March 18, 2016

Scoreboard watching, cherrypicking on 67's not-to-do list

The 67's might have been getting ahead of themselves in their home finale in what Jake Middleton said turned into "pad your stat night" for some of their players, but a 5-3 win over Hamilton ensures they won't drop past fifth in the East.

Cherrypicking on open nets late in the third period is something they can keep under control, perhaps more difficult is avoiding watching the out of town scoreboard.

"Whoever we play, we play, we'll deal with it on Monday," said associate coach Mike Eastwood, taking over the bench on Friday as Jeff Brown takes in the OHL Cup.

"If you start worrying about that stuff and you get into trouble."

Down by one late in the third, Middleton scored on a partial break to draw even.

From there, Artur Tyanulin continued his hot streak, scoring his seventh and eight respective goals in his last five games, helping open up a three-goal advantage.

The Barberpoles got caught looking for open looks late in the game against a Hamilton team, clearly most desperate and fighting for their playoff lives.

They know they won't get away with it against Niagara, who they will most likely play once again in the first round, or North Bay in the odd chance they surrender third to the IceDogs on the season's final weekend.

"No matter who it is, it's going to be a tough test," adds Eastwood.  "The guys in the locker room are looking forward to it."

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