January 24, 2014

67’s fall 4-3 to the Steelheads despite late surge

For the second straight game, the Ottawa 67’s nearly made a comeback in the third period; but for the second straight game, they failed to do so and another must-win game for the 67’s fell through the cracks.

After going down 3-0 early in the third period, the 67’s rallied back scoring three goals in the final 10:33 minutes of the game.  But it wasn’t enough as Damien Bourne scored the eventual game winner with just under 7 minutes left.

It was a scoreless through the first 39 minutes of the game.  Philippe Trudeau stood tall and faced 27 shots before giving up a Jesse Barwell powerplay goal to open the scoring.  Just 14 seconds later, Josh Burnside scored his 9th goal of the season to give the Steelheads a late 2-0 lead going into the third period.

From earlier this season.
“We are working so hard this entire game. We've been battling and chipping away. it's great to get the first one you know because then we have all the momentum going into this third period, scoring two goals in the last two minutes of [the second period] it's just good and we hope to carry it out,” said Damien Bourne who was on the ice for Mississauga’s second goal.

Sam Babintsev made it 3-0 Steelheads 4 minutes into the third period off a nice passing play from Austin Gerhart and, exceptional status defenseman, Sean Day.

The 67’s were able to maintain more consistent pressure for the first time in the game.  Erik Bradford got the 67’s on the board to start the comeback.  Travis Konecny scored his first of the game beating Spencer Martin cleanly and displaying his terrific shot to cut the lead to 1.  But 19 seconds later, Damien Bourne scored to regain the Steelheads’ 2 goal lead.

Not showing any quit, the 67’s continued to press and gain more puck possession.  Converting off a 5-on-3 powerplay, Konency tallied his second of the game to get the 67’s back within one with just under 3 minutes to go.  Building off of the momentum, the 67’s held control of the puck for the remainder of the game.  The Steelheads were able to hold on to their lead and win 4-3 in regulation.

“We’re both looking for playoff spots. We're treating this like a playoff game and we knew we were both going to come out hard and we're going to battle until the end,” Travis Konecny told Rogers TV in the first intermission. 

After a rough start to the game, Konecny was the best player on the ice in the third period.  He finished the game with two goals and an assist and was a +1.

“I'd have to give all the credit to the guys in the room. I couldn't have done it without those guys showing me the ropes and helping me out so far. It's been a good transition for me and I'm looking forward to the last 23 games,” said the always humble Konecny.

The loss is a very tough one for the 67’s who currently sit outside of the playoff picture.  The Mississauga Steelheads widen their gap on the 67’s to 6 points but Ottawa has three games in hand.  Also impacting the 67’s tonight were the Niagara IceDogs who pulled out a 4-3 win over the powerhouse Erie Otters.  The IceDogs also sit 6 points ahead of the 67’s where the 67’s have one game in hand.  Ultimately leaving tomorrow night’s game against Niagara as a must win.  A big opportunity to gain some ground as the Steelheads are inactive for the rest of weekend.

Game summary can be found here.


  • Erik Bradford picked up another two points in tonight’s loss.  He now was 6 goals and 15 points in his 8 games so far with Ottawa.  Bradford has picked up a point 7 of 8 games and picked up multiple points in 6 of 8 games since the trade.
  • Both Jonathan Duchesne and Brendan Bell fought in tonight’s game.  Duchesne, whose fight appeared to be staged, now has 6 fighting majors on the season.  Brendan Bell earned his 7th fighting major after frustrations boiled over late in the game.

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