March 07, 2015

67's drop second straight game with loss in Niagara

If it's at all up to them, the Ottawa 67's may want to avoid facing the Niagara IceDogs in the post-season. Despite coming in with a 3-0 head-to-head record against the IceDogs, the 67's were unable to contain them tonight. 

Mikkel Aagard scored his first OHL hattrick and added an assist for a 4-point night as his IceDogs pounded the visiting 67's 8-3 on Saturday night. 

Liam Herbst got his first start of the weekend and made 35 saves in the losing effort. On the other end of the ice, Brandon Hope made 30 saves. 

The 67's were down 4-0 early in the second period. It wasn't until the 2:34 mark that the 67's reached the scoreboard. Travis Konecny notched his 28th of the season while Travis Barron added another for the 67's less than 4-minutes later. 

But it was all IceDogs after that in the third. The IceDogs scored 3 consecutive goals to lead 7-2 early in the third period. 

Evan de Haan scored the lone powerplay goal of the game to give the 67's some more life. That was short lived as the IceDogs wrapped up the scoring just under two minutes later. 

The IceDogs, who have been one of the hottest teams since the new year, hang on for their 6th straight win. Since January first, the IceDogs have posted a record of 21-4-2-0 in the last 27 games. The are now only 3 points back of the 67's in the OHL Eastern Conference playoff run. 

Bad news for both the 67's and IceDogs is that the North Bay Battalion won 5-2 over the Sudbury Wolves giving them sole possession of 3rd spot in the East with a game in hand. 

The 67's will hope to capitalize & regroup off a struggling Steelheads' team in Mississauga tomorrow afternoon. They return home on Friday to face the Oshawa Generals who are still ranked as the top team in the league. 

Game summary here.

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