The Ottawa 67’s made it six in a row on Saturday afternoon, in a clash between two of the Eastern Conference’s top teams in the 67’s and the Generals. The hosts were able to edge out their opponent by a score of 4-3, thanks to two goals from Noel Hoefenmayer and one each for 2020 NHL Draft prospects Marco Rossi and Jack Quinn.
Oshawa’s Allan McShane, who seems to always be one of the Generals’ best players every time they play against the 67’s, opened the scoring at the seven minute mark of the first period, thanks to a high shot that went over Cedrick Andree’s shoulder and under the crossbar. The Barber Poles would however fight back and answer before the end of the period, as Marco Rossi completed a nice passing play set up by Joseph Garreffa and Austen Keating on the rush to make both teams head to the locker rooms with a tie score of 1-1 before the second.
Ottawa came out flying in the second period, outshooting Oshawa 14 to 4 during that 20-minute span and even gaining a lead halfway through, as Noel Hoefenmayer’s shot from the point seemed to have eyes and found its way in the back of the Generals’ net, giving Ottawa a 2-1 lead heading into the final period.
It took only seven seconds for the 67’s to make it a two goal game, after Noel Hoefenmayer beat Oshawa’s Zach Paputsakis very early in the third to give his team a two goal edge, that seemed as if it was going to last up until the very end of the game, but the Generals had their word to say about it. In thirteen seconds, the visitors scored two goals to tie the game with less than five minutes remaining, as Brett Neumann scored to make it 3-2 at 15:26 of the final third, and Brett Harrison tied it up moments later, making it seem as if the game was going to overtime. Ottawa’s Jack Quinn had other ideas, as he crashed the net and jammed in a loose puck in an open net with only six seconds left on the board, giving the 67’s their sixth straight victory.
The Barber Poles will look to make it seven straight as soon as Sunday afternoon, when they take on the North Bay Battalion in the two team’s first game of the season against one another as soon as 2:00 PM inside The Arena at TD Place.
POST GAME COMMENTS
Head Coach André Tourigny
“It’s always a good game against Oshawa, they play tight and very well defensively. In our case, I liked the way we played in the second period, not so much in the first and then we played well in the third until they scored their goals. It will be a good lesson for us, because when you play those big games you want to win and protect the lead, but we can’t become nervous with the puck.”
“We have really good veterans and we have good young players that have the chance to play beside them. With all the injuries that we have at the moment, our young guys are doing a really good job.”
F Jack Quinn
“We just wanted to focus on the task in hand and we knew what we had to do. We got away from our plan at the end and the capitalized with two quick ones, but we stayed positive and we that we could still win the game if we kept our focus.”
- With a goal and an assist, this made it Marco Rossi’s 12th multi-point game of the season, and his fifth in a row.
- Rossi is now on an eight-game point streak, in which he has combined for 20 points (9G, 11A)
- The Barber Poles outshot the visitors significantly in this one, with 30 shots against 23.
- This was a very close contest in all departments. Both teams went 0/2 on the power play and shared the faceoff battle at almost an even split, with Ottawa winning 25 and Oshawa 24.
- Hoefenmayer was very trigger happy in this game, as he had a total of eight shots over the 60 minutes.