However, it wasn’t like that all game. The early first period, the Gens were all over the 67’s with Petr Mrazek standing tall in net. It wasn’t until after two fights broke out that we would see the first goal scored in the game. With the Generals killing a penalty in the final minute, Boone Jenner breaks away with Nicklas Jensen and sets him up to beat Mrazek shorthanded sending the 67’s away with a one goal deficit after the first.
The 67’s regrouped during the first intermission and came out of the gate flying, scoring two quick goals within 44 seconds. With a powerplay extended over into the second, Marc Zanetti fired a shot from the point that made its way through the traffic and past Nepean native Daniel Altshuller. Next, John McFarland sneaks in and shoots it top shelf and in.
The Gens would respond. Off a great feed from Lucas Lessio, Nicklas Jensen tips it the puck past Mrazek to tie the game up at 2. Cody Ceci regained the 67’s lead after sending a bullet shot from the point into the back of the net. Less than 40 seconds later, Steven Janes would give the 67’s the go ahead goal after catching a big rebound. The 67’s wouldn’t stop there. Jake Cardwell scored Ottawa’s 3rd powerplay goal of the period increasing their lead to 3 goals chasing Altshuller from nets after the second.
Kevin Bailie would replace Altshuller at the beginning of the 3rd period. Just over a minute in, Tyler Toffoli notches his 35th goal of the season after the bouncing puck hit Julian Melchiori and in the net. Sebastian Uvira cut the 67’s lead in half after taping a puck trickling past Mrazek. The Gens fired 12 more shots his way, but couldn’t solve Mrazek. Dalton Smith and Steven Janes would round out the scoring to add to the 12 different 67’s players that touched the scoresheet.
The Ottawa 67’s will host the Kitchener Rangers in a Sunday afternoon matchup at 2pm. The Oshawa Generals host the Kingston Frontenacs Saturday night at 7:05pm. The Fronts just came off a 9-1 romping of the Kitchener Rangers Friday night.
Random Thoughts from Behind the Lens
- 17 goals (48 points) in 2 games....that's a lot of scoring. And it's coming from all over the lineup. 3 lines scored in each of the two games, the D contributed 4 goals and 10 assists over the two days and specialty teams delivered 1 SH and 6 PP goals. Sure these were against teams down in the standings, but these are teams that always play Ottawa hard.
- It was a hard fought affair with the officials calling 23 infractions resulting in 14 power plays (8 PPs for Ottawa and 6 for Oshawa)
- For those who think that Ottawa might have run up the score, recall last Friday when the 67's got a lead, backed off and were beaten in their own barn by Peterborough. One of the inscriptions inside the 2011 Stanley Cup rings of the Boston Bruins is "Full 60+ to History". It takes hard work for the entire game to be successful.
- I tend to follow the play when taking pictures (especially when shooting from between the benches) so most of my pictures are of the players with the puck. It seems that I have way more pictures of Dalton Smith this year than in previous year. It seems that he's much more in the thick of things this year (also helps that he's on the top line now and getting more ice time).
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