March 01, 2016

67's unlucky despite 39 shot performance in Kingston

Despite a 39-shot performance and a handful of powerplay opportunities, the 67’s fell short in Kingston Monday night, losing 5-2 to the Frontenacs.

The loss was especially disappointing for Ottawa after a strong, but frustrating attempt at a comeback in the final frame.

“On a lot of other nights, we win that game,” said Ottawa head coach Jeff Brown.

The 67’s put up an impressive 25 shots in the third period, while the Fronts were kept at just nine.

But Kingston goaltender Jeremy Helvig kept his team alive, not allowing a single Ottawa goal in the third.

“There was no quit in our guys, and I’m pretty proud of them,” said Brown.

With less than three minutes remaining in the game, Lawson Crouse managed to beat Leo Lazarev, giving the Fronts a three-goal lead.

Crouse also helped with the game-winning goal, feeding the puck to Juho Lammikko about midway through the second. Lammikko’s shot made it past Lazarev putting the Front’s up 3-2.

Ottawa would not score again, despite their strongest efforts.

The first period was more evenly matched up, with both teams putting up eight shots and a goal each.

Jeremiah Addison scored his 25th of the season with the help of Artur Tyanulin and Nathan Todd, on a powerplay with just 16 seconds remaining in the first period.

But the Frontenacs came out hard in the second, dominating play and shutting down the 67’s, who only managed four shots on Helvig.

Kingston scored on four of their 10 shots, ending the second period with a 4-2 lead.

“We lost focus there a little bit, myself included, and it cost us the game,” said Brown.

Drake Rymsha tied it for the 67’s briefly in the second, but Lammikko’s game-winning goal came about four minutes later.

In the end, the Frontenacs, who have clinched the East Division, were just too much for the 67’s to contain.

It wasn’t all bad news for Jeff Brown though. His son, Spitfires’ Logan Brown, was named the OHL player of the week on Monday.

After the game in Kingston, Brown spoke about his son’s accomplishment.

“He had a great three games and I’m really proud of him,” said the elder Brown of his son.

“He’s really working hard and being a good teammate. All the things we talked about growing up.”

“I’m a proud dad today,” he adds.

“He earned it. He deserved it.”

The 67’s next game will be Thursday at 7:30 in Barrie against the Colts. The next home game will be played at TD Place Arena on Wednesday, March 16, also against the Barrie Colts.

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