October 09, 2015

67's double up defending champs 4-2

Artur Tyanulin scored a pair of goals to lead the Ottawa 67’s to a 4-2 victory over the defending Memorial Cup champion Oshawa Generals. The win is the 67’s second straight and improves their record to 2-3-0-0 on the season.

With 10 new players in the Generals lineup, the 67’s looked to use their experience to their advantage including firing a lot of shots on rookie netminder Liam Devine.

The 67’s drew first blood. Tyanulin deflected a loose puck off of Stephen Templeton’s leg and it went in past Devine for an early 1-0 lead.

Moments later, Liam Herbst robbed sophmore Kenny Huether at the other end of the ice to preserve the 1-0 lead. The 67’s nearly went up 2-0 but the shot was blocked by the crossbar after beating Devine in the final minute.

Tyanulin added his second of the game off the back end of a quick two goal spurt for the 67’s in just 47 seconds. Jeremiah Addison added the other goal for his first of the season.

Stephen Desrocher got Oshawa on the board midway through the second frame cutting the 67’s lead to 2-goals. With the final minutes bearing down, Liam Herbst was forced to make a big save on Sam Studnicka’s younger brother, Jack.

The 67’s got into a little bit of penalty trouble in the third period. They got a standing ovation from the home crowd after successfully killing off a one and a half minute 5-on-3 advantage; one that featured 3 short-handed breaks.

Sam Studnicka did what his brother could and scored a goal to restore the 67’s 3-goal lead.  Former Pembroke Lumber King, Owen McDade cut the 67’s lead in half but it was too little too late.

Despite a big press by the defending champions and a couple missed open net goals, the 67’s were able to hang on to their lead and win 4-2.

Jeff Brown was happy with the win but knows his team needs to be better.

“It’s better, but it’s nowhere where it needs to be. You got to celebrate the victories but it was sloppy tonight,” Brown explained. “Yeah, we won tonight but we’re not going anywhere with those decisions and that type of effort. We got to be better.”

The 67’s travel to Barrie to take on the Colts tomorrow night and then continue to Owen Sound on Sunday to round out their 3 games in 3 days.

Game summary can be found here

Additional Notes:
67’s rookie centreman, Austen Keating was named to the 2015 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge roster which takes place from October 30th to November 7th in Dawson Creek and Fort St. John, BC.

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