October 17, 2014

They Call Him Killer; An Emotional Night At Civic Center

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There was a time when Brian Kilrea considered it an inexcusable embarrassment to lose on home ice on a Friday night, and for one night, he had the chance to help maintain that expectations with the modern edition of the 67's.

Photo courtesy of Robert Lefebvre at icelevel.com

October 12, 2014

Home Sweet Home; 67's beat Gens 4-1 to stay undefeated at home

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The Ottawa 67’s beat the Oshawa Generals 4-1 this afternoon for their second straight win moving them into 7th place in the Eastern Conference. Jeremiah Addison and Dante Salituro each had a goal and an assist while Liam Herbst stopped all but one shot.

October 10, 2014

67’s come from behind, win home opener 4-3 over IceDogs

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Dante Salituro scored the first goal, the tying goal and the game-winner to lead the 67’s to their first regular season win of the 2014-15 OHL season. The 67’s rallied from a 3-1 deficit to win 4-3 over the Niagara IceDogs in regulation leaving the hometown crowd of 4,713 fans happy.
Another Dante Salituro goal - not sure if it's his second or third of the game.  He was a beast!

October 07, 2014

Despite slow start here are 6 things to look forward to in the 67's upcoming season

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With the home opener around the corner, the Ottawa 67's find themselves winless in 4 games and their worst start since before the Ontario Hockey League started keeping track of stats online in 1997. A position no team wants to be in, the Niagara IceDogs is the only other OHL team without a win so far this season.

October 04, 2014

67's Dominated By The East Early On

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Immediately after being hired, Jeff Brown didn't believe this 67's team was far from being a contender in the East, asking the oft-used, rhetoric "why not us?" quote to define the team's place in its conference.

September 27, 2014

67's Drop Opener In Kingston

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According to the OHL's official online app, screenshot seen below, the 67's didn't even show up for their season opening match in Kingston.

September 12, 2014

67's Shootout Win Against Kingston - Pre-season

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Badly outplayed for the majority of the game, the Ottawa 67’s managed to squeeze their second straight win and remain undefeated (2-0-0-0) in the pre-season. 67’s rookie, Nathan Todd, scored the game tying goal and the game winner in a 3-2 shootout win against the Kingston Frontenacs Friday night in Smith Falls.

While Todd had a great night on the scoresheet, it was the 67’s rookie netminder who stole the show.  Leo Lazarev, the 67’s second round pick from this year’s draft, stopped 41 of 43 shots fired his way in his OHL debut.

Despite the 67’s being outshot 12-6 in the opening frame, the game remained scoreless until midway through the second period where the Frontenacs scored two goals to give them a 2-0 lead.  Veteran Samuel Schutt opened the scoring while OHL rookie Chad Duchesne followed shortly after.

Dante Salituro gave the 67’s some more hope when he scored with less than a minute into the third period cutting the Frontenacs’ lead to 1 goal.  Four minutes later, Todd notched the game tieing goal.  The 67’s hung on through the final 12 minutes and the shootout to defeat the Fronteancs. 

Some more good news for 67’s fans is that veteran defender Mike Vlajkov made his return after missing all but 2 regular season games with an injury last season.  Star forward, Travis Konecny also made his pre-season debut after not playing the first game on Saturday night vs the Gatineau Olympiques.

The 67’s are back in pre-season action on Sunday in Brockville where they face former 67 Brett Gustavsen and the Belleville Bulls

Here are some pictures from the game which was played in Smith's Falls:
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Golfing sister-phenoms Brooke and Brittany Henderson dropping the puck

Rookie Jeremiah Addison creating traffic in front of the net.

Rookie Nathan Todd with the shoot-out winner

Click here to see more pictures from the game.

(A quick note about photos this year....due to another commitment, I won't be at every 67's home game.   I will be at as many as I can though.  Kathryn and Alex will continue to bring you outstanding game summaries.)

September 07, 2014

Ottawa Posts Fifth Consecutive Victory Over Gatineau

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Liam Herbst and Sam Studnicka put the stamp on a back-and-forth pre-season matchup, sealing a 4-3 win for the 67’s during a late, wild game-changing sequence.

August 31, 2014

Introducing the 2014-15 Ottawa 67's

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An important bounce-back 2014-15 campaign began in Leitrim during the final week of August, marking the start of the Jeff Brown era.  The team’s new regime put together a squad that should catapult the Barberpoles back into the playoffs. 

While Brown and general manager Pat Higgins stayed with a fairly similar forward corps to last season, the defence and goaltending positions became the most interesting as draft picks pushed to make two already-young positions even younger.

June 19, 2014

67's Announced Brown, Higgins as New Brass

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The Ottawa 67’s named their eighth coach in team history on Thursday, bringing in ex-OHLer, ex-NHLer and two-time junior champion Jeff Brown as their new bench boss.

April 05, 2014

67's Select Travis Barron Third Overall

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The Ottawa 67’s have taken center-left winger Travis Barron third overall in the 2014 OHL Priority Selection draft, the fourth year in a row that Ottawa has selected a forward in the first round.

March 17, 2014

Important Imports Break Ottawa's European Dry Spell in 2013-14

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If the 67’s can take one major positive out of this second rebuilding year, it’s that the Nation’s Capital is finally a viable destination for Europeans again in Major Junior hockey.

March 16, 2014

A Late-Season Collapse; The 2013-14 67's In Review

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If there were a game to perfectly sum up the last two seasons of Ottawa 67’s hockey – coming so close to making things interesting only to lose in embarrassing fashion – it was Sunday’s game in North Bay, a 12-1 blowout loss to eliminate them from playoff contention.

March 14, 2014

67's lose 5-4 heartbreaker in Kingston, still in playoff hunt

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The Kingston Frontenacs scored three unanswered goals to defeat the Ottawa 67’s 5-4 in overtime.  The 67’s gave up a 4-2 lead with less than 5 minutes remaining in the third period sacrificing a much needed two points.

Lightning prospect, Henri Ikonen opened the scoring for the Frontenacs.  Converting on a bad 67’s line change, Corey Pawley slid the puck to Ikonen in the slot and he made no mistake but to re-direct it behind Philippe Trudeau in the Ottawa net.  After hitting a couple posts, the 67’s capitalized off a wide rebound.  Dante Salituro snuck in on the short side to tip in the rebound tying the game at 1.

67's Battle Hard Without Key Players

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The Ottawa 67’s put in their best possible effort and wound up with the worst possible result, both in their own game and in the out-of-town scoreboard Thursday night.