The 67’s were in a 3-0 hole but fought their way back into the game, only to come up just short during a 5-4 decision to the Owen Sound Attack in front of 9,848 fans.
Connor Brown and Erik Bradford each scored twice for Ottawa while Travis Konecny had a pair of assists for the 67’s who dropped to 20-32-1-3 onthe season
Ottawa also had a goal disallowed when officials ruled that Konecny had directed the puck into the net with a kicking motion.
The 67’s are fighting for the final playoff spot in the OHL’s Eastern Conference and hold that final spot in eighth place, one point ahead of Niagara and two points behind Mississauga.
Holden Cook and Kyle Platzer scored a pair of goals each for the Attack and Santino Centorame also scored for Owen Sound.
Philippe Trudeau made 32 saves for Ottawa.
The REDBLACKS were represented by head coach Rick Campbell, quarterback Henry Burris, receiver Simon Le Marquand, linebacker Kevin Scott, defensive lineman Justin Phillips and fullback John Delahunt who participated in a pre-game ceremonial face-off.
Moments before, fans were introduced to the new REDBLACKS mascot who walked onto the ice to the applause of one of the largest crowds to attend a 67’s game this season.
The REDBLACKS are holding a contest to name the mascot. Entries can be sent to the REDBLACKS website.
The 67’s play the next six games on the road, starting Friday against Memorial Cup-defending London Knights. Ottawa’s next home game is Tuesday, March 4 against the Mississauga Steelheads in a game that could be prove to be crucial in the race for that final playoff position.
By: Barre Campbell
Photo: Errol McGihon – Ottawa Sun