January 16, 2016

67's lost Chmelevski in 5-2 win against the Petes

Jeremiah Addison (Montreal Canadiens) scored a pair of goals to lead the Ottawa 67’s to a 5-2 win over the Peterborough Petes picking up their 12th road win of the season on Saturday night. After going goalless in 5 games, Addison now has 4 in his last 3.

After sitting in the stands as a healthy scratch for the last 4 games, 67’s rookie William Brown returned to the lineup and made the most of his opportunities. He opened the scoring with his first OHL career goal off a brilliant feed from Nathan Todd at the other side of the rink.

On a nearly identical pass from Todd just two minutes later, Jeremiah Addison added his first of the game to give the 67’s a 2-0 lead going into the first intermission. The 67’s looked dominate in the first not giving the Petes many quality chances.

“It’s frustrating but it’s a lot of what we are doing to ourselves. We came out pretty flat,” said Petes’ captain Eric Cornel (Buffalo Sabres). “You can’t really expect to get bounces when you’re not skating and not working.”

Petes’ overager Greg Betzold played a big role in the second period. He scored just 38 seconds into the second frame to get the Petes on the board and cut the 67’s lead in half. Then a couple minutes later, he hit 67’s rookie Sasha Chmelevski from the Petes goal line launching him into the end boards. Chmelevski left the game and didn’t return.

After the game, it was reported by TSN commentator Kenny Walls, that Chmelevski will be out long term with a broken collarbone which will hurt the 67’s who are already thin down the middle.

The 67’s didn’t let the injury hold them down tonight. Connor Graham and Nathan Todd added two more goals that period for a 4-1 lead after 40 minutes.

The Petes would cut the 67’s lead in half again after Kemptville native Eric Cornel scored on a power play early in the third period. It wasn’t enough. Jeremiah Addison added his second of the night to seal the win and round out the scoring.

The win put the 67’s in a tie with the Petes for 6th in the Eastern Conference. It’s a big win down the stretch and they will have to continue to win these games to have a chance to gain more ground.

It’s another quick turnaround for the 67’s as they return back to Ottawa to host a rested Flint Firebirds squad at 3pm. The 67’s will be ready to go.

“We’ve been up against it all year. (The schedule)’s nothing new for us,” said Connor Graham who scored the game winner. “We’re just going to come back out and work our hardest tomorrow.”

Official game sheet here.

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