Well, I’m back after my Christmas hiatus to tell you all about 67s hockey. It took some adjusting being back so close to the ice and after watching the national junior team play. Now that is a whole different tempo. A rather depleted Peterborough team rolled into town looking to bounce back from last week’s loss. Ottawa was looking to get back on a winning streak.
Petes out of the lineup tonight: Pawlowski, Downie, Soryal, Ryder and Krolouski. Trevor Cann started in net.
Ottawa scratches: Flueler, Biduke, Vojta, Gallea, Alphonso. Added to the roster tonight was Nepean native Julian Demers wearing sweater 24. Brady Morrison was between the pipes.
Lines for tonight:
McGinn, Couture, Lahey
Liscomb Linsday, Bailey,
Cowie, Kiriakou, Kewin
Cimadamore, Ribeiro, Nesbitt
Defensive pairings: Cuma – Joslin, Beard – Grimaldi, Ryan - Demers
The first half of the period didn’t really produce much excitement even with Ottawa getting an early power play during which they managed 3 shots on Trevor Cann. With Julian Cimadamore off for his second penalty of the night, Tony Rizza put Peterborough on the board first at 10:27 into the period. I think this might have been on Peterborough’s 5th shot on net at this point. About 6 minutes later Justin Bailey tied it up when he tipped in Joslin’s shot from the point on an Ottawa power play. Cody Lindsay got the second assist. There was some sort of delay at this point, not sure if it was to review the goal but in the meantime, those of us sitting in section 21 were bleeding from our ears from the volume of the music. Now, I may not be a teenager anymore but I am a child of the 70s and I still enjoy loud music but that was way too loud even for me. That was a very painful interlude. Back to the game. The Petes kept up the pressure and with 24.5 seconds left in the period, they managed to draw a penalty on Justin Bailey for hooking.
The first period ended in a tie at 1 with SOGs: 18 – 10 for Ottawa.
Ottawa started the second period with 1:36 to kill in Justin’s penalty. The PK units of Cowie, Kiriakou, Joslin, Cuma and Liscombe, Lindsay, Grimaldi, Beard did a dandy job; the Petes didn’t even get a shot on goal. The Ottawa PK units were pretty strong in the second period, keeping Peterborough off the board for three other man-advantages. At 8:34 of the period, Julian Demers notched his first OHL goal on Ottawa’s power play with a shot from the top of the face-off circle. Grimaldi got the helper. That put Ottawa ahead by one. Then less than a minute later, Ottawa went up by two with Justin Bailey’s second goal of the night and his fourth of his short season. Line mates Lindsay and Liscomb assisted.
After two periods it was Ottawa 3 – Peterborough 1 with shots on goal: 34 – 15 for Ottawa.
The third period started with some fast early chances but Ottawa just could not bury them. I think Trevor was thinking about what might have been had he made the national team and he was channeling Cary Price. Also, the rest of the Petes were playing like the Senators of late with both teams being depleted of many top players and rest of the team stepping up. With Sean Ryan serving a delay of game penalty for putting the puck over the glass, Brendan Taylor scored on a pretty tic-tac-toe passing play to bring the Petes within one. Less than 30 seconds later, Brett Liscomb restored the two-point lead when he buried a rebound past Cann. Lindsay and Demers assisted. Well, the announcer hadn’t even caught up on the first Ottawa goal when the Petes made it a one-goal game again. Tony Rizzi was left all alone in front of Brady when Brendan Taylor passed to him from behind the net.
Ottawa kept the play in the Peterborough zone for pretty much the rest of the period but were unable to get anything more past Cann. With just under 6 minutes left in the period, Justin Caruana tied it up with a goal a sharp angle. Brady should have had that one. Ottawa had a 28 second 5-on-3 opportunity but were unable to convert on the power play chance.
Regulation ended in a tie at 4 with Ottawa dramatically outshooting Peterborough 53 – 25.
Into overtime. Nothing too dramatic. Ottawa had a 32 second power play hold-over from regulation but were unable to score. Both teams managed 3 shots on the tenders with nothing getting by.
The Shoot Out:
Rizzi no goal
Daley no goal
Lock no goal
Taylor no goal
Raftis no goal
Liscomb no goal
Couture no goal
Lahey no goal
Lindsay no goal
Bailey no goal
Nesbitt no goal
End of the story: 5 – 4 Petes in the shoot out. SOGs: 56 – 28 in Ottawa’s favour
Stars for the game:
1. Justin Bailey (2 goals)
2. Tony Rizzi (2 goals and an assist)
3. Julian Demers (goal and an assist)
Hardest working 67: Cody Lindsay (I may have this wrong)
- Crazy-8’s aren’t so crazy lately.
- 56 shots on goal and not that much to show for it. Cann was good but even with all those shots I didn’t see him having to work all that hard. We missed a lot of rebound opportunities.
- First time to see Bailey – he’s quick. Currently on a four-game point streak.
- First time to see Demers – Vojta who?
- Not Grimaldi’s best night out. But liking what we have as D in the upcoming years. I’m thinking we should trade some older assets now to get more future potential. Trade deadline is next week and I think that Kilrea would have already done it if he were doing it.
- What’s up with Biduke? Hasn’t dressed in a long time from what I can recall. And he’s still on the roster.