November 08, 2017

67’s split weekend in tough home-stand

By: Chris Crawford


It wasn’t an easy schedule, but the Ottawa 67’s went 1-1 on the weekend home-stand at TD Place Arena. The 67’s faced two of the top three teams in the Ontario Hockey League including the league leading Sarnia Sting and third place Barrie Colts.


On Friday night against the Barrie Colts, the 67’s and Colts found themselves spending a lot of time in the penalty box. The two teams combined for 66 penalty minutes and traded power-play goals. However, it was the Colts that never surrendered the lead in the game and defeated the 67’s 4-2 and handed Ottawa their second loss on home-ice.


The 67’s had a big rebound game on Sunday when they faced the league leaders in the Sarnia Sting and defeated them 4-3 on home-ice. Ottawa outshot Sarnia 39-30 and never relinquished their lead in the game and handed the Sting their third loss of the season. Speaking post-game to the media, Coach Tourigny was impressed with his team’s ability to play a full sixty minutes:


“They (Sarnia Sting) have a really good team, they only had two losses since the start of the season. You have to play sixty minutes against those kind of teams and we did. We played really solid. I am really happy with the way we worked, we were really efficient defensively, clogged the neutral zone like we wanted and offensively we were good at managing the puck and forced them (Sarnia) to take penalties.” Tourigny said.


Through the two games he played this weekend, goaltender Olivier Tremblay stopped 58 of the 65 shots he faced. Coach Tourigny praised Tremblay’s effort over the weekend:


“I am really happy about his weekend. He wasn’t just good, he was ready and confident, he was aggressive and competed hard this weekend. He gave us confidence.” Tourigny told the media after Sunday’s victory over the Sarnia Sting.


The 67’s are back in action on Friday on home-ice as they host the Oshawa Generals at 7:00 p.m.

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