa record on road: 13-12-1-0