September 25, 2011

Ottawa 67's Dominating 6-2 Win Over Kingston

3 goals in the span of 1 minute on 4 shots sunk the Kingston Frontenacs in the first period as the Ottawa 67's dominated for a 6 - 2 in front of over 3700 faithful fans who spent a gorgeous fall Sunday at the rink.

The first 9 minutes of the game were pretty boring with neither team really threatening much although the 67's were already leading on shots 8 - 2.  Marc-Anthony Zanetti finally opened the scoring with his first of the season just 20 seconds into Ottawa's first PP of the game.  Sean Monahan and Cody Ceci with the assists.

Three minutes later, the floodgates opened as Monahan, Graovac and Gustavsen each scored their first of the season in the span of one minute and on 4 shots.  A minute later, Remy Giftopolous put the 67's up 5 - 0 and Bobkov was pulled with just under 3 1/2 minutes left in the opening frame.

Todd Gill went back to Bobkov to start the second and Bobkov finished the game much better than he started.  Expectedly, the 67's eased up and the Fronts stepped up - especially Froats, Stokes and Spooner who at times were trying to do it all.  With goals from Steele and Froats two minutes apart in the middle of the frame, the Frontenacs made the 67's pay for their sloppy play.

The two quick goals knocked the 67's out of their complacency and Sean Monahan scored his second of the game (and the season) to make it 6 - 2 Ottawa.  The shots at this point were 31 - 8 for Ottawa.

The third period was scoreless as the 67's didn't give the Frontenacs much ice or possession to work with.

It was a penalty filled affair with each team earning 6 with each team including each getting a 5-on-3 advantage which neither converted.  Ottawa also had to defend a 4-minute major when rookie Sean Callahan was sent off for a boarding.  The Frontenacs only managed 2 SOGs in that span while the 67's got one of their own.

Click here to see the details of the score sheet.

Three Stars as selected by the Team1200

Hardest Working 67's:  Taylor Fielding

Random Thoughts:
  • Expect to lose Dalton Smith for a few games once the league gets a chance to look at his run at Malcolm Subban on Friday.  No attempt to avoid the collision and he got his elbow up.  The league is likely to make an early example of him.  Brendan Shanahan is starting his NHL disciplinary run with a strong hand and I expect Branch will start this season setting his own tone for the OHL.
  • As reported earlier, the 67's will be without the services of Shane Prince due to a shoulder injury suffered on Friday.  The current prognosis is 2-4 weeks.  The nice thing about being in the same city as the NHL team that drafted you is the access to their medical team.
  • Team leadership still has not been named with Toffoli and Martindale still at their NHL camps.  Zanetti is wearing the lone letter in the interim.
  • Lots of scouts already checking things out.  
  • It's pretty much consensus among the junior hockey pundits that the Frontenacs will have a tough year.  Wonder what Spooner thinks of his trade now.  
  • Got to the rink early and checked out the Landsdown Farmers' Market.  Excellent market.  Highly recommend you take it in if you have the chance.  Good quality produce and lots of interesting food variety.  
  • Kathryn was spending today trying to take over the world (well, win the finals of her baseball season) which is why you're subjected to my ramblings for this game.  

Pictures from the game:

Seconds before Gustavsen's unassisted goal.

David Perklin

May be the last time we see Smith for a while.

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