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October 06, 2017

67’s show resiliency in victory over Peterborough

By Chris Crawford 


Ottawa, ON- Resiliency. That’s the word that best describes the Ottawa 67’s after their win against divisional rival Peterborough on Friday night. 

It was a roller coaster game with the 67’s trailing for large portions of the divisional tilt. The game was scoreless and even game after the first period, but it was the Petes that scored two power play goals in the second frame. Ottawa showed their offense in the third period with San Jose Sharks prospect Sasha Chmelevski scoring a pair of goals in the first six minutes of the period to even the game at two. With just a few minutes left in the 3rd, Austen Keating got a puck past Petes netminder Dylan Wells to give the 67’s their first lead of the game. With Wells’ out of the net and the extra attacker out, the Petes fought back and with 2 seconds left, scored, forcing extra time. 

Overtime solved nothing, forcing the game to a shootout. The 67’s went a perfect three for three, with goals by rookie Graeme Clarke, Sasha Chmelevski and Tye Felhaber to secure the extra point. 

Speaking after the game, Head Coach Andre Tourigny spoke about how important it was for his squad to stick with the plan. “We played well the whole 65 minutes and stuck with it. In the 2nd period, we took too many penalties and they capitalized on two of their power plays but we still had a good period, we didn’t panic, we stuck with it.” Tourigny said. 

The 67’s continue their home stand Sunday night against the Flint Firebirds.  

September 24, 2017

A season of redemption: A look at your potential 2017-18 Ottawa 67's

After three long seasons of ups and downs, the Ottawa 67’s are off to a fresh start with a lot of new faces from rookies to veterans and almost the entire coaching staff.

This optimism was a little deflated after a terrible showing in Barrie where they lost 11-2 in the opening game of the new OHL season. They rebounded the next game with a big 4-3 win over the Mississauga Steelheads. The home opener is tomorrow at 7:00pm.

Let’s take a closer look at you 2017-2018 Ottawa 67’s:

April 02, 2017

Round 1 Game 6: 67's bow out

They lasted longer than most expected, forcing a six-game series, but the 67's eventually bowed out and did it by way of a blowout loss on Sunday.

March 31, 2017

Round 1 Game 5: Lazarev turns aside 51 shots to force game 6

Photo from game 4

Down 3-1 in the series, a depleted Ottawa 67’s squad took to the ice in Mississauga with their backs up against the wall. Without their captain, who was injured in game 4, the 67’s had to find a way to win to extend their playoff hopes.

Enter: Leo Lazarev.

March 30, 2017

Round 1 Game 4: 67's on the ropes after fight night

A year ago this time, the 67’s had suffered a hearbreaking overtime loss to carry a 3-1 deficit into a gruelling fifth game on the road, with veteran players proclaiming that it “felt like an elimination game”.

Fast forward and they’re in an eerily similar position, losing a fourth game on home ice and losing the captain to injury just as they did in the 2016 post-season dance, albeit more violently. 

March 28, 2017

Round 1 Game 3: Steelheads win back home-ice advantage with 2-1 win

Noel Hoefenmayer and the rest of his Ottawa 67’s know they can’t dwell on one game.


“It’s a long series,” the top-defenseman said after Ottawa’s 2-1 regulation loss. “You’ve just got to forget about it and move on to the next.”


He isn’t wrong. The 67’s will have a day of rest to regroup and try to head into game 5 with a 2-2 series tie.


In the last two games, the 67’s have done a great job so far standing up against the highest scoring team in the Eastern Conference limiting them to only 2 goals. However, scoring is something that has plagued them in this series so far.

March 26, 2017

Round 1 Game 2: Ottawa sets the pace and ties the series with a big 4-0 win


Leo Lazarev is a quirky as they come, but like any good goaltender, he rarely lets a bad night rattle him two-games in a row. After allowing 5 goals on 29 shots in game 1, Lazarev turned aside all 31 shots for a solid bounce back game in Mississauga. With the help of an Ottawa 67’s scoring blitz late in the second period, he shutout the Mississauga Steelheads 4-0 in game 2 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals.

March 24, 2017

Round 1 Game 1: Mississauga gets to Lazarev, winning 6-2

The 67's probably couldn't have drawn up a better start to the opening night of the playoffs, putting a brief scare into the heavily-favoured Steelheads, but it didn't last long.

Sasha Chmelevski, a near-miss on a 2-on-1 in his back pocket, buried a cross-seam pass to open the scoring on the powerplay.

March 23, 2017

Mississauga awaits; playoffs begin Friday

There was a time in the early 2000's where Ottawa-Toronto playoff hockey was just about guaranteed at both the junior and professional levels.

Now, that Toronto OHL franchise has gone through two name changes and a short-distance relocation since meeting the 67's three consecutive years in the post season, and the 2017 Eastern Conference Quarterfinal that begins Friday in Mississauga surely won't have the same vitriol of the old rivalry.

It also, admittedly on the part of Ottawa's bench boss, probably isn't the end of the stick that modern-day Ottawa wanted to end up on.

March 21, 2017

Playoff scenarios: Who would Ottawa rather face?

In their final game of the regular season, the Ottawa 67’s had a chance to lock down sixth place in the Eastern Conference. But it wasn’t until the final when this all came crashing down. With a 1-0 lead going into the third period, the 67’s allowed three straight Hamilton Bulldogs goals to lose 3-1 on Sunday afternoon.

The fate of their playoff opponent is no longer in their hands. They will have to wait the result of the final OHL game of the regular season tonight when the Sudbury Wolves face the Mississauga Steelheads.

February 16, 2017

67's slipping away, wakeup call missed

A meeting with the bench boss’ former team, a game ripe with opportunity and teaching points, slipped through for the 67’s on Sunday and a rough weekend has them at serious risk of missing the postseason.

January 29, 2017

67's party like it's 1999

The 67's are so far removed from a championship that all of the OHL teams they faced in their 1999 Memorial Cup win and 2001 Ontario Hockey League title run respectively have all since relocated.

But for a couple hours on Saturday, they turned back the clock and re-lived the old days.

January 10, 2017

Salituro nabbed by Knights

The London Knights pulled another rabbit out of their hat and this time it just so happened to impact the 67's.

December 16, 2016

The 67's and the Pittsburgh Model

They aren't going to be overly vocal about the 'Pittsburgh Model' -- team executives that speak on it never seems to end well -- but the 67's aren't doing a lot to curb the idea of the hockey world as a copycat one.

It's following the model of what just worked at hockey's top level.