A 6-3 win over the Kitchener Rangers on Sunday afternoon has given the Barber Poles their fourth-straight wins and a streak of 14 games without a regulation loss.
Austen Keating stood out for the 67’s with two goals and two assists in this one, while Noel Hoefenmayer, Kyle Maksimovich, Alec Belanger and Tye Felhaber also scored for the hosts.
Keating scored the game’s first goal early in the opening frame, taking a puck off the skate and seeing it go in for his 19th of the season. Greg Meireles tied things up just about two minutes later with a precise shot on the power play. Hoefenmayer and Maksimovich added to Ottawa’s tally before the period ended, sending both teams to the locker room with the 67’s leading 3-1 after 20 minutes.
Kitchener scored the only two goals in the second period. Joseph Garreffa cut the Barber Poles’ lead in half, while Greg Meireles added his second goal less than two minutes later to tie things up, giving the fans a promising third period.
The final frame was all 67’s. Keating scored his second of the game 3:25 into the third, giving the hosts their lead back, and they ran with it. Belanger added the insurance goal with less than half of the final period to be played when he joined the rush and jammed the puck in from behind the net.
After a rare stretch of five games without a goal, Felhaber added the game’s sixth and final goal into an empty net.
The 67’s close out the long weekend with a special Family Day matinee at 2 p.m. on Monday at the Arena at TD Place.
What they’re saying
Andre Tourigny, 67’s Head Coach
“Today, we felt that we had a really good first period. The penalties hurt us, they have a really good power play and got some momentum from that, but other than that, we were right there. I really felt on the bench that the guys wanted to do the right things and were focused on the right things and they held each other accountable. It’s weird to say, but even though we lost that second period, but I felt it was kind of a turning point. It’s through adversity that you build character and that period was a game changer for us, we arrived in the third and we were rock solid.”
Austen Keating, 67’s forward
“I think we came out of the gates really strong, right from the first shift, the guys stuck to the game plan that we laid out before the game and I think that went a long way. Kitchener is a really resilient team that came back really strong in the second period and took it to us but I think that’s something we needed and it was really good to see the guys stick together and come back in the third to get those two points.”
- After being away from the team for just over a week while he was with the Vancouver Canucks, goaltender Mikey DiPietro was back in the cage for Ottawa. He made 28 saves in his return to the lineup.
- Austen Keating’s 4-point night tied his season high he had set back early in January. Keating now has 77 points on the year.
- With two assists today, Marco Rossi added to his lead as the OHL’s top rookie point-getter now has 57 points in 44 games.
- Ottawa’s two goalies, Cedrick Andree and Mikey DiPietro, are both respectively number one and two in the OHL’s best goals against average. Andree leads the league with a GAA of 2.44 while DiPietro is second with an average of 2.48.