March 13, 2015

67's snap 4 game winless drought with big 2-1 win against top team in the CHL

Dante Salituro scored a pair of goals as the Ottawa 67’s beat the Oshawa Generals 2-1 in regulation snapping a 4-game winless streak.

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Going 1-4-2-0 in their last 7 games, the 67’s were in tough against the top ranked team in the CHL. The Oshawa Generals, who have not lost more than 9 games in regulation, were in town for the second time in just over two and a half weeks. With Travis Konecny and Evan de Haan out of the lineup with injuries, it made their feat even harder.

“It’s definitely a huge loss. We know (Travis Konecny)’s a big guy on this team. We just need to step up and that’s what we did today; everyone else stepped up,” said Dante Salituro.

The 67’s jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the opening frame. Moments after being plowed into the boards by Bradley Latour, Dante Salituro capitalized on their first power play opportunity of the game grabbing a loose puck misplayed by netminder Ken Appleby behind the net.
The Oshawa Generals came close to tying the game late in the first period after a Michael Dal Colle shot got past Liam Herbst in the Ottawa net, but the goal was immediately called off due to incidental contact with Hunter Smith.
Continuing his hot streak against Oshawa, it was only time until Salituro striked again. This time early in the second period off a shot from the face off dot that hit two Gens bodies in front. The goal was his team leading 37th goal of the season and 9th point in 6 games against the Gens.
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The Gens continued to press throughout the game but could not beat Liam Hersbt who put out one of his best efforts in recent games.

“The last three games haven’t been good enough for what I expect of myself and the team expects of me. This is a big game for myself to get in that win column and beat a good team (London Knights) like I should have done two weeks ago,” said Hersbt who made 31 saves for his 21st win of the season.

It wasn’t until the 19:22 mark of the second period that the Gens would solve him. Tobias Lindberg beat him with a seeing-eye shot from the faceoff circle. Lindberg, who is a prospect in the Ottawa Senators’ system, has points in 5 of his last 6 games including 3 goals and 3 assists.
It was a goal that Hersbt would want back, but he showed poise and composure standing strong for the team the remainder of the game giving the 67’s every chance to win.

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We won a game we shouldn’t have. We stole one tonight, our goalie stole one”, said head coach Jeff Brown about Herbst game. “A lot of individual efforts late which was nice to see but they were few and far between there in the first couple periods.”

Tomorrow night the 67’s travel to the Yardmen Arena to take on the Belleville Bulls. It will mark the final regular season game ever in the arena and against the Bulls as they move to Hamilton next season. The 67’s are idle the rest of the weekend. Another win is crucial to secure 3rd spot in the Eastern Conference.
Game Summary here.

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