By: Barre Campbell
Photo: Valerie Wutti – Blitzen Photography
The Ottawa 67’s hosted 16,500 fans on Monday at Canadian Tire Centre for the annual School Day Game and sent them home happy by winning yet another game on home ice, this one a convincing 5-2 decision over the Barrie Colts.
The victory gave Ottawa its eighth victory in nine starts on home ice this season, the only blemish coming last Friday during a 4-3 loss in overtime to the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds.
The win also snapped a nine-game regular-season losing skid against the Colts who had beaten the 67’s in each regular-season game since December three years ago.
After a slow start, the 67’s settled into the game and took control, spurred by the support of the thousands of boisterous school kids in attendance who took in the game at CTC.
Goals by Connor Graham and captain Travis Konecny in the opening period gave the 67’s a 2-0 advantage.
Konecny found the back of the net again two minutes into the middle period and Alex Lintuniemi scored his first goal of the season, during a two-man advantage, to give the 67’s a four-goal lead and complete control.
Brendan Lemieux scored during a Barrie power play later in the second to get the Colts on the board, but Sam Studnicka provided another four-goal cushion with his sixth tally of the season.
The victory improved Ottawa’s record to 11-8-1-1. The 67’s are climbing higher in the Ontario Hockey League’s Eastern Conference standings and are within two points of third-place Belleville, with three games in hand on the Bulls.
The 67’s are back in action this weekend, starting with a home-and-home series against the Peterborough Petes. The first game goes Friday night (7:30 p.m. start) at TD Place, followed by the rematch in Peterborough on Saturday evening.
Ottawa closes next weekend’s games with another contest at TD Place on Sunday, November 30 against the Kitchener Rangers.
Ottawa 67’s 5, Barrie Colts 2
Monday, November 24, 2014
Canadian Tire Centre
67’s goals: Travis Konecny (2), Alex Lintuniemi, Connor Graham, Sam Studnicka
Barrie goals: Brendan Lemieux (2)
Multi-point games: Ottawa – Travis Konecny (2-0), Erik Bradford (0-2); Barrie – Brendan Lemieux (2-0), Andrew Mangiapana (0-2)
Goaltenders: Ottawa: Liam Herbst (W: 9-3-1-1); Barrie: Mackenzie Blackwood (L: 5-4-0-0), Daniel Gibi (10:16 of 2nd)