67's Break out for Five Goals, Fall 6-5 to North Bay
OTTAWA, ON - A late charge by the Ottawa 67's earned them a point Friday night, but not a win.
Down by three late in the second period, the Barber Poles clawed back with three unanswered goals only to fall in the shootout 6-5 to the North Bay Battalion.
The game began on a good note for the visitors from North Bay. The Battalion struck with the game's first two goals, with Daniel Walker getting credit on both. He scored at 2:23 and 16:10 to put them up 2-0. Just as soon as the Battalion widened their lead, the 67's got back into the game with two goals in quick succession.
First, Sam Bitten took a feed from Jacob Cascagnette and deked around Christian Propp to get Ottawa's first of the game at 17:46. Just 28 seconds later, the game was tied thanks to Tye Felhaber's 15th of the season. That made the score 2-2 going into the second, but North Bay controlled the middle frame, outscoring the 67's by two and taking a 5-3 lead into the final 20 minutes.
In the third, it was Ottawa's time to shine. Cascagnette opened the scoring on the period and cut the deficit to one, after he was left all alone in the slot and ripped a howitzer of a wrist shot top shelf at 4:36. The 67's continued to apply pressure, and it paid off with the net empty. At 18:59, Sasha Chmelevski buried a shot from the short side to tie it up 5-5, sending the game to extra time.
After the 67's killed off an overtime too many players penalty, the game went to a shootout where the Battalion won it off Adam Thilander's winner.
WHAT THEY'RE SAYING: Head coach André Tourigny, "Confidence is a funny thing - you can be over confident as well. In the first two periods, we were seeing our options, making plays, but we started to force the play. We were starting to do too much - we were making turn overs, the D were stepping up and forwards weren't covering. Stuff like that, and you give up five goals."
GAME NOTES: Today was the third game out of four where all three of F Travis Barron, F Sasha Chmelevski, F Tye Felhaber registered points. F Sasha Chmelevski scored his 20th and 21st goals of the season, equaling a career high in goals. Chmelevski also set a new career-high in points with 44. F Mitch Hoelscher took more faceoffs than anyone on either team, with 22 draws on the evening. He won 15 of them. D Hudson Wilson had his fourth fight of the season when he dropped the mitts with Battalion D Riley Bruce in the third period. That puts him over the three-fight limit - he will sit out Saturday against the Kingston Frontenacs.
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