On the road in Barrie, the Ottawa 67’s were looking for their second road victory of the season against the top team in the league. Despite a great effort, the Ottawa 67’s fell 7-3 to the high powered Barrie Colts. Mathias Niederberger turned aside 41 of 44 shots to lead his team to their 8th straight win.
It was costly penalties that got the 67’s in trouble early on. With Michal Cajkovsky in the box for high sticking, the Colts took advantage of their league leading powerplay to open the scoring. Tape to tape to tape, Scheifele shoveled the puck past Keegan Wilson who had no chance on the play.
The 67’s responded four minutes later with their own powerplay goal. After winning the faceoff in the offensive zone, the 67’s kept control of the puck and fed it to Cody Ceci who took advantage of the open ice and sent a wrist shot past Niederberger to tie the game at 1.
After another careless 67’s penalty, Scheifele added his second goal of the game after Anthony Camara fed him with a crisp cross-crease pass. Before Wilson had time to react, it was in the back of the net. The Colts added their third goal of the period as Camara got rewarded with grabbing his own rebound at the side of the net with 35 seconds left in the opening frame. It was 3-1 Colts after one.
The 67’s continued to press, but it was the Colts with the first goal of the period – another powerplay marker. Unable to hold on to the rebound, Zach Hall found a loose puck that slipped out of the pads of Wilson and batted the puck in stick side.
It took some great work by rookie Matthieu Desautels, but Remy Giftopolous would finally beat Niederberger again as he was right in the slot and beat him fivehole to cut the lead in half. 67’s trailed the Colts 4-2 at the end of 2 periods.
Less than 6 minutes into the third, Tyson Fawcett wired in a hard shot for his first OHL career goal. The 67’s responded on the powerplay with a speedy Graovac shot 7 seconds into the 67’s fourth power play opportunity. The goal extend his scoring streak to 5 games and point streak to 8 games.
That’s when the wheels fell off, the 67’s took five straight penalties in the final 10 minutes of the game. The Colts added two more powerplay goals Hall scored his second while Scheifele worked hard and earned a hat trick.
A rough night for the Ottawa 67’s. The team will look to regroup against the #1 team in the Western Conference as they head eastbound on highway 26 towards Owen Sound.
1. Mark Scheifele (3G, 3A)
2. Zach Hall (2G, 4A)
3. Anthony Camara (1G, 3A)