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67’s cool off Colts with 4-1 win

Even without three standout forwards, the Ottawa 67’s managed to curb the Barrie Colts’ five-game win streak, Thursday night, earning a 4-1 victory at Sadlon Arena.

With Logan Morrison, Vinzenz Rohrer, and Ottawa Senators pick Tyler Boucher out of the lineup due to injury, the 67’s held off a strong Barrie offence to pick up their second straight win. Jack Matier, Luca Pinelli, Brady Stonehouse, and Frankie Marrelli scored the goals, while Max Donoso stopped 36 of 37 shots, for his 21st victory of the season.

The depleted 67’s lineup had to weather an early storm, with the home side outshooting Ottawa 14-8 in the opening period. It would fittingly be the Colts that opened the scoring, 12:07 in, with Tyler Savard beating Donoso for a 1-0 lead.

The middle frame was marred by four stoppages in the opening minutes, due to a recurring fire alarm inside Sadlon Arena. When play finally resumed without interruption, and flow returned to the game, the 67’s were able to respond, thanks to the red-hot Matier. Good work by Stonehouse, and Cameron Tolnai down low got the puck to Matier at the point, and the Nashville Predators prospect fired a quick shot past Anson Thornton to tie the game.

Matier’s would be the only marker of the second period, and despite being outshot 30-17, the 67’s headed to the third with the score even at 1-1.

After an early powerplay chance, the Barber Poles took their first lead of the night 1:34 into the third. Tolnai won a draw clean to Anthony Costantini at the point, and he found Pinelli with a slick feed, who made no mistake for his 18th of the year.

Late in the frame, Anaheim Ducks prospect Pavel Mintyukov made a great play breaking up a Barrie rush in the neutral zone, knifing into Colts’ territory, and finding the open Stonehouse, who ripped home the insurance marker for a 3-1 lead.

With just over two minutes to play, Marrelli hit the empty net, sealing a 4-1 win for the 67’s.

On the heels of their second straight victory, Ottawa gets right back to it tomorrow, when they visit the Kitchener Rangers at 7:30pm.

Game Notes:

  • Max Donoso’s 36-save performance matches the second best of his career. He last stopped 36 of 37 in a 2-1 shootout loss at Kingston on April 16, 2022.
  • Brady Stonehouse has goals in back to back games.
  • Cameron Tolnai achieved his 14th multi-point effort of the season (2A).
  • Jack Matier has six points in four games since returning from the World Juniors.
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