It was on November 7th that the Ottawa 67’s hosted the Kingston Frontenacs for their School Day Game, where the Barber Poles won 6-4. On Wednesday, the tables turned and the 67’s visited the Frontenacs for their own school day game, with the puck dropping at an early 10:30 AM start. The 67’s extended their point streak to 22 straight games with what was a 6-2 win over the Fronts.
After killing off an early penalty, the 67’s had a power play of their own on which they capitalized. Noel Hoefenmayer scored his 5th of the season with a shot from the point, opening the scoring at 7:32 of the opening frame. Kody Clark doubled the Barber Poles’ lead a few minutes later, finding a loose puck in the slot and shooting it past Frontenacs goaltender Brendan Bonello. Paul Larabie put Kingston on the board with 30 seconds left in the period with his first career OHL goal.
Even though the second period was a scoreless one, that didn’t stop it from being an action packed period. Shooting 17 pucks on net, there is no question that the Barber Poles dominated the opposition for those 20 minutes, but it was more a story of extra-curricular activities. Kody Clark was very engaged, getting under the skin of his opponents and dropping the gloves for a fight, opening the door for a potential Gordie Howe hat-trick for the 67’s number 71. During the second, both teams combined for a total of 34 penalty minutes, which confirmed that the two sides would not be making plans of going out to lunch after the game.
The third period was action packed as well, but more of a goal scoring type of way, as both teams combined for five goals during the final 20 minutes of the game. Sasha Chmelevski made it 3-1 only four minutes in on the power play with his 10th of the season. Kody Clark had an assist on the goal, giving him his first career Gordie Howe hat-trick. Rookie Matt Maggio, who just turned 16 years old this past Sunday, offered himself a nice little birthday gift with his 3rd goal of the season. Jakob Brahaney tipped a puck on the power play only a few seconds later to turn this into a two-goal game, making things interesting. OHL leading goal scorer Tye Felhaber added to his impressive season-tally later on, scoring his 26th of the year on the power play. The Frontenacs went for it late in the game, pulling the goalie. Defenseman Hudson Wilson did not hesitate to take that occasion and score his first of the year with a shot from his own zone that trickled all the way down the ice in the Frontenac’s net. Final score: 6-2 Barber Poles.
- With a 4-point game, Sasha Chmelevski extended his point streak to 7 games. In those games, the 67’s forward has put up a total of 19 points.
- Kody Clark is the second 67’s player to have a Gordie Howe hat-trick this season. Tye Felhaber had one against Erie on October 14th.
- 67’s defenseman Noel Hoefenmayer was playing in his 200th OHL game against Kingston on Wednesday, and scored a goal in the first period which happened to be his 100th career point.
- Ottawa outshot Kingston 39 to 27, and their power play was rolling, finishing the game with 3 goals on 4 occasions.