January 11, 2014

67's Run Into Penalty Trouble, Hot Netminder

The Ottawa 67’s penalty kill may have bailed them out several times on Saturday night, but in the end, their penalty trouble helped play a part in a 3-1 loss in Plymouth.

After killing seven disadvantages on the night, Ottawa also ran into a red-hot Alex Nedeljkovic in the Plymouth net, as he made 42 saves, 32 of them in the final frame.

The 67’s lone goal was also the lone powerplay marker of the penalty-laden game. 

Dante Salituro’s shot tipped off a Plymouth defender, cutting a 2-0 lead in half in the final minute of the second period.

The goal was Salituro’s third in four meetings against the Whalers in his young OHL career.

Zach Lorentz opened the scoring for Plymouth just over two minutes in for the home side, and later added to his team’s lead in the opening frame.

Shortly after Lorentz’ first tally, Sam Studnicka dropped the gloves with Mitch Jones, a carry-over from a scrap they had in March of 2013.

Philippe Trudeau, coming off his first night off in months, made 29 saves in the loss.

Erik Bradford, for the first time in an Ottawa uniform, didn’t register a point in the game.  

Bradford did pick up a 10-minute misconduct for jumping to the aid of Travis Konecny, who received a hit from behind by Francesco Vilardi

The 67’s have finished their southern road trip and will return home to take on Belleville next Friday in the first half of a home-and-home.

Game sheet can be found here.

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