The Ottawa 67’s tightened up defensively in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Semi-Finals on Sunday afternoon but didn’t miss a beat with the puck as the Barber Poles blanked the Sudbury Wolves 5-0.
Ottawa has now scored 13 goals in two games against the Wolves to take a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven series, which shifts to Sudbury for Games 3 and 4 on Tuesday and Thursday.
DiPietro picked up the shutout while turning away 27 Sudbury shots. The 67’s, meanwhile, got five goals on Wolves goalie Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen for the second time in as many games, this time on 25 shots.
67’s defenceman Noel Hoefenmayer turned in another big game with two goals to give him five goals and five assists in just six playoff games this year. Tye Felhaber and Lucas Chiodo, both coming off hat tricks in Game 1, added a goal apiece on Sunday while Austen Keating also scored his first of the post-season.
The 67’s will look to take a stranglehold on the series when they drop the puck for Game 3 at the Sudbury Community Arena at 7 p.m.
What they’re saying
Andre Tourigny, 67’s Head Coach
“I think both teams played really well defensively. I don’t think the score is a reflection of the game. It was a one-shot game for a long time and then we scored on the odd-man rush and they had to force the play to create something. The first goal of the game was huge and the save Mikey made on their first chance changed the game. It was a really good game from both teams.”
Noel Hoefenmayer, 67’s defenceman
“My main job is defence, so focusing on that is key but when the opportunity presents itself like it did today I don’t mind taking advantage of it. Game 2 is the most important game in the series and we knew they were going to come out hard. We were up for the challenge and we were ready for it.”
Mike DiPietro, 67’s goalie
“It doesn’t matter if you win 8-5 or 5-0, a win is a win. We still have a lot of work to do to continue being successful in the playoff. (The first save) was good for myself to get into the game and stay engaged. After Game 1, we stressed our breakouts and defence as a whole had to be better and (I think we) did that in this one. That was the difference.”
- Fresh off a four-assist game on Friday night, Kyle Maksimovich had a pair of helpers on Sunday to give him six points in two games in the series.
- In addition to his goal, Tye Felhaber also added two assists to give him a three-point afternoon. After going goalless in the first round, Felhaber now has four goals and two assists in two games against Sudbury.
- Sudbury had a 37-36 edge in the face-off circle on Sunday.
- This was Mikey DiPietro’s first playoff shutout in the OHL.
Sasha Chmelevski led the 67’s with four shots on goal.