The Ottawa 67’s tied a franchise document for factors and nonetheless have one sport to set the all-time mark.
They did it regardless of dropping ace goalie Mikey DiPietro with a shot off the underside of his masks within the opening minutes and the excellent news is the mid-season acquisition is okay and might be good to go when the playoffs begin subsequent Friday.
On the draw back, regardless of the 67’s firing 90 photographs in 24 hours towards the Peterborough Petes, all they may handle was a single level in a Three-2 loss Friday night time in The Enviornment at TD Place when Adam Timleck scored 37 seconds within the additional body.
The one level was adequate the give the 67’s 104 factors on the season to tie the 1996-97 addition and the 67’s nonetheless have a house sport to play Sunday afternoon towards the lowly Kingston Frontenacs.
“We created probabilities,” stated assistant coach Mario Duhamel, subbing for Andre Tourigny, who’s away scouting the OHL Cup in Toronto. “The distinction between final week and this week was we had guys within the blue paint.
“What did we hit? 4 posts? 5? It’s an enormous distinction. We began sluggish. However from the halfway level of the primary interval on, we had been going good. Their goalies stopped numerous photographs in two nights”
Now, it’s uncertain any group in all of hockey can exchange a league-leader in goals-against common with a backup with the third-best goals-against recorded in all the Ontario Hockey League.
So when DiPietro took a shot off the underside of his masks and couldn’t return, Cedric Andree isn’t just any substitute.
DiPietro took a wrister off the masks four:15 and went down instantly.
He was in a position to depart the ice however headed proper for the dressing room the place the early prognosis was he wouldn’t return and extra can be recognized about his standing post-game of Saturday.
Luckily, no group has the 1-2 goalie tandem the 67’s have and in got here Andree, contemporary off his 33rd win one night time earlier in Peterborough, a quantity that ranks fourth within the league, simply three wins behind league chief Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen of the Sudbury Wolves.
Had the 67’s not acquired DiPietro by way of commerce in December, there’s little question Andree would lead the league in wins, as he additionally ranks third in goals-against behind DiPietro and Luukkonn in goals-against and third in save-percentage.
Straight away, Andree made three key saves earlier than Peterborough’s Nick Robertson broke the ice on a rebound 14:47 into the primary.
Taking part in from behind hasn’t bothered these 67’s all season and at instances dominating, they lastly broke by way of 10:45 into the second with the too often-overlooked defenceman Kevin Bahl scoring his second in two nights on a blast from the purpose.
The 24 hours had been unbelievable for Bahl.
Scores a aim Thursday. Indicators with the Arizona Coyotes Friday afternoon. Scores one other aim Friday night time.
It’s all so unbelievable,” stated Bahl, maybe the league’s most full defenceman. “It makes all of the work for 12 years appear so worthwhile.”
Bahl’s aim hardly deflated the Petes and a 67’s penalty lower than two minutes later led to a power-play aim by the Petes captain Zachary Gallant, once more on a rebound.
The 67’s examined the Petes repeatedly but it surely wasn’t till a power-play for delay of sport nearly mid by way of the third when Sasha Chmelevski tied it together with his 99th profession OHL aim.
SADDLING UP FOR DEEP PLAYOFF RUN
No died blonde hair or eye-black for these Ottawa 67’s.
No, this group, arguably essentially the most profitable regular-season version of the storied franchise, has elected to “Cowboy Up” for the playoffs, which start subsequent Friday night time in The Enviornment at TD Place.
Which means the gamers might be sporting Stetsons, western shirts, denims and cowboy boots as they work their approach by way of the wild, wild west and the remainder of the Ontario Hockey League by way of ploughing and planting season on ranches in all places.
The concept belongs to a core of the veterans and what “Cowboy Up” means is “when issues are getting powerful you need to get again up, mud your self off and maintain making an attempt” or extra merely put: “to behave powerful and decided, like an actual cowboy.”
The 2018-19 67’s have actually been that on their method to clinching first total and residential ice all through the playoffs whereas on the verge “Cowboy Up needs to be our motto,” stated 67’s unofficial social director Tye Felhaber, with one sport to succeed in 60 objectives. “It’s extra about bringing the fellows ever nearer collectively and shopping for in.
“A majority of the fellows didn’t need to go blonde. I feel we discovered our lesson final yr. It’s no (expletive) enjoyable being blonde in June.
“We’re not going to mess with our hair and simply go along with the beards.”