October 19, 2012

Owen Sound’s attack too much for the 67’s

Tyler Graovac scored his league leading 11th goal of the season and Keegan Wilson stopped 31 of 34 shots, but it wasn’t enough for the Ottawa 67’s as they fell 4-1 to the Owen Sound Attack on Friday night. 

After a disappointing loss Thursday night, the 67’s were optimistic to come out strong.  Unfortunately, a quick goal from Cameron Brace put the 67’s in another early first period deficit.  Under two minutes later, Tyler Graovac would respond on the powerplay to tie the game at 1 and extend his goal scoring streak to 6 games – currently the highest in the league.

Both teams came out of the second competing hard.  It wasn’t until Gemel Smith took advantage of the extra ice during a 4-on-4 opportunity.  He skated in untouched off the half boards and shot the puck past Wilson with quick wrist shot to take the lead for Owen Sound.

Halfway through the third period, sophomore defenseman Chris Bigras skated in from the faceoff circle and flicked a wrist shot beating Wilson through his fivehole to give the Attack a big two goal lead.  Despite some good effort, Ottawa was unable to capitalize.  Jake Dotchin sealed the deal after scoring on an empty net to spoil the 67’s chance to take a 1-1 road split this weekend.

The Ottawa 67’s are off until Wednesday when they host the second placed (in the East) Oshawa Generals at Scotiabank Place.  Despite a good effort against some of the OHL’s top teams, it is sure to be a long ride home.

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