September 21, 2012

67's drop Home Opener, 2012 second round re-match to Barrie

The Ottawa 67’s gave their largest crowd in nearly a decade a great show as franchise cornerstones Cody Ceci and Sean Monahan were dominant, but ultimately, the Barrie Colts were just too much for the Barberpoles.  Anthony Camara had a hat trick for the Barrie Colts, his third goal being the winner with 45 seconds left in the third period, as the visitors spoiled Ottawa’s first game of their Scotiabank Place stay by way of a 6-4 win. 

Barrie, who is expected to be a major contender in the Eastern Conference, quickly jumped all over the 67’s.  Camara had his first goal of the night beating Keegan Wilson with a high wrist shot less than five minutes in.  Erik Bradford extended the lead to two before the 67’s came storming back.

Monahan got Ottawa on the board just 19 seconds after Bradford’s marker, and with 19 seconds remaining in the period, Michal Cajkovsky slid the puck past Mathias Niederberger on the powerplay.  Barrie’s Brendan Bell opened the scoring in the middle frame, but Monahan answered right back, tipping home Ceci’s point shot just six seconds into a powerplay to even the score again.

Camara gave Barrie their third lead of the game, finishing a cross-crease pass on a third period 5-on-3 powerplay at the 8:38 mark.  Again, Ottawa came back as Ceci took the puck end-to-end and set up Remy Giftopoulos for a tap-in with less than two minutes to play, but Camara gave Barrie a lead that they wouldn’t give away with his final tally of the night.  After Camara’s goal with 45 seconds remaining, Mark Scheifele hit the empty net to give Barrie a 6-4 win. 

Wilson made 34 saves in his regular season debut with the 67’s, while Niederberger stopped 33 shots to preserve the win for Barrie.  Ottawa stays at home to take on the Peterborough Petes on Saturday night.

Assorted Notes:

  • Andrew Abou-Assaly is very exciting to watch and was very energetic tonight; he always seems to want to have the puck on his stick
  • The 67's had to make a last-second decision to keep Michal Cajkovsky, but with a solid physical game, a goal and an assist, he made sure to make a good impression early
  • Sean Monahan, with two goals an assist, was Ottawa's best player on the night.  It was amazing to watch how dominant he was on the powerplay and fans didn't have to look far for a former pro comparable.  Monahan's style of play is identical to Barrie bench boss and ex-NHLer Dale Hawerchuk 
Some pictures from the game:  

Keegan Wilson's first game as a 67's

Click here to see more pictures from the game. 

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