January 07, 2013

67's come back from multiple 3-goal deficits to edge Battalion 6-5 inthe shootout

Cody Ceci scored the lone goal in the shootout to lead hisOttawa 67’s to a 6-5 win over the Battalion in Brampton on Sunday afternoon.

After coming off a couple disappointing losses this weekend, the Battalion came out firing at all cylinders. Only 21 seconds into the game, Matthew Santos darted out from behind the net and backhanded the puck into the wide open cage to give his team a quick 1-0 lead. Former Ottawa 67, Nick Foglia would follow-up with a goal after tapping in the loose puck under Windsor’s pads.

Taylor Fielding responded for the 67’s with a quick wrist shot from the slot that beat Jake Smith low glove side.  But just a minute later, Connor Jarvis would regain the Battalion’s two goal lead with the second goal of his OHL career.  That goal (the 15th shot) chased Clint Windsor from the net as Jacob Blair came in as relief. 

The 67’s came out strong in the second period.  Cody Ceci scored off a shot from the point only 43 seconds in.  Moments later on the powerplay, off a great cross-ice feed from Sean Monahan, Sergey Kuptsov notched his first goal as an Ottawa 67 and tied the game up at 3.  The tie would be short lived as Blake Clarke and Nick Paul scored two quick goals to give the Battalion’s another two goal cushion to end the period.

It didn’t look good for the 67’s as they were only able to muster up 1 shot in the first 8 minutes of the third.  However, it was the second shot of that period that changed the course of the game. Michal Cajkovsky got the 67’s back within one goal beating Smith with a quick wrister on the blocker side. 

With 31 seconds left in the game, Kuptsov tipped a Ceci point shot past Smith to tie it up for the second time in the game.  The Battalion surrendered three two-goalleads throughout the game as the two clubs headed to overtime and then a shoot out.

Cody Ceci scored the lone marker in the shootout beating Smith cleanly to lead the 67’s to their second road win of the new year.  The 67's host the Oshawa Generals on Wednesday night. 

Quick notes:
  • Sergey Kuptsov had two game-tying goals, an assist and was a +3.
  • Cody Ceci had one goal, two assists, the game-winning shootout goal and was a +2.
  • Sean Monahan had 4 assists and was a +2
  • With the trade deadline around the corner (Jan 10), this could be the last time we see Cody Ceci in an Ottawa 67's uniform.


Ross said...
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Ross said...

The good:

1 - The Monahan-Kuptsov-Fielding line looked dangerous and had chances throughout.

2 - Big Cajkovsky made some impressive plays and just missed finishing off a tick-tack-toe goal in the 3rd to tie, really like him paired with Callaghan who also made his weight visible today.

3 - Salituro is a different player than the beginning of the year, didn't see any of the "afraid to go to the corner or front of the net" syndrome that plagued his first 1/2 of the season, also saw tons of hustle which is also a change for the better.

4 - Honourable mentions to Remy, Walsh and Bell today.

The Bad:

5 - Van Stralen has not looked as dominant as I was hoping/expecting at the beginning of the season, games missed from injury/sickness seem to have slowed his development.

6 - Same disappointment but with no excuse for Vlajkov, while his game wasn't bad today I'm beyond hoping this guy will ever become even an average defender in the league.

The Ugly:

7 - Janes. Looked like he didn't want to be on the ice, how the coach didn't see that and respond accordingly is a mystery. Brutal lack of any ounce of effort on his last shift of the 2nd period culminating in a stupid unsportsmanlike penalty for his comments to the ref regarding him hitting the linesman with a failed/lazy clear attempt. Had Brampton scored on that penalty I doubt the 67s would have come back in the 3rd. He also got away with a butt end to the jaw of a Brampton defender as the play went back up the ice in the 3rd. Janes can look so good some games and then he takes a vacation for 5-10 games... brutal when you've got a young team that needs leadership from the older guys. Did I mention he missed his first shift of the 3rd period and the 67s played with only 4 for no reason until he jumped on at the next whistle 15 seconds later?!