The Ottawa 67’s found their way back into the win column on Saturday afternoon thanks to a 5-2 victory over the Hamilton Bulldogs.
Three unanswered goals in the second period — courtesy of Austen Keating, Jared Steege and Noel Hoefenmayer — erased a 2-1 Bulldogs lead and proved to be the difference.
The win gives the 67’s at least temporary possession of sixth in the Eastern Conference, leapfrogging the Sudbury Wolves.
Before the three-goal outburst, with the latter two coming less than 20 seconds apart, the game had been tight. While the Bulldogs scored first just before the six-minute mark of the first period, it took Ottawa’s Sasha Chmelevski just eight seconds to respond with the tying goal. Hamilton took the lead again early in the second period before the 67’s responded.
Patrick White also scored for Ottawa early in the third to provide some insurance.
Leo Lazarev picked up the win in goal for the 67’s, making 24 saves, while Ottawa fired 18 shots at Hamilton goalie at Kaden Fulcher, scoring four times before Hamilton made a goalie change. Ottawa had 30 shots on goal in all.
Ottawa is back in action Thursday when they kick off another weekend road swing in Windsor against the Spitfires. The 67’s will kick off a seven-game homestand against Mississauga on January 24.
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