The Ottawa 67’s got out of a three game funk on Friday night, breaking their longest losing streak this season with a 5-4 win in overtime over the Sault Ste Marie Greyhounds. Joseph Garreffa had a hat trick in the win, while Mitch Hoelscher and Austen Keating scored the other goals for the Barber Poles.
Joe Garreffa gave the 67’s an early lead, when he broke away with speed one on one against the goaltender and beat him with a nice deke at 1:06 in the first period. Soo’s Jaromir Pytlik tied things up for the hosts with a power-play goal with just about five minutes to play in the period to make it a 1-1 tie heading into the break.
The 67’s were the first to strike in a high scoring third period. Mitch Hoelscher made it 2-1 with a one timer from the point on the power play early in the first, but the Greyhounds would only take a minute to tie it up thanks to Tanner Dickinson’s 7th of the season. Garreffa re-gave the 67’s the lead with his second of the game with a minute and a half left in the period, but once again, the hosts were quick to tie it up, as Joe Carroll came streaking down the wing and beat Cedrick Andree 24 seconds after Garreffa’s goal.
It took only a minute and seven seconds into the third period for the 67’s to regain their lead, in a crazy sequence of four goals in just under seven minutes of hockey, as Austen Keating found the back of the net for the 29th time this season by jumping on a loose puck in front of the net. The Greyhounds would pull the goalie late in the game, looking to tie things up, a strategy that worked as Rory Kerins beat Cedrick Andree with a shot from the point with 59 seconds left on the clock, sending the game to overtime.
The 67’s will round out their northern Ontario road trip on Sunday afternoon, when they pay the Sudbury Wolves a visit, with the puck drop scheduled for 2:00 PM. The Barber Poles will be back on home ice on Tuesday morning, when they will open their doors to the public for a 10:30 AM matchup against the Kingston Frontenacs.
- With his first goal in this one, Joe Garreffa became the fourth 67 to reach the 30-goal plateau this season.
- Garreffa’s assist on Hoelscher’s goal was his 300th OHL career point. His 5-point night was also his most productive as a member of the 67’s.
- This was 67’s rookie defenceman and Soo native Jack Matier’s homecoming, as he was playing his first OHL game in his hometown rink.
- With a win on Friday night, Cedrick Andree is now one win away from his second consecutive 30-win season.
- With two assists, this was Cameron Tolnai’s second multi-point game of the season.