Photo | Glen Ellis
Sasha Chmelevski continued his hot streak, but it wasn’t enough for the Ottawa 67’s. Five unanswered goals spelled the end for the 67’s on Saturday, dropping a 5-2 final to the Guelph Storm at The Arena at TD Place.
Ottawa began the game well; they just had trouble executing the game plan as things wore on, according to associate coach Mike Eastwood.
“They worked very hard,” Eastwood said of Guelph. “They came in waves all afternoon long, and their effort was consistent from the drop of the puck.”
After a large part of the first period went scoreless, Sasha Chmelevski notched his third goal in two games late in the frame giving Ottawa the 1-0 lead after the first. Artur Tyanulin and Austin Keating drew the assists on Chmelevski’s 10th goal of the season.
Drake Rymsha added a power play goal after Garrett McFadden took a tripping minor. He took a pass from Ben Fanjoy and drilled a one-timer in for a 2-0 67’s advantage with just over five minutes remaining in the middle frame.
Guelph had two quick answers at the end of the second. It took all of nine seconds for Liam Stevens and Givani Smith to score a pair of goals at 15:29 and 15:38 respectively, knotting the game up at two goals apiece.
Smith would score his second of the game early in the third on a one-timed slap shot from the right side, giving the Storm a lead for the first time in the game.
McFadden extended the Guelph lead to two goals at 13:57 of the third, potting one on the power play for a 4-2 lead.
Dmitri Samorukov iced the game in the final minute with an empty-netter.
Former 67’s goaltender Liam Herbst started the game in nets for the Storm. He was a crucial cog in the Guelph win, stopping 30 shots from the talented Ottawa offence and earning second star of the game inside The Arena at TD Place.
The 67’s continue to grind through a three-day stint that sees them play three games in three different towns. They now travel to Oshawa to visit the Generals tomorrow (November 6), with the puck dropping at 6:05 p.m.
Ottawa will play their next home game on November 16 versus the Peterborough Petes. The contest marks the hockey club’s annual school day game with over 12,000 young fans expected for the 10:30 a.m. puck drop at the Canadian Tire Centre in Kanata.
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