After a shaky showing by 67’s goaltenders on Saturday in Hamilton, Leo Lazarev emerged as a key player in Ottawa’s 6-2 victory against the Oshawa Generals on Sunday evening.
Lazarev stopped 32 of 34 shots, while the Generals’ Jeremy Brodeur allowed four goals on just 18 shots in the first two periods.
He would later be replaced by Logan Gauthier to start the final period. Only Dante Salituro’s second goal managed to make it past Gauthier 5:33 into the third, but it was too little too late for the Generals, who couldn’t bounce back from the 67’s then-5-1 lead.
Salituro completed his hat trick with an empty-net goal with just over two minutes left to play in the game.
The three goals and his assist on Jeremiah Addison’s second-period powerplay goal earned Salituro first star of the game.
Travis Konecny’s five points, including an assist on each of Salituro’s goals, earned him second star.
The 67’s, coming off a difficult loss Saturday in Hamilton, wasted no time as Trent Mallette opened scoring just 11 seconds into the game. They kept control for the next 59 minutes.
The closest the Generals came to tying was 6:30 into the second period when Matt Mistele put Oshawa on the board, making it 2-1 67’s.
But Ottawa quickly bounced back from the goal as Addison and Nathan Todd both scored unanswered goals before the end of the middle frame.
The Generals had brief hope less than 5 minutes into the third when Owen McDade managed to put the puck past Lazarev, but Salituro’s two third-period goals quickly erased any chance at a comeback for the Generals.
Ottawa currently sits in third in the OHL’s Eastern conference, with 27 points.
The 67’s will try to improve their 13-9-1 record on Wednesday night with a game against the Frontenacs in Kingston. Puck drops at 7pm.
The 67’s next home game will be Friday, November 27 against the Sarnia Sting.