October 15, 2011

Brampton 4 Ottawa 1

By Kathryn Jean
It was a battle of the streaks at the J Benson Cartage Centre as the Ottawa 67’s fell 4-1 to the Brampton Battalion in front of a home crowd of 5,090. The loss marked Ottawa’s first at home and extended Brampton’s road winning streak to a team record of 4 games.

The 67’s came out of the gate shaky and did not record a shot on net until the 10:30 mark of the first period – by that time Brampton had 10. It didn’t help that the game had to be temporarily stopped 3 times in the first period due to excessive fog on the ice. In an attempt to light a fire under their respective teams, Ryan Van Stralen and Zach Bell got into a small fight with Van Stralen taking down Bell in the end. The 67’s started to get better as the period progressed and made the shot count more respectable, but one of their only scoring chances came in the final moments of the period.

Disappointed with the effort, both teams started off the second period with a fast-pace energy creating scoring chances at both ends of the ice. No one would take the lead until Barclay Goodrow ripped a shot past Petr Mrazek beating him up high in the slot.

Brampton would take a 2 goal lead after Phil Lane caught a feed from Jamie Lewis and, newly acquired OA, Brett Mackie. The 67’s had no answer for Keegan Wilson who stood on his head for the entire game.

It wasn’t until the third period when Sean Monahan scored his 7th of the season and cut the Battalion lead in half. He fired a bullet shot past Keegan Wilson and beat him high glove side. The goal would extend Monahan’s league leading (tie) point streak to 8 games.

In his first game back from serving a two game suspension for slew-foorting, Ottawa native, Mitchell Porowski would respond for the Brampton Battalion after tapping in a rebound from rookie Patrik Machac’s original shot.

Coach Chris Byrne pulled the Mrazek in the final moments for the extra attacker, but Philip Lane would round out the scoring with an empty net goal.

The Ottawa 67’s are in Oshawa tomorrow night and will face the Generals for the first time this season. Meanwhile, the Battalion will be in Belleville to face the Bulls for game 2 of their 3 game road trip.

Click here to see the game sheet. 

NEWS AND NOTES:  Sean Monahan was awarded with the team’s Scholastic Player Award for the month of September … Brett Gustavsen left the game after being slashed on the wrist by Cameron Wind. He returned later in the 3rd period … Dan Blujus goal streak ends at 3 games.

Around the League:
NIA 3, PLY 6
PBO 4, GUE 0
OS 3, KIT 5
KGN 4, SSM 6
BAR 2, SBY 3

Three Stars as chosen by the Team1200

Hardest Working 67's:  Petr Mrazek
Hardest working 67's: Petr Mrazek

Random Thoughts from behind the lens:
  • I was at the Senators game on Thursday against the Colorado Avalanche. As the first period of the 67's game against Brampton unfolded I thought it was deja vu all over again. Brampton continued its fast, aggressive pace throughout the game which pinned the 67's for protracted periods. Fortunately Mrazek was better up to the task than Anderson.  Must be something in the water.
  • Shane Prince returned to action after his shoulder injury.
  • It was not the best conditions for a photographer (and there were at least 6 accredited photogs there by my count). The glass kept fogging up from the ice side and the on-ice fog was considerable. The upside is that some of the effects are actually quite interesting (if you like that sort of thing).
Pictures from the game:


Ryan Van Stralen battling for position

This is how it looked down the ice from behind the net.

Shane Prince returned to action

Tyler Toffoli

Click here to see more pictures from the game.

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