It’s Game Day folks! In Wednesdays game, the 67′s beat the Kingston Frontenacs by a score of 5 – 1. Kingston took a 1 - 0 lead late in the first but Tyler Toffoli tied it with just over a minute remaining. From there, our boys never looked back, and went on to score 4 more unanswered goals. The offense was led by the Tyler Toffoli (2G) and Thomas Nesbitt (1G,1A).
On to today …. The Niagara IceDogs are in town and tonight marks the return of the 67's Barber Pole Jersey!!!
The IceDogs offense is lead by Ryan Strome (99 pts). They are 5-5-0-0 over the last 10 games and are currently on a 3 game winning streak. The IceDogs also feature 2nd year d-man Dougie Hamilton. After only getting 16 pts over 64 games in his rookie season, he has made remarkable progress this year. He currently has 54 pts over 62 games. I wanted to mention him because I play NHL11 and have actually drafted him in GM mode. Seems like it was a good choice!
Depending on the status of his groin, we should see work horse Petr Mrazek get the start for the 67′s and Brandon Maxwell get the start for the Rangers.
Division Race Update:
Ottawa 87 pts – 4 games left, 8 more possible pts
Oshawa 82 pts – 5 games left, 10 more possible pts
This means that Oshawa can only hope hope to finish with 92 pts, while Ottawa would only need 5 to get to 92 pts to ensure the division win. Co’mon boys, you can do it!!
On that same note, if Oshawa loses to Kingston tonight, that will bring Ottawa’s magic number down to 1 point.
Petr Mrazek - Groin - Was supposed to start skating this week. Might be ready for tonight.
Marc Zanetti - ??? - ??? (I'll get an update tonight)
Jon Carnevale - Concussion - Indefinitely
I’ll re-visit these in the post-game blog to see how close, or far away, I came.
Star of the Game: Thomas Nesbitt
Winning Goal Scorer: Tyler Toffoli
Final Score: 5 – 3 Ottawa
What are YOUR pre-game predictions? Leave a comment with your answers.
Keys to the game for Ottawa:
- Be aggressive when fore checking in all zones.
- Make smart passes to help gain the 0-zone and break out of the d-zone.
- Keep spreading the offense around. Secondary scoring will be the key to victories down the stretch.
Pre-game Notes & Numbers:
- This is the 4th and final meeting between the clubs this year. Ottawa won 3 – 2 last time.
- Keep your eye on Ryan Strome, Freddie/Dougie Hamilton & Andrew Agozzino for the IceDogs.
- The 67′s are 6-3-0-1 in their last 10 games – Is the down swing over?
- Tyler Toffoli is 2nd in OHL scoring with 99 pts, Shane Prince is 8th with 88 points.
- Be disciplined! The IceDogs have the 7th ranked PP in the league @ 21.7%
- Powerplay in decline? We have dropped to 4th on the PP @ 22.0%
- The penalty kill has to improve. We are holding at 5th overall in the PK @ 82.9%
Forwards: Graovac, Dubois, Smith
Defense: Gibbons, Sedlak
Scratches: Zanetti, Carnevale, Luciani, Fontana, Janes, Giftopoulos
Forwards: Shipley, Doan, Archibald
Defense: Graham, Hamilton
Scratches – Gallardi, Mercer, Andrews, Terreri, Knezic
First Period - 20:00
- Great spunk fr0m the 3rd line ...
- Nice play by Gibbons to break up that rush
- Wilson and Monahan bump after the play ... something brewing?
- Nice pass by Toffoli!
- Shot from the point almost fools Visentin
- Nice hit by Foglia!
- Both teams trying to play the aggressor ... love it!
- Great shot block by Niagara ... leads to a chance
- Oh man ..... Hamilton just misses high .... what a chance .. got lucky there
First Period - 15:00
- Great chance for the 67's first line ... no one there for the pass
- Penalty (Nia) - Mike Schwindt - 2 minutes for holding
- On man ... Gibbons breaks his stick then Visentin just robs someone the door step
- Oh no ..... Prince gets nailed entering the zone ... he is out folks ..
- Jake Cardwell takes on Tim Billingley for the hit .. noble thing to do
- Cardwell gets the instigator and the game for sticking up for a teammate
- Niagara Goal - Alex Friesen (26)
- Foglia with an amazing chance in front ... gets nothing
- Great chance for Niagara, Campbell shuts the door
- Great job by Ceci leading the rush ... Ottawa pressing hard ....
OTTAWA GOAL!!!! Sean Monahan (18) - Unassisted
First Period - 10:00
- 67's still pressing ..... get another good chance
- Cody Lindsay takes the puck right in the face .... not Ottawas night at all
- Smith out with Martindale & Toffoli
- Penalty (Nia) - Mike Schwindt - 2 minutes for hooking
- Niagara 2 on 1 and the shooter misses high ... oh man ...
- 67's come right back with a near miss of their own ... so close Gibbons .. so close
- Huge hit by Pacan ....
- Niagara pressing ... Campbell makes a huge save!
First Period - 05:00
- Oh man .... Archibald with a gift of a chance and he can't bury it!! That's 3 ..
- Ottawa gets a break .... shooter gets held
- Penalty (Nia) - Jesse Graham - 2 minutes for holding
- Ceci just misses wide on that point shot
- Not sure why Smith tried to do that all by himself ...
- Great work in the o-zone by Nesbitt ...Came close
- There goes another helmet
- Penalty (Nia) - Andrew Agozzino - 2 minutes for roughing
End of First Period - Score: 1 - 1
Second Period - 20:00
- Ottawa still on the power play
- Nothing doing on the power play ... boys can't setup the box
- Wow ... that point shot was almost tipped in ..
- Good stick by Gibbons to break up that pass
- Oh momma .... very nice glove save by Campbell!
- Martindale feathers a perfect pass to Smith but he can't bury it
- 67's 2nd line pressing ....
Second Period - 15:00
- Wow .... Gustavsen denied in front by Visentin ... and then Gibbons
- Nesbitt just misses wide off the face off
- Monahan falls ... fans wanted a penalty
- Pretty quick whistle by the ref ... odd
- Nice work by Toffoli ... to bad he high-sticked it
- A Niagara d-man goes tumbling into the boards
- Monahan rips one in the slot .... nice save by Vistenin!
Second period - 10:00
- Penalty (Nia) - Alex Friesen - 2 minutes for cross checking
- Martindale steals the puck then gives it right back a non-look pass
- PING!!!!! Right off the post ....... oh man ..
- Second wave pf the PP can't seem to get the cycle going at all
- Dubois with a sick chance in front .. Visentin stones him!!
Second Period - 05:00
- Nesbitt showing some sweet moves off the face off but he can't beat Visentin
- Great job by the ref on that no call!! (3:37)
- Excellent work by Dubois on the fore check
- Big hit by Jesse Graham!
- Nice tip by Monahan, that almost beat him!
- Neat! They did get 1 more shot!
End of Second Period - Score: 1 - 1
Third Period - 20:00
- There's a 3rd period souvenir ..
- Ottawa thought they had one ... waived off due to goalie interference
- Nice stick work by Cody Ceci to intercept that pass and send Martindale on a breakaway
- Niagara pressing hard ... looking dangerous
- Cody Ceci makes the shot block to save the day
Third Period - 15:00
- How was that icing? Poor call ...
- Oh man .... how did Martindale miss that?
- Smith rushes in for Toffoli on a scrum after the play
- Penalties: Dalton Smith & Tim Billingsley - 2 minutes each for roughing
- Niagara D-man Hamilton showing off his stick work and gets a chance in close
- Toffoli rips one off the shoulder of Vistenin
- Campbell makes a big stop on the other Hamilton
Third Period - 10:00
- Foglia just about steals it in front of the Niagara net
- Terrible outlet pass by Martindale
- That was close ... Wilson almost tipped that in
- WOW .... great chance for Ottawa ....
OTTAWA GOAL!!!! Thomas Nesbitt (32) - Assists: Sean Monahan (24) & Cody Ceci (25)
- The roof is caving in!!!!
- Tweet: mzanetti1 : "I meant to say some bad penalty calls .. Shane prince feeling better as of late, mixing in a water currently .. No word on lindsay yet"
- Darryl Hamilton almost cashes in on the backdoor play
- Penalty (Ott) - Ryan Martindale - 2 minutes for slashing the stick
Third Period - 05:00
- Another Niagara chance goes over the net
- Oh man ... Tyler Toffoli ssaves a sure Niagara goal on the PP
- Niagara Goal (PP) - Ryan Strome - Assists: Darryl Hamilton & Alex Friesen
- Penalty (Nia) - Myles Doan - 2 minutes for kneeing
- Terrible pass by Martindale ... gotta be better then that!
End of Third Period - Score: 2 - 2
Overtime - 05:00
- Graovac almost had that ...... so close
- Shot by Cardwell from the point gets gloved by Visentin
- Monahan let's a rip but Visentin makes another glove save
- Martindale makes another bad pass ... Sedlak bails him out with a great shot block
- Great save by Campbell
- Penalty (Ott) Cody Ceci - 2 minutes for tripping
- Hamilton fans on the shot from the point
- Niagara Goal (PP)- Ryan Strome (31)
End of Overtime - Final Score: 3 - 2 Niagara
1 – Ryan Strome (Nia)
2 –Sean Monahan (Ott)
3 – Mark Visentin
The IceDogs looked like they showed up to play and got it the win. Makes the division tight with Oshawa winning tonight ...
67’s Next Game: March 12th, 2011
Game Time: 2:00 PM
Location: Ottawa (Rona Center)
Until next time, If you can’t be a player, be a fan!!
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