Photo | Val Wutti
A two-goal game from Sasha Chmelevski led a resilient Ottawa 67’s squad to a comeback win on Friday night at The Arena at TD Place. Fans left the building happy after the Barber Poles stormed back from a two-goal deficit in the third period to best the Peterborough Petes in a shootout 4-3.
The Petes came out with two power-play goals within moments of each other – Zach Gallant and Semyon Der-Arguchintsev were the scorers.
Chmelevski had his two, with the first coming on a pass from Travis Barron to the left side of the net, where the San Jose Sharks draft pick released a rocket of a wrist shot short side on Dylan Wells.
Then, the scoring continued for the flashy centreman. Another howitzer came off the stick of Chmelevski at 5:42 of the third, rifling a knuckler over Wells’s shoulder for a 2-2 tie.
Ottawa would take the lead on a goal from leading scorer Austen Keating in the dying minutes of the third, at 17:13.
The win didn’t come without some adversity for the 67’s, after Peterborough pulled their goaltender and tied the game with 1.8 seconds remaining in the third period.
Ottawa was able to battle back, scoring on all three shots in the shootout to secure the win.
The first two shootout markers came from Graeme Clarke and Chmelevski, before Tye Felhaber polished the game off with a nifty set of moves to beat Wells and give Ottawa two points.
The 67’s return to action Sunday evening at TD Place hosting the Flint at 7 p.m. looking to avenge an overtime defeat to the Firebirds last Saturday.
WHAT THEY’RE SAYING
“We knew it wouldn’t be a walk in the park, but I think we stuck with it. In the second period, we took too many penalties but we still had a good period. I was really happy – the guys didn’t panic. We stuck with it and came back strong in the third.” – Head Coach Andre Tourigny
- The 67’s penalty kill got their hard hats out in a penalty-filled contest. They killed seven penalties off while allowing two of Peterborough’s three goals while down a man
- Ottawa’s 11 power plays helped them direct lots of pucks toward Peterborough netminder Dylan Wells – they had 41 shots in the game
- It took 28 shots before the 67’s solved Wells on a wrister from Keating
- The Barber Poles were once again dominant in the face-off circle winning 40 of 64 draws
- Kevin Bahl recorded a pair of assists and now has three on the season, equalling his output from his rookie season
- The 67’s are currently third in the OHL in power play goals for and remain there despite registering no goals on the man advantage Friday