It was a new round but the same goal-filled story for the Ottawa 67’s on Thursday night as the Barber Poles trounced the visiting Guelph Storm 7-2 in the opening game of the OHL Championship.
In front of a raucous crowd of 7,712 at The Arena at TD Place, the 67’s took a 1-0 lead in the best-of-seven series thanks to plenty of goals from the big guns and a stellar, 37-save performance by goalie Mikey DiPietro.
Leading the charge offensively were Sasha Chmelevski and Tye Felhaber, who both scored twice, with Chmelevski adding a pair of assists for a four-point night. Noel Hoefenmayer, Lucas Chiodo and Marco Rossi also scored to extend Ottawa’s playoff record to a pristine 13-0 this season. Rossi, Hoefenmayer, Austen Keating (2 assists), Kody Clark (2 assists) and Graeme Clarke (2 assists) also had multi-point games.
Ottawa never trailed in the game after jumping out to a 2-0 first-period lead, though the Storm closed the gap with a pair of goals in a second period that ended with Ottawa up 4-2.
The 67’s will look to take a 2-0 lead in the series on Saturday afternoon as Ottawa and Guelph clash again for game two. Tickets are going fast and can be bought here.
- Noel Hoefenmayer led the way for Ottawa with five shots, second only to Guelph’s Nick Suzuki.
- The 67’s scored three goals on a five-minute powerplay after Guelph’s Fedor Gordeev was given a boarding major.
- This was only the second time in 13 games for Ottawa that the 67’s have been outshot.
- After going scoreless in Round 1, Tye Felhaber has 13 goals in 9 games.
- Sasha Chmelevski won 12 of 16 face-offs in the game.
- This was only the second time in 13 playoff games the 67’s have been outshot.
- The 50/50 prize of $43,965 set a new OHL record. The other have of the proceeds will go to the Red Cross to help with flood relief efforts.
What they’re saying
Andre Tourigny, 67’s Head Coach
“Our powerplay was a big help and so was our PK, our special teams made a difference. We hadn’t played in a while but it didn’t affect us much and we started really strong. Mikey made several key saves and was a big part of our PK (and) we scored key goals and big moments. It was a team effort, we’re getting goals from everyone.”
Sasha Chmelevski, 67’s forward
“I thought we did a great job responding to adversity tonight. You’re not always going to get the calls in the playoffs but there was a lot of No Quit in that room. We showed the grit and the character we have in our room. We just have to stick to our game, the process and everything we’ve been building here over the last few years. You don’t win 13 games by accident.”