December 29, 2009

Rough Ride for the Bulls

With their 4 - 2 win over the Bulls, the Ottawa 67s take over first spot in the Eastern Division over the idle Peterborough Petes. Both teams have now played 38 games and are one point apart.

Forward Combos:
Nigro, Martindale, Nesbitt
Smith, Lindsay, Toffoli (starters)
Janes, Merrett, Stevens,
Hanes, Foglia (call up from Trenton, check out this video)

Birkhoff, Gibbons
Demers, Zanetti
Birkhoff, Hanes

Goal: Perugini

Scratches: Cowick, Cuma (foot), Carnevale (knee), Ceci (U17)

This will be quick as this is a work night and I get up very early.

The 4-2 score doesn't tell the story. The rebuilding Bulls were seriously outplayed for pretty much the entire game. Philipp Grubauer, fresh from backstopping Germany's success at the IIHF World U20 Championship DIV I Group A tournament, kept the score as close as it was. Many 67s scoring chances were thwarted by the goaltending skills of Grubauer.

Quickly, Ottawa goals came off the sticks of Dalton Smith, Tyler Toffoli, Cody Lindsay and Ryan Martindale. Take a look at the game sheet to get the details.

Three Stars as selected by the Team1200

Hardest Working 67 as selected by the Team1200: Anthony Nigro

Random Thoughts:
  • A lot of penalties called in the game - mostly against Ottawa. While their PP stats are unlikely to improve based on this outing, their PK stats should benefit from keeping the Bulls off the board in 8 tries.
  • Based on the looks of the three stars, you would hardly guess that the 67s won this game.
  • Great first outing for Foglia. Fast, engaged and willing to go to the dirty areas. Based on the video clip, he doesn't lack for confidence either.
  • There were some seriously hands of stone out there at times - it seemed that no one could make or take a pass too well in the first period.
  • During the Nigro double minor, Ottawa seemed to have more scoring chances than Belleville. Great PK! Should get double stats-points for that kill.

Hope everyone has a great slide into the new year. The 67s are on the road this weekend for one of those 3-in-3 endurance tests.
More pictures:

The new kid: Nicholas Foglia

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