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Third-period rally leads Battalion past 67’s

Photo | Valerie Wutti – Blitzen Photography

The Ottawa 67’s were in control of their game against North Bay after 40 minutes Thursday evening with a 4-3 lead, but a third-period rally led the Battalion past 67’s, handing them an 8-5 loss.

Despite the loss, Patrick White extended his scoring streak, as he found the back of the net for a fourth straight game, when he gave his team an early second-period 2-1 lead. The 20-year-old Orleans native centerman added two assists during the game and he now has 11 points in 11 games this season.

Sasha Chmelevski and Artur Tyanulin also had a strong night as both players picked up a goal and an assist.

The Battalion drew first blood, opening the scoring after three minutes in the first period through Kyle Potts who scored his first of the season while his team was shorthanded. The 67’s were able to find the equalizer before the end of the first frame as Chmelevski scored his fifth of the season at 13:57, allowing his team to the locker-room with a 1-1 tie.

Ottawa carried the momentum into second period, with a strong start as White stretched his goal-scoring streak to four games when he tallied his fourth of the season less than two minutes into the second frame. Brett Hargrave brought the Battalion back in the game four minutes later when he tied the game at 2-2, before seeing the Barber Poles score two straight goals.

Artur Tyanulin scored his fourth of the 2016-17 campaign shortly after the midway mark of the period, before seeing Chase Campbell also score his fourth, giving Ottawa a 4-2 lead. Zach Poirier would cut the lead in half before the end of the second period with the first of his two goals of the night.

The Battalion opened up the third frame with two consecutive goals to take their second lead of the night, as Poirier with his second of the night and Brett McKenzie with his eight of the season scored back-to-back goals giving North Bay a 5-4 advantage.

The 67’s showed a lot of character after McKenzie’s tally, tying the game at 5-5 through Ben Fanjoy, who netted his third of the campaign, while Kyle Auger picked up his first assist in 67’s colours on that goal. But less than a minute later, the Battalion would rally one more time, scoring three goals in a span of three minutes, en route to an 8-5 win.

The Barber Poles will continue their Northern tour on Saturday night when they take on the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds looking to avenge a loss to the Hounds Sunday afternoon in Ottawa. The 67’s close out their three-game road swing Sunday afternoon in Sudbury.

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The 67’s return home next weekend facing off against Hamilton (October 29) and Flint (October 30). Tickets are available by clicking here, calling 613.232.6767 X1, or in person at The Box Office at TD Place. All minor hockey players part of the 67’s Prospect Program presented by Enercare get in for FREE. For more information on the 67’s Prospect Program click here.

Click here for the complete 2016-17 Ottawa 67’s schedule.

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