It was no ordinary day at The Office for the 67’s on Friday night as the Barber Poles donned Dunder Mifflin duds and dominated the visiting Peterborough Petes in a 4-0 win.
Playing in front of 5,517 fans on the first-ever theme night inspired by the popular sitcom, goalie Mike DiPietro turned away 15 shots for his first shutout as a 67 while his team provided plenty of offensive support in front of him. DiPietro’s shutout was the 17th of his career, a new OHL record.
After a scoreless first period that saw Ottawa outsht the Petes 11-4, Nikita Okhotyuk notched his first of the year to give the home team a deserved lead. A pair of rookies extended the gap to 3-0 with Marco Rossi and Jack Quinn finding the back of the net in the second period. Saving the best for last, Tye Felhaber scored a beauty in the third period, as the powerhouse overager toe-dragged in tight before firing a shot home for his league-leading 47th of the year.
The 67’s return to action Saturday afternoon when the host the Hamilton Bulldogs at TD Place at 2 p.m.
What they’re saying
Mikey DiPietro, 67’s goalie
‘’It feels great to get this one; I definitely wouldn’t be able to do it without the guys in front of me and we played phenomenal tonight. It was a good week of practice for us and I’m really happy to get this win.’’ On the shutout record…. ‘’I knew I had tied it earlier this year, so it’s kind of been in the back of my mind to keep going and if it happens great, if not, the win is more important than a shutout, but now I’m obviously happy to get it over with and move on.’’
André Tourigny, 67’s Head Coach
‘’I think we played a fantastic game defensively, it was beautiful. Offensively, I have to give them credit because they blocked a lot of shots. We had a great forecheck going and we created a lot of turnovers. It was a really solid performance. We were around the net, we were buzzing in their zone and we had a great transition game and we never gave them time to settle their forecheck or even change up sometimes.’’
- Mikey DiPietro’s shutout was his 17th career OHL shutout, which makes him the record holder for most shutouts in an OHL career. The previous record-holder was Thomas McCollum, who played for the Guelph Storm and Brampton Battalion between 2006-2009. He currently plays for AHL’s Milwaukee Admirals.
- This chippy game had a combined total of 40 penalty minutes.
- Tye Felhaber was all over the ice, finishing the game with a goal, an assist and a total of five shots on net.
- With 2 assists, Noel Hoefenmayer now has 15 points in his last 10 games.
- Ottawa remains atop the OHL standings with 66 points.