The Ottawa 67’s won the first-ever Alexandra Cup on Saturday afternoon, dispatching the Gatineau Olympiques 5-1 to come out on the right side of this installment of the Battle of the Ottawa River.
In front of 4,300-plus at The Arena at TD Place, the 67’s were an offensive and physical force as they put a rare regulation loss from the night before well behind them. Leading the way again for Ottawa was Tye Felhaber, who came into the game already scoring at a point-a-game clip. The veteran forward had a hat trick to improve his personal stat line to 33 goals in 32 games.
The news was just as good between the pipes as newly-acquired Mike DiPietro won his first start as a Barber Pole, turning away 24 Gatineau shots. It was a solid debut and a taste of what’s to come. For now, DiPietro is off to British Columbia for Canada’s World Junior selection camp.
The lone blemish for the 67’s came in the second when Pier-Oliver Lacombe scored for Gatineau to briefly tighten the gap. That came after Felhaber’s first of the game and an absolute beauty by Mitchell Hoelscher had given Ottawa two-goal lead. Rookie Matthew Maggio would put Ottawa up 3-1 as his shot snuck through a maze of bodies in front of the net, while the third period was the Felhaber show once again as the over-ager notched a pair to complete the hat trick.
The 67’s are back in action at home tomorrow as they look to get started on a new win streak against the Peterborough Petes at The Arena at TD Place at 2 .m.
What they’re saying:
Andre Tourigny, Head Coach
“I’m really happy with the way the guys played today. We kept the puck deep in their zone, we had a lot of good cycling, we had dirty goals, rebound goals, net presence goals. We did what we had to do. Our end goal is to get better every day and we did that.”
Tye Felhaber, 67’s forward
On the win … ‘’It feels pretty good to win this cup, you want to represent the OHL well and I know this meant a lot to coach so it feels good to get the win for him, too.’’ On the hats tossed onto the ice for his hat trick … ‘’I saw a couple of nice Browning camo hats; not sure if those were my cousins’ or not, but I almost stole one to take home.’’
Mike DiPietro, 67’s goalie
On his arrival in Ottawa and first game…‘’It was definitely a busy week, but when the puck drops, it’s business as usual. The guys gave me a nice little cushion to begin with, we kept rolling with confidence and obviously I’m happy with the result.’’ On today’s crowd … ‘’The team really fed off the fans’ energy. No matter where you are, whenever you come home it’s nice to play in front of the home fans and you build off the momentum that they generate and it’s great to see.’’
- Saturday marked the 11th time this year Ottawa has scored five goals or more.
- Tye Felhaber had three goals on seven shots in the game.
- The 67’s were 1-for-5 on the powerplay while the Olympiques were 1-for-3.
- Mitch Hoelscher had a goal and two assists, while Austen Keating had three assist.
- Ottawa had a 31-21 edge in the face-off circle.