March 08, 2010

Ottawa 67's Fans...Welcome Your East Division Champs!!!

Despite losing in overtime in Kingston, the Ottawa 67's locked up the Eastern Division Championship and have secured second place in the Eastern Conference.

This will be a very quick post of the game.

Forward Combos:
Cowick, Nigro, Merrett
Smith, Lindsay, Toffoli
Prince, Martindale, Nesbitt
Janes, , Carnevale

Zanetti, Cuma
Demers, Gibbons
Hanes, Ceci

Goal: Perugini

Scratches: Hartwick, Graovac

I didn't get to the game until late in the first period, just in time to see Tyler Cuma score his first of two goals (and thus double his goals for the season) to start the scoring for the game. The first period ended with Ottawa up by 1.

The Fronts tied it up early in the second while they were on a 5-on-3. It was a rebound off the back boards that landed right on the stick of Michael Fine who had it past Perugini before he had a chance to react.

You can read the game sheet as well as I can to see how the scoring went down.

The game sheet won't tell you how chippy it was...with bit hits and post-whistle scrums on both sides. Cowick laid a bit hit on a Kingston player right where I was taking photos and the gate opened up. No one fell through thankfully - it would have hurt!

Speaking of hurt - here's a bit of video that includes the nasty cross-check to the chops of Zanetti by Doherty. He got a match penalty on that one....will be interesting to see what, if anything, the league does about it.

The 67's restored the lead in the third period with Cuma's second goal of the game but the Fronts tied it up with 45.7 seconds left in the game with Beskorowany pulled for the extra attacker. I fully expected Gilmour to pull Beskorowany after the faceoff since the tie really didn't do anything for them - they needed a regulation win to stay in contention for first spot in the Division. With their upcoming game against Barrie, perhaps Dougie decided to go for the series win instead - conceding first place in the Division to Ottawa.

It only took the Fronts 23 seconds in OT to win the game and win the regular season series against Ottawa.

I didn't get any pictures of the three stars but as called by the Team1200:

First star: Mitch Lebar of the Kingston Frontenacs
Second star: Tyler Cuma
Third star: Dalton Smith

The Hardest Working 67 as selected by the Team1200: Anthony Zanetti

The top four seeds in the playoffs are set; the bottom four need the regular season to play out. Ottawa winds up the season at home with games against Oshawa and Sudbury.

Hope to see you at the Urbandale Centre next weekend.

Some Pictures:
Looks like Gudbranson can get away with anything - even while looking the ref in the eye!

Dalton puts up with a lot of grief standing his ground in front of the net

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