The Ottawa 67’s took the broom to the Bulldogs on Wednesday night, beating Hamilton 7-2 in Game 4 to claim the series in as many games and advance to the Eastern Conference Semi-Finals.
The win gives the Barber Poles their first playoff series win since 2012 and is also the first OHL playoff series win for 67’s Head Coach and VP of Hockey Operations Andre Tourigny.
Seven different 67’s scored in the lopsided victory on Wednesday, while Merrick Rippon, with the winner (1G, 1A), Lucas Chiodo (1G, 1A), Marco Rossi (1G, 1A) and Sasha Chmelevski (2A) all turned in multi-point efforts.
Cameron Tolnai, with his first OHL playoff game in his first playoff appearance, Noel Hoefenmayer, Mitch Hoelscher and Kody Clark also scored for Ottawa in the win.
Mikey DiPietro made 25 saves to pick up his first-ever OHL playoff series win, while the 67’s fired 45 shots at Zachary Roy.
For the second time in as many nights, 67’s fans packed the bar at Jack Astor’s Lansdowne to cheer on the team to another important victory.
Andre Tourigny, 67’s Head Coach
“We played a solid game, we played the way we want to play. We were fast, we put a lot of pressure on the puck carrier and we were smart. Yesterday we weren’t moving the puck quickly, we didn’t like that and we knew we could do better. We don’t want to be a passive team, we want to be aggressive and today we were. We’ll have time to rest now and prepare and when we know the first game, we’ll be ready.”
Lucas Chiodo, 67’s forward
“I thought we played well every game, but we knew it was going to be a battle. We came out each game with a game plan and thought we executed it. Having rest (before the next series) is huge, we’ll come out in the second round even faster. We’ll enjoy this one for now and get ready to go.”
- Ottawa hasn’t lost in regulation time since March 9.
- 67’s defenceman Nikita Okhotyuk, who had one assist in the game, was a game-high plus-4.
- Lucas Chiodo has a game-high nine shots on goal.
- Forward Kyle Maksimovich will be eligible to return to start the second round after serving the second of a two-game suspension on Wednesday.
- Cam Tolnai, Merrick Rippon and Marco Rossi all scored their first-ever OHL playoff goals.
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