January 10, 2014

Spirit double up 67’s 10-5

Ten goals on forty-eight shots; not quite the debut Liam Herbst was hoping for.  After starting 27 consecutive games, 67’s overage goaltender Philippe Trudeau finally received a well-deserved night off.  The last time a goaltender started for the 67’s, without the initials P.T., was October 19, 2013 in a 6-2 loss against the Erie Otters. 

Tonight was another trouncing of the 67’s by a Western opponent.  Jeremiah Addison and Andrey Alexeev each had a pair of goals and an assist in the Spirits’ 10-5 win over the 67’s.  While all ten shots were allowed by Herbst, he should not be held accountable for the majority of the goals as the game was a defensive mess for the majority of the 67’s team.  

Flying off one of their best wins of the season in Windsor last night, the 67’s continued to roll early on in the game.  Alex Lintuniemi capitalized off an early powerplay to open the scoring.  The Spirit came back strong firing everything but the kitchen sink at Herbst.  It wasn’t until the 13:29 mark in the first period that they were able to solve him, rookie Mitchell Stephens got the Spirit on the board with a big slap shot.  Both teams continued to exchange goals including another goal and assist for newcomer Erik Bradford who has 7 points in his first 2 games with the 67’s.  Travis Konecny gave the 67’s a 3-2 lead after scoring with 49 seconds remaining in the opening frame.

Two fights early in the second (Connor Brown-Dylan Sadowy and Nevin Guy-Nick Moutrey) appeared to set a light underneath the Saginaw Spirit team.  Andrey Alexeev scored 6:25 into the second and it was all downhill from there for the 67’s.  They allowed 5 goals in the last 23 minutes to give the Spirit a powerful 7-4 lead after two periods.  The other four Spirit goals were scored by Jimmy Lodge, Justin Kea and a pair from Jeremiah Addison.  The lone 67’s goal in the 2nd was scored by Jonathan Duchesne.

Things didn’t get any better in the third period.  Saginaw scored 3 goals on 13 shots (Alexeev with his second, Kristoff Kontos and NickMoutrey) to dig the hole even deeper and Ottawa was not able to recover.  Brendan Bell tallied the final goal for the 67’s on the powerplay which was one of the few bright spots during the game as they capitalized on 2 of 3 chances.

The 67’s got chances offensively but were unable to take advantage.  Defensively, the 67’s allowed several shots in low creating a lot of scoring chances for the Spirit which ended up being a major difference in the game.

Sagniaw had Ottawa’s numbers over last two seasons.  The Spirit have scored a whopping 35 goals in their last 12 periods against the 67’s as AJ Jakubec pointed out on twitter

The 67’s will look for a big bounce back game in Plymouth to take on the Whalers for the second and final time this regular season.  The Whalers skated to a 4-2 win over the 67’s in Ottawa back in September to give the team their second loss of the season.

Game sheet here.


  • Nevin Guy extended his point streak to 8 games picking up an assist tonight
  • Taylor Davis rejoined the team and travelled with them in Michigan after being sidelined with a concussion from early this season.  It has been reported that he is 3-4 weeks away from returning to game action

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