September 24, 2011

67’s edge Bulls 2-1 in home opener

By Kathryn Jean
After losing both pre-season games against the Belleville Bulls, the Ottawa 67’s came out with a bit of vengeance tonight.  The 67’s rebounded from last Friday’s 3-0 loss with a 2-1 win over the Bulls in front of a crowd of 7,286 at the newly named J Benson Cartage Centre.
With several players returning from NHL training camps, you couldn’t help but notice a big jump in both teams’ skates tonight.  The game started off with lots of energy some close scoring chances, great saves and big hits.  Rookie David Perklin was not backing down from anyone and made his first appearance to the 67’s lineup after being sidelined with a finger injury in the first pre-season game.

Shane Prince opened the scoring for the 67’s after some great puck movement between Steven Janes, Sean Monahan and himself. Prince grabbed a hold of a rebound and beat Malcolm Subban short side for the lead.

In the second period, the Bulls took advantage of their powerplay after Steven Janes was sent to the box for charging.  Carter Sandlak ripped a shot from the top of the faceoff circle which was re-deflected in by Austen Brassard to tie the game at 1.

A few moments later, the 67’s got a chance of their own.  Brady Austin was caught with a slash and gave the 67’s a 2 minute man advantage.  Cody Ceci capitalized after skating in from the point and shooting through the fivehole on Subban.

Shortly after the 67’s scored, they got another chance.  Dalton Smith came in hard and after being lightly shoved by Brendan Gaunce, he went crashing into Malcolm Subban.  Smith was given 5 minutes for charging and a game misconduct.  Subban stayed down for a few moments but ended up playing in the remainder of game.  Subsequent discipline may come against Smith as it looks like an elbow came up.

The Bulls were unable to capitalize on their 5 minute man advantage with the 67’s doing a great job of killing it off.  The Bulls continued to apply pressure for the remainder of the game but couldn’t find an answer against Petr Mrazek.  The 67’s hung on to win 2-1 in regulation.

The 67’s are back in town to host the Kingston Frontenacs at 2pm on Sunday.

The two teams combined for a total of 95 penalty minutes on the night … The 67’s are still missing three players to NHL camps:  Tyler Toffoli (LA), Michal Cajkovsky (LA) & Ryan Martindale (EDM) … The Bulls were missing 1 player to NHL camps:  Adam Payerl (COL),  1 player to suspension:  Danny Elser (5 games) & 5 players to injury:  Braeden Corbeth, Mack Lemmon, Daniil Zharkov , Braeden Morris & Scott Simmonds.


First Period
 OTT – 15:04 – Shane Prince (Steven Janes, Sean Monahan)

Second Period
 BEL – 3:16 – Austen Brassard (Carter Sandlak, Brady Austin)  PP
 OTT – 7:53 –  Cody Ceci (Sean Monahan, Remy Giftopoulos)   PP

Third Period

Shots on Goal
 OTT - 33
 BEL - 26

 OTT - 1 for 4
 BEL - 1 for 7

 OTT - Petr Mrazek (25 saves on 26 shots)
 BEL - Malcolm Subban (31 saves on 33 shots)

Click here for the full game sheet.

Erie Otters 2 @ Sarnia Sting 5
Barrie Colts 3
@ Brampton Battalion 1
Owen Sound Attack 6 @ Guelph Storm 4
Oshawa Generals 5 @ Kingston Frontenacs 1
Windsor Spitfires 3 @ Kitchener Rangers 4
Saginaw Spirit 0 @ London Knights 8
Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors 5
@ Sudbury Wolves 3

 And Some thoughts from behind the lens:
  • The Barberpole jerseys returned tonight.  While the 67's were supposed to be wearing their white jerseys, the Belleville Bulls and the OHL allowed for this exception for the home opener.  They are great looking jerseys.
  • I don't think this version of the 67's is likely to be among the least penalized clubs in the OHL this year.  Everyone seems ready to get physical and test the limits.
  • Not a pretty win but a win nonetheless.  This will get better as the returning players get integrated and synched up.  
  • As tweeted by AJ Jakubec, Ryan Martindale survived another round of cuts in Edmonton.  He's betting that Ryan will be in Oklahoma City this season.  Edmonton is still with 49 contracts with a 50 contract limit.  
  • Tyler Toffoli is having a good camp in LA.  He seems to be bonding well with Ethan Moreau, LA's captain.  
  • No pictures for the game on Sunday - I've committed to the Nepean Match Race (sailing).  

Three Stars as selected by the Team1200

Hardest Working 67's as selected by the Team1200: Marc-Anthony Zanetti

More pictures:

Shane Prince celebrating his and the 67's first goal of the regular season.

Brett Gustavsen

Ryan Van Stralen and Sean Monahan crowding the crease.

Tyler Graovac has returned from the Minnesota Wild camp.

Click here to see more pictures from the game.

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