A collective intake of breath turned into chants of “Andree, Andree, Andree” on Saturday afternoon as the Ottawa 67’s so-called backup goalie stole the show in a 4-3 win for the Barber Poles.
In front of a sold-out crowd of 8,775 at The Arena at TD Place, Cedrick Andree entered the game in the first period in place of the injured Mikey DiPietro and proceeded to make 26 saves, allowing just one goal, in his first taste of game action in nearly two months. The win gives the 67’s their 14th in a row in the playoffs (14-0), which is a new OHL record.
The 67’s offence didn’t disappoint either, though Guelph did everything possible to ensure this one came down to the wire. Ultimately, Sasha Chmelevski’s ninth of the playoffs 12:51 into the second period stood as the winner. Austen Keating, Kyle Maksimovich and Tye Felhaber also scored.
After cutting a 2-0 first-period lead in half late in the opening frame, the 67’s went to work in the second with three goals courtesy of Maksimovich (his 7th of the playoffs), Felhaber (his 14th) and Chmelevski (his 9th) to put Ottawa in the driver seat heading into the third.
Guelph served notice in the first period that Thursday’s lopsided loss was not a reflection of their team. The Storm weathered a number of great Ottawa scoring chances before jumping out to a 2-0 lead of their own. But though it looked like the 67’s may get shutout in the opening frame, a pair of penalties to Guelph gave Ottawa a two-man advantage. It didn’t take long for the powerplay to cash in as Keating took a feed from Chemlevski and buried his chance to make it 2-1 after 20 minutes.
- Saturday’s sellout was the first time The Arena at TD Place has been packed to the rafters for a 67’s game since 2012.
- Lucas Chiodo had three assist, all coming in the first 40 minutes.
- After being outshot for just the second time in the playoffs on Thursday, the 67’s got back on track in that department, outshooting Guelph 41-36.
- Ottawa was 1-for-3 on the powerplay, while Guelph was 1-for-2.
- The 67’s dominate the face-off circle once again, finishing with a 41-22 edge.
What they’re saying
Andre Tourigny, 67’s Head Coach
“They pushed back and we had a lot of adversity (today). The poise of our guys and the composure they had, I was really proud of them. The depth of our team helps a lot and we saw that again today. We have guys that stepped in and made the difference (and) we were pushed by our fans when it got tough. The atmosphere was pretty fun.”
Cedrick Andree, 67’s goalie
On hearing the cheers for him … “I was really happy at first but at one point I’m like you gotta tune stuff out and focus on the game.’ I say one thing in my head, watch the puck. After the first save, I was like, wow I was pretty lucky it hit my (stick) knob. The guys played well throughout most of the guy, I had maybe six shots in the second. I think I had puck luck on my side too. I just have to find a way to make those saves.