November 24, 2014

67's Blank Blandisi, Take Out Tired Colts Team

Liam Herbst, in another stellar performance, made sure former teammate Joseph Blandisi continued to have goalie trouble in the yearly school day game at Scotiabank Place.

Blandisi, who was ejected from 2013’s daytime match for a questionable goaltender interference major, was shut down several times by Herbst, including a highlight-reel save on a first period breakaway, en route to a 5-2 Ottawa win.

"I guess it's just something to get better at in taking in the atmosphere," said Blandisi on another near-sellout in Kanata.  "It's good to be back but it's definitely not the score we wanted today."

At the other end, a Barrie team playing their third game in 48 hours couldn’t get a big save from starting netminder MacKenzie Blackwood.

In an opening five minutes dominated by the visitors, Connor Graham scored from below the goal line. 

"When our guys keep working we're a good team," said Jeff Brown, whose team was a systematic mess at the very start of the game.  "There's more that has to be done, but that's a good team there, we're happy with the win."

Ottawa’s top line with two ex-Colts in Brendan Bell and Erik Bradford started to open the floodgates shortly after the five-minute mark. 

Bradford set up Travis Konecny in the slot for his first of the morning, and Konecny added another on the powerplay early in the second.

Alex Lintuniemi scored his first of the year and Tyler Hill added another.

Herbst wasn’t tested much in the third, registering five saves for yet another scoreless third period against.

Game sheet here.

Three Stars as Selected by TSN1200:

Hardest working 67's:  Dante Salituro Hardest Working 67's: Dante Salituro 
 Some pictures from the game:
  Ready for the game. 
 The team is ready to play.

 The backplate from Liam Herbst's helmet.
  This season's leadership group and linemates:  Konecny, Bell and Bradford
Konecny, Bell and Bradford - linemates and letters.

Click here to see more pictures from the game.

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