February 27, 2015

67's snap 2-game losing streak with 5-0 win over the Spirit

The Ottawa 67’s got back on the winning side Friday night in Saginaw.
After losing to their second straight game in an ugly fashion against Windsor last night, the 67’s bounced back with a convincing 5-0 win over the Saginaw Spirit.

Sam Studnicka scored the game winning goal at the 6:08 mark of the first period and Leo Lazarev posted a 31-save shutout for the win. Lazarev started for the first time in 10 games after being sidelined with a groin injury and illness. 
The 67’s had a 1-0 lead after the first period dominating most of it until the final 5 minutes when the Spirit started to claw back. Lazarev was forced to make several big saves to keep the lead going into the first intermission.
Not wanting to fall into any more bad habits, the 67’s came out flying in the second period. With his 5th goal in the last 4 games, Nathan Todd sent a one-timer past Evan Cormier in the Saginaw net during the 67’s second power play opportunity of the night. Konecny picked up the centering pass to extend his point streak to 4 games.
Less than 3 minutes later, Evan de Haan picked up his 3rd goal of the season on a weak wrist shot right off a 67’s faceoff win. Good for his 6th point in his last 5 games.
The 67’s weren’t done yet. Late in the frame, Adam Craievich tipped in a Zack Pittman point shot on the short side to give his team a 4-0 lead. While they were outshot 14-11 in that period, they were able to capitalize on their opportunities.
Former Sagniaw Spirit, Jeremiah Addison added more salt to the wound rounding up the scoring with a wrist shot right in front to seal to wrap up the scoring. That was the lone goal that beat rookie netminder, David Ovsjannikov, as he took over in relief of Cormier to start the third period.
The win gives the 67’s a 3-point cushion on the North Bay Battalion for 3rd spot in the Eastern Conference. With North Bay idle tonight, they have two games in hand, so every point is crucial.
The 67’s will wrap up their 3-game roadtrip in Plymouth – in likely their final visit to the Compuware Arena ever – tomorrow night.
Game summary here.

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