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Okhotyuk’s OT winner caps off perfect weekend for 67’s

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The Ottawa 67’s won their second overtime game in as many days on Sunday evening in Oshawa, when they defeated the Generals for the second time in the last 72 hours. Jack Quinn, Marco Rossi and Mitch Hoelscher scored for Ottawa, while Nikita Okhotyuk had the overtime winner for the 67’s 46th win of the season.

Jack Quinn scored the game’s first goal late in the first period, when he picked up a rebound in front that was caused by a Noel Hoefenmayer shot from the point to bank it in for his 48th goal of the season at 16:25 in the period. The 67’s directed 10 shots on goal in the first 20 minutes, against 6 for Oshawa, making it a not so busy period for goaltender Cedrick Andree, who was appearing in his 100th OHL game.

Rookie sixteen year old Brett Harrison tied things up 3:41 into the second with his 21st this year. It seemed as if both teams would head into the third and final period with things tied at 1-1, but the OHL’s leading scorer, Marco Rossi, had other plans. Rossi made it 2-1 with just under four minutes in the second, thanks to his 36th goal of the season.

Ottawa wasted no time gaining a two-goal edge right off the start in the third. Mitch Hoelschers’ 33rd made it 3-1 as he finished off a nice passing play set up by Alec Belanger and Cam Tolnai to only have to tap it into an empty net, in what was his 200th OHL game.

The Gens battled back in the third period and were able to score two goals in order to erase the deficit and tie things up. Oshawa defenceman Lleyton Moore scored both goals for his team in the final period, sending the game to overtime for the second straight game, making it three wins in a many days this weekend for the Barber Poles.

The 67’s will be back in action next weekend when they’ll be on the road as soon as Saturday night in Barrie, before they head to North Bay for a Sunday afternoon contest. They’ll be playing in front of their home fans next on Tuesday, March 10th, when they’ll be hosting the Niagara IceDogs as soon as 7:00 PM.

GAME NOTES
– The 67’s were outshot 35-33 by the Generals in this one, making it 32 saves for Cedrick Andree in his 100th OHL game.
– It was a one goal and one assist night for Mitch Hoelscher, who was dressing up for his 200th OHL game.
– With an assist on Hoelscher’s goal, Cam Tolnai kept his good run going, giving him at least one point in 5 of his last 6 games (9 PTS)
– This was Okhotyuk’s first game winning goal this season and his third goal of the current campaign.

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