Despite holding a two-goal lead at one point and going into the third with a 1-goal lead, the Ottawa 67's were unable to contain the Sudbury Wolves who sealed the deal with an EN with 7 seconds left in the game.
Too many things just went wrong.
The 67's started the game fast, hard hitting and taking the game to Sudbury. Shane Prince started the scoring and Dalton Smith had a pair but it wasn't enough.
Coach Chris Byrne wouldn't bite when asked whether injuries played a factor. "We don't use excuses here. They played harder than we did and they deserved to win the series."
As for today's game, "(They) had a couple of short-handed goals and that seemed to swing momentum pretty good and it's always tough when you put the game winner in your own net. A couple of tough plays, a couple of tough breaks but you make your breaks as well."
At times the 67's had a tough time getting out of their own zone were guilty of over-handling the puck.
Losing Sedlak with a separated shoulder early in the game when Marcus Foligno laid a bit hit on him, didn't make things any easier for the coaching staff.
As for the Wolves, Sgarbossa had a great second half to his season, had a great series and was the difference.
So the many Wolves fans went home happy having swept the series. They are fast and dangerous, Valiquette was strong in net and they had some serious puck luck to boot.
The 67's were devastated as you might expect. We bid farewell to Thomas Nesbitt, Cody Lindsay and Travis Gibbons as their Major Junior careers end.
Click here for the game sheet.
I don't have time to go through the pictures tonight - will post some tomorrow with more thoughts about the season.
Pictures from the game:
I tried to get at least one picture of each player but it was not possible. In part due to the annoying habit of the referee to get in the way. He had an uncanny instinct for getting right in the shot. More shots of this backside than he probably knew was possible. Click here to see more pictures.