The Ottawa 67’s got the start they wanted in Game 1 of the opening round of the Ontario Hockey League playoffs on Friday night.
On Sunday, they’ll go for the ending they want after starting strong, but ultimately falling to the Mississauga Steelheads to open the series.
After scoring 21 goals in his sophomore season, Sasha Chmelevksi had the first goal of Ottawa’s 2017 playoff campaign, but the next flurry of goals came from the Steelheads, who hold a 1-0 lead in the best-of-seven series.
In Sunday’s rematch, Ottawa will look to mimic that start and build off it in the hopes of tying the series at a game apiece before the series shifts back to the Nation’s Capital for games three and four.
After stopping 22 shots to kick off his second trip to the playoffs with the Barber Poles, expect Head Coach and General Manager Jeff Brown to stick with Leo Lazarev between the pipes. The Russian goalie was hot down the stretch and they’ll be looking for a standout road game from the diminuitive netminder on Sunday.
The 67’s will also need to fire more rubber at Steelheads goalie Jacob Ingram. They beat him twice on 25 shots on Friday, with Zack Dorval scoring Ottawa’s second goal, but will need to put more pressure on Mississauga, whose 219 goals against was third-best in the East during the regular season. Captain Travis Barron led the way in the shots department for Ottawa in Game 1, firing six at Ingram, with Tye Felhaber and Chmelevski close behind with five and four shots, respectively. Barron was also strong in the face-off circle, winning eight of 14 draws.
Following Sunday’s game, the 67’s return to the friendly confines of the Arena at TD Place for games three and four, on Tuesday and Thursday.
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