April 09, 2005

ROUND 2 GAME 2 – Ottawa at Sudbury (9-Apr) – Sudbury Wins, Ties Series 1-1

The 67s lose 3-2 in 2OT to the Wolves. Again, a radio only broadcast. (Note that webcast is available for some games here.)

There was no scoring in the first period. AJ said that the 67s seemed to be playing better, a few off moments, but overall stronger. Midway through the second period Petruzalek scored to get the 67s on the board first. Then, a SH goal by Hulit (off Talbot) put them up 2-0. The Wolves came back with a goal by D'Aversa to make it 2-1 at the end of the second period.

In the third, Blaho scored off a deflection by D'Aversa (a PP goal) to make it 2-2. Near the end of the period the Wolves turned it up a notch, firing shots at Battochio. He made some pretty good saves, as indicated by the loudness of AJ’s call. “Oh, he’s magical!” came out at one point. It sounded like Cox was not calling anything in the third, upsetting both team’s coaches. After one of the last whistle stoppages, Bonello went off the ice to the dressing room, Reid was high-sticked, and D'Aversa went to the Sudbury bench hunched over. AJ said he wasn’t sure what had happened, but that Foligno was “absolutely livid on the bench.” The period ended in a tie. Apparently Bonello lost control after Cox missed a call against him, and had to be physically removed to prevent him from doing something stupid.

In the first OT, Mancari went hard into the boards after a SOG, and after being helped to the bench, went off to the dressing room with Brian Patafie. While he didn’t return to the play, later he was seen on the bench. It sounded like both teams had some chances but the goalies were ’tending well.

In the second OT Mancari was back on the ice. Things started off badly and ended worse. Right off the opening faceoff Colbert fumbled the puck, Chaumont had a “wide open net” and missed! And just over 2 minutes into the period, Mills scored for Sudbury. The Wolves win in 2OT, 3-2. An exciting win for the home crowd no doubt, but a tough loss for Ottawa.

See OHL game summary here. The 67s site has news and notes on the playoff games here, and the Wolves site has game recaps as well; this one from Game 1. The Wolves’ main site has a short recap, Wolves Tie-Up The Series!.

* Update 4.10.2005 0930h by Sid.
A couple of quick notes about the game last night that I forgot to blog, and some info coming out on Noof and the 67s BB:
_Mills, who scored the GWG, was a healthy scratch in Game 1.
_AJ said that when Bonello came back on the ice for the first OT period, he went immediately over to Cox to presumably apologize.
_When Mancari was injured in the first OT period, Kilrea prevented Patafie from coming on the ice - he was assisted by the Sudbury trainer. Once Mark was off the ice, he was sitting at the end of the bench opening the door. Someone also said it looked like he was having problems with his shoulder (via a Noof thread).
_Some Ottawa players felt that the GWG was kicked in, and the ref did confer with the linesmen, but it was considered fair.
_There was an incident earlier in the day between the coach and Ehelechner and Martynowski; yelling was involved. Sudbury fans unsure whether scratches were d/t injuries or benching.

* Update 4.10.2005 1700h by Sid.
More information on the Bonello incident. According to Noofer H14 this is what happened in his words:

This was too funny and I happen to catch the whole thing.

Bonnelo caught a high stick while going off on a line change. Cox was right there looking towards it, however in typical Cox style, saw right past it because he was trying to keep up with the play. Bonnelo swore at him and then broke his stick over the boards right at the Ottawa bench. As Bonnelo stepped into the bench the play started to come back towards him with Cox, and he started chirping at the Ref and Avery the Linesman. He must have been swearing at him because Killer jumped off the back of the bench and grabbed him both hands and "flung" him onto the ground behind the bench. Bonnelo, who at the time was in the middle of a temper tantrum, was going crazy trying to get up and was yelling and generally freaking out. Killer continued to hold Bonello for about 15 seconds who got into the sitting position behind the bench on the area the coaches watch the game from. Killer was extremely displeased with Bonnelo's outburst and had a trainer escort him to the dressing room for the rest of the period. (I didnt check how much time was left, but it wasnt much.)

Bonnelo came back the next period with his team in full control of his temper and was the same annoying s*** he always is... LOL, I love to hate players like him, and damn he is quick!

I dont ever remember seeing a coach manhandle a player like before, but I have to tell you.... If Killer would not have done it, Ottawa would have recieved a bench penalty and there would have been a good chance Bonnelo would have been gone for the game.

All credit to Killer on doing what he had to do.

Sounds like things were getting a wee bit wild.

(Date 4.9.2005/Pre-game)
From the Ottawa Sun Barre Campbell writes, Battochio one Lively netminder. An interesting snippet for Ottawa fans:

Pouliot said his mother has ordered 150 tickets for friends and family for each of the upcoming games in Ottawa. Pouliot, a top prospect for the next NHL draft, is from St-Isidore ...

Looks like Sudbury will have a large cheering contingent in Ottawa!

From the Ottawa Sun Barre Campbell writes, Winner kicked in? Wolves get even. He writes about the GWG goal, and the 67s’ complaint by some players that it was kicked in. I’m pretty sure that on the radio broadcast last night AJ said it wasn’t. I can’t say either way. When you don’t see the game you can only rely on those who did, and the consensus seems to be it was a fair goal. (I’m sure that Brampton’s (*Update 4.11.2005 1415h by Sid: oops, I meant Barrie! Always mix Brampton and Barrie and Kitchener and Kingston.) thinking just desserts at this moment) And as for the Bonello incident, Campbell writes:

Kilrea sent Bonello to the dressing room late in the third period. Bonello, who had been clipped and cut on the nose, wouldn't stop hollering at referee Carmen Cox. Bonello returned in overtime.

Campbell has this piece as well in the Sun, T-shirt a howl for 67's.

More news as it’s published . . .

The game was broadcast on radio only (TEAM 1200/AJ Jakubec only). Some notes:
*Beech is getting the start tonight; 3rd goalie Rowlandson to back up; Ehelechner not playing. Later during the broadcast AJ said that Ehelechner was injured prior to the game.

Said that Battochio and Talbot both played well. Sudbury got close, 3-2, but they [Ottawa] were fortunate and hung on to the end. He also said that Staubitz played well, and that they “value Bickell more and more in each game.” Killer said that they know the importance of each and every game; that there’s not much difference between Sudbury, Barrie, and Ottawa; and that they need to focus on tonight and “give ourselves a good chance for a lead.” He said that Pouliot is a genuine threat, that he can play wing and centre. The defence has to be aware of him when he’s on the ice.

Last game was a hard fought battle. They know that Battochio is a pretty good goalie. Coach Foligno said that they need to make better shots with good velocity, that they need “a couple of good ones to get it by him.” He said that they need to keep the volume on net and get movement – get Battochio to move in the crease. “We have to be stingy too, if he’s not letting many in.” Beech will get the start tonight, after coming in in relief of Ehelechner in Game 1. “He’s got a sense of confidence, nothing rattles him. He’s done a good job for us when he’s played a couple of playoff games.” Martynowski will not play; he’s nursing an injury. Everyone will have to chip in to pick up the slack.

*Forwards: McGinn, Talbot, Hulit; Bickell, Bonello, Mancari; Akeson, Petruzalek, Kaspar; VanderVeeken, Ouellette, Alphonso.
*Defensive pairings: Colbert, Joslin; Staubitz, Reid; Van Herpt, Beard.
*Starting in goal: Battochio, and Guadagnolo as back-up.
*Scratches: Spezza, Jarram, Lawrance, Kiriakou (healthy) and Lahey (inj-conc).

2, Petruzalek, (2) (Staubitz, Reid), 11:11
2, Hulit, (4) (Talbot), 15:08 (SH)

2, D'Aversa, (4) (Chaumont, Pouliot), 18:32 (PP)
3, Blaho, (1) (D'Aversa, McDonough), 04:26 (PP)
5, Mills, (1) (Blaho, Staal), 02:46

OHL three stars were: (1) Mills, (2) D’Aversa, and (3) Colbert.

TEAM 1200 three stars were: (1) Mills, (2) Battochio, and (3) D’Aversa. Honourable mentions to Bickell, Petruzalek, and Kaspar.



Game 3 – Monday, April 11, 2005, 7:00 pm, Sudbury @ Ottawa
Game 4 – Wednesday, April 13, 2005, 7:00 pm, Sudbury @ Ottawa
Game 5 – Friday, April 15, 2005, 7:30 pm, Ottawa @ Sudbury
*Game 6 – Sunday, April 17, 2005, 2:00 pm, Sudbury @ Ottawa
*Game 7 – Monday, April 18, 2005, 7:30 pm, Ottawa @ Sudbury

*Game to be Played If Necessary

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