March 28, 2015

67's see offense from all lines, go up 2-0 in series vs IceDogs

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Ottawa hockey fans were treated to another wild playoff game between the Ottawa 67’s and Niagara IceDogs on Saturday afternoon. Nevin Guy posted a five-point night as the 67’s skated to an 8-2 win in front of a home crowd of 3,353.

Photo: Robert Lefebvre / www.icelevel.com

67's get set for game 2: Game Preview

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The opening game of the 2015 OHL Playoffs was a wild one. The Niagara IceDogs came into TD Place as the arguable favourites to win the series. Many counted the Ottawa 67’s out due to lack of experience and combined with the IceDogs offensive surge in the second half of the season. The 67’s earned back some of that respect Thursday night to open the series with a big 8-5 win.

Photo: Robert Lefebvre / www.icelevel.com

March 27, 2015

Game 1 Round 1: 67's Win Barn-burner

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Ottawa leads series 1-0

For all the talk around the OHL community about how the Niagara IceDogs were favoured; especially if it turns into a run-and-gun series, the 67's defied that on Thursday night.

67's vs IceDogs: A new season begins

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It’s April 27, 2012 and Sean Monahan, Tyler Toffoli, Cody Ceci and Petr Mrazek played the last game of the season – the Ottawa 67’s fell 3-2 to the Niagara IceDogs eliminating them from playoff contention in 5 games during the Eastern Conference Semifinals. Mark that as the last time any 67’s player saw the post-season – until now.

Fast forward 1063 days to today, the 67’s will finally embark on another playoff run. For most, it’s a new experience – but for one, it feels like an eternity.

March 22, 2015

67's Clinch Home Ice In Cakewalk Over Sudbury

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The Ottawa 67’s ended Paul Fixter’s tenure as coach in Sudbury with a 7-0 win this year and on Sunday, they took out the Wolves again, ending the franchise’s worst season since 1968. 

March 20, 2015

One step closer to home-ice advantage as 67's sink Petes 6-2

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It’s warming up outside and the playoffs are just around the corner. While the Ottawa 67’s have secured their first playoff spot in three years, they now look to clinch home ice advantage.
Photo credit: Robert Lefebvre / www.icelevel.com

March 19, 2015

Home Ice Hanging In The Balance; 67's Lose to Battalion

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The North Bay Battalion took a 5-2 decision over the 67’s on Thursday, sealing the season series tiebreaker and in doing so, all but guaranteeing third place and ensuring the Barberpoles a first-round meeting with Niagara.

March 15, 2015

Last Trip To Bellevegas Victorious

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The 67’s are losing one of their biggest playoff rivals at season’s end, but they had enough time for one parting shot at the Bulls in their final visit to Belleville. 

March 13, 2015

67's snap 4 game winless drought with big 2-1 win against top team in the CHL

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Dante Salituro scored a pair of goals as the Ottawa 67’s beat the Oshawa Generals 2-1 in regulation snapping a 4-game winless streak.

Photo credit: Robert Lefebvre / www.icelevel.com

March 08, 2015

67's fall 3-2 to Steelheads in third loss in as many days

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The Ottawa 67’s wrapped up a tough weekend with their third loss in two and a half days on Sunday.

The Barberpoles fell 3-2 to the Mississauga Steelheads, despite registering 38 shots on Mississauga goaltender Cameron Zanussi, the game’s third star.

Steelheads’ Bryson Cianfrone’s two assists earned him second star, and Thomas Lattavo was awarded first for his game-winning goal.

Despite the loss, Travis Konecny was a force to be reckoned with, assisting on the 67’s first goal and scoring the second, his 29th of the season, on a wraparound in the second period.

The Ottawa captain left the ice midway through the third period after a hit by Steelheads’ Brandon Devlin left him falling awkwardly into the boards. Konecny left the ice unassisted, but did not return. No word yet on his injury.

The Steelheads took the lead just 6:05 into the game when Stefan LeBlanc blasted a shot over Leo Lazarev’s blocker.

The 67’s managed to tie it up about three and a half minutes later on a quick wrist shot by Brendan Bell.

Ottawa’s Zack Pittman took a cross-checking penalty with 7:54 left in the first. It took the Steelheads just 29 seconds on the powerplay to regain the lead on a goal by Devlin.

Konecny’s goal 12:12 into the second period tied the score 2-2. It stayed that way until Lavatto’s game-winning goal with just 4:14 left in the game.

Ottawa head coach Jeff Brown pulled Lazarev late in the game for the extra attacker, a move not noticed right away by officials who called the 67’s for too many men on the ice when the sixth player was noticed.

After some discussion and a heated conversation with Brown, the officials called back the penalty. But it was too little too late for the 67’s.

They wrap up a three-game weekend having been outscored 17 to 10.

The 67’s, who sit in fourth in the Eastern Conference, will play the first place Oshawa Generals next Friday, March 13 in Ottawa at TD Stadium, one of just five games remaining in the regular season.  

March 07, 2015

67's drop second straight game with loss in Niagara

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If it's at all up to them, the Ottawa 67's may want to avoid facing the Niagara IceDogs in the post-season. Despite coming in with a 3-0 head-to-head record against the IceDogs, the 67's were unable to contain them tonight. 

March 06, 2015

Blocked Empty Netter Sets Up 67's Heartbreaking Blown Lead

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Travis Konecny was only fourteen years old and still watching the London Knights last time the 67’s beat London on home ice, and he should have been an instrumental part of breaking that streak.

Instead, he ended up on the short end of a game-changing play that allowed the visitors to tie it in the final minute.

March 05, 2015

67's Booster Club hands out 2014-15 Awards

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In the midst of a run for home-ice advantage in the 2015 OHL playoffs, the Ottawa 67's took a well-deserved break. Players, Ottawa 67's Booster Club members and fans gathered for the Booster Club's Year-End Banquet earlier this week.

The annual event was held at the RA Centre on Monday evening and celebrated individual accomplishments from the current OHL season. Booster Club members voted for the winners of 4 different trophies while members of CTV/Bell Media with the 67's coaching staff as consultants decided on 3. One special trophy was voted on by the players.

First year Captain, Travis Konecny stole the show walking away with 3 of the 8 awards including one repeat from last season.

Tallying approximately 13% of team scoring so far this season, Travis Konecny was voted the Best Offensive Player for the second consecutive season. A good argument could be made for sophomore forward and fellow 2015 NHL draft prospect Dante Salituro who leads the team with 35 goals and 70 points.

Konecny, who had focused a lot on his 200-foot game this season, was rewarded for his efforts being voted the Best Two-Way Player. In his first season as head coach, Jeff Brown put an emphasis on his team's play without the puck. Konency's two-way game will become another asset as he looks to close out his draft season on a high note. Konecny rounded out his hardware winnings with the Fan Favourite Award, a highly coveted trophy selected by the Booster Club members.

Next to Konecny & Brendan Bell, Sam Studnicka has emerged as one of the team's leaders. Studnicka was awarded the Brian Kilrea trophy - a trophy voted on by the players. Coach Brown has spoken passionately on Studnicka's work ethic & character all season and it is clear that his peers feel the same way.

On the same note, Studnicka was also awarded the TSN 1200's Hardest Working Player Award.

Other award winners included L.A. Kings' prospect Alex Lintuniemi took home the Best Defenseman award. He leads all 67's defenseman in scoring with 31 points in 52 games and has logged a lot of ice time in various key situations.

Brendan Bell took home the Smitty Salute trophy. It is awarded to the player that best exemplifies Brian Smith's sportsmanship and dedication to hockey. Smith was a former NHLer & a popular sportscaster working for CTV in Ottawa. His death was tragic and this award honours him. The award was presented by the media.

The Rookie of the Year trophy was awarded to Travis Barron who leads the team's rookies with 19 points in 56 games. He has earned his place on the top line along side Travis Konecny & Nathan Todd. The rookie of the year trophy is also awarded by the media & is named after the late Bill Patterson - another popular CTV broadcaster who passed away suddenly following a heart attack in 2008.

The players will switch their focus back to the playoff run as they get set to host Max Domi, Mitch Marner and the London Knights on Friday. A big test for the 67's who look to get back on a winning streak.

Full list of winners
  • Best Two-Way Player:  Travis Konecny
  • Best Defenseman:  Alex Lintuniemi
  • Best Offensive Player:  Travis Konecny
  • Brian Kilrea Player's Choice Award:  Sam Studnicka
  • Booster Club Fan Favourite:  Travis Konecny
  • The Smitty Salute Award:  Brendan Bell
  • Rookie of the Year (in Memory of Bill Patterson):  Travis Barron
  • TSN 1200 Hardest Working Player:  Sam Studnicka

February 28, 2015

67's close out road swing with a 3-1 loss to the Whalers

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The Ottawa 67's only managed to grab 3 of a possible 6 points on their 3-game Western roadtrip this weekend falling 3-1 to the Plymouth Whalers on Saturday night. 

February 27, 2015

67's snap 2-game losing streak with 5-0 win over the Spirit

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The Ottawa 67’s got back on the winning side Friday night in Saginaw.
After losing to their second straight game in an ugly fashion against Windsor last night, the 67’s bounced back with a convincing 5-0 win over the Saginaw Spirit.

February 26, 2015

Lintuniemi Overtime Own-Goal Caps 4-3 Loss

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Alex Lintuniemi had a pair of identical cross-crease deflections find the back of the net on Thursday night, but the latter of the two, into his own net, cost them a point in the standings.