November 21, 2014

67's lose first game at home 4-3 in OT to the Greyhounds

Coming off another strong weekend at home, the Ottawa 67’s found themselves defending their perfect home record in one of their biggest tests of the season. The 67’s hosted the second-in-the-OHL Sault Ste Marie Greyhounds who were riding a 6-game win streak of their own.

The high powered Greyhounds set a fast-paced intense tempo to the game immediately. The 67’s were able to gain some momentum after two straight powerplays, but it was the Greyhounds with the better chances on their second man advantage. Both teams had several chances on both sides but no one was able to beat the goaltenders and the game remained scoreless after 20 minutes.

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Early in the second period, Dante Salituro got the 67’s on the board drawing first blood. Connor Graham fed Alex Lintuniemi the puck from behind the net, he shot it from the high slot and Salituro tipped it in behind Brandon Halverson in the Greyhounds’ net.

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The Greyhounds would tie the game midway through the second. Charley Graaskamp scored his third goal of the season off a delayed penalty call. They would take their first lead of the game late in the period as another powerplay had expired. Orleans native, Jean Dupuy passed the puck to Tim Gettinger from the halfwall and Gettinger used his strength to get past a couple 67’s players and fired a shot past Liam Herbst on his blocker side.

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Converting on an early powerplay, the 67’s tied the game at 2 after a pretty passing play found a wide open Trent Malette right on the door step. He made no mistake and slid it past Halverson for the tying goal. Less than two minutes later, Travis Konecny would regain the 67’s one-goal lead. He wired a shot from the bottom of the faceoff circle capitalizing on a delayed powerplay. 

Liam Herbst made several key saves, but he couldn’t stop the next game tying goal from Gabe Guertier midway through the third. Guertier tipped in a Keigan Goetz shot that bounced right over Herbst to eventually force overtime.

“Liam was good. It certainly wasn’t the reason we lost or anything like that. I thought he had a strong game,” said 67’s coach Jeff Brown.

Seconds after a great chance for Dante Salituro to become the game hero, Oilers’ prospect Darnell Nurse fired a shot from the high slot beating Herbst cleanly to give the Greyhounds the 4-3 overtime win ending the 67’s undefeated home streak at 6 games.

While the remaining unbeaten in regulation there are still things the coach would like the team to work on between now and the half point of the season.

“We just want to keep getting better. It’s a journey. It’s not so much the wins and losses, it’s ‘are we going to be a better hockey club?’ And the answer is yes, we are better today than we were at the beginning of the year; but so are a lot of other teams. So, we just have to keep getting better and better.”

It’s a quick turn-around for the 67’s as they are right back at it hosting the Kingston Frontenacs tomorrow afternoon.
Three stars:
1) Liam Herbst
2) Darnell Nurse
3) Travis Konecny
Coaches Corner:
  • On giving Erik Bradford the second Alternative Captaincy: “He’s one of those guys, first on the ice, last off, morning, optionals, he’s always there always working on his game. He’s a hockey player. He wants to be a hockey player. He competes, sometimes cheats too much for my liking but his heart’s there, his character’s there, and he’s looked up to in the locker room.”
  • On Artur Tyanulin returning to Russia. “It’s too bad, he’s a great hockey player. He’s got a ton of hockey sense ability. It wasn’t really his play it was away from the rink, he struggled with it.”

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