What a strange weekend for the 67's.
Many of their fans chose to wait in the Civic Centre lobby following yesterday's game against the Soo Greyhounds to wait out a freak November thunderstorm outside.
Inside, they had just witnessed a long-shot lightning strike on the ice when defenceman Robbie Lawrance scored his first goal of the season 40 seconds into overtime to give Ottawa a 4-3 victory.
That goal capped an improbable sweep of two weekend games for the 67's, who got an OT clincher from Pat Ouellette in a 3-2 victory over the Barrie Colts on Friday.
Yesterday, Lawrance was mobbed by teammates who celebrated as if they had just won the Memorial Cup. Perhaps they had good reason, for the 67's are back to the .500 mark (8-8-1-1).
"I'm kind of a nobody around here, just joking around," said Lawrance, the pride of Sioux Lookout, who said he had never scored an overtime winner before. "It's nice to get the goal and the interviews, but more importantly the two points for the team."
67's winger Jamie McGinn sent the game to overtime when he tallied a short-handed goal halfway through the third period to even it 3-3. It was a relief for the 17-year-old, who scored for just the second time this season.
"It feels good because it's been a while since I've scored," McGinn said.
Ottawa coach Brian Kilrea juggled the team's lines, moving McGinn off the top line with Julian Talbot and Chris Hulit and replacing him with Bryan Bickell.
McGinn did take some shifts with Talbot during penalty-killing situations, and made the most of it in the third period.
With 67's rookie Shea Kewin in the box for a hooking, Talbot won a draw in the neutral zone and connected with McGinn on a pass that sent him in the clear against goalie Kyle Gajewski.
"I happened to beat (Kyle) Wharton to the puck. He (Gajewski) came out and thank God I buried it," said McGinn.
"That's what you've got to do. You've just got to make sure that when you get your opportunities, you bear down and we haven't been doing that."
That set up the heroics by Lawrance, who, taking a pass from McGinn, buried a shot from the slot underneath Gajewski's pads for the win.
"For me, it's a bit of a Hail Mary," said Lawrance, who has seven regular-season goals in a four-year OHL career.
Derek Joslin and Matt Lahey also scored power-play goals for the 67's.
Tyler Kennedy had a pair of power-play goals for the Greyhounds, including one that put the Soo ahead early in the third.