January 30, 2016

67's lose ground in both standings and draft in 5-2 loss

The 67's had no reason to be as uninspired as they were today against Owen Sound.

Jake Middleton probably didn't want to lose to his old team, Dante Salituro probably didn't want his 100th career goal to be so bittersweet.

As a team, they probably wanted to temporarily jump a Mississauga team that has their number this year in the standings.

And for the man behind the bench, Jeff Brown, with his general manager's hat on as well as his coaching hat, probably didn't want to hand two points to the team whose second-round pick belongs to Ottawa.

"I don't know that I was thinking that far ahead," said Brown about the latter concern in the 5-2 loss, although added that he had his GM duties on his mind when he scratched Stepan Falkovsky for future defensive linchpins Hudson Wilson and Noel Hoefenmayer.

"The result was what it should have been, it would have been highway robbery for us to get any points today."

Salituro tried to take the game into his own hands and get the 67's into at least overtime, if not the win column.

He reached the century mark for goals early in the third when it looked like the 67's were at risk of being shutout.

While being double-shifted, Salituro scored #101 to tie the game at two's.

It didn't take Owen Sound long to key in on Ottawa's goalscorer.  Meanwhile, the 67's couldn't say the same for the Attack's Nick Suzuki.

Suzuki, who scored to break up Salituro's two markers, added two more, one into the empty net, to seal the Barberpoles' fate.

Ottawa heads to Oshawa tomorrow to take on an eight-place Oshawa team, with a chance to close the gap between them and the teams vying for home ice advantage in the East.

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