After seeing their franchise-record winning streak come to a stop at 17 wins on Saturday night, the Ottawa 67’s returned to action Sunday afternoon. The Barber Poles got back to their winning ways and hope to start new winning streak right away, after defeating the Owen Sound Attack by a score of 7-4. Jack Quinn (3 goals), Joe Garreffa, Cam Tolnai and newcomer Daylon Groulx were the goal scorers for Ottawa.
The game’s first goal would have to wait until 12:48 in the first period to be scored, on a beauty one-timer by Jack Quinn, his 28th of the campaign, set up by a great pass from Mitch Hoelscher. Cedrick Andree was solid in the first, as he stopped all eleven shots directed at him.
The second period only saw one goal, but was it ever a bizarre one. After a clearance that was grazed by Joe Garreffa went all the way down the ice, an Owen Sound defender cleared the puck right off one of his teammates’ legs, which directed the puck right into the away goal, giving Ottawa a 2-0 edge.
It would take only 32 seconds into the third for Ottawa to make it 3-0. Jack Quinn’s 29th of the year, second of the game, sparked the 67’s early in the third to a five-goal period from the 67’s. Ottawa wasn’t the only team to score a lot of goals in the third, as the Attack wore its name well and went on to score four goals in the final frame. Nolan Seed quickly answered Quinn’s second goal, before the Cobden native completed his hat trick minutes later, making it 4-1 Ottawa with under 15 minutes to play. What would happen in those following 13:05 minutes were madness. Ex-67 Carter Robertson made it a two goal game thanks to a power play goal. The 67’s would answer with two quick goals in under two minutes coming from the sticks of Cameron Tolnai and Joseph Garreffa. Owen Sound would answer back with two quick goals of their own, before Daylon Groulx really put the game out of reach with two minutes left, banking in a nice pass from Rossi off a one-timer to score against his old team.
The Barber Poles have another three-in-three weekend waiting for them next week, as the team returns to action as soon as Friday night inside The Arena at TD Place, when they host the Flint Firebirds at 7:00 PM. They will then face the Hamilton Bulldogs the very next day, before going up against the Oshawa Generals on the road on Sunday.
POST GAME COMMENTS
Head Coach André Tourigny
“I think we’re tired mentally, not physically. It’s demanding, a lot of emotions in the past few weeks. We had a tough stretch after Christmas, then came the trade deadline, then we have a three in three, so I think we’re drained a little bit mentally but it’ll be good to take a breather now and relax a little bit.”
“After losing in Peterborough the way we lost, we weren’t really happy about the way we lost, they played hard against us and we didn’t like our game. That broke the streak and I think to bounce back and play solid the way we did, it’s really good.”
F Jack Quinn
“We weren’t happy with our game in Peterborough yesterday, we talked and we knew we had to be better. I know after the second we didn’t have a ton of shots but we were doing little things right, we were working hard. We just had to put pucks on net and keep doing our thing. We found a way to win.”
Three Stars of the game: * Jack Quinn (3 goals) ; ** Jack Beck (2 assists); *** Mitch Hoelscher (2 assists)
This was Jack Quinn’ second hat trick this season.
Quinn now has 30 goals in 8 games, as he is now on pace for over 50 goals.
Daylon Groulx scored his first goal as a 67’s player and also added an assist. Groulx now has 3 points in 3 games with the 67’s.
With a goal on Saturday and on Sunday, Cam Tolnai has now scored a goal in consecutive games for the first time in his OHL career