January 25, 2013

67's edge Fronts 5-4 in shootout victory

Joseph Blandisi scored in the third round of the shootout to lift the Ottawa 67's to a 5-4 victory over the Kingston Frontenacs Friday night snapping Ottawa's 6-game losing skid.

Coming off a disappointing 11-1 loss against the London Knights yesterday, the 67's jumped out to a commanding 3-goal lead early in the second period.  Sean Callahan got the ball rolling with his second goal of the year 3:41 into the opening frame  Midway through the first period, Nevin Guy's quick wrist shot beat goaltender Mike Morrison glove side.

With an extra attacker, Sean Monahan beat a screened Morrison to give the 67's a 3-goal cushion.  Less than 5 minutes later, Billy Jenkins got the Fronts on the board with a high shot that beat Jacob Blair blocker side.

John Urbanic regained the 67's three-goal cushion after a rebound landed right on his stick and he made no mistake but to bury it into the back of the net.  That would mark a goaltending change with Colin Furlong coming in for relief of Morrison who let in 4 goals in 15 shots.

The goaltending change seemed to have effected the pace of the game as it would be all Kingston after this.  Midway through the second, Samuel Schutt and Luke Hietcamp scored two quick goals within 15 seconds. An exciting finish as Henri Ikonen scored in the dying seconds to force overtime and ultimately a shootout.

Ikonen scored again in the shootout, but it wasn't enough as Brett Gustavsen and Blandisi scored for the 67's to give them the win.

The 67's travel down the 401 to face the Mississauga Steelheads in a Sunday matinee.  

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