The Ottawa 67’s will head to Guelph for a must-win game on Sunday after an intense comeback attempt in the third period Friday night came up short in a 4-3 loss to the Storm in Game 5 of the OHL Championship.
Now trailing the best-of-seven series 3-2, the 67’s will look to force a Game 7 back in Ottawa with a big win in Guelph to close out the weekend.
Tye Felhaber, with a two-goal effort on Friday, scored midway through the third period of a 4-2 game in front of a sold out Arena at TD Place to pull his 67’s back to within one. The final minutes saw the 67’s get everything they could on goal but couldn’t beat Anthony Popovich for the tying goal.
Cedrick Andree had another solid outing in goal for Ottawa, turning away 25 shots to keep Ottawa in it all night. Popovich made 28 stops to pick up the win.
It took Ottawa just 10 minutes for Ottawa to take the early lead in this one. After Andree made a big save in the Ottawa end, the puck came back up the ice on a play that finished with Felhaber converting the setup by Marco Rossi. Cedrick Ralph would reply for the Storm, while Isaac Ratcliffe responded just 14 seconds after that to give Guelph the lead.
The Storm struck in the second as Alexey Toropchenko scored to give Guelph a 3-1 lead but a great effort from Sasha Chmelevski in front pulled Ottawa back to within one. Nate Schnarr scored at the 12:39 mark to restore Guelph’s two-goal lead heading into the third.
The 67’s will host the Storm on Friday night for Game 5 in front of a sold out crowd at The Arena at TD Place.
What they’re saying
Andre Tourigny, 67’s Head Coach
“I like the way we played in the third period with desperation. We fought hard and we came back in the game. We showed a lot of character and we showed in the third period what kind of game we can play. We know what they do and they know what we do, we need to do it better than them and it’s a battle of will. Guelph and Ottawa are two really good teams and we need to win more battles …. in the first 40 (minutes). Simple as that.”
Hudson Wilson, 67’s defenceman
“We’re going to trust the process. We know who the team we are and who’s in the locker room and we’re not giving up at all. We need to do three periods (like the third on Friday) and it won’t be a problem.”
- Felhaber’s first period goal was the 20th playoff goal of his OHL career.
- With 8,855 on hand, it was the second-straight sellout for the 67’s at The Arena at TD Place.
- Felhaber is now one goal ahead of Nick Suzuki to take the goal-scoring lead in the playoffs.
- Guelph’s Isaac Ratcliffe led both teams with nine shots on goal. Felhaber led the way for Ottawa with five.
The 67’s were 1-for-4 on the powerplay on Friday, while the Storm were 0-for-3.